Words by Brendan
Sometimes, we lament a great band skipping over Pittsburgh on their way from Philly to Cleveland. It happens, for one reason or another. Tonight, though, it seems like a whole bunch of acts collaborated to make sure our decision about where to go and who to see would be as difficult as possible. Black Moth Super Rainbow at Mr. Small’s? I want to go to there. Yellow Ostrich at Brillobox? I want to go to there. Horse Feathers at Club Café? I want to go to there. Sleigh Bells at CMU? I want to go to there. Even local bands got in on it! Low Man and Legs Like Tree Trunks at a house show in Greenfield, K-Hun and OutsideInside at Gooski’s … the list goes on. Jeez guys, spread it out!
So what should you do? Where should you go? Read on for some suggestions. You might even win some tickets …
Black Moth Super Rainbow + The Stargazer Lilies + Casket Girls / Mr. Small’s / Doors 8:00 / $14
Originally Pittsburgh-based and now making their return for their first show here since 2009! Black Moth Super Rainbow‘s brand of gummy and oozey and sludgy and mind-bending psychedelic pop will sound outstanding filling up the dark, high-walled room at Mr. Small’s. Their new album, Cobra Juicy, is a little darker than past efforts, I think, a little less in-your-face with the psychedelia and more of a mood-maker. Honestly, it’s fucking awesome. (By the way, opening band Casket Girls has members from BMSR.)
Yellow Ostrich + Sun Ray, Shining Light / Brillobox / Doors 9:30 / $10
We love Yellow Ostrich around here at DUL headquarters. Alex Schaaf is some kind of musical mastermind, with crazy melodies and harmonies and rhythms just flowing right through him and out into our ears. The band has a new album out now, Ghost, and from the sound of some tracks posted on their website, this release should be even more crazy awesome than The Mistress, if that’s even fathomable. Pittsburgh post-rock band Sun Ray, Shining Light will open the show with their awesome instrumentals.
Horse Feathers + Frank Fairfield + Emily Rodgers / Brillobox / Doors 10:00 / $12
A perfect lineup for the folk-music lover in all of us. Horse Feathers have been putting out gorgeous indie folk records since 2006 on the Kill Rock Stars label. Their latest, Cynic’s New Year, came out this past April. It features, as always, Justin Ringle’s wonderful voice and songwriting chops, with lush instrumentation, including banjo, singing saw, cello, and piano. This should be absolutely stunning at the intimate Club Café. Frank Fairfield is an old-time fiddler/guitarist/banjoist, touring the country and singing his songs. Emily Rodgers is Pittsburgh’s answer to these two, and she and her band play some of the best folk rock tunes I’ve ever heard. Not to be missed, folks.
Johnny Foreigner + Nervous Passenger + Legs Like Tree Trunks + Low Man + Unraveler / The Green House / 9:00 / $5
Good ol’ house shows. The times to get lots of bands together in a small space and rock out with a bunch of friends. This show has a couple of touring acts and a handful of locals, so stop on by and drop some bucks on the most-live-you-can-get of live music experiences. You’ll get a mix of punk, loud indie rock, stoner rock, math rock, and singer-songwriter types. In fact, go for Legs and Low Man alone (highly recommended) and stay for the experience.
Johnny Foreigner on the web: Website / Facebook / Twitter
Nervous Passenger on the web: Website / Facebook
Legs Like Tree Trunks on the web: Facebook / Twitter / Bandcamp
Low Man on the web: Blog / Facebook / Bandcamp
Unraveler on the web: Facebook / Bandcamp
K-Hun + OutsideInside + T-Tops / Gooski’s / 10:00ish / some $
Hard rock ‘n roll is the name of the game at Gooski’s tonight. Not too surprising, eh? Three local bands are bringing their loud noises to the back room. K-Hun are releasing a new cassette of tunes, and will generously give you a copy if you bring a cassette of your choice. (I’m not kidding. They advertised this.) OutsideInside plays some awesome throwback, 70s rock (their name is a Blue Cheer album, even), and has members from Carousel (who have an LP release coming up on November 30, too, that we are very excited about). T-Tops I don’t know much about, but they apparently have members from Don Caballero, so that’s cool.
Holy moly, that’s a lot of stuff happening tonight. Where will you be?