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
brings Neon Indian to the Detroit 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.