There are a lot of great shows this week, and it’s for a handful of good reasons. The snow is gone! It’s going to be 60 degrees out tomorrow! Musician friends from all across town are heading home from their South by Southwest tours! It’s great, and it’s making for another busy weekend of live music.
This week’s music feature, written by Peter Margasak, is an in-depth interview with composer Alvin Lucier, who is playing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art with International Contemporary Ensemble. Other great shows include Ryley Walker and Cian Nugent, both of whom are returning from their trips to SXSW, tonight at Constellation; Melvins front man King Buzzo’s solo acoustic set at Beat Kitchen on Saturday; and on Sunday, a huge metal bill comes to the Subterranean, headlined by the Ocean with support from locals the Atlas Moth.
More excellent Soundboard picks after the jump.
This week I recommended brand-new local two-piece Tinkerbelles as the show to not miss. “They play simple, razor-sharp indie pop tinged with postpunk. The two of them can generate a massive amount of sound with their minimal setup, piling hypermelodic call-and-response singing atop tight drumming and rock-solid, straightforward bass,” I wrote about the duo. “If Wire had set out to be the catchiest band on the planet, they’d probably have sounded a whole lot like these guys.”
“There’s always going to be a meathead element in heavy-riffing noise rock a la Big Business and Unsane. Stomping, groove-threaded rhythms and thick, subterranean bass lines trigger a Pavlovian response in numbskulls who are more focused on gauging the volatility of the pit than on why they came to this show in the first place. But what Big Business and Unsane can do—and Atlanta band Whores does too—is unfurl an anger that’s about more than screaming for the sake of screaming,” Kevin Warwick says about the sludgy hardcore group. “Occasionally it’s plodding and sinister, occasionally it’s hostile, occasionally it’s actually exultant. On last year’s Clean (Brutal Panda) Whores check the box next to ‘go loud as hell’ right from the start—the sludgy opener, ‘Baby Bird,’ might be the most noise-rock track on the album, closed out by an unaccompanied spasm of crazed, distorted screaming.”
Local band Sabers play Hideout this weekend. “This newish quintet started out as a recording project for Josh Chicoine, best known from his time in the M’s, but over time it’s evolved into a fully functioning band of scene veterans: drummer Colby Starck (Head of Femur, Bobby Conn), keyboardist and trumpeter Dave Max Crawford (Poi Dog Pondering), bassist Edward Anderson (the 1900s), and guitarist Shane Schroeder (Hot as Hell),” writes Peter Margasak. “The project’s self-released debut album, Sic Semper Sabers (this show is a release party), opens with the sly, coolly lilting ‘Armchair Warriors,’ which builds from a sparse groove into a shambling, restrained, psych-flavored pop song; on the insinuating melody, Chicoine channels Ray Davies with an almost conversational tone.”