If you want to think of it this way, tonight’s show at Tea Bazaar is the last pre-Hopscotch party before the entire town makes a mass exodus for Raleigh. I’m kind of joking, but, like, I’m already there. Actually, though, this Tea Bazaar show is the last one for every single band on the bill before they play this weekend in North Carolina. So, if you’re really into Purling Hiss, for example, you could see them twice in two days.
And I like Purling Hiss. I liked them before this new, “accessible,” “Dinosaur Jr.-esque” album, Water on Mars came out. It used to be a solo project of this guy named Mark Polizze, and he had this great album on Woodsist that consisted of weird pop songs under an impenetrable layer of tape noise. Now he has a full band and is touring with The Men this fall, because that seems to be what everyone’s doing these days. But the new album is good too.
Nightlands is a guy from the band The War on Drugs. But, according to the description for this show I have in my email, Nightlands sound “nothing like” The War on Drugs. I think that means more synths?
On Thursday, you can either catch Anatomy of Frank at the Southern (oh, I interviewed them too), or The Beets, Magik Markers, and Free Time at the Tea Bazaar (which may have its own post tomorrow). Even if you’re not going to Hopscotch, it’s going to be a good weekend.