Saturday, July 21st 2012: Hail The Titans

TONIGHT’S SHOW ($8):

  • Hail The Titans are an instrumental space rock band from Montgomery, AL.  They play with the climax-slowly-then-explode formula of Mogwai or Explosions In The Sky, only to leave it at a moment’s notice to go all prog for a little bit.  All in all there’s a lot of delay, polymeters, spooky bass grooves and even more delay.  Just how we like it.  Listen here.
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  • Gung are an Astoria three-piece who describe themselves as “drunken cowboy music.”  The band’s a little too together for us to call it drunken, though some songs have a sort of ambling swing one might call buzzed.  At times it’s frantic.  Always dark.  And very nineties.  Listen here.
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  • Slowlearner are a two-piece (bass and drums) that make aggressive, high-energy punky grunge.  They bring to mind Nirvana (duh), Mudhoney, dirty boy bangs and high school— all with just two instruments.  Listen here.
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  • Sputnik Music says this of Man’s Gin‘s full-length album: “Combining elements of blues, country, folk and gothic rock, Smiling Dogs superbly showcases what can be described as post-apocalyptic Americana.” Think a piano-heavy melodramatic take on Alice In Chain’s Sap EP. Listen here.

LATE NIGHT (no cover):

William Benton of Phantom Family Halo will take to the decks and DJ all night when the bands are done.

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