What month is it again? We hate to reduce our small talk to conversations about the weather, but it's still oh-so-glorious outside, and we hope you had the chance to to get naked over the weekend. Continue to take full advantage of springtime in July by catching some shows this week. Read about recommendations including Dessa, Dax Riggs, California Wives and more right after the jump.
Nu-kle-er Blast Suntan Monday, July 29, 9 p.m. @ Blank Space - $5 By Mabel Suen Nu-kle-er Blast Suntan hails from the crusty underbelly of Augusta, Georgia, carrying its dingy hardcore punk across the country during a tour to the West Coast. Overdriven amps blast purposeful feedback and high pitched, wiley guitar tones, accompanying straightforward, driving bass and drums. Throaty vocals get barked from a dread-heavy frontwoman, biting ear drums with heavy teeth. Nu-kle-er Blast Suntan's sound is dark, noisy and dingy, and most certainly confrontational. The evening's line-up features a crew of hardcore punk and powerviolence. Get ready to get yelled at.
Dessa Tuesday, July 30, 9 p.m. @ The Firebird - $13-$15 w/ Aby Wolf, Mathias and the Pirates By Natalie Gallagher From "Intellect and Heart: Doomtree's Dessa wrestles with her most artistic growth yet on her third album:" On Parts of Speech, Dessa is doing her best yet -- a deft blend of artistry and intellect. Her 2010 full-length debut, A Badly Broken Code, was a heavy, fifteen track volume filled with equal parts rap, harmony and beats, while her 2011 follow-up, Castor, the Twin, was mostly reworked jazz versions of those songs. Parts of Speech is, in Dessa's words, her first truly "hybridal" record; it pays no allegiance to any genre. Half the songs on Speech were written with a live band. They flow smoothly through a captivating array of church choir-esque harmonies, dark orchestral progressions, and bombastic, surging beats provided by Lazerbeak or Paper Tiger.
Teething Veils Wednesday, July 31, 8:30 p.m. @ Blank Space - $5 By Mabel Suen Two shows become one as Teething Veils from Washington, DC and No Bails from Kalamazoo, Michigan combine forces for an evening of vastly varied sounds. Teething Veils, the songwriting of musician Greg Svitil, plays a stark soundtrack of dark folk. Contrastingly, No Bails belts out snotty basement-born punk rock based on power chords and silly subjects. Local openers fill the gap between the two genres with everything from a Demon Lover side project to local rock duos What We Won't See and Bruiser Queen.
Jimmy Eat World Thursday, August 1, 8 p.m. w/ Brick + Mortar @ The Pageant - $25-$27.50 By Jaime Lees Best known for its catchy 2001 power-pop anthem, "The Middle," Jimmy Eat World is a band that has always walked right on the line of major mainstream success. Though a solid favorite among many in the Millennial generation, the band has never been as popular as its tourmates like Weezer and Green Day, and even "The Middle" was a surprise hit single. To the casual listener, Jimmy Eat World might seem like a one hit wonder, but this is a band that many not-so-youngsters freak out over.