Entries tagged with: The Blind Shake
photo: The Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge, 2/26/2015 (more by PSquared)
Minneapolis' animal beat bashers The Blind Shake just wrapped up their Modern Surf Classics tour with John Reis (including two NYC shows). No sooner than they sent their Hawaiian shirts to the laundry, they've announced a new album, Fly Right, which will be out April 14 via Slovenly. This one's a bit different that what they've done before, allowing a little melody in without sacrificing the sheer impact of their signature sound. You can stream four songs off Fly Right below.
The Blind Shake play the legendary First Avenue club in their hometown this Friday (3/6) with Brother Ali and more. Then they'll head to Austin for a bunch of shows during SXSW, details TBA.
photos by P Squared Photography
John Reis & the Blind Shake @ Mercury Lounge 2/26/2015
Post-punks in Hawaiian shirts Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake played their second of two NYC shows last Thursday (2/26) at Mercury Lounge, in support of their collaborative Modern Surf Classics album. With February being one of the coldest months NYC has seen in ages, the Pacific wave vibes were especially welcome, and these guys bring an intensity to their performance rivaling the Banzai Pipeline. Pictures from that show are in this post. Their tour wrapped up over the weekend, but The Blind Shake will be putting back on their signature jumpsuits to play Austin during SXSW later this month.
The So So Glos, like at Saint Vitus the night before, opened the show. Their only upcoming show scheduled at the moment is at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Fest in May. Pics from their Mercury Lounge show, plus more of John Reis & The Blind Shake, below...
Swami John Reis & Blind Shake @ Saint Vitus, 2/25/2015
On tour from Minneapolis, a city with a rich surfing tradition, Minneapolis' The Blind Shake played St Vitus last night (2/25) with John Reis (RFTC, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu, the Sultans, Pitchfork, etc) who recorded an album called Modern Surf Classics with the band last year and is on tour with them. Pictures from the show are in this post.
They blasted an hour's worth of blistering surf rock at the packed crowd. The band consists of three guitars, a sax, and drummer. No bass, no vocals, just serious riffs and a rolling drumbeat. Reis introduced a few of the songs with their origin stories, one of them called "Kooks on the Face". He told about being in Hawaii on tour with a band. They were on a beach without a change of clothes, so they stripped down to their underwear and were "frolicking " in the waves. Some kids were bodysurfing on plastic food trays from a restaurant, and as they rode in, one kid asked another if he wanted to go back out to catch another wave. The kid looked at the almost naked band and replied, "naw, there's too many kooks on the face." Reis announced, "that was us, we were the Kooks on the Face."
Tonight (2/26), they play an early show at Mercury Lounge (tickets), again with The So So Glos who opened at Vitus. They play D.C. on Friday and Philadelphia on Saturday. The Blind Shake will will also be heading to Austin for SXSW again (maybe you caught them there last year?).
More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Rocket from the Crypt/Drive Like Jehu's John Reis and garage rock trio The Blind Shake are releasing an instrumental surf album, and they've now released a new single from the record, "Sea Saw." First single "Brown Room" was a little more traditional sounding, but we weren't exactly getting songs as heavy as "Sea Saw" from The Ventures. Modern Surf Classics indeed. Check out the new song below (via Noisey).
As discussed, John and The Blind Shake's tour includes NYC shows happening on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Since we last spoke, NYC punks The So So Glos, fresh off their NYE two-night run with The Hold Steady, were added as openers. Tickets for Vitus and Merc are still available.
Full list of tour dates, with the new song stream, below...
Well 2014 is pretty much dunzo, with only a few hours left in the year. Before we ring in 2015, here are a few more Top 10 of 2014 lists to peruse, including ones from The Vaselines, Iceage, Bo Ningen, AJ Davila, The Blind Shake, Megafortress, and Gold-Bears. Some of them have commentary some do not. A couple special ones worth reading appear near the end: Toronto's Weaves give us their favorite "Canada Rocks" moments (with some insightful thoughts on all of them); and Louisville, KY's White Reaper offer up "Top 10 Tour Bathrooms."
