09.29: Glish + The Beams + Native America + L.F. Knighton – Circle Bar
At their core the Beams are – simply put – an always pleasant, often loud, occasionally mind-blowing concoction of jangled guitars, heartbreak melodies and charmingly unrefined vocal harmonies. Yet there is always something even more unique about this act bubbling just below its forthright surface.
09.08: Native America + Donovan Wolfington + ArchAnimals – Thermos
Though late night bar and live music culture is a phenomenon that New Orleans will be forever connected to, there is something to be said for those musicians who are unafraid to play wherever, whenever and for anyone. Though there has been a DIY punk movement in the city for decades, only recently have indie and college rock musicians begun to take up the DIY ethos. Nevertheless, that culture has been steadily growing for some time now. Saturday night at pop-up venue Thermos in the Uptown campus area, three of the city’s most talented heatseaking bands get together for the kind of casual, off-the-beaten-path show that local live music fans have come to crave over the last couple of years.
Memebers of Japanther, Native America, Broken Smokes, The Bywater Boys and more performing at The Music Box on May 31, 2012
Sports & Leisure performing at Hi-Ho Lounge and The Men + Native America + Glish performing at Siberia on March 11, 2012 for Foburg Music Festival
Native America + Buxton + Habitat + Ben Jones performing at Circle Bar on February 15, 2012
Native America + Netherfriends + Pals performing at CIRCLE BAR!!!!!!!!!!!! on February 2, 2012
02.02: Native America + Netherfriends + Pals – CIRCLE BAR!
For the recently un-re-initiated, Thursday night’s showcase may be the perfect excuse to check out Circle Bar’s new digs: Native America has grown from Sun Hotel drummer Ross Farbe’s found sound side project to a surging space pop trio, churning out a prolific stream of bouncy, fitful tunes and accompanying them with exquisitely precise and energetic performances. They are joined by Chicagoan Shawn Rosenblatt’s full-power one-man psych-pop orchestra Netherfriends, and local jam/folk band Pals, who went on a late-2011 tear following their showstopping supporting slot for Washed Out at One Eyed Jacks in October.
Caddywhompus + Native America + The Suzies + Archanimals performing at Planet 1920 on January 15, 2012
01.14: Caddywhompus + B L A C K I E + /fucks/ + Proud Father + Habitat + Choi Wolf – The Red House and The White House
Though he’s technically known as a “rapper and record producer”, B L A C K I E’s musical vista (a striking meld of thrash, noise and hip hop) is about as rhythmically and instrumentally concrete as an early Kluster record. Instead of wrapping himself in the languorous comforts of a particular genre, he’s spent the better part of the last half decade perfecting a kaleidoscopic array of strange samples, disorientingly-cut beats, and streaking fuzz while drawing listeners in with an abrasive – though alluring – vocal delivery and a sincere, unapologetic adherence to sociopolitical dissidence.