Not a bad Tuesday night coming at you this evening. After the the jump, we highlight the three best.
Tobacco, Beans and Shapers at Club Dada
Thomas Fec, who performs solo under the name of Tobacco, also serves as the frontman for the Pittsburgh-based experimental rock outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow. But on his solo excursions, Tobacco goes a far darker, more electronic route, throwing as many analog instruments into the mix as possible. Tobacco's 2008 effort, Fucked Up Friends, earned critical kudos, while 2010's Manic Meat featured a couple of collaborations with Beck. Pretty big shit for some guy named Tobacco. Just don't get addicted.
The Submarines and Pepper Rabbit at The Loft
A Los Angeles-based duo consisting of John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, The Submarines are a charming indie pop outfit with nothing really serious to say, but a real nice way of saying it. The band's recently released third effort, Love Notes/Letter Bombs, contains a lot of pretty tales of heartbreak that mix pop and electronica in fairly conventional ways. Hazard's detached demeanor allows songs such as "Shoelaces" and "The Sun Shines at Night" to come off as tortured, but somehow sweet. Dragonetti's detailed backdrops allow Hazard little room to move, but perhaps she doesn't deserve such. The music of The Submarines is calculatedly cool, as planned out as a commercial ditty and almost as catchy. Also, you've probably heard their song "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie" in various Apple commercials.
Sepultura, Belphegor, Hate, Keep of Kalessin and Bonded by Blood at Trees
For nearly three decades, the Brazilian death metal band Sepultura has been making ears bleed and heads bang. And they've sold a ton of records along the way. Hell, these guys have gold and platinum records in countries as diverse as France, Australia, Indonesia, Cyprus and of course, the good ole U.S. of A. Influenced by (who else?) AC/DC, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin, teen brothers Max and Igor Cavalera started Sepultura way back in 1984. Their name means "grave" in Portuguese. How death metal is that? Anyhow, these guys are still as heavy as ever and they even have a new album coming out in June. Kairos will be the band's 12th effort, and these South Americans show little signs of slowing down.
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