Check out the lists below...
by Andrew Sacher
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics, coming out on January 27 via John's Swami Records. Get a taste of the album from the appropriately hazy and vintage-looking video for the single "Brown Room" below. Artwork and tracklist below too.
The band, dubbed Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, will also be hitting the road in support of the album in February, playing NYC on February 25 at Saint Vitus and February 26 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Merc go on sale today (11/20) at noon, and a tickets for Vitus are on sale here. All dates are listed below.
The Blind Shake have a brand new album out and will be in Montreal for M for Montreal this weekend, before bringing their tour to NYC on November 25 at Cake Shop with Caddywhompus (tix at door) and November 26 at Baby's All Right with Wax Witches (tix here). They're also on board once again for SXSW.
Video, LP artwork, tracklist and list of dates for Swami John Reist & The Blind Shake below...
The Cribs at MHOW in 2012 (more by Guy Eppel)
A ton of artists were already announced for SXSW 2015 (March 17-22), and now the second artist announcement has come with several more including Twin Shadow, The Cribs, Swervedriver, Gang of Four, KEN mode, Weyes Blood, Wild Throne, Elvis Depressedly, SURVIVE, Juan Wauters, San Fermin, Lydia Ainsworth, The Blind Shake, Ex-Cult, Ikonika, King Tuff, Pujol, The Velvet Teen, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Yumi Zouma and tons more.
Full round 2 list below...
Heat @ Union Pool during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
M for Montreal was just here for CMJ, hosting a nine-hour showcase on Friday (10/24) at Arlene's Grocery with Lydia Ainsworth, HEAT, Homeshake, The Muscadettes and more. If you went, how was it? Those artists and a lot more will also be playing the ninth edition of the actual M for Montreal festival which happens in the Quebec city from November 19-22. Like the last few years, the first two days of M are more of an industry event with only "official selection" showcases, including performances by Operators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ainsworth, July Talk, HEAT and more. Then on the weekend it moves into proper festival mode with shows all over the city and bands from all over the world, including Thee Oh Sees, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Toro Y Moi side project Les Sins, The Blind Shake, Nils Frahm, PyPy, Moon King, and lots more.
The Blind Shake @ Northside 2014 (more by PSquared)
The Blind Shake are back with a new album, Breakfast of Failures, which will be out October 28 via Goner. It's more of the animal beat leadfoot protopunk you've come to love and we've got the premiere of the ripping "Parachute." You can stream that below.
We last caught The Blind Shake during Northside and are excited to hear the Minnesotans will be on the road later this fall. The tour includes two shows in NYC the week of Thanksgiving: November 25 at Cake Shop and November 26 at Baby's All Right. The rest of those lineups are still TBA but all dates are listed, along with the "Parachute" stream and another from the new LP, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Thee Oh Sees / Blind Shake / King Gizzard / Walter TV
After the torrential downpours of the night before, Saturday of Northside (6/14) was all blue skies and fluffy little clouds. Folks were out in force that afternoon. Bedford Ave was closed to vehicle traffic, Smorgasburg was packed, and thousands of people turned out for the free McCarren Park concert featuring Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and Walter TV (aka Mac DeMarco's other band, where he doesn't sing). This was the NYC debut of the new Oh Sees touring lineup and they definitely seemed to have it together and the crowd (at least in the front third of the space) was going fairly bananas, with rarely a time without at least one body suring the crowd.
With a rock-solid, entertaining undercard, this was a great way to spend a Saturday. Thee Oh Sees got hot and sweaty with a couple hundred fans the next night at DbA. You can catch King Gizzard late night tonight (6/19) at Baby's All Right as part of their June Summer Fun Residency. More pics from the McCarren show below...
Thee Oh Sees @ Echoplex, 5/29/2014 (photo via @neongeometry)
When we first received word that Thee Oh Sees had booked two back-to-back performances at the Church On York in Highland Park, we were shocked that such a wild band with so much vigorous crowd energy was about to play a very small and very hot venue. Needless to say, we were very excited to see how it would pan out. Unfortunately, The Church On York was shut down due to code and permit violations (according to the city). But the show must go on, and that's just what happened last night as Thee Oh Sees sold-out the Echoplex with a most glorious performance.The new touring lineup of Thee Oh Sees made their live debut last month, first as part of the Deserted at the Pams festival in Twentynine Palms CA, then last week (5/29) at Echoplex in Los Angeles. You can watch video of the entire Echoplex show below.
