Shake me up, shake me down: Try to define the Growlers’ sound and multiple genres will come to mind, which is exactly what makes them so special. Their sonic melting pot ranges from psychedelic rock to indie pop and from surf rock to beach Goth, all while Brooks Nielsen’s distinctive raspy voice croons about love, life and everyday hardships. Over the course of more than a decade, the Dana Point, Calif., band has released numerous well-received singles, EPs and albums, including last year’s City Club (stream it below), which AllMusic dubbed their “most immediate and accessible collection of songs to date.” Plus, they’ve toured with renowned acts like the Black Keys, Julian Casablancas and Devendra Banhart. The Growlers (above, doing “I’ll Be Around” live in studio for KEXP FM) have gone through a transformation with City Club—produced by Casablancas and Shawn Everett (best known for working with Alabama Shakes and Weezer)—making their sound more concise, with upbeat tempos and perhaps a dose of New York City attitude added to their sunny, laid-back California vibes. Now in fine mid-tour form, the Growlers play Terminal 5 on Saturday night. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren
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Shortly after becoming one of the founding members of Weezer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Sharp formed another alternative-rock band, the Rentals, in 1994. Over the years, the lineup around him has changed, but Sharp remains the guiding force. Following the release of their second album, Seven More Minutes (stream it below), in 1999, the Rentals (above, in their video for “1000 Seasons”) went on a six-year hiatus. Afterward, Sharp and Co. put out several EPs, but last year—alongside Patrick Carney (drums), Lauren Chipman (viola), Holly Laessig (vocals), Ryen Slegr (guitar), Jess Wolfe (vocals)—the Rentals put out their third full-length album, Lost in Alphaville (stream it below). According to Paste magazine, the LP “retains that fuzzed-out exuberance characteristic to the golden era of indie rock, but little else. Most of its surface springs with major keys, up-tempos and earworms, with warm boy-girl harmonies cooing and coiling together over smiling pianos and power chords, but underneath smolders some ponderous rumblings of distortion and caustic ambient noises from that cathartically raked-over synthesizer, helmed by our auteur, Sharp, who’s at his most contemplative, and, at times, abstract, in lyrical fare here. It’s far from the slapped-together shambolic style of ’90s power-pop; no, this sounds much more arranged, almost like tightened chamber pop if it were clouded by the murk of shoegaze.” Earlier this month, the Rentals hit the road in support of the new album, and you can see them tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Rey Pila and Radiation City open the show.
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New York City musicians Robert Cooper, Wes Hutchinson, Dan Logan, Gunner Olsen and Oscar Albis Rodriguez have been making original music for close to a decade. But individually and collectively they have a soft spot for the music of the much beloved Weezer. Originally they began playing some Weezer tunes during their shows just to mix up things. But it took off and now, as the Sweater Songs, they do entire shows playing material from Blue Album, Pinkerton and more. Bottom line: It’s a whole lot of fun, which you can see for yourself when the Sweater Songs (above, covering “Buddy Holly”) play The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night.
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They may have grown up in a tiny rural Canadian town, but playing what Spinner calls “beer-drenched power-pop indie ditties you’ll love singing along to,” has taken the four guys in Hollerado across the world, touring with the likes of Jack White’s the Dead Weather, Girl Talk and Andrew W.K. They make the kind of music that marries the upbeat energy of Weezer with the wit of Stephen Malkmus, a combo that comes across in this cool rendition of “On My Own,” performed on the move, in a van, exclusively for The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube.
While driving around Brooklyn the guys talk about being lucky to make another album, getting to see movies their girlfriends won’t let them and cheese being a reason to live. Watch the interview.
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