Saturday, March 28
Weezer, FIDLAR, Gang Of Four, Beach Fossils, Black Angels, Tijuana Panthers, Cherry Glazerr, Roky Erikson, Madlib, Palma Violets, Bleached, Tobacco, Together Pangea, Bass Drum Of Death & many, many more…
Sunday, March 29
Ty Segall, Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Witch, King Khan & Bbq Show, Nick Waterhouse, The Garden, Tennis, Shannon & The Clams, Travis Scott, The Mr. T Experience, J Mascis & many, many more…
Viet Cong | Jagjaguwar
First off, the name thing—get it out of the way right up top—while not particularly cool or clever, does not bother me on the level it does some others apparently. (I would only add to the conversation the point that “official history” tends to evolve, elevating and depreciating certain aspects of past events, wars in particular, as time passes, as befits the victors.) There’s a lot more to read online about if you want to seek it out and contribute clicks and eyeballs to the debate. Moving on.
Viet Cong, four bros, half of whom were in the similarly unGoogleable, relatively decent band Women, from the great white north (Calgary, specifically) took the stage at a packed Echoplex last Friday night. Right away, upon entrance, they dispel any of the darkness or austerity that their music and artwork gives off, with singer/bassist/ostensible leader Matt Flegel greeting his public rather jovially, a little loose with drink, perhaps, with an ill conceived comedy bit to give away random items from their backstage rider. It’s hard to blame the bros for having a good time, riding the wave of new found success. (The sold out show was bumped up from an original booking at The Echo down to the ‘Plex to accommodate more bodies.) But a little bit of an aura of mystery and seriousness is always welcome with the rock, when the tunes justify it. (As is a little style–T-shirts just don’t cut it.) They would have been better served just launching straight into the music. Which of course they eventually do. [Continue reading. . .]
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