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Headless Horseman play Cameo Gallery with Com Truise on 01.21

Headless Horseman is a band full of contradictions. While much of members Fareed Sajan and Conner O’Neill's repertoire contains the intimate spookiness of Icelandic bands like múm and Sigur Ros, there's also an immediacy in their recordings at home in their Brooklyn surroundings, bringing Sufjan Stevens and even Sleigh Bells to mind in songs like Sh8ker and Growing. Achieving large, sing-along moments over sparse guitar work, then moving without pause to mouse-like whispers rising over blaring electronics, this band deals exclusively in musical and emotional dichotomies. It makes sense that fellow Wesleyan alum Himanshu Suri of Das Racist manages the duo, a man who is simultaneously de- constructing and re-constructing music by similarly forcing disparate ideas to work together. Constructing their large palette from found objects, Headless Horseman conveys a childlike sense of musical discovery in their songs where the listener feels as surprised at the messy but endearing results as the band does. Making generous use of kitchen utensils and collage sound editing techniques, Headless Horseman has managed to make a fully realized musical environment sound like an intimate experience. Check them out with the other bizarre electro kinds in Com Truise at Cameo on January 21. - Mike Levine


Rita J. with Clan Destined

Rita J. steals the show and declares that "hip hop is back!" on this new video from Atlanta's Clan Destined.


Rise Against "Help Is On The Way"

Rise Against is back and will be releasing their new album Endgame on March 15th by DGC/Interscope. The first single from the album is called "Help Is On The Way" and will be released digitally on Jan. 25th.


Kurt Vile Appears on J. Mascis’ New Album and Heading on Tour Together!

Pitchfork just reported that Kurt Vile will make an appearance on Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis’ new album Several Shades of Why, which will also have indie darlings like Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Band of Horse’s Ben Bridwell and many more. The album is due out in March as well as Vile’s upcoming LP Smoke Ring for My Halo, which is perfect timing for the two long-haired guitar-lovin’ freaks to hit the road together. Their tour schedule is below, and you can catch the “Freak Train” in Philly when it makes a stop at World Café Live on March 23. - The Deli Staff
Vile/Mascis Tour Schedule:
03/10 Ithaca, NY - Castaways
03/11 Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
03/22 Brattleboro, MA - Headroom Stages
03/23 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
03/24 New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
03/25 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/26 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03/30 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03/31 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04/01 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04/02 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04/07 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04/08 Athens, GA - The Melting Point
04/09 Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04/10 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

Concert Review: Slutever, Omar & Easter Vomit at KFN

The two-piece imperfect perfection of Omar marked the start of last Saturday night’s antics at Kung Fu Necktie. Initially lightly attended, the thin crowd thickened as the shout-out lines of “Nism” crashed against crisp, quick cymbal laced with thunderous riffs, inciting sweat. This Fishtown duo’s delivery of lines like “I’m choking” and “I can’t take it, I can’t say it, can’t say it out loud”, cast the relatively lighthearted act in a heart-wrenchingly relatable light, one that gave way to the less than clean yet honest start of “Day 8 (Trampoline Only)”. In the spirit of At the Drive-In’s post-punk crooner (Cedric Bixler-Zavala), Omar’s appeal rests in their unpretentious reckless abandon. Smiling through slight mistakes, Omar’s Nick and Candice forged through their set, unveiling a new track “Monkey Business” premised by “Triacial Cat”. Both songs incited shouts of the band’s name from show-goers and applause instigated by way of Slutever. Aided no doubt by thumping drums and legit intense riffs, the latter half of Omar’s set felt brief, mosh-able and sincere with “It’s Difficult to Look at But I Got It for Free on the Internet” and “Jumping Jacks”.
The crowd dispersed in search of beer and/or cigs, returning soon after in order to lose themselves in the captivating quirkiness of Easter Vomit, Brooklyn-based lo-fi armed with capes and trombone. Ranging from weird to endearing and back to weird again, EP gems like “Wolves Love You” played out alongside pre-recorded and live howls, nestling close to carefree noisy repeats of “don’t be afraid of the darkness”. The howls of the outro’s end slipped into a tale of an epic battle with “Easter Vomit vs. the Natural History Museum”, proving the band’s penchant for adventure as well as clever narratives. Despite a crashing trombone and percussive dilemmas throughout the set, the minor mishaps failed to impede Easter Vomit’s aesthetic, leaving “Whales” and the aggressive shreds of “Rhythm Rock” visceral and real. At one point referring to themselves as Reading Rainbow (who happened to be in attendance), Easter Vomit’s strange yet sanguine presence was a fitting primer to self-ordained brat-punks Slutever.
Rebelling against the wintery forecast, Slutever stormed the stage, opening with “Sun Hot”, rocking out hard and fast. “Pussycat” was undeniably snarky with surprising charm, showcasing an audible strength and growth in the twosome’s sound. “No Offense” rang out clearer and with more precision, than (dare I say) the Vivian Girls’ earlier days. Coupled with a mid-set switch of Gagliardi from drums to guitar, Snyder’s enthusiasm sizzled along with her bandmate’s sass and intense riffage during a song about homework (“Seventh Grade”) and what Rachel Gagliardo’s confessed “favorite” via the cranky yet catchy hooks of “Teen Mom”. In addition to Omar and Easter Vomit’s refreshingly lively sets, Saturday night’s show proved that from Philly basements to bars in Brooklyn (and hopefully at this year’s SXSW) Slutever’s “shit-fi” shines through again and again. - Dianca Potts

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