Showing posts from June, 2018

PHOTOS: Bat Fangs at Kings - 6/29/2018


Bat Fangs at Kings - 6/29/2018

Bat Fangs

At this point all Bat Fangs shows are sorta the same – they play pretty much all of their excellent self-titled record, maybe a new song or two they’re trying to work out, and close with the glam pop masterpiece that is Poison’s “Talk Dirty To Me.”  Despite this, I make every attempt to see them anytime they come through town, because good power pop (or at least occasional power pop) is in short supplies these days, and these gals are goddamn excellent at it.  Betsy was killing it as always in a carnival-style airbrushed Bat Fangs shirt that I wish I had a replica of in my size.  It might be worth the price of admission alone just stare at her gleaming white Gibson SG, never mind how well she shreds it - goddamn that’s a good looking guitar, and I’m not someone that usually even cares about such nonsense.  Laura was a monster behind the kit as always.  If you ever hear one of those misogynistic jack legs talking about girls being subpar drummers, first tell them…

PHOTOS: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / Lithics at the Cat’s Cradle - 6/19/2018

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks


Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / Lithics at the Cat’s Cradle - 6/19/2018

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
With Lithics
Cat’s Cradle

After more than 20 years of going to shows, it’s rare that I’m late.  Hey, It’s not my fault Carrburritos was that crowded!  But it might have been my fault I left the house much later than I should have.  Anyways, despite knowing that I would like Lithics after listening to their latest “Mating Surfaces” leading up to this gig, I sadly only got there in time for a song and a half from them.  It was exactly what I was hoping for – a female-fronted, slightly more subdued version of Ex-Models.  If that doesn’t mean anything to you (it should, Ex-Models were fantastic), think a modern, punkier Devo.  They seem young, so hopefully that means they tour a lot and I can manage to show up on time should they appear here again.

It had been quite a while since I had seen Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks live (or any Malkmus configuration, for that matter), but I have been enjoying their latest record “Sparkle Hard,” so it seemed wort…

PHOTOS: Tracyanne & Danny at Motorco - 6/15/2018


Tracyanne & Danny at Motorco - 6/15/2018

Tracyanne & Danny

Apparently every club in Durham and Chapel Hill have been reading my mind, because this Tracyanne & Dannyshow was yet another in recent months that had me arriving at the club before it was even dark outside, and back home before the late news.  Feel free to jump on this bandwagon as well, Raleigh music venues.  It had been a long time since I last saw Camera Obscura (apparently 2010, which is even longer than I would have guessed), but based on their popularity then I was a little surprised at the low turnout for what was clearly the best weapon of that band – namely, Tracyanne Campbell and her mellifluous voice.  Regardless of attendance, they put on a lovely performance – in addition to Tracyanne and Danny Coughlan, there was also a bassist, drummer, and most notably a keyboardist who also played saxophone.  It honestly hadn’t dawned on me how sax is in the songs of their self-titled record until this night.  Predictably, the set was the ent…