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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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Minks Play the Late Show Tomorrow at Mercury Lounge

November 20th, 2013

Their first album, By the Hedge, arrived in 2011. Filled with moody pop, it invited comparisons to the likes of My Bloody Valentine and the Cure. And although Minks is ostensibly Shaun Kilfoyle’s project, he performed the material live as a six-piece. Eventually the band was streamlined into a smaller operation. And when Kilfoyle suffered from writer’s block, he, temporarily at least, left Brooklyn for the quieter environs of the East End of Long Island to record the band’s follow-up, the poppier and more poetic Tides End (stream it below), released in August. Allmusic says the “crisper sound is matched by pithier songwriting” and that the album “takes listeners on a deceptively breezy and surprisingly affecting journey through moments that can’t last.” Now back in New York City, Minks (above, performing “Funeral Song” for Newtown Radio) play the late show tomorrow night 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.