Thee Oh Sees absolutely tore down the house by its very structure as their music exploded throughout the Echoplex, infecting every audience member with a quick shake of the shoulders, nod of the head and even moshing. It was like a virus had been unleashed amongst a condensed crowd. - [Grimy Goods]
Thee Oh Sees will be in NYC next week for a free outdoor show in McCarren Park as part of the 2014 Northside Festival. Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Minneapolis' great The Blind Shake open, making for a very solid show. You can still RSVP for that, or get in with your Northside badge which are still available to buy.
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
Trust / OFF!
Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...
"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin
Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.
Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...
Minneapolis noisemakers The Blind Shake welcomed their newest effort, Key to a False Door, in September of 2013 via Thee Oh Sees head honcho John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. They've been touring hard in support of the LP--including a stacked fall '13 run with Thee Oh Sees and Austin's own OBN IIIs--and will be in Austin, TX this week to deliver some scorching performances at SXSW. One of their many shows this week (full schedule below) is the free BrooklynVegan Friday day party with Parquet Courts, Beth Israel, La Femme, and many more. Meanwhile, we trapped The Blind Shake's Jim Blaha and asked him 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country (or world) and why?
JB: The Empty Bottle in Chicago has always treated us great. Very good veggie burgers next door and the whole staff are super sweet people. Great sound every time too.
BrooklynVegan will be at Red 7 in Austin four days in a row this SXSW! Wednesday night is our 1-stage official showcase there. Then we take over both stages during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15). Thursday's lineup was announced. Saturday's lineup was announced. Here is Friday!
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).
12:00 La Femme
12:45 The Entrance Band
01:30 Mutual Benefit
02:15 Tomas Barfod feat Nina K
03:45 Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)
04:30 Jessy Lanza
12:45 The Blind Shake
01:30 together PANGEA
02:15 Upset (ex-Hole/Vivian Girls)
03:00 OFF! (ex-lots of great bands)
03:45 Viet Cong (ex-Women)
04:35 Beth Israel
05:15 Parquet Courts
We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!
Interesting fact: this show contains members or ex-members of the Pixies, Super Furry Animals, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Redd Kross, Burning Brides, Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Earthless, Women, WhoMadeWho, Hole, Best Coast, and Vivian Girls (Paz Lenchantin of the Entrance Band is currently also in the Pixies).
Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin.
by Andrew Sacher
Austin garage rockers Ghetto Ghouls are releasing their self-titled LP on April 8 via Monofonus Press, and after sharing one of its tracks, "Peepshow," they're back with another, "Living Alone," which makes its premiere in this post. It's a lo-fi, distortion-covered downer punk dirge that has the singer yelling not much more than "I'M LIVINGGG ALONEEE" repeatedly and increasingly less restrained for the song's minute and a half duration. Check it out below.
Like many other Austin bands, Ghetto Ghouls will play a number of hometown shows next week for the insanity that is SXSW, including the Ping Pong day party at Hotel Vegas (3/12) with Natural Child, Shocked Minds, Dirty Fences and more; the Monofonus Press day party at Beerland (3/12) with Destruction Unit, Guerilla Toss, Lushes and others; the Thread Pull Records day party at Trailer Space (3/13) with Crooked Bangs, Lie and others; the official Monofonus showcase at The Hideout (3/15) with Protomartyr, Love Inks and more; and the annual Panache Hangover Party on Sunday (3/16) with Tweens, September Girls, The Blind Shake, Calvin Love, A Giant Dog, Yvette and many more.
Their SXSW schedule in list format, and the new song, below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees / The Blind Shake / OBN IIIs @ Irving Plaza 10/29/2013
Thee Oh Sees were in NYC this week as part of their killer tour with equally awesome The Blind Shake and OBN IIIs, playing two shows: 285 Kent on Sunday (11/27) and Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/29). Pictures from Irving Plaza are in this post.
