Tonight, Tonight: Wolf Parade at The Granada, The Supervillians at The Loft, The Gaslamp Killer at Trees, Miss May I at The Prophet Bar and Jessie Frye at Dan's Silverleaf
We have ourselves a busy little evening of music on our hands tonight. If you can't find something cool listed here, you don't deserve to go out.
Wolf Parade and Ogre You Asshole at The Granada Theater
Seeing that Wolf Parade's most recent full-length, Expo 86, is one of my favorite releases of the year, I'm quite a bit biased when it comes to this Canadian quartet. When I first heard the band back in 2005, I got the same this-shit-is-different feeling I had when I first stumbled across Talking Heads. Even though Wolf Parade has its darker moments, there's just something joyous in the fractured noise of Spencer Krug and crew. Japan's highly regarded combo Ogre You Asshole open what should be a kinetic evening of cool sounds.
The Supervillians, Ballyhoo and B Foundation at The Loft
Orlando's The Supervillians have been around for the better part of a decade, reveling in classic rocksteady reggae rhythms. Although the band doesn't have a lot to say, it certainly has a pleasant way of saying it. And once you get past legendary players such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, most in the reggae genre seem pretty content to let the party come to them. Maryland's Ballyhoo and California's B Foundation go a long way in supporting such an assertion.
The Gaslamp Killer and Daedelus at Trees
In what should be the strangest event of the evening, California DJ William Benjamin Bensussen, better known as The Gaslamp Killer, headlines a bill of experimental buzzes, loops and beats. Adding to the interesting din will be another Californian, Daedelus, a guy who goes by the name of Alfred Darlington in real life. Whatever name one chooses to call either of these weirdos, the dense and danceable cacophony they both create should keep the crowds at Trees thoroughly engaged for the better part of the evening.
Miss May I, Sleeping with Sirens, Bury Tomorrow, Abandon All Ships and The Crimson Armada at The Prophet Bar
Miss May I is a metalcore outfit from Ohio that has a violent sound that belies the band's moniker. Apologies are for the Weak, Miss May I's 2009 debut, was a raucous, 10-song statement of metal purpose. And this year's Monument may have upped the ante even more. Although this lengthy bill forces you to kill a couple hours in order before you finally get to hear Miss May I, such a wait might be well worth it.
Jessie Frye at Dan's Silverleaf
Arlington's Jessie Frye now calls Denton her home, but the (relatively short) move hasn't turned the classically trained singer-songwriter into an indie diva just yet. Fireworks Child, Frye's sophomore EP, is due out any day and should be another polished, well-played collection of adult rock and pop. The gal's got talent seeping from every pore. Let's just hope that Frye starts to expand upon what she already does well in order to stand out amongst a crowded field of pretty voices and prettier faces in the region.