Post-Memorial Day Blues? X And Neon Indian Will Make Everything Better
How do you get over the long weekend, you ask? If music is the only thing you can look forward to until the next long weekend (and that would be Independence Day), count your lucky stars that both X and Neon Indian are in town this week.
Wednesday, June 2
Wednesday night features a show by X at Alex's Bar in Long Beach - but it's not the X you might be thinking of. Formed at around the same time as the Los Angeles legends, this X was half a world away in Australia. Their 1979 classic X-Aspirations album remains a monster of post-punk aggression, while 1985's At Home With You, reissued a couple of years back, is equally strong. By all accounts this current American tour--also featuring a more recent band of equal bass-led power, Seattle's A-Frames--has been knocking them dead.
Thursday, June 3
Thursday night bringsNeon Indian
to theDetroit Bar
. A one-man band in the person of Alan Palomo, accompanied live by a three-person backing group, Neon Indian are, depending on who you talk to, a refreshing breath of fresh air, a representative of whatever the term "chillwave" is supposed to embrace, or an example of Pitchfork-approved autohype taken to extreme levels. (Or just all three and more at once, which might be the simplest approach.) In lieu of any further judgment, just let the beats and sighs of "Deadbeat Summer" wrap things up for this week.
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