Mashing together gritty, bluesy rock with a dose of dance-worthy synths and his-and-hers vocals, Peter Dreimanis (vocals), Leah Fay (vocals), Ian Docherty (guitar), Josh Warburton (bass) and Danny Miles (drums) formed July Talk just a few years ago in Toronto. They earned comparisons to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age and the Kills when their self-titled debut (stream it below) came out in 2012. Their second full-length, Touch (stream it below), arrived this past October. “Touch finds July Talk cultivating and improving upon what made them so engaging on their debut. Rather than going the easy route of replicating their initial successes, they push themselves and expand. Their signature sound and integrity is maintained, while new touches are added as needed,” according to PopMatters. “It’s a fantastic follow-up and is an example, in this cynical era of playlists, of how bands can still craft fully realized, comprehensive albums while still developing as artists and not being afraid to make sociological statements.” July Talk (above, performing “Push + Pull” for Toronto’s CFNY FM 102.1 the Edge) kicked off a new tour earlier this week, which brings them to The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Mona and Miles Francis open the show.
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Influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age and the Scottish post-hardcore trio Mclusky, four guys—Dara Kiely (vocals), Alan Duggan (guitar), Adam Faulkner (drums) and Daniel Fox (bass)—formed Girl Band more than three years ago in Dublin. Their debut EP, the noise rock–filled France 98 (stream it below), arrived in 2012, which Pitchfork said, “could’ve passed for a product of Sub Pop circa 1988.” Since then, the quartet has become known for energetic live shows. Recently signed to Rough Trade Records, there’s talk of new music, but ahead of that, Girl Band (above, doing “Lawman” for KEXP FM) have booked their first U.S. tour dates, and you can see them at the late show on Friday at Mercury Lounge. Brooklyn psych-pop outfit Monograms opens.
Before going it alone as a solo artist, raspy-voiced Brody Dalle first fronted the punk quartet the Distillers and then the alternative four-piece Spinnerette, earning the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist comparisons to Courtney Love and PJ Harvey. Following the demise of those bands, Dalle took some time away from the spotlight as she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and had two kids, but her interest in making music has never waned. Dalle (above, performing “Don’t Mess with Me” live for 102.1 the Edge) began working on her debut solo album in 2012 with some well-known names, like Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, QOTSA bassist Michael Shuman, the Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi and Warpaint frontwoman Emily Kokal. And that LP, Diploid Love (stream it below), arrived this past spring to some considerable acclaim. The Guardian calls it “riotous and brazenly euphoric,” and NME proclaims, “Her musical time-out not only turned a glaring spotlight onto the massive, female-shaped gap in the contemporary punk landscape but also deprived us of a truly great, brutally badass talent for almost half a decade. Thank fuck, then, for Brody’s return and the unrepentant, defiant Diploid Love.” Winding down her U.S. tour in support of the album, Dalle plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night. Boston trio Slothtrust opens the show.
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Queens of the Stone Age – Terminal 5 – March 25, 2011
Appropriate for a band of their stature, Queens of the Stone Age fit an arena-sized show into Terminal 5 on Friday night. In between songs from their 1998 self-titled album (which they are playing in full at each stop on this tour to help celebrate its rerelease), lead singer Josh Homme showed his veteran rocker chops by playing to the crowd’s favor. “This city isn’t a bunch of fucking sheep—it’s a bunch of individuals,” he proclaimed between cigarette puffs.
The band took time working through the classic debut album, spending just more than an hour on the 11 fuzz-heavy tracks while throwing in some musical embellishments along the way. Guitar solos at times bounced among the three members with axes, making as much fun as they could out of songs more than a decade old. But returning for their first encore, Homme reset the tone: “Now we’re just here to have fun. The hard part’s over.” More familiar tracks like “Little Sister” seemed to rock a bit harder without the weight of reminiscence hanging over them.
A second round of encore performances featured an even looser and more fun attitude, as the band grinned through the sweet-sounding “Make It wit Chu” and rounded out the night with their megahit, “No One Knows.” The totally professional rockers that they are, Queens of the Stone Age showed they can mix nostalgia, swagger and a whole arena’s worth of rock into any venue they play, giving the crowd more than their money’s worth. —Sean O’Kane
Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com