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Fantastic Plastic: Cities on Fire

Fantastic Plastic just released their first full-length album, Cities on Fire. Full of insatiable anger and bitter irony, Cities on Fire is a great catharsis for the shit show that is 2018 America. Songs “Parasites” and “Guilt Plea” have an incredibly tense, claustrophobic tone. You can feel your muscles instinctively clenching as you listen. Luckily, Cities on Fire also provides a great outlet for all that built up stress. Stylistically, the album is reminiscent of The Cramps and early Siouxsie Sioux. The vocals and lyrics run wild with their anxieties. Each song throws both the band and the audience into frenetic, chaotic movements. The guitar playing provides a nice balance to this chaos. The wavy, loose chords guide the audience through each song. They never lose their purpose and provide a nice sense of stability.

You can catch Fantastic Plastic at the Firkin Tavern September 21st, along with Retirement and Hollow Sidewalks

 

  -By Avril Carrillo





Indie Rock

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Seafox
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/sseafoxmusic/?ref=br_rs
Venue name: 
Alberta St Pub
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Pure Bathing Culture at the Doug Fir

Pure Bathing Culture, composed of Vetiver’s Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman, is playing a show this Saturday at the Doug Fir. The duo has most recently teamed up with Turntable Records to cover The Blue Nile’s album Hats, an homage that has been quite a few years in the making. In fact, Pure Bathing Culture was first introduced to The Blue Nile while recording their first ep. According to Versprille, they were both “immediately obsessed with their world of nostalgia and longing.” Pure Bathing Culture does the album immense justice. Their voices blend into a deep, romantic harmony, and they bring a new element of wistfulness to the album's dreamy nature . 

Pure Bathing Culture will be at the Doug Fir Lounge this Saturday, August 25th, along with King Who and Kasey Johansing

By Nick Hartman, quotes courtesy of Stereogum. 

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All Together Festival

Tender Loving Empire’s 11th annual Friends and Friends of Friends compilation is being released soon. TLE has described it as “by far the best grouping of music that we’ve ever been able to put in one place at one time.” But that’s not all the record label is giving us. TLE and White Owl Social Club are teaming up to throw All Together Festival. The festival, which takes place next Saturday, August 18th, is a celebration of the compilation release. It will feature live sets from local acts such as Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba, Chanti Darling, and The Fur Coats. The bands will be playing starting at 2 in the afternoon, and starting at 10 DJ’s Rap Class and Max Bass will be taking over. The show is 21+, and free. You can find the event page and full lineup here, and pre-order the Friends and Friends of Friends compilation here.

 

  -By Avril Carrillo

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Kathy Foster's New Project Roseblood

When the Thermals first announced they were disbanding, everyone in the indie rock scene was, understandably, a little sad. However, we don’t have to be too sad for too long because bassist Kathy Foster’s latest project, Roseblood, is just as enjoyable. It’s a much different side to Foster, slower and sadder than the work she did in the Thermals. This past month Roseblood released a music video for their first single, “Black Veil." The song is beautiful and melancholic, full of the passion and vitality Foster is known for. The lyrics are cerebral without being pretentious, thought provoking without making the listener work too hard. It’s a testament to Foster’s skill and experience. The music video, directed by Jeff Rowles, is dark and gloomy. It’s a clear step in the moodier, darker direction Roseblood is aiming to take.
 
Roseblood will be playing In The Lot, Sunday August 26th with Twin Peaks, Dude York, No Kind of Rider, and the Black Tones.

-By Avril Carrillo, photo by Jason Quigley

 

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