Yr. Weekend, Pt. 3: Justice + Sunrise & Ammunition + Giant Battle Monster + Silver Snakes + More

Rolling through Sunday, October 28th, and there’s still plenty going on that sounds/looks cool, at least to me. Running late talking about ’em, I’m afraid — spent the evening taking the munchkins to multiple trunk-or-treats so they could score lots of candy — but I didn’t want to miss out on tonight completely…

Before we get into it, though, I feel compelled to point out that The Features aren’t playing at Warehouse Live tonight, which bums me out, because they’re badass. No word on why, but promoter a2zpresents said the show was cancelled a little while back.

Anyway, here’s what I’m liking at the moment:

Justice @ House of Blues
Talked about this one a few months ago, but damn, it still sounds pretty ridiculously awesome. If you’ve never heard Justice, they’re like an ’80s party-hard rock band if you replaced all the guitars with synths and told ’em to just go nuts. Loud, in-your-face, thumping music that feels good to throw your fist up to; what more do you want?

Giant Battle Monster/Sunrise & Ammunition/Harold Borup/Jealousy Mountain Duo @ Notsuoh
Been listening to Sunrise & Ammunition‘s new album Tesseract quite a bit this week, and so far, I’m pretty damn impressed. They’re proggy, but in a way that’s not overly self-involved and doesn’t make me want to stab myself in the eyes, instead riding the line between the jagged sharpness of Jawbox and more thoughtful instrumentalism from the past decade or so. Keep an eye out for a full review, and watch for these guys to play again soon.

To make things even better, of course, they’re playing with Giant Battle Monster, who are pretty awesome in their own right, taking spastic avant-jazz structures (to my ears, anyway) and, setting them on fire, then pissing on ’em to put out the fire once they’ve burned hot and loud. If that sounds good to you, well, you’re in luck.

Psychosomatic/U.Y.U.S./Backtrack/Xibalba/Harness/Silver Snakes/Killer Ape @ Walter’s
Alright, so this one seems like an odd matchup to me. I think the bulk of the bands playing are skull-crushing hardcore or something like it — NY’s Backtrack definitely fall in that category, as do Killer Ape — but then there’s Silver Snakes, who are a much more laidback indie-rock-emo gang, and not bad at all for that. Take a listen:

That said, this still looks like a cool one; get on over to Walter’s, whichever side of the heavy-guitar-rock coin you happen to be into.

Runners-Up:
Crocodiles/Infinite Apaches @ Fitzgerald’s
Alanis Morissette/Phillip Phillips @ Bayou Music Center
Dark Waves Sunday, featuring Lost Tribe, Bomraw, & Future Blondes @ Mango’s ($5)


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