PHOTO BY LINDSEY PALATINO
Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
If you want some wall-shaking rumble to ring in 2013, the New Year’s Eve Band Bonanza at the Elevens in Northampton is bringing the noise. It’s a quadruple bill featuring Giraffes? Giraffes!, Bunnies, Goddard and Speedy Ortiz, all starting on Monday at 10 p.m.
Giraffes? Giraffes! is a western-Mass. math-rock duo that gets maximum pummeling power out of two human beings and their instruments. Guitarist Joe Andreoli and drummer Ken Topham make vocal-free music that’s playful and proggy.
The twosome excels at swerving through moods and maze-like time signature changes, giving their compositions surreal titles like “When the Catholic Girls Go Camping, The Nicotine Vampires Rule Supreme” and “Transparent Man/Invisible Woman (80,000,000 Years Alone).” The group’s latest album is “Pink Magick,” a tour de force of mesmerizing themes, often at breakneck speeds. “Curse of the Tooth Nightmare” has shades of symphonic Yes, but played with hyper Fugazi-like furor — and they’re a serious live act.
Regular readers of the Clubland column are familiar with Speedy Ortiz, whose “Taylor Swift”/”Swim Fan” single was one of this writer’s favorite releases of the year. Worcester quartet Goddard calls their sound “a math rocket.” And Bunnies, one of the area bands featuring Jeremy Dubs (whose Speak! project has taken center stage in recent times), returns to the spotlight for the New Year’s Eve supershow.
Larry Dulong, Wishbone Zoe and Dogs of War make up the triple-bill at Luthiers Co-Op on Cottage Street in Easthampton Saturday at 7 p.m.
Brooklyn quartet Miss Tess and the Talkbacks brings its blend of blues, swing, folk and old-time twang to the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
The big last night of 2012 gets renamed Voo Year’s Eve at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls and features Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band playing its self-described “funky-tonk” at 7 p.m., followed by a dance party with DJ Funkadelic Fern at 10 p.m.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve Easthampton style with a night of free bluegrass at Luthiers Co-Op from 8 p.m. e_SSRqtil the ball drops.
It’ll be a jam-packed evening of popