Monday, April 12, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Monday April 12th

Hello Dear Readers,

Been a while, no? I got stupid busy recently. Frustratingly so. I had most of the posts for Thursday and Friday done but then got pulled away by my actual life before I got to post them. Which is kinda dumb. Especially since I played in AristeiA on Thursday and wanted to tell you guys about it. Then Saturday and Sunday I spent all day (seriously 14 hours on Saturday and 16 hours yesterday) being part of a music video shoot for Y La Bamba. It was awesome and fun, but most places did not have a wireless network to blog on. I hope you guys got out to see some shows because there were some good ones. Like Hosannas, or Secret Codes or Oh Captain My Captain or like a million other shows. I saw none of them. Poop. It looks like I will not be able to see and shows tonight or any other Monday or Tuesday for the foreseeable future, but here are some shows that look good tonight:

Wonder Ballroom is having a show with La Roux (London) and Lovers. I have a confession to make... I really like synth pop. I know I know, most of it is disposable and trite. I just can't seem to help myself. Luckily, there a few groups that make music that fall into this category that are not so trite. Some actual songwriters who happen to team up with producers of electronic music or lean how to program a beats or whatever. Both of these acts have similar backgrounds of folk beginnings that have transformed into electro pop endings with out losing the focus of writing actual songs. Except one is from another continent hence the hefty price. I still have not seen Lovers but I am a huge fan of their last release "I am the West". The ALL AGES show is $ 15 and starts at 8 PM.

Backspace is having a show with March Forth Marching Band and Hungry March Band (Brooklyn). Is marching band music cool? No. Wait, I meant maybe? I mean it isn't but it can be? March Forth has mean confused on this subject matter. On the one hand I traditionally would not want to hear marching band music. On the other, their brand of marching band music is quite a spectacle and I have not been disappointed any time I have seen them. They are about 30 members strong including all the people on stilts and dancers and fire breathers and what have you. It is like when they don't know the difference between a band and a circus. Tonight they will be joined by a like minded type of band from NY. So break out your clown make up and head on down to the show. The ALL AGES show is $7 and starts at 9 PM.

Someday Lounge is having a Passion Pit after party with Shuttle (Massachusetts) and DoublePlusGood. I will admit I am not really a fan of Passion Pit. But I am a fan of DoublePlusGood. They have played a few shows in the past couple months that I really wanted see but have missed. They also make electro pop, but instead of a female lead group like say La Roux or Lovers, this is fronted by a dude. A dude who has made some pretty memorable melodies both vocally and on his synths. Shuttle is the moniker for the drummer of Passion Pit's laptop based music. It is a pretty good fit for DoublePlusGood and was also good enough to land on one of the bigger labels in electronic music, Ninja Tune. Like DoublePlusGood he likes to make remixes of songs and he is pretty good at it. The show is FREE and starts at 10 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say "Hi" and then kindly remind me that I should be getting back to band practice.


DoublePlusGood will play the Passion Pit after party at Someday Lounge. 4 FREE


Ben Meyercord said...

Oh and Deerhunter is playing Berbati's if you are into that sort of thing (which I am).

Dr. Something said...

Good to see you back, Ben. Just to clarify, marching band music is and always has been the shit!

Ben Meyercord said...

I am coming from a non band kid perspective on this. I am coming around. I am used to bands that can barely play their instruments. So that particular style confuses me.

travis said...

also tonight.....Travis Wiggins & The Dream Dragons b/w The Numerators @ East End Tonight!!! Free Show & there is a $5 whiskey+beer special all night!!!! tonight we're drums, guitar and vocals & pop songs.