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...

Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats

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