Monday, July 16, 2012

Shows to see: Nicki Minaj, Hunters, Hammers of Misfortune

Posted By on 07.16.12 at 11:22 AM

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I don't ever want to see another cigarette, Heineken, or band playing on an outdoor stage ever again. So, let's move it indoors and forget about the Pitchfork Music Festival—and we can worry about Lollapalooza later.

If you soldiered through the entirety of the festival—hitting up aftershows each night—and still want more, then I applaud (and envy) your fortitude. Lucky for you, Soundboard has several shows to recommend in the upcoming days that will help with your fix.

Mon 7/16: Nicki Minaj at the Chicago Theatre

We've got two very different recommendations tonight. Local postpunk trio Paper Mice are playing a free show at the Empty Bottle to celebrate the release of their new album, The Funny Papers (which we're streaming in its entirety all day), and Nicki Minaj—who Miles Raymer calls "one of the biggest weirdos in pop since Prince"—is at the Chicago Theatre. So here's the question: Do you enjoy bizarre yet precise time-signature drumming or overblown pop confections and ambitious, insane hip-hop experiments? Good luck.

Tue 7/17: Hunters at the Empty Bottle

I fully back Miles Raymer backing the "deconstructionist rock 'n' roll" of Brooklyn's Hunters. Coproduced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, last year's EP Hands on Fire has an "ambitious noisy side that relies on dialing in superweird effects-pedal settings" and reminds Raymer of a mishmash of bands you likely want to be compared to, including Sonic Youth, Royal Trux, Bikini Kill, the Stooges, and the Pixies. A Place to Bury Strangers headlines.

Wed 7/18: Hammers of Misfortune at Reggie's Rock Club

No summation can do justice to Monica Kendrick's description of the new Hammers of Misfortune album, 17th Street. She writes, "The intricate, painstakingly sculpted songs suggest a patina of decades of footprints and moss and grime, giving a sorrowful depth to the dazzle and flash, a real dread to the darkness, and a heart to the classic-metal hooks." Twelve years and five albums in, the progressive-metal band anchored by guitarist John Cobbett (formerly of Ludicra and Slough Feg) appears to be in full-on gallop.

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