Crucial concerts for the coming week: The Black Angels & Kikagaku Moyo, Video Age & Shy Boys, Exhumed & Creeping Death, ST 37 & the Gary, Arooj Aftab and Kool Keith – Music


Black angels (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Levitation: The Black Angels, Kikagaku Moyo

with A Place to Bury Strangers, Ringo Deathstarr and Ami Dang
Stubb’s, Friday 29

While a set of Levitation is dominated by the festival’s founders, the Black Angels, the lineup includes like-minded acts that bring to mind the spirit of the original Austin Psych Fest. In the absence of the longtime mainstays of Elephant Stone, Baltimore sitarist and songwriter Ami Dang enters the Indian / North American vacation with her meditative, electronic version of the acidic vibe. Perennial ATX power trio Ringo Deathstarr are making a splash with their aggressive Detroit-style attack on the British shoegaze via last year’s eponymous bruiser. New York’s A Place to Bury Strangers tends to blow up every stage it steps over, and since its gothic rock noise New Wave is in high gear on the new EP Hologram, this year should be no different. Tokyo’s beloved quintet Kikagaku Moyo performed at the festival last time it was held two years ago, but it doesn’t tour much in the United States. Austin’s best psychedelic rockers end their own night with what is likely to be a retrospective set – after all, the band hasn’t released any new music since 2017, and their latest album Live in levitation recaps its history of festival performances anyway. As eclectic as Levitation has become over the past decade, the Angels bill counts as meat and potatoes, but it’s also a reminder of the music this festival was built on. – Michel toland

Video age and shy boys

Mohawk, Friday 29

Beginning in Texas, the pop perfectionists of NOLA Video Age take the tour of 2020 Pleasure Line’s romantic optimism, Ross Farbe and Ray Micarelli’s swoony synth exploration of ’80s rock and R&B influences. independent outlet Winspear, streamlined the electronic jitters of second year Pop Therapy with his band mates Nick Corson and Duncan Troast (who recently made a great debut as Convenience). Also featuring a playful third album, Talk Loud, the KC Shy Boys quintet swirls highlighter and doo-wop harmonies with sinister themes via Polyvinyl Records. Taste “Trash” to imagine the Beach Boys at a haunted carnival. – Rachel Rascoe

Exhumed, creeping death

Lost well, Saturday 30

Ultimately! A pit that does not ulcerate the stomach, but rather one that projects the elbows and knees. Last week, Bay Area Exhumed gore metal butchers released the new Relapse Records EP Worming, four slabs in 11 minutes of melting pus vocals, table guitars and ADHD death tempos. Laying down a sonic tarpaulin as direct support, muerte merchants Denton Creeping Death are launching their own new expanded game, The Edge of Existence, a half-dozen OGDM chunks in meaty 25 minutes. Portland’s Bewitcher blackened speeders and Virginians Enforced crossover / thrash double the gasping quotient with all new LPs. – Raoul Hernandez

ST 37, Le Gary

Valhalla, Saturday 30

Like a blade of grass growing on the sidewalk, the Reagan-era post-punk ATX on the Red River signals the afterlife pandemic. Flexing the new feature over and over again, ST 37 plays the opening title track, Fire Starter CBGB, floats the 14-minute “Observing Dust” meteor impact cloud, and the mic drops an intergalactic frosting over it. “Flea Udder”. “Of direct support from Gary, wrote the Chronicle in March of the Fallow EP:” Dormant since 2014, Austin’s hydro trio generates harsh, flat ’80s post-punk sound, singer’s tangle and downfall. / bassist Dave Norwood, henchman Trey Pool, and new Anthony Castaneda. “Plastic and Pfisters stack up. – Raoul Hernandez

Levitation: Arooj Aftab

Scholz Garten, Saturday 30

Pakistani singer, songwriter and producer Arooj Aftab transcends genres, bringing century-old ghazals into the modern era with her innovative collaborations and velvety voice. 36-year-old Vulture Prince’s April effort harnesses the power of ancient South Asian music and poetry meant to attract God, though she forgoes traditional instrumentation in favor of arrangements minimalist orchestral, which concentrates the power of its song – interweaving feelings of comfort and nostalgia. Join Aftab on an emotional journey as she performs with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and Harvard professor / pianist Vijay Iyer. – Clara wang

Kool Keith

Antone, Sunday 31

The award-winning abstract rap poet, now in his fifth decade on the mic, arrives on the heels of Keith’s Salon, a run-of-the-mill LP filled with descriptions of a lavish, over-sexed lifestyle and C-quality hooks. this awarded 10 points to Texas for transforming an Earl Campbell benchmark into “Yachts”. Aside from the recent release, Kool Keith remains an elite Halloween option for its catalog of characters – Dr. Octagonecologyst, Black Elvis and Dr. Dooom – all of whom monopolize its set list, also including material from the Ultamagnetic MCs combo. from the 80s. Trample early for the heady locals: Chucky Blk, the Point, DJ ConSafos and DJ Raquiqui. – Kevin curtin

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