I was at 285 Kent and I think it was easily one of the best shows I've seen this year. Maybe it was the death of Lou Reed, who John Dwyer dedicated their set to (and whose music was played between sets), and the weird energy that brought, and the location certainly was condusive, but Thee Oh Sees were absolutely on fire Sunday night. They played for about an hour (pretty long for them) and it felt like ten minutes. NYC Taper was there are got a great recording of their set. You can stream "Block of Ice" below and download the whole shebang over at his site.
It helped that two other great live bands primed the audience. With their big rock riffs and Orville Bateman Neeley III's bellowing vocals, Austin's OBN IIIs (who opened the night) are kind of like a garagey version of The Cult (or Danzig?) but minus the goth overtones. Orville, like he usually does, spent much of their set in the crowd messing with people, which is absolutely part of the fun.
Minneapolis' The Blind Shake seemed a little less schticky this time -- they've toned down the matching outfits a bit -- and just pounded out their animal beat protopunk as an extremely tight unit. After seeing them play to half-filled rooms, it was great to see them in a packed house.
A friend of mine went to the Irving Plaza show and said Thee Oh Sees were great there too, but "not loud enough." Did you catch them at Irving and do you agree? More pictures from all three bands at Irving Plaza, plus the 285 Kent Oh Sees setlist and song stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may know, Thee Oh Sees are currently out headlining a killer triple-threat tour with The Blind Shake and OBN III's which is hitting NYC at Irving Plaza on October 29. Tickets for that show are still available, but as they tend to do, they've added a smaller, all ages show happening in NYC at 285 Kent a couple days before on Sunday (10/27). Tickets for the 285 show are on sale now.
Seriously, this is a mega-awesome three-band attack and you should go to one of these shows if you can. Updated tour dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake's new album, Key to a False Door, came out this week on Castle Face and it's 33 minutes and 13 songs of unrelenting dystopian sci-fi garagepunk. You may have already heard opening track "Garbage on Glue" but you can now listen to the whole thing which we're premiering in this post. Stream it below and order your vinyl here.
As mentioned, The Blind Shake will be on tour with Thee Oh Sees and OBN IIIs this fall, including a NYC show happening at Irving Plaza on October 29 (tickets). It was unclear initially how many shows of the tour The Blind Shake would be on, but we now know it's pretty much the whole magilla. That is one seriously killer triple bill, with all three bands being seriously awesome live forces, and you should absolutely go see it if it comes anywhere near you.
All tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer is reissuing the first album by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. It's not miles away from what Thee Oh Sees do, just a little more lo-fi. The record comes out next week (9/3) on Dwyer's increasingly busy Castle Face label (order yours) but you can stream the whole thing now in this post.
You'll be able to catch Dwyer in action with Thee Oh Sees this fall when they'll be touring with two killer support bands -- Austin's OBN IIIs and Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake. The NYC date happens October 29 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Coachwhips album stream below...
by Bill Pearis
The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Thee Oh Sees, whose latest album, Floating Coffin, came out back in April, are getting ready for a fall tour that includes what is their biggest headlining NYC show yet: Irving Plaza on October 29. No word on when tickets go on sale to that show, but you can keep checking Live Nation's website.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale Thursday (8/29) at 10 AM.
Some of the shows on this tour are with OBN IIIs (who were just in NYC) and Minnapolis' The Blind Shake. (
Not in NYC unfortunately. UPDATE: both OBN IIIs and Blind Shake ARE playing, yay!) The latter have a new album, Key To A False Door, which will be out September 17 via (Oh Sees frontman) John Dwyer's Castle Face Records. Like their last, the record inhabits the stomping ground between protopunk and post punk (which you'd think would just be "punk," but it's not). We've got the premiere of the lead track from the LP, "Garbage On Glue," which you can stream below.
The Blind Shake are best experienced live, though, with an image that seems straight out of cheapo dystopian sci-fi flick and a drummer who seems like he's going to hammer the drums through the floor. They're playing Gonerfest next month, and maybe they'll add some more East Coast dates. All currently scheduled ones are listed below.
