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March 26, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Gloom-punks Weekend keep it cryptic | Concert preview


Weekend — from Brooklyn, via California — plays Barboza in Seattle Thursday. Photo by Eli Marias.

When Weekend first emerged from San Francisco five years ago, its somber, reverb-heavy sound clashed with its West Coast origins.

The trio’s 2010 debut “Sports” didn’t conjure images of lush, green expanses or pastel-hued houses so much as desolate industrial yards, far-flung train stops and dimly-lit backrooms.

It’s appropriate, then, that bassist-vocalist Shaun Durkan, guitarist Kevin Johnson and drummer Abe Pedroza have since relocated to New York. They’ll headline Barboza Thursday in support of their recent second LP, amusingly dubbed “Jinx.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Barboza, Brooklyn, Post-punk

March 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM

For Barsuk’s Yellow Ostrich, space is the place | Concert preview

Yellow Ostrich

The Brooklyn group Yellow Ostrich, pictured, plays a sold-out show at Barboza Saturday. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

An unexpected pleasure of Barsuk Records’ 15th-anniversary concert series last November was catching glimpses of some of the newer stars in the Seattle label’s galaxy.

Initially a Northwest-only concern, Barsuk has expanded its scope in recent years, picking up some opposite-coast talent. Brooklynites Yellow Ostrich’s set of percussive pop was among the fest’s best; they’ll return Saturday for an encore at Barboza. The show is sold out.


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March 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

NYC’s The Men need to chill | New recordings

The Men

The Men, from left: Rich Samis, Nick Chiericozzi, Mark Perro, Ben Greenberg. Photo by Angel Ceballos.

The Men
“Tomorrow’s Hits”
(Sacred Bones)

Who are The Men? Tough to say.

The Brooklynites’ signature sound is their lack of one. Since 2008, they’ve dabbled in belligerent noise, astral psychedelia, streamlined prog, even acoustic folk.

Operating at a clip rarely seen since hardcore punk’s Reagan-era heyday, they’ll issue “Tomorrow’s Hits,” their fourth full-length in as many years, this Tuesday.

Such prolificacy is notable, but is it enough?


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