Posted in music | tour dates on January 6, 2011

Marnie Stern at the BV Day Party @ Public Assembly (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Marnie Stern

"With the advent of punk, epic, virtuosic music was seen as both formally pompous and politically élitist. But instrumental prowess is no more or less primal than a three-chord crunch. Stern and her inspirations, like the drums-and-guitar cascade of the nineties indie-rock band Don Caballero, have rescued the exuberant excess of progressive rock by filtering it through punk's dissonance and speed. It was an elegant leapfrog--now bands like King Crimson are more relevant and widely referenced (by musicians as unlikely as Kanye West, who sampled Crimson on "Power") than formerly dominant post-punk figures such as Elvis Costello and Paul Weller." [Sasha Frere-Jones]
Finger-tappin' Upper-East-Sider Marnie Stern will link up with Tera Melos to play a string of US dates that include Santos Party House on March 4th. Ticketing info is forthcoming.

Tera Melos are prepping a new six-song EP, Zoo Weather, due via Sargent House in February. The cassette/digital release will feature a three new songs alongside three remixes, including a remix from Japanese noise greats Melt Banana.

Marnie Stern released her self-titled LP in 2010 and celebrated with a show at Rock Shop, She called Tera Melos's Patagonian Rats her favorite LP of last year. Stream it below and decide for yourself, and check out all other tour dates while you're at it...

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Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats


MARNIE STERN, TERA MELOS - 2011 TOUR DATES
Feb 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Feb 19 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Feb 20 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
Feb 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven
Feb 23 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Feb 24 - Dallas, TX @ Sons Of Hermann Hall
Feb 25 - New Orleans, LA @ The Parish
Feb 26 - Tallahasee, FL @ Club DownUnder
Feb 27 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
Feb 28 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
Mar 01 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Mar 02 - Washington DC @ Red Palace
Mar 03 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
Mar 04 - New York, NY @ Santos Party House
Mar 06 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
Mar 07 - Montreal, QU @ Il Motore
Mar 08 - Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
Mar 09 - Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt
Mar 10 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Mar 11 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Jr
Mar 12 - Denver, CO @ Moes
Mar 13 - Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 15 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Mar 16 - Portland, OR @ Branx
Mar 18 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
Mar 19 - Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective

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Comments (29)

"instrumental prowess"

Tapping with one finger is not instrumental prowess. Go to a Guitar Center at any random day and hear some teenager puling off the same crappy sound.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 10:58 AM

I hate when people say 'overrated'. But holy shit this gal's technical abilities are so beyond overrated. What she is doing is setting a very very very low bar for technical criticism, thus lowering standards as to what is actually technically good playing. So now shitty guitar players are elevated to 'good' because this shithead is for some reason revered for her technical prowess. LAME

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 11:19 AM

11:19 here. Don't get me wrong, she's got some great tunes, but let's not get all passionate and glorify her actual playing

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 11:24 AM

the question of whether or not she can out-shred yngwie malmsteen is irrelevant. she writes rad songs, certainly knows how to tap (which may not be mind blowing, but it's nothing to sneeze at) and she loves prog. she is my hero.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 11:24 AM

"the question of whether or not she can out-shred yngwie malmsteen"

Actually, it is. She is objectified for her so called guitar abilities. Which she lacks.

No body is saying she writes bad tunes

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 11:30 AM

well she doesn't lack guitar abilities. she can out-shred best coast eh? and take a look at any bv post and odds are she can out-shred them too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 11:43 AM

"which may not be mind blowing, but it's nothing to sneeze at"

Tapping with two fingers and using open strings is not hard at all. Seriously.

Not talking about her songs, looks, or voice. Her guitar playing ability is simply just average. There is nothing wrong with that either. She plays better than Johnny Ramones was ever able to do, but it's about the songs, right? Just please don't say she is a great guitar player. She's not. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 12:07 PM

Achoooo!

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 12:22 PM

Johnny Ramones was great

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 12:37 PM

saw tera melos a few years back opening for fall of troy and portugal the man. pretty wild show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 1:58 PM

is zach hill playing with marnie stern on this tour?

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 2:22 PM

Can't wait until they get to Philly!

Posted by Granite PA | January 6, 2011 2:37 PM

This is extraordinary guitar playing using tapping.

She sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 4:09 PM

Tera Melos' album was hands-sown one of the most underated albums of 2010. NO ONE is doing anything anywhere near as original. Oh - and it's a solid fucking album. The bonus tracks on the vinyl are worth the price - plus it comes in beautiful opaque purple. Win, win, win, win. I'll be there for sure...

