Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday Night Round-Up: Cut Copy, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Each Other and More

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:20 AM

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Tonight we continue the post-SXSW trend of every band in the world slowly but surely rolling through town. Let's start with Australian dance-party monsters Cut Copy, who will play Marathon Music Works. Contributor Ryan Burleson did the Critic's Pick thing for us on that one. Have a look:

The Aussie dance-pop act Cut Copy has had a pervasive influence on club life since chief songwriter Dan Whitfeld turned his DJ gig into an international success story with a few friends in the early Aughts. Indeed, the quartet arrived fully formed, managing to influence a whole subculture — in Nashville, Cut Copy’s imprimatur could easily be seen at Buddytown and Left Can Dance parties — within a few years of getting started. And yet somehow Cut Copy has never set foot in Music City. This totally reprehensible situation ends tonight when the band turns Marathon into a hot frenzied mess, washing Nashville in the bright light neon love of its formidable electro-pop oeuvre, which spans four consistently great LPs and a bounty of stunning remixes. Turkish Prison and the rising Hyperdub artist Jessy Lanza open. —Ryan Burleson

That one costs $25 at the door, and Jessy Lanza and Turkish Prison will open. Starts at 8 p.m. Now, let's keep rolling ...

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart intend to keep things painfully earnest tonight at Exit/In, and staffer Steve Haruch wrote a pick for us on that one. Take it away, Steve:

Why stop at wearing your heart on your sleeve when you can also wear it in your hair, on your lapels, dangling from your keys and right there in your band name like a neon sign that says “We Are, in Fact, Quite Earnest”? So it’s been for Brooklyn’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who impressed even the most irony-clad listeners in 2009 with their self-titled bedroom-pop gem. Their new album Days of Abandon isn’t out until April 22, but with Nashville sitting somewhere south by southwest of New York, we’ll catch them on the front end of this tour. On the first Days single “Simple and Sure,” POBPAH shuffle their feet ever further from noisy fuzzed-up guitars and toward something brighter and more New Romantic — not quite orchestral manoeuvres, but certainly more lush. It’s the kind of music that makes you want to roll up your blazer sleeves and sad-dance your Chuck Taylors across the floor. —Steve Haruch

Starts at 9 p.m., costs $12, and Eternal Summers open.

Tonight, Birdcloud, Money for Rope and Each Other will play everyone's favorite local dinky, dank-ass dive, Springwater. Contributor Saby Reyes-Kulkarni filed a pick about Each Other. Let's have a look:

Just when you thought there was nothing left to say with a lo-fi rock approach, along comes Each Other to restore hope that we haven’t heard everything just yet. On its appropriately titled new debut Being Elastic, the Montreal trio delivers an off-kilter take on electrified folk-rock with an acid twist. On Being Elastic, basement-tape indie pop dips into wobbly psychedelia, only to get immediately swept away by a burst of punkish energy; upbeat Police-style grooves open up onto warped Beach Boys-influenced bridges that dissolve into eerie drones awash in reverb … and on and on. Every melody, every strum, every beat, every chord change — seemingly every sound on this album — arrives custom-fitted with an unexpected twist. We should thank Each Other for having a vision that’s so original it feels like a breeze of fresh air across the face of music. Playing with Birdcloud and Money for Rope. —Saby Reyes-Kulkarni

That one's $5 and starts at Springwater o'clock (i.e., probably between 9:30 and 10:30).

If none of those tickles your particular fancy, you have a couple other options: There's barroom rock 'n' rollers Low Cut Connie with Mystery Twins and Diekless at The Basement, as well as local pop rockers Kink Ador with Year of October, American Pinup and Lauren Strange and the Pretty Killers at FooBar. Feel free to peruse the listings or let us know what we missed.

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