This Week in the Mercury


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tonight in Music: PS I Love You, Fergus and Geronimo, Tapes 'n Tapes, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 3:52 PM


DIAMOND RINGS, PS I LOVE YOU, MNEMONIC SOUNDS

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The finest Canadian rockers since the Constantines went on hiatus, the PS I Love You duo are making the rounds in support of their critically adored debut Meet Me at the Muster Station. Fans of noisy guitar rock, prepare to fall head over heels with your new favorite band. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


CHEAP TIME, IDLE TIMES, DEAD MEAT, FERGUS AND GERONIMO

(East End, 203 SE Grand) Make no mistake—Fergus and Geronimo do and say as they please. The Texas-bred, Brooklyn-based duo's debut long-player, Unlearn, fearlessly bulldozes through garage rock, doo-wop, and more, gathering up whatever rubble proves useful along the way—like, you know, a tender flute line that follows the melody of "Wanna Know What I Would Do?," a punk-injected blip that bluntly suggests scenesters fuck off. This sort of youthful panache is interestingly matched with Andrew Savage's plainspoken delivery on his portion of the record (sharing songwriting and vocal duties with other bandmate—presumably Geronimo—Jason Kelly). If I were you, I would go to this show and pray for "Forced Aloha"; it's a good day when some singer peers out over a strumming, Built to Spill moment and groans, "Your life is nothing/But a loveless beach house fuck/SÖ good luck." RAQUEL NASSER


TAPES 'N TAPES, DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR., THEMES

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Minneapolis' Tapes 'n Tapes are one of those former blog-buzz bands that have carried on for years after the initial spike in attention, making you wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place. They're simply middling students in modern indie-rock 101 who arose at a time when "mediocre" somehow became the new "awesome" in the hive mind and the critical consensus-making machine. Detroit's Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are where T&T were in 2005, and while they're slightly more interesting sonically than their tour mates, they too are nothing about which to throw exclamation marks. DEJJ show more concern for chillwave-y atmospheres and danceable beats while maintaining a healthy regard for melody. DAVE SEGAL

A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.

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