Rock Since the Bee Gees
What’s up with indie rock
Published: August 8, 2012
Baltimore indie poppers The Dialogue, hot on the heels of releasing their shiny new album Wet Dreams, have announced on Facebook that they “will no longer be performing or releasing music as The Dialogue.” However, the ambiguously worded statement gives us hope that some or maybe all will come back, making hooks under a different name, prompting us to ask: Is this (really) it?
Rams Head Live offers a surprising amount of indie rock in the next few months, so stock up on dollar bills to tip the bathroom attendants! Okkervil River plays its hyperliterate indie rock on Aug. 29. On Sept. 13, the Chicago record label Thrill Jockey celebrates its love of Baltimore, er, I mean, its 20th anniversary with Tortoise, Future Islands, Matmos, Dan Friel, Arbouretum, and Pontiak. Whew. And finally, Godspeed You! Black Emperor continues its comeback there, making that gig a candidate for the year’s least likely band-venue pairing. Catch the symphonic agitpropists on Oct. 3.
Friends Records have released Baltimore producer Chester Endersby Gwazda’s Shroud, a collection of indie-pop songs filled to the brim with static, bubbly synths and chiming guitars, at times reminiscent of Panda Bear and Max Tundra.
Special People’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the genre continues on with “Advertise” and “Eye Movement,” off an upcoming 7-inch which switches from punk stomp to jangly indie rock to stoner-metal grind (see Singles Mixer). They play with shoegaze-y Wild Honey, Ryan Mcbride (ex-Warlocks), and psychedelic beasts Bad Liquor Pond Aug. 11 at the Windup Space.
Horse Lords, everyone’s favorite new band—Dan Deacon, Wye Oak, and Celebration all cited them as one of their local favorites in CP’s recent Big Music Issue (Feature, 7/18/2012)—plays Golden West Sept. 27 with singer-songwriter R. Stevie Moore, who’s been been making records since 1959, collaborating with and inspiring everyone from Ariel Pink to Jad Fair.
In current events, Aug. 8 is a night for the drummers at Floristree. Teenage Souls (with whom RSBG plays in Leaf House) conducts his digital orchestra behind his kit, while Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy) plays with drones and dense, tribal beats in Guardian Alien.
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