Well, I’m excited for this show. Everyone’s excited for this show. Which is why I’m serious when I say: GET THERE EARLY! We might run out of space! The show might sell out! Charlottesville is the place to be tonight!
Woods has been one of my favorite bands for a long time. I will say, though, that for awhile I was confused as to why they were touring with Parquet Courts, because Woods has been a 60s sunshine pop/freak folk band for awhile, and Parquet Courts is a new punk band. But, I can say with commanding authority that Woods is, like, a legit rock band now. I saw them on Friday at Pitchfork in Chicago. They got rid of their tape loops guy (remember that guy? He used to wear headphones as a mask and sit in the front of the stage and add spooky Woods noises to the songs? I kind of miss tape loops guy, actually), and are using all electric guitars. Their last album, Bend Beyond, took their songs in a direction that’s more straight pop than anything else. But, really, they just stripped away some of the music’s layers to reveal that they are actually just genius pop song writers. Add in a touch of experimentation and the propensity to launch into impressive psychedelic noisy jam sessions, and you get a seriously underrated band.
Then there’s Parquet Courts, new young upstarts in the NYC punk scene. Their record, Light Up Gold, which was reissued last year on Dull Tools, synthesizes years of classic punk influences from the Fall to the Minutemen to Guided by Voices. Take, for example, “Careers in Combat,” a minute-long, slyly political song that D. Boon certainly would have approved of. I’ve seen the band play live twice now, once in Feburary and once on Saturday. They’ve gotten so much better with these six months of live shows behind them, more confident, and playing really great-sounding new songs. This band has so much promise. I BELIEVE IN THEM.
And, of course, locals Left & Right. If you have been reading Nailgun at all in the past few months, you know we’re big fans of them. Here’s their new video for their song “Virginia Settlement.” They’re moving to Philly come September, so catch them in Charlottesville while you can.
DOORS AT 8, SHOW AT 8:30. EIGHT DOLLARS.