Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shows to see: El-P and Killer Mike, Stagnant Pools, Andrew Bird, and more

Posted By on 07.05.12 at 12:34 PM

Stagnant Pools
If you thought all the excitement and fun the week could possibly hold went down last night, please sit down because I have something serious to tell you. You are not off the hook yet. Far from it, actually. In addition to West Fest, which goes down this weekend (along with a few other sizable festivals, including the Chosen Few Reunion Weekend and the International Festival of Life), there are just a whole lot of good shows happening. Hit the jump for some tips.

Fri 7/6: El-P and Killer Mike at Bottom Lounge

El-P's Cancer 4 Cure and Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music were released right around the same time, and they're something of a matched set: both were produced by El-P and offer compelling and highly listenable arguments for the continued relevance of classical hip-hop techniques that may not be currently in fashion.

Sat 7/7: The Young at the Hideout

"On its previous recordings," writes Peter Margasak, "this Austin indie-rock band toyed with fuzzed-out space-rock overkill, but its second full-length, Dub Egg, displays a heightened sense of economy and proportion." The group's unabashed classic-rock leanings and analog attitude makes them sound occasionally like a "well-scrubbed, less rambling Crazy Horse."

Sat 7/7: Stagnant Pools at West Fest and the Empty Bottle

This pair of brothers out of Bloomington, Indiana, play brainy, brawny art-rock redolent of Joy Division, early Sonic Youth, and Chicago neo-Kraut texturalists Disappears. Their upcoming record, Temporary Room, is a burner. The Bottle show is headlined by Man or Astroman?, who play West Fest alongside Stagnant Pools.

Sun 7/8: Andrew Bird at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, Geneva

Of the new Break It Yourself, Margasak writes, "Andrew Bird continues to sound very much like Andrew Bird, which means lovely melodies, pretty textures, and delicate multilayered arrangements dancing seemingly effortlessly around his frail voice." The eccentric and exceedingly precious whistling aficionado opens for Wilco.

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