Bang Bang, Bracken, Muslimgauze

by PopMatters Staff

20 March 2007

 

Bang Bang
What We Need [MP3]
     

She Came From Outer Space [MP3]
     

“In Chicago, where yesterday’s bands get chewed up and spit out like fingernails, mutation is survival. It’s how Bang! Bang! has hammered away in the stretches of time that eat most bands alive (four years and counting to be exact.) But rather than growing legs and walking on land, this mutation has allowed Bang! Bang! to take a liberating plunge into new waters on their new LP, The Dirt That Makes You Drown (Morphius Records).”—Morphius

Tour dates
03.29 St. Louis, MO @ The Way Out Club
03.30 Springfield, MO @ The Outland
03.31 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern
04.01 Hot Springs, AR @ Low Key Arts Building
04.02 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
04.03 Houston, TX @ The Proletariat
04.04 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
04.05 Mobile, AL @ Cellblock
04.06 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
04.07 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
04.09 Carrboro, NC @ Reservoir Bar
04.10 Baltimore, MD @ Lo-Fi Social Club
04.11 Brooklyn, NY @ Trash Bar
04.13 Hamtramck, MI @ The Belmont
04.14 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
04.19 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
04.20 Amarillo, TX @ E.O.S.
04.21 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
04.22 Juarez, Mexico @ Line Bar
04.23 El Paso, TX @ Zeppelins Pub
04.24 Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space
04.25 Hollywood, CA @ Safari Sam’s
04.26 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
04.28 Sacramento, CA @ Old Iron Sides
05.01 Denver, CO @ 15th Street Tavern
05.02 Lawrence, KS @ The Replay
05.04 Burbank, IL @ Champs Rock Room

Bracken
Heathens [MP3] from We Know About the Need on Anticon.
     

We Know About the Need is the debut album from Bracken, the shrouded-in-mystery solo venture of Chris Adams (otherwise voice and co-sound designer of Leeds legends Hood). It’s a blunt introduction, with the first track picking up as if mid-song: the head-nodding beat and aqueous guitar plucks of “Of Athroll Slains” sounding like some lost instrumental transmission from the Wu’s 36 Chambers picked up by CB radio and rebroadcast here. Bloops, beeps and squelches of strings swirl about, as Chris’ voice comes through sounding wonderfully wrecked and world-weary.”—Anticon

Muslimgauze
Fazizi [MP3] from Intifaxa on Extreme Records.
     

“A contemporary vision of world music where western and Arabic rhythms create a chilling seductive state.”—Extreme

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