Deer Tick's latest, Divine Providence, does a far better job at capturing the energy of the band's live effort than their previous output- it's more jagged and more fun. Local scum-poppers Shiloh open up the night, continuing their recent string of electric performances of material from their February release, Mrs. Like Deer Tick, Shiloh took a different direction for their last record, and it seems to be paying off for both. Shiloh sounds like a confident band on the record; one that's successfully balancing a penchant for introspection with a healthy dose of whimsy and swagger.
Wednesday, May 8th: Deer Tick and Twin Peaks at City Winery (8pm, 21+, $20)
Yeah, if you listen to every word I say you'll be getting two consecutive nights of Deer Tick (could be worse) but you'll also be getting back-to-back evenings with excellent local bands. For Thursday night's performance Deer Tick have tapped Twin Peaks for the opening slot. The band's beach-friendly glam rock is the perfect music for this time of year- when things are getting less shitty and markedly sunnier.
Thursday, May 9th: Sperrbezirk at Cleos (8pm, 21+, FREE)
Sperrbezirk boasts that they're "the only band still playing genuine Chicago-style Rockabilly." Playing as a part of Cleos' 3rd Annual German Cowboy Rockabilly B-Day Party, the band ought to feel at home in a room full of drunken, poodle-skirt and cowboy hat clad rockers. You probably don't want to miss this.
Friday, May 10th: White Mystery at The Hideout (10pm, 21+, $8)
Garage rockers White Mystery are home from touring with a new record, Telepathic, whose release they'll be celebrating Friday at The Hideout. The album is as fierce as it is silly, and as if not more hard rocking than anything they've done previously. The Whites have always been epic live, but armed with this new material there's no limit to the level of mayhem that'll be reached.
Saturday, May 11th: Energy Gown and Bike Cops at Subterranean (9:30pm, 17+, $10)
Energy Gown's heavy psych rock rattles and fizzles with both electric beauty and a devastating drive. Capable of combining understated melodies with a sinister drone, the group should be a nice job of yo-yoing it's crowd between naked sobriety and hazy ecstasy. Bike Cops open the evening up with a set of high-energy, jangly pop.
Sunday, May 12th: The Minneapolis Henrys and Knyfs at The Whistler (9pm, 21+, FREE)
A nice blend of Modest Mouse-like licks and Pearl Jam riffs, The Minneapolis Henrys should provide an interesting challenge to The Whistler: how much floor space can they clear for people rock out? Rusty, instrumental post-metal outfit Knfys make their live debut.
Monday, May 13th: Crown Larks and SISU at The Burlington (9pm, 21+, $8)
Experimental. Drone. These words are accurate in describing Crown Larks, but they're also not the whole story. Both of those words imply a degree of inaccessibility that does the band a disservice. Their new record, Catalytic Conversion, is loaded with glistening organ-work and beautiful, psychedelic melodies that remind me a little of Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins. Also playing are SISU, an enchanting dream-pop band fronted by Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.