Johnson is in shock (ie. a good mood) as he lists the top synth-pop, psych, metal, punk, indie rock and outside-pop shows of the week — two of them are part of the Jazz Fest!
It’s official! PLUS the best gigs of the week, and a shameless plug for Johnson’s own DJ night.
Whether you’re a student or Plateau dweller cursing the influx of fresh blood, here’s where to head-bang the pain away.
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The new Blues Control release Valley Tangents has been a daily listening ritual for me since I first scooped it up a couple of weeks ago, and the live translation should really lift these psyched/jazzed-out jams up high. Lea Cho’s Dave Brubeck/Stan Getz-esque piano lets loose a cluster of chords on opening track “Love’s a Rondo” (à la turk?) as Russ Waterhouse’s guitar and synths know when to careen and lead the charge, and when to just lay back and fill in all the holes.