The Sound And The Fury
Three shows that rocked out my summer.
By Jennifer Sherowski
Band Of Horses
Doug Fir, Portland, Oregon
Have you heard of this band? Utter brilliance from Sup Pop. The music swells and shines and hooks you right beneath the ribs. There was a moment during this show when I looked back at all those faces gazing up at the stage and saw stricken looks of starry-eyed devotion on each and every one. The lead singer called the crowd “dudes” all night in a sincere, grew-up-in-the-South sort of way, and when the set all was over, he looked out into the audience, gave everyone two thumbs up, and shouted, “Awesome!” without a single ounce of irony. I was in love. We all were.
Sabbala’s, Portland, Oregon
The real thing about Big Business is not how skillfully the band members navigate their ten tons of heavy or those metal riffs that somehow sort of swing-it’s about how much sound two people can produce. Yep, just a drummer and a guitar player with vocal chords of steel. Who knew it could be so loud? Big Business is responsible for the ringing in my ears every night as I drift off to sleep.
The Wow Hall, Eugene, Oregon
I know, I know-reunion tours, yawn. However, I refuse to be someone who’s too good to see a band they love just because its members are old. I decree that it’s not up to us to question why a group gets back together to tour after an explosive breakup and years of drama and hatred. It’s merely our job to show up, rock the hell out, and go home. And that’s what I did. J. Mascis might have shabby white hair like some old man, but his guitar still sounds like searing drops of hot honey. “Freak Scene” and “Just Like Heaven” still annihilate. Dinosaur Jr. is still, well, Dinosaur Jr.
Gern Blandsten Records
If you’ve ever been to Jersey City, then you know how much of a toilet it is. Or maybe you’ve just seen it on Cops. Either way, you’re not pumped if you live there. Or maybe you are, because you and your cousin are running a window-tint shop out of your grandma’s garage. All I know is that if you want to go into the city, the bridge costs something stupid like fourteen dollars. So what better to do then start a kick-ass band and play filthy rock and roll like Rye Coalition did-and has been doing for a long time. With songs like “Pussyfootin’” and “Between An I-ROC And A Hard Place,” this album really sets the tone of what it’s like living in the tri-state area. So if you like good music, go buy Curses. Unless you already bought the new Ryan Adams or Bright Eyes or whatever, and in that case, don’t bother-you won’t like it.-Andrew Forgash
Erik Leines’ “Ten Songs That Play Randomly In My Head” Playlist
1. Pink Floyd, “Comfortably Numb”
2. The Notorious B.I.G., “Juicy”
3. Jimi Hendrix, “Fire”
4. Johnny Cash, “The Man Comes Around”
5. Outkast, “Wheelz Of Steel”
6. The Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop”
7. Ben Harper, “Burn One Down”
8. Cappadonna, “Everything Is Everything”
9. Neil Young, “Heart Of Gold”
10. DJ Shadow, “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt”