Pitchfork after-party: Allá, Smith Westerns, Blue Ribbon Glee Club | Bleader

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pitchfork after-party: Allá, Smith Westerns, Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Posted By on 07.17.09 at 12:37 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Kicking off at 8pm at the Bottom Lounge ($10, 1375 W. Lake) is an outstanding bill of local bands, headlined by the great psych-rock trio Allá - a great Pitchfork alternative or digestif.

A couple notes:

* Allá: My favorite local band, greatly looking forward to seeing them live. I started listening to them after Miles Raymer raved about them in the Reader - "the songs' ratio of hooky pop to artsy experimentation hits the sweet spot where you can almost hear that an indie record's gonna blow up" - and they're everything he promised. The obvious comparison is Os Mutantes, challenging, odd, Latin-influenced psych-rock, but Allá's sound is less explicitly weird and more influenced by rock, orch-pop, and ambient music.

It surprised me, but shouldn't have, when they covered songs by Faust and Terry Riley & John Cale on their recent "mini-album" (digs). Their verson of the latter's "Church of Anthrax" is a stunner. They've also got a slinky cover of Kanye's "Love Lockdown" for good measure. It's a great odds-and-ends album, but start with Es Tiempo, which is a masterpiece. You can check out cuts from both albums at their MySpace page.

* The Smith Westerns: Probably the city's buzziest band right now, having shown up in the Reader, Fader, Prefix, Pitchfork's best new music, Gorilla vs Bear, and lots of other hep outlets. Great lo-fi indie rock by freakishly young guys; download "Be My Girl" here.

NB: check out our complete critical guide to the Pitchfork festival.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Whet Moser

  • —30—

    A farewell, and some favorite pieces from the Reader.
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Very Political Life of Bill Daley

    Bill Daley: lifetime centrist
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Hidden Hands

    The Hidden Hands

    In every successful campaign—and every dud—pros are masterminding and organizing from offstage. Meet the people behind six mayoral candidates.
    • Jan 13, 2011
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Music
Drake, Migos United Center
August 17
Performing Arts
Bus Stop Athenaeum Theatre
July 19

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories