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Three Chances to See the Faint in New York City

May 13th, 2014

The Faint started out making lo-fi indie rock in late-’90s Omaha, Neb., helping that town’s music scene blow up as part of Saddle Creek Records. But over the years both their lineup—now Todd Fink (vocals, keys), Clark Baechle (drums), Michael “Dapose” Dappen (guitar) and Jacob Thiele (keys, vocals)—and their sound have changed. By their second album, Blank-Wave Arcade (stream it below), the Faint (above, doing “I Disappear” for MoshCam) had begun moving toward a more dance-oriented sound, earning comparisons to Devo and the Cure. Next came Danse Macabre (stream it below) in 2001. Although the album, with its heavy-hook-filled dance rock (albeit with some dark material), was influenced by New Wave, it still managed to sound modern rather than retro. The Faint recently released Doom Abuse (stream it below), their first album of new music since 2008, to some considerable acclaim. “The Faint keeps things fresh,” according to the A.V. Club: “Thankfully, Doom Abuse reclaims both the vibrancy and spontaneity of the group’s best work.” They’re currently touring the country in support of their new work, and they’re giving New York City plenty of love, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow, Webster Hall on Saturday and The Bowery Ballroom on 5/19. So don’t miss out.

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Catch Skaters Tonight at The Bowery Ballroom

July 19th, 2013

Singer Michael Ian Cummings and drummer Noah Rubin were making music together in Los Angeles as the Dead Trees when they began exchanging demos with guitarist Joshua Hubbard in London. Things began to click, so they met in the middle, New York City, to form Skaters (and the art magazine Yonks). Although no one in the band actually is a skater: “The name just reminds me of my youth and the way I felt listening to music and hanging out with my friends running around the city being a hooligan,” Cummings told the New York Times. The group’s well-received, self-released EP, Schemers, showing some of their melodic-punk influences (think: the Cars and Devo), came out last year. Skaters (above, doing “I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How)” for BBC Radio 1) have been busy this year recording their debut LP at Electric Lady Studios in the Village, but you don’t have to wait for the album to come out to get your fix because they play a hometown show tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.

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Total Control Bring Garage Rock from the Land Down Under to You

May 22nd, 2013

Bonding over their shared love of ’80s bands like Devo and the Screamers, Dan Stewart (vocals) and Mikey Young (guitar and keys) formed Total Control in Melbourne in 2008. The duo rose up out of Australia’s garage-punk scene thanks in part to several 7″ singles before blossoming into a five-piece with the addition of Alistair Montfort (guitar), Zephyr Pavey (bass) and James Vinciguerra (drums). With each subsequent release, the band’s sound changed slightly, culminating with their explosive, hypnotic debut LP, 2011’s Henge Beat (stream it below). In praising it, Pitchfork says, “The band explores a different realm of possibilities in every song,” and “Total Control display the kind of unity that veteran bands take years to cultivate.” Find out for yourself what the fuss is all about when Total Control (above, performing “One More Tonight”) play tonight at Mercury Lounge.

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Don’t Miss the Faint at Terminal 5 Tomorrow Night

December 6th, 2012

The Faint started out making lo-fi indie rock in late-’90s Omaha, Neb., helping that town’s music scene blow up as part of Saddle Creek Records. But over the years both their lineup—now Todd Fink (vocals, keys), Clark Baechle (drums), Dapose (guitar) and Jacob Thiele (keys, vocals)—and their sound have changed. By their second album, Blank-Wave Arcade, the Faint (above, doing “Glass Danse” for MoshCam.com) had begun moving toward a more dance-oriented sound, earning comparisons to Devo and the Cure. Next came Danse Macabre in 2001. Although the album, with its heavy-hook-filled dance rock (albeit with some dark material), was influenced by New Wave, it still managed to sound modern rather than retro. Recently Saddle Creek remastered and reissued the LP (stream it below), and you can see the Faint play all of Danse Macabre tomorrow at Terminal 5.