Accurately describing what Starfucker sound like requires some hyphens. The Portland, Ore., quartet, often known by the SFW variation STRFKR, could be called psych-pop, electro-rock, indie-glam and disco-funk. You might even say there are subtle hints of chillwave in there. But, then, this may be getting too specific. So long as you mumble fun and dance somewhere in your description, that’s really good enough. Starfucker (above, performing “While I’m Alive” in studio for KEXP FM) know when they’re onto something catchy, wringing every last groove out of a song’s hook like it’s a wet sponge. Stream their newest, Miracle Mile, below, to get an idea of what we’re talking about. Paste calls it “one of the prettiest party records you’ll hear this year.” Of course, the best way to experience party music is live and in person. And onstage, Starfucker liberally apply synths on top of synths until the hooks work their way into every last brain in the venue, collectively drowning them in pleasure molecules. Find out for yourself tomorrow night at Terminal 5. —Dan Rickershauser
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STRFKR, the addictive indie-dance quartet out of Portland, Ore., have a late-summer date at Terminal 5 on 9/7. And we’re teaming up with the band to give away some quality swag. Enter to win a double CD—Miracle Mile and Reptilians—plus a poster from the show!
Starfucker – Webster Hall – March 15, 2013
Accurately describing what Starfucker sound like requires some hyphens. The band, sometimes known by the SFW vowelless variation STRFKR, could be called psych-pop, electro-rock, indie-glam and disco-funk. You might even say there are subtle hints of chillwave in there. But, then, this may be getting too specific. So long as you mumble “fun” and “dance” somewhere in your description, that’s really good enough—and it’s quite possibly all you’d get out of anyone in Friday’s crowd at Webster Hall.
Starfucker know when they’re onto something catchy, wringing every last groove out of a song’s hook like it’s a wet sponge. The Portland, Ore., band doubled down on the blissful riffs of “German Love,” liberally applying synths on top of synths until the hooks worked their way into every last brain in the venue, collectively drowning them in pleasure molecules. The fun levels shot up exponentially in the latter half of the set, when, as if some otherworldly dimension had kicked down a door backstage, the place suddenly filled with balloons, inflated trash bags and a cast of plush characters.
This psychedelic wonderland’s arrival had an immediate effect on the audience: Head-nodding appreciation for the grooves quickly turned into jumping and flailing, and the entire front row of the audience decided it was the perfect time for crowd surfing, with some members of the plush gang onstage joining in amidst a sea of popping balloons. The cherry on top of it all arrived in the encore with Starfucker’s sing-along friendly cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” And judging from the scene, guys also want to have fun, not to mention plush bunnies, astronauts, pandas, elephants and even Gumby. Fun doesn’t discriminate at Starfucker shows. —Dan Rickershauser
Last month the electro-pop quartet Starfucker released their third LP, the acclaimed Miracle Mile. And with a new album, comes a new tour. So the four-piece from PDX is headed our way to play Webster Hall on Friday. The show is sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets. So if you’d like to go, try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Starfucker, 3/15) and a brief message explaining why you are (or aren’t) going out on St. Patrick’s Day. Eddie Bruiser, who’s considering resting his liver on Sunday, will notify the winner by Friday. Ádh mór ort!
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