Sunday, September 2nd 2012: Labor Day BBQ … then … Teen Mom

THIS AFTERNOON (no cover):

Rockin’ in the front.  Grillin’ in the back.

  • Dead Amble make raucous party music with the basic building blocks of blue grass, country and roots music.  Theirs is a punk country on the more lighthearded side of groups like Two Gallants or O’Death, with songs like “Double Wide Pride” and “Tennessee Honey,” they celebrate the simple joys of backwater lifestyle.  Listen here.
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  • Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers are “high octane honky tonk straight out of Brooklyn,” proof that the Northeast has more in common with Nashville and Bakersfield than anyone would’ve guessed.  Shades of Hanks Sr. and III all rolled up in one.  Listen here.
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  • 2nd Avenue Mountain Boys do lazy hill music, a laid back take on the fiery chops of the more fancy-pants bluegrass bands that made a degree in rocket science necessary to play mandolin or banjo.  This is more Maybell Carter than Bill Monroe.  Listen here.
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TONIGHT’S SHOW ($10):

  • Teen Mom, self-described “rock band in DC playing fuzz-pop love ballads,” do melancholia and lo-fi in equal measures.  They strike us as the perfect marriage of 80s ennuie-pop (think Cure, Smiths, Charlatans) and newer precious indie shoegaze gems like The Radio Dept.  Listen here.
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  • Brooklyn quartet Dan Patch make funky jazzy southern rock that isn’t nearly as square as that makes it sound.  Like a countrified Steely Dan or Karate they attempt soul while completely white, and they pull it off.  Listen here.
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  • Brooklyn two-piece Tough/Luck give us infectious droney indie rock that makes us want to move.  It’s like a guitar-based LCD Soundsystem meets an Archer Prewitt convalescing from strep while stoned and noodling away a cloudy afternoon in his sick bed.  Listen here.

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