Friday, July 15, 2011

Iceage Play Emo's, Can't Buy Smokes

If you wanna ride the blog-wave and got on the front end of the hype then you best get thyself to Emo's tomorrow night to catch Iceage. These Danish art-punks are touring the U.S. for the first time and most of them are too young to buy cigarettes. Their LP, New Brigade even landed them a spot on Stereogum's list of the Top 20 Albums of 2011. How's that for blog-buzz? I would compare their sound to, maybe HEALTH? It has a punk aesthetic but it's also full of dark-goth keys and sad, moody vocals. Expect lots of glowering from the stage and some really loud guitars. On record it sounds like there will be a mix of live drums and v-drums so I'll be interested to see how the whole thing turns out on Emo's inside stage. If you, too, went to check out how 17 year old dudes from Denmark rock out you should grab yourself a ticket or two, they're only $8 and it's not sold-out yet.

Ice Age - White Rune video via YouTube

Normally, this is the part of the post, in which, I'll elaborate on the show and give you more details about the band and such. However, due to the fresh-sheen on the metaphorical afro of this line-up all I can really give you for further info is who else is on the bill. I don't really know much about these artists but feel free to click the links and educate all of us!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

FunFunFun Fest Leak 1 Decoded

So, this is probably all over the interwebs by this point but I was at work damn it! Being from Maine nautical flags are like my second language, so when I saw the leak from the folks over at FunFunFun Fest it just looked like words. For those of you who haven't seen the video yet, I'll put that here then I'll decode the names for you below the break. Sorry if I'm ruining the fun fun fun for you.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 - Line-up Leak 01 video via YouTube

Some of these names we already knew and some we suspected, at this point they are ALL official though. Enjoy!

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Don't Miss the Opening Act: Young Buffalo

This post could have been a part of my "Planning Ahead" series as Young Buffalo won't, actually, be hitting Austin until early August. However, I expect with Arctic Monkeys headlining Young Buffalo at Stubb's WILL sell-out. In other words, if you don't already have your tickets you best be grabbing them now.

Young Buffalo are a trio from Mississippi and they are a part of a grand tradition of American bands, who are more popular overseas than they are at home. With change-up rhythms, multi-part, pop harmonies and gorgeous melodies their upcoming EP, Young Von Pretty Lips will make you an instant fan. You can pre-order and/or listen to a sample of the EP over on their artist page from Cantora Records or if you prefer to cut out the middle-man you may, simply, purchase the EP from the band at Stubb's on August 2nd when they open for the Arctic Monkeys.

Young Buffalo - Catapilah video via YouTube

As the title of this post implies I am highlighting the opening act, since I assume you are already aware of the headliners, Arctic Monkeys. However, perhaps you are not aware of their latest LP Suck It and See, in addition to being one of the classiest album titles all year it's their follow-up to the, somewhat forgettable, Humbug. Luckily for both the fans and the Monkeys, Suck It and See is more of a return to form for the band with propulsive, bratty, clever writing and lots of brain-tattooing guitar melodies. Even if the band decided to only play their worst music at Stubb's on August 2nd their energy and enthusiasm would win the crowd over. I expect this show to be over-the-top drunken fun. Hopefully the drunkenness will MOSTLY be the audience but chances are the Arctic Monkeys will have imbibed a few Strongbows before they hit the stage. I'm not judging, I'm just sayin'.

Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala video via YouTube

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