July 26th, 2012
Well, lookee here. This Liars night crept up quickly, didn’t it. The three-piece from New York via L.A.’s been consistently surprising fans for about twelve years and six albums now. Their latest, WIXIW (pronounced “wish you,” I guess), shows just how seasoned and sophisticated they’ve become. Give a listen/watch at this past spring’s single, “No. 1 Against the Rush.” They have a past and history of brash and dirty nastiness. But over time they’ve introduced bits of beats and slick electro production. They’ve always been big on rhythm, but songs like “A Ring On Every Finger” sound almost like Matthew Dear or Hot Chip track. A much more pop-friendlier Liars came out this summer, but 2010’s Sisterworld was a drowsy, haunted and creepier record. It plays like a horror movie where the soundtrack makes it worse because it’s intoxicatingly bizarre and you have to keep listening to see what happens next. But then listen to a song from their 2007 self-titled, like “Plaster Casts of Everything,” and you’re like ‘Whoa! I’m gonna need ear plugs!’ They effing rip. So it’s anyone’s guess. What’ll they play and how punk will it be? GO FIND OUT. It’s at Union Transfer, doors at 8 and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s opening. $15 tickets.
And then look what we have here over at Milkboy. THEESatisfaction is responsible for some of the funkiest, chillest most space-funky R&B grooves of the year. Hailing from Seattle, Stas and Cat will be giving you female hip-hop soul that’s sure to make your fingers snap and your hips sway. You might even want to put on something silk for this sensual evening. They’re tight with and labelmates to Butterfly, or Ishmael Butler, or Palaceer Lazaro from Shabazz Palaces, and their debut on Sub-Pop this past March was totally fly. AwE NaturalE spawned at least one truly breathtaking and perfect accompaniment to a single in the form of the video for “QueenS” (below). Damn, it’s so hot. They channel some of the best soul and R&B women of the last decade: Erykah Badu, Ursula Rucker, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Angie Stone and Jill Scott. Watch em’ do “Deeper” for KEXP, please. And oh damn! Lushlife opens? EVEN BETTER. Seriously, tickets are only $12 and doors are at 8.