'Vinegar Mirror' cover
In other news, John Dwyer is releasing a book of photos titled Vinegar Mirror which includes over 200 shots taken from 2010 on. He's also, as mentioned, reissuing the first album by his old band Coachwhips, Hands On The Controls, which is out via Castle Face next week (9/3). He also helped create the "Fuzz War Overload" guitar pedal for Death by Audio.
Thee Oh Sees and The Blind Shake tour dates are listed, along with the Blind Shake track stream, below.
As mentioned, Goner Fest 10 happens September 26 - 29 in Memphis, TN. Since we last spoke, the festival added artists to its lineup including Japan's Guitar Wolf (who play NYC after), Wreckless Eric, Tyvek, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Ex-Cult, The Blind Shake, and more. Those artists join previously discussed names like Mudhoney, Destruction Unit, Cosmic Psychos (who are touring), Cheap Time, and others. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
The full schedule was just announced too, and you can check that out below.
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
DOWNLOAD: Fat Tony - "Hood Party" (ft. Kool A.D. and Despot) (MP3)
Milk Music/Fat Tony/The Blind Shake @ Bruise Cruise, Austin, TX, 3/10/2013
Though the music portion of SXSW isn't in full force yet, there are still some shows that have gone down, including yesterday's (3/10) Bruise Cruise with Milk Music, Fat Tony, The Blind Shake, and Outer Minds. Like Bruise Cruise lineups always tend to be, it was a good party-style way to kick off SXSW with three punkish bands and an energetic rapper to top things off. Pictures from that cruise are in this post.
All four bands have other SXSW shows coming up, and Milk Music will be at our Thursday day party on the outdoor stage with Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Death, Rough Francis, and Single Mothers. It's free with RSVP.
Fat Tony also just released the song "Hood Party," which features Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot), and will appear on his new album, Smart Ass Black Boy, which is due out on June 11 via Young One Records. You can download that track above or stream it below.
The Bruise Cruise was thrown by booking agency Panache, who also has other upcoming SXSW shows too.
More pictures below...
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
Duchess Says / The Blind Shake at Public Assembly, 8/23/2012
A lot of bands have a frontperson who attracts the lion share of the attention, but there are few groups where "you can't take your eyes off her" is as much a warning as it is a statement. The second or third time Duchess Says singer Annie-Claude went into the audience, she was armed with a Sharpie and I thought, "oh boy here we go." But apart from drawing a couple Xs on our photographer Chris La Putt's arm, she kept the cap on the pen but it served as an audience/band detente. Stay off your phones or else.
I have seen the squelchy Montreal electro-punks Duchess Says play to packed houses with a swarming pit and to half-full rooms full of confused/terrorized audience-members. (Public Assembly leaned toward the latter last night [8/23].) Annie-Claude never lets things get boring either way, whether it's pulling you by the shirt, putting the mic in your face or holding eye contact for an uncomfortable amount of time. Last night, it included a breather. For their most popular song, "Black Flag," she had the whole crowd sit on the floor as she prowled around the room. But it's more mischevious than menacing. And a lot of fun too as long as you're paying attention.
Duchess Says' tourmates for this rare Stateside run are Minneapolis trio The Blind Shake who were really terrific last night. Dressed in matching outfits that had them looking like extras from a post-apocalyptic dystopian b-movie, brothers Mike and Jim Blaha kicked out out ferocious krautpunk with a dose of early '80s Dead Kennedys twang with pile-driving drummer Jim Roper crushing his kit. These guys pack a serious whallop (Also: somebody put them on a tour with METZ, stat!). You can stream their 2011 album Seriousness below.
NYC will have a couple more chances to see The Blind Shake in October: they play Cake Shop on 10/10 and Death By Audio on 10/11. Meanwhile, their tour with Duchess Says rolls on, playing Columbus, OH tonight.
All tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along The Blind Shake album stream and more pictures from last night's Public Assembly show (including openers The Wiccans who were not the Austin punk band of the same name).