The Antlers w/ Lotus Plaza and You Won’t at Old Cabell Hall tonight (1/26/13)

January 26th, 2013 · 3 Comments · By

Hey Folks,
I was actually ignoring this Antlers concert tonight, they’re just not my thing, until about 15 minutes ago when I discovered who was opening for the Brooklyn-based group. First off, Lotus Plaza, the fantastic side project of Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt. Lotus Plaza does have that unmistakeable Deerhunter vibe but they veer into white noise much less often on their recordings. Pundt’s guitar work has been quite innovative each time I’ve seen him play with Deerhunter so I’m hoping for a bit more of the same. Secondly, Boston-based folk/pop duo You Won’t, who constantly avoid Wye Oak comparisons because they too have a drummer who plays the keyboards at the same time, are kicking things off. They’re an energetic band who straddle the folk-pop spectrum very handily. It’s funny to think they last time they were here was at the Tea Bazaar, and now they’re playing one of the largest auditoriums Charlottesville has to offer. It’s well deserved.

So tonight is a much better bill than I initially thought, and who knows, maybe tonight is the night The Antlers finally win me over. I’m keeping an open mind and looking forward to it.

See you at the show.
-Zak

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Jan 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    also Grand Banks at the Tea Bazaar!
    and Beako & Sarah White at Blue Moon.

  • 2 carolyn // Jan 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Yes. Grand Banks is Charlottesville’s great noise / improv group, featuring at least one really legendary TJU DJ, Tyler Magill, who also plays with Cville weird rockers Mss. I remember receiving one of their intricately handmade CDs back in high school, playing it, puzzling over it, and still not getting it. Returning to it years later, it’s one of the few records that really taught me something about music. Grand Banks play roughly never, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

    I was worried I’d have to write an even longer comment here explaining GB’s appeal, but James already went and did that:

    http://www.c-ville.com/the-intermittent-trajectory-of-brilliant-drone-duo-grand-banks/#.UQRgdKU-3og.

    Thanks, James. Ben Seretan and The Early open. 8pm, $5.

  • 3 davis // Jan 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the kind words Carolyn. I am humbled to think that Grand Banks taught you anything, but that makes me very glad. I would be interested to hear what it was sometimes, but feel free to share that at your leisure. Also, was the CD you received the black one “The Smoke is Made of People” or the blue one, which has a longer name that I can’t remember? Just curious.

    I was actually a WTJU DJ for 8 or 9 years as well, but certainly not on the level of Tyler, whose shows are some of my all-time favorite radio moments ever. Additionally, Ben Seretan and his collaborator Alex Lewis were really good, I recommend them highly the next time they come through town. Thanks to all those who came out to the show.