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 4:52 PM

Tera Melos' album was hands-down one of the most underated albums of 2010. No one is doing anything anywhere near as original (maybe a few other bands - Maps and Atlases comes to mind). Oh - and it's a solid fucking album too. The bonus tracks on the vinyl are worth the price - plus it comes in beautiful opaque purple. Win, win, win, win. I'll be there for sure...

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2011 4:58 PM

She's a decent guitar player shrewdly using her femaleness to create a novelty gimmick because there are few female guitarists in hipsterdom (and few male guitarists for that matter) doin' tapping and other pro chops bullshit like that. Good on her for finding some little stupid niche.

Anyway that's all irrelevant- the songs are of course what matters. I've heard a few, and I can't remember any of them enough to make a comment on them. Which maybe is its own comment. Another uptown new york kid grasping for the specious goal of indie fame? Perhaps.

You know, I hate to think that any of our shitty comments make people feel bad about themselves, but then again, if you're gonna be a hack, you've gotta be prepared for being called on it. I'm sure she's a perfectly lovely person, though.

Posted by jp | January 7, 2011 7:22 AM

Also what the hell is with so blatantly copying and pasting someone's press bio bit and calling it friggin' journalism? This is why people think New York is bullshit.

Posted by jp | January 7, 2011 7:24 AM

Tera Melos' Patagonian Rats was one of the best albums of 2010. Absolutely phenomenal. Criminially underrated.

Its the record Syd Barret would make if he was a product of today.

Posted by Nick Harvey | January 7, 2011 2:46 PM

new tera melos is great. not sure why it didn't get more coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 10:55 PM

Have you ever listened to The song 'Patterns of a Diamond Ceiling?' - Marnie Stern is a Genius.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 12:32 AM

Come off it dudes, the woman's brilliant. It's not just about what she's doing at any given moment with her hands or even the tapping - to do all of what she's doing perfectly, and then make each part stack correctly with a loop sampler in a live setting, is incredibly difficult from a technical standpoint. Those are not easy songs to compose, and she's growing noticeably both at playing and writing every time a new record drops. I love an awful lot of shred and technical metal players, and while I don't think Marnie can hang with what they do, that's because she's not really focused on neoclassical or extreme metal technique. What she's doing is original and still true to her math-rock influences, and it's sure as hell more interesting than 98% of the guitar performances I've seen live over the last couple of years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 3:33 AM

And yet its her technical proficiency which is Stern's angle - but how about the songs? Does she have good, relevant, interesting songs with worthwhile hooks and breaks? Or does she just get a pass because her skill is addressed in the same kind of leering mode as is afforded the latest gear (cf. NAMM porn) by gearheads? Battles occupied the same psychic space in indie music and when they broke up, everyone realized just how aesthetically bankrupt they were...

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 10, 2011 4:37 AM

Marnie has the ski slope. Wonder if her Jewish bush is intact. I would finger her anus relentlessly whilst we screwed.

Posted by HungJuris | January 28, 2011 9:14 PM

I was with Marnie about two years ago. Sorry girl! That was not my style. I usually last longer.

Posted by Came To Quickly | February 6, 2011 11:57 PM

I think she's wonderful, it's nice to see a woman doing this kind of music.

Posted by annie | March 3, 2011 10:06 AM

the question of whether or not she can out-shred yngwie malmsteen is irrelevant. she writes rad songs, certainly knows how to tap (which may not be mind blowing, but it's nothing to sneeze at) and she loves prog. she is my hero.

Posted by dl movies | April 13, 2011 3:05 PM

Why do people spend so much time arguing about Marnie Stern's technical skill? Who cares? The real question is, do you like her songs? If you do, then buy her stuff. If you don't, then go away. And why do people keep talking about Malmcrap? He's nothing more than a robot who plays soulless, even if very fast, music. Marnie Stern's music isn't for everyone, but I enjoy it. I don't care how she plays the notes, I don't care who she can outchop, and I don't care how fast she can play or whether tapping is considered cutting edge or not. What I care about is whether the music entertains me. Some of hers does. Some of it's a bit too chaotic for me, so I've bought and downloaded the albums I liked and passed the rest over. Shut up already about the stupid technical prowess BS. It doesn't matter as much as the tone of the fart I just let go while reading your stupid comments.

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