March 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
lessee. Lord Dying was rad at the ZACC last Saturday. Their amount of badass guitar-shredding riffage is proportional to how chill and laid-back they seem offstage. Also, I had not seen The Hounds before, and bless them, they play AC/DC covers. At least, butt-rocking songs that definitely sound like AC/DC covers, anyway. If you see this is as a downside, we could never be friends.
Looking forward, big ole show tonight! Rose Gold, Cryptics, Buddy Jackson, Vera at the Badlander. Bozeman’s Rose Gold is working a pretty winning combination of shoegazey rock and confusingly gross sexual imagery. The Cryptics are a punk three-piece out of New Hampshire.
The show starts about 10 when trivia gets done. It looks to be a smashing good time; plus, we have this eternal gem of a show poster courtesy of Marty’s first-ever attempt at Photoshop.
If you need motivation today, here is a Mutoid Man track. To paraphrase what Bryne Yancey said on Twitter, “Try not to go set your office on fire after listening to this.”
March 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
hey all! the Nervosas show last night at the VFW was fun. lights off, bands loud, good times. and you can make fun of me for drinking Bud Light all you want, but I’m still gonna buy it as long as it’s a buck seventy five.
tonight there’s an all-ages shindig at the ZACC with Idaho Green and other charming folk (check the show calendar). As it happens, Idaho Green has a new split cassette out with Wyoming peeps justinedrugs. You can stream it on bandcamp! party!
yours in slush,
missoulapunknews [at] gmail dot com
March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
hi, I am a jerk, because I totally thought I’d added this show to the calendar and didn’t. Anyway, this band Nervosas is playing the VFW tonight, along with Magpies, King Elephant and Armaund Hammer. All those dorks should bring out plenty of their friends as it is, but dude, have you actually listened to Nervosas? If gothy, trashy, early-80s-production-values punk sounds like your thing, then go check ‘em out. I think it’s an 18-plus show. 10 PM or so. $5/$7 for minors.
February 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
February and March are the hardest months of the year for moi; probably due to lack of sunlight, crappy holidays and general ennui. Here are bands that both confirm my sad-sackness, and yet, offer a beam of cathartic light. (I am unsure about that metaphor, but let’s just move on, shall we?) So, sweep away your bangs, emo kid, and check out some tunes.
Firstly, I’ve been listening to Modern Baseball’s Sports a ton. A wink to American Football, obvs. It’s cool to hear a band of people my age singing about stuff like Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, because, y’know, so much of my life is lived through these things, and yet, I’m guessing it’s a matter of very short time before these lyrics are dated as hell. It’s like how slowly, TV shows and movies are starting to show texting as a normal way of communicating. (This is because I’ve been watching a shit ton of “Sherlock.”) I wonder how funny these shows will seem in re-runs a decade from now.
To include a local band, Whoopass Girls. This band gets better and better every time I hear them, and I would probably be an all-out fan if I didn’t tangentially know a couple of these young dorks. ‘Cause it’s creepy to be a fan of 18-year-old dudes who you actually have met, right? They are probably the only people in Missoula besides me who like Joyce Manor, so there you go.
Iron Chic. Insert Latterman reference here. Anthemic, inspirational, epic as hell. A friend of mine broke her nose at their set at Fest. These guys are the kinda big deal that I suspect won’t be coming through our li’l town again soon, so I really hope there’s a good turnout for the show at the ZACC on March 27. Stream The Constant One, which is a hell of an album, on Bandcamp.
Swearin’. Yeah I know they have a newer album, but I’m obsessed with 2011′s What a Dump. WHY DIDN’T I LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM WHEN IT CAME OUT? Argh. “You can’t make me love you back, and you can’t make me react.”
The Front Bottoms. Oh man, talk about epitome of the sad sack. Which, of course, I mean in the best possible way. Lyrics that I hate myself for how much they get stuck in my head.
Radiator Hospital. Oh my God this song:
This song forever. This should be put behind glass and labeled Use In Case of Break-Up.
And lest ye think I am all about the pathetic pop songs (okay, well, I am) but Trash Talk and Pissing Contest. Hardcore/thrash to put on my iPod while I walk headfirst into the wind and sleet and scowl at the alternative school kids smoking in the alley.
To round this out, of course:
ahem. well then. party on.
February 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hey Missoula! Go look at that calendar, it is abundant with musical loudness. Most excellent. Word is that the English Beat show at the Top Hat was excellent; your fair MPN editor can’t party very much at the moment, but rest assured that as soon as I possibly can, I want to chug a beer and headbang to something. anything. I’m dyin’ here.
‘Til then, I am listening to Trash Talk. Carry on.
February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Your faithful Missoula Punk News editor is alive! I always feel compelled to update posts with this, I realize, but it seemed important to note.
Lessee. Wednesday there’s the English Beat at the Top Hat! AKA the one band in the ska-punk realm that my parents, me, AND crabby ole Timmy from Buddy Jackson can agree on. Weird, right? Go read some background about the Beat so you sound smart at the show: “But where Joe Strummer spat angry lyrics, the Beat was out to let you know that love and unity would make it all okay in the end.”
Incidentally, the English Beat follow up the Toasters, making for a 100 percent increase of old-school ska at the Top Hat in 2014 over 2013. As far as I know, we can partly thank the owner, Nick, for that, because he likes ska. So let’s support this! Now if we could just get a venue owner who digs midwestern orgcore punk, I would be set.