Sex Sux (Amen) loves going to musical events, also known as concerts, gigs, partays, happenings, and orgies. The next few days the Providence and Boston areas are going to experience the biggest shin-digs of the year, I shit you not.
Overall, the sheer amount of bands coming into the area might have an over-whelming effect on even the most experienced scenester hipster indie-rock snob slobber.
Fortunately for you, the unsure concert-goer, Sex Sux (Amen) is here to guide you through the saucy mucky muck of corporate evil-doers and into the blissful explosive glory of all that is exciting and magical in the world of local music.
What You Should Go To on Wednesday September 15:
Aids Wolf, An Albatross, Holy Sheet, Red Mass, Gila Monster, 8 bucks, 8pm @ Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI
I wrote at length about Gila Monster a few months ago. Red Mass are the newest Roy Vucino project aka the guy from Montreal who ran the legendary CPC Gangbangs. Holy Sheet are one of my favorite bizarro musical groups from Providence. They haven’t played in a while, this is an exciting occasion for all reptiles in the area. An Albatross I don’t know much about but are surely not as terrifying as Aids Wolf, the noise rock kingpins of all of America except Alaska, blame Fuhrer Palin.
If epic, extremely exciting, mind-expansion noise-rock isn’t yr favorite thang in the galaxy, or if yr broke, there is another cool and free event:
Free: The Shield Around the K @ AS220 Providence, RI
K Records rules, duh. Also, it’s free.
Based on Sex Sux (Amen) Principle, I Don’t Recommend Going To:
Sleigh Bells, Triangle Forest @ The Met, Pawtucket, RI
Pitchfork-loved, post-MIA bungholes, brought to you by the least interesting radio ever, 95.5 WBRU, for 9.95 dollars. Kind of a killer poop sandwich.
True Story: I started doing radio to combat the mediocrity of WBRU.
If You Live in Boston, Go To:
Nomo @ The Middle East Upstairs, Boston, MA, 12$
Afro-beat group from Michigan taking cues from Fela Kuti. Not to be confused with Red Sox folk hero Hideo Nomo:
The Mixed Feelings Tour:
Thursday September 16: Of Montreal @ The House of Blues, 25-30 dollars
I don’t know about this one. Do I enjoy concerts that go all-out towards the theatrical aspect and forget about the quality of music? Of Montreal had an excellent three-record run (Satanic Panic, Sundlandic Twins, Hissing Fauna) but have kind of fallen off lately. OH: new record out today, called False Priest.
If you haven’t seen them before, go at least once. If you have a free extra ticket, give it to me. Otherwise, I won’t be there. Plus, House of Blues is run by scary people.
If Yr in Providence Friday, September 17:
What Cheer? Brigade, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Garlic and Moonshine, Raw Lip, Naftali Avari, Devil Eyes @ The Homestead, Providence
Prawk! Attacks: Benefit to support Providence HO
If Yr in Boston Friday, September 17:
The Strange Boys, Those Darlins @ TT the Bear’s, $10-12
The Strange Boys are my second-favorite band playing this weekend. If my work schedule allows it, I’ll finally see them live. Think Daniel Johnston fronting Blonde on Blonde-era Dylan. I fucking love The Strange Boys and In the Red Records.
“Those Darlins are comprised of three extremely fetching young women playing country punk rawk with an abundance of delicious raw energy.”
I wrote that once. Still true.
The Mixed Feelings Tour, Part 2
Broken Social Scene @ The Boston House of Blues, 25-35$
Excellent live, mediocre on record since their self-titled gem, released in 2005. Expensive, at a crappy venue. With the Sea and Cake, kinda legends! Dam, would’ve been a tough decision if not for The Strange Boys.
What You Can’t Miss Saturday, September 18:
Thee Oh Sees @ Firehouse 13, Providence, 10$
One of my favorite bands playing cheaply in John Dwyer’s hometown. Hmm…
DON’T MISS THIS:
If You Miss Thee Oh Sees, It Must Be Because You’re Going To:
Big Boi @ Brown University
I guess you had to be a student at Brown to get the hook up. Heard he’s doing loads of Outkast songs, I request Rosa Parks, please.
If You’re Stuck in Boston with No Way to Get to Providence:
Tobacco @ The Middle East, Dowstairs, Boston, 12$
This might be my favorite track of 2010:
Pavement @ The Agannis Arena, Boston, 40-70$
Good thing I have tickets to see them in NYC, more to come on them, surely.