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Friday, August 22, 2014

Tonight in Music: Amanda X, Terry Malts, Dead Winter Carpenters & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM


AMANDA X, BEACH DAY, IS/IS, THE CHANTERELLES

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Go right ahead and add Philadelphia twee-punk trio Amanda X to the staggeringly large pile of rock bands making a name for themselves in the City of Brotherly Love. The group's debut album, Amnesia, is loaded with 11 tracks of well-crafted, K Records-indebted pop that's been amped up a notch. Songs like "Tunnels" and "Parsnip" have a sweet and playful side that remains firmly anchored by a fuzzed-out '90s guitar-rock leaning. Meanwhile, Hollywood, Florida's Beach Day formed out of a fondness for the girl-group sounds of the '60s. The trio's latest, last year's Trip Trap Attack, oozes with a summer fun vibe. Album cuts like "Seventeen" and "Walking on the Streets" are must-hears for anyone with a love for the Shangri-Las, and they make the ideal music to blast as we head into the waning days of river season. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


TERRY MALTS, GIRL TEARS

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Over the course of two records, fuzz-rock trio Terry Malts have made their dissatisfaction with hot topics like religion and consumerism pretty clear, doing so as rents in their home base of San Francisco continue to squeeze out the middle class. Someone's gotta do it. Whether you call them a punk band or a garage-rock band, Terry Malts are doing it with just the right temperament. The guitars do most of the raging, while vocalist/bassist Phil Benson delivers the message in a semi-croon. It's more effective than one might think, and these guys are a better band than some who actually do call themselves punk. MARK LORE


DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS, CROW AND THE CANYON

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Though the heat seems never-ending, we're approaching the tail end of summer. So before it's sweater this, permanent-gray-skies that, it'd be wise to get your fill of warm-weather vibes, and there's something about country songbirds Dead Winter Carpenters that seems to scratch that itch. Their quick-step, happy-harmony-filled alt-country puts you in the heart of a hot summer day with nothing to do but hear the fiddle move like laughter. It's joyous—but just to clarify, the show's in the cool Doug Fir basement, with plenty of iced cocktails to go with it, so it won't be too blistering hot—from the sun, anyway. ROBIN BACIOR


PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS, MUSTERED COURAGE, JACOB MILLER AND THE BRIDGE CITY CROONERS

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Bring your two-step kicks and an extra shirt, because Mississippi Studios is going to be transformed into a roadhouse dance party when Petunia and the Vipers roll into town. In the tradition of first-wave rock 'n' roll, Vancouver, BC's Petunia and the Vipers offer slick steel-guitar leads à la Don Helms, stand-up bass, kazoos, and some of the best goddamn yodeling you're ever going to hear. The band's 2011 self-titled LP generally lives in the lonely desert-rambling milieu of Jimmie Rodgers, but the Vipers' live penchant for exploding into dynamic Western swing is infectious and invigorating. Your attendance at this event is probably the best idea you'll have all week. RYAN J. PRADO

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