BY TORI SWIACKI// Silly core, class-clown core, goof core, fun punk — there are many labels that could be applied to New York’s TOP nachos. Taking influence from bands likePrimus, TOP nachos comes as a two piece, comprised of guitarist and vocalist Eli Frank and drummer Kenny Hauptman.
BY TORI SWIACKI// On Tuesday, August 28 Doe Deer accompanied Thin Lips and Slaughter Beach, Dog at DC9 Nightclub.
Doe Deer, based out of Fredericksburg, VA has been no stranger to the DC music scene, having played Songbyrd one week prior. Frontman Nabeel attributes some of Doe Deer’s success in DC to his time spent in the DMV DIY scene, looking upon of it more as a community, noting its inclusive nature. Beginning with humble roots, Nabeel recorded the earliest tracks as a solo project using a built-in laptop microphone and a small amp. He describes this minimalist setup, saying, “I didn’t have much experience, so I was kind of just playing around with the recordings until I figured out how to make it sound somewhat tolerable.” The result, December 2016’s “Sports,” was more than bearable, delivering a soft, nostalgic sound sprinkled with ambient sounds as seen in the ninth track, “waves.” Think: Starry Cat, or, more specifically, Teen Suicide’s “no, the moon,” or “Letterman” by foozle.
BY TORI SWIACKI// Courtney Barnett, the indie darling of Australia, is returning to Washington, DC this Tuesday, July 24.
Barnett and her music have always held a certain staying power, between the blend of folk guitar dressed up with garage rock influences and her deadpan lyrics giving fans no shortages of witty quotes to swap. The most recognizable, and perhaps my personal favorite, will perhaps always be, “Give me all your money, and I’ll make some origami honey,” from her 2015 sophomore album, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.”
Putting the sometimes pithy nature of her usual lyrics aside, other tracks reveal a soft, queer love, like “Depreston,” telling the story of moving in with a partner and what it feels like to choose a new home for oneself. In her newest album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” Barnett shows a rare display of aggression in the middle track, “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch,” which is neatly balanced out by the opening track “Hopefulessness,” with a simple plucked melody that never fails to hypnotize.
BY SAHRA MAXWELL// Cigarettes After Sex is coming to the 9:30 club April 2nd! The group was started in 2008 by Greg Gonzalez. The New York Based group consists of keyboardist Phillip Tubbs, bassist Randy Miller, and drummer Jacob Tomsky. While studying at the University of Texas, he recorded songs in a stairwell. He worked on creating music that replicated a dream and released his first EP, I., in 2012 featuring the two hit songs, “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You” and “Dreaming of You”.
After releasing their EP, the group decided to move to New York to pursue their music career. During the beginning of their career, they mostly released singles and EPs and gained popularity through Youtube clips. They released the song “Affection” in 2015 and “K” in 2016. The band released their first album titled Cigarettes After Sex in 2017.
BY ANNA LAROCCO MASI// Iconic indie band Yo La Tengo is heading to the 9:30 Club next Wednesday, April 4. The band is originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, which is claimed to be the birthplace of baseball. Their name, which translates to “I have it” in Spanish, was a phrase used in baseball games in the 60s.
Yo La Tengo is known for their soft and upbeat indie-rock sound, as well as covers of favorites such as Cat Stevens. The group has produced 15 albums, the most recent of which, “There’s a Riot Going On,” was released just last week and has already made the Billboard Top 200. This LP features softer sounds and more lo-fi influences than Yo La Tengo’s traditional fare.