As if you didn’t have another reason to go to Strange Matter, Charleston, SC rockers Heyrocco opens for The Features tonight. Their new single “Elsewhere” is a thing of beauty.
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If you were wondering where to be every night this week, it’s most likely going to be Strange Matter. There’s a whole bunch of great shows coming up in the next few days.
Broken Water are touring again after a long hiatus and have a show coming up on Wednesday, May 15 at Strange Matter with Canary Oh Canary, Whoa and Hoax Hunters. The group’s recent LP “Tempest” is full of big sounds and melodic fuzz reminiscent of Sonic Youth.
Nashville quartet The Features are playing Strange Matter on Thursday, May 16 with Those Manic Seas and Heyrocco just after the May 14 release of their new self-titled album. The new single is seriously catchy, throbing with a tense funk pulse, jagged guitar swipes and staccato synth lines.
After spending the last year supporting bands like Thrice and Circa Survive, O’Brother is kicking off its May tour at Strange Matter on Friday, May 17 with Shy Low and Comrades before hitting the road with Alice In Chains. The performance will be showcasing songs off of their debut album “Garden Window.”
Titus Andronicus returns to Strange Matter for an early show on Saturday, May 18 in support of its 2012 album “Local Business.” They’ll be joined by The Ar-Kaics and So So Glos.
And on Monday, May 20 indie pop band Bad Veins will be headed to Strange Matter in support of its new record “The Mess We’ve Made.” They’ve played in Richmond before with We Were Promised Jetpacks and are ready to party again.
French experimental post-rock band Ulan Bator will be performing at Strange Matter on Sunday, May 5 celebrating its 20 years with its first ever US tour and a new album “En France/En Transe.”
Ulan Bator has been called “one of the best band to come from France in the past 300 years” by Micheal Gira of Swans fame and Young Gods Records. This show at Strange Matter promises to be the most spectacular musical event of the season that will rock your berets off.
Toronto industrial surf-gaze band Odonis Odonis will be playing at Strange Matter on Friday, April 19. Having spent 2012 supporting their debut LP, “Hollandaze,” with Ty Segall, Fucked Up and Mogwai, Odonis Odonis are back with a new ep entitled “Better,” which comes out this week.
I’ve been a fan of indie band Generationals since 2009′s “Con Law” and they’ve consistently delivered song with catchy pop hooks. I was very excited to learn that they have a new album entitled “Heza” that’s just come out. Listen to “Put A Light On It” below. It’s instantly hooks you in.
And even better news. The band will be hitting Strange Matter on Tuesday, April 16. Go see these guys.
Seattle four-piece Ivan & Alyosha are joining up with The Lone Bellow at Strange Matter on Monday, April 15. The band are fresh off the release of their debut album “All The Times We Had,” which has won critical praise from numerous media including USA Today who described the album as “sheer joy, from their melodic surface to deep inside their lyrical core.” The band has spent the past few years touring and self-releasing a pair of critically acclaimed EPs. I’ve been listening to them since their last EP and was wondering when people were finally going to start taking notice.
And if you haven’t checked out The Lone Bellow, I urge you to stop what you are doing and listen to their self-titled debut album that was just released this year. The band will also be back in Richmond to play Friday Cheers in May.
Indie pop band Positive No is playing its third show at Strange Matter on Friday, April 12 with Beach Fossils and Warren Hixson, who are also worth checking out.
Positive No is made up of Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed, Ringfinger), Willis Thompson (Thao With The Get Down Stay Down), Matt Fisher (Skylines, Radio War) and Kenneth Close. Their new single “Georgia Purchase Agreement” will be released on a EP this summer through Little Black Cloud Records.
UK artist Chad Valley will be returning to the States to perform at Strange Matter on Wednesday, April 10 in support of his “Young Hunger” LP, which features collaborations with Twin Shadow, Glasser, Active Child (whom he toured with in the US last year) and El Perro Del Mar. After touring, Hugo did a string of remixes for Noah & The Whale, The Drums and Lana Del Rey in between putting the finishing touches on this album. It’s pretty catchy and hypnotic. Check it out below.
Six Track Amateur, or 6TA for short, is a one-man eccentric soul punk band that focuses on self sufficiency. He records himself and performs theatrical shows with his own art and films videos for every song. It’s just as much theatrical and artistic as it is fast and catchy punk music. I got the chance to catch 6TA last weekend at Strange Matter when they (and when I say “they” I really mean Myles Shifflett) opened for Fun Size. The music reminded me a lot of fun punk bands like Bad Religion, Rancid and the Bouncing Souls. But what really made the set was Shifflett’s theatrics and interactivity with the crowd.
Most of 6TA’s set was Shiflett singing to his already created music. He sang songs about eating babies and having sex with hot moms while holding up handmade signs saying “Don’t Think, Just Feel” dancing around cardboard cutouts of Pirate Hitler. There was confetti thrown around and even a bloody baby doll went flying into the crowd. Luckily, the heaviest thing that hit me was a t-shirt (which I now proudly wear).
When I met Mylo after the set, he informed me it was only his fourth show ever. That only made me more impressed. He’s a serious act you need to check out. Download his entire album for free at 6trackamateur.bandcamp.com and catch his live show. It is a spectacle that needs to be experienced. 6TA will be part of a free hip hop/punk/comedy show at On the Rox on Saturday, April 13 with T-Division, Dank D and Gritty City.
Dead Professional, the new one-man project from John Harouff of The Cinnamon Band, released a new alt-country/pop track called “Don’t Be Cruel” that’s full of layers of vocal harmonies and handclap drum machine percussion. Loving this song so much.
Dead Professional will be performing at Strange Matter on Monday, April 8 with The People’s Temple, Bad Magic and Marinero. He’ll also be playing at MACRoCk in Harrisonburg this weekend and the Tom Tom Festival in Charlottesville April 13-14.