See above for a (somewhat) accurate description, but add to it that one of the primary singers sounds almost exactly like Peter Gabriel. On their debut EP, TV on the Radio covered the Pixies' "Mr. Grieves" a capella. Like, barbershop quartet a capella. It's the mix tape kinda good, as are most of the songs on the new album, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes (2004, Touch and Go). Miss 'em at your own peril. Not unlike the Sleepy Jackson, who was in town last week, they're selling out everywhere, and we're lucky to have 'em.
TV on the Radio perform on Tuesday, May 4 at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Apollo Heights open at 9 p.m. Cover is a mere $6. Call 622-8848 for more information.
Meanwhile, Jason Willis of The Knockout Pills, who are opening for A Frames, made a point to clue me in to this show, which he does rarely and only when he knows it's gonna kick our collective ass. So there you have it. Some high endorsements from people who know their stuff. See you there?
Head to Skrappy's, 201 E. Broadway Blvd., on Thursday, May 6, to see The Knockout Pills, followed Digital Leather and the A Frames; it all starts at 7 p.m. Call 358-4287 for further info.
Enon performs at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. on Friday, April 30. La Cerca and Music Video open at 9 p.m. Cover is $6. Call 622-8848 for further details.
Mosquitos perform at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave., next Thursday, May 6. Cover for the all ages-show is $6. Call 884-0874 for more 411.
Headliners Old Time Relijun reside on Calvin Johnson's K Records, which just released Lost Light, a showcase for the band's stripped-down, angular indie-funk. Think a more angsty but skeletal Make Up, infused with elements of Tom Waits, and you're on the right route.
Local openers for the hoo-ha are Sugarbush, who sound a bit like what would have happened if Talking Heads were way more atonal and fronted by a set of female identical twins; Galactic Federation of Love, who perform songs inspired as much by UFO conspiracy theorist Art Bell as they are by an imaginary post-punk Beatles, and have all who have seen them raving that they're Tucson's best new band; and No Bunny, a guy who dresses in a bunny suit to perform songs that often make people run from the room.
The fun goes down at 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 at BICAS, 44 W. Sixth St. Three bucks gets you through the door, no matter your age. Questions? Call 628-7950 for answers.
Opening are Burd Early, whose fourth and latest album, Mind and Mother (2004, Western Vinyl), is bleak and seductive in the same way Will Oldham's songs are; The Strugglers, who sound like Will Oldham, if he was a '70s singer-songwriter in a good mood; and Jeffrey Luck Lucas, who reminds of Beck in downtrodden Sea Change mode.
Check 'em all out at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 30, at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave. Cover is $6. That number is 884-0874.
Santa Fe residents Hundred Year Flood comprise two hetero couples that bring to mind the country-inflected college rock of the 1980s--get out that Trouser Press guide and look up Guadalcanal Diary, X and Dumptruck. They'll be at Nimbus Brewery, 3850 E. 44th St., at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. Call 745-9175 for further details.
Seattle's Dusty 45's infuse their traditional Americana sound--rockabilly to country, with pit stops at all points between--with a mariachi trumpet that makes all the difference in the world, in terms of distinguishing themselves from the pack of bands who perform similar stuff. Trust me, this show will be jumpin'. Check 'em out at Vaudeville Cabaret, 110 E. Congress St., on Friday, April 30, when they'll open for Rumble King and the High Rollers (get there early, foo!). Call 622-3535 for more info.
If the Chicago Tribune hadn't beat me to it, I would have described Vancouver's Clumsy Lovers by saying "the band's sharply played Celtic/bluegrass-accented rock can evoke the Pogues and Camper Van Beethoven." But they did, so I won't. Damn you, Greg Kot! The Clumsy Lovers perform on Thursday, May 6 at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Hank Topless opens at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $6, and the number is 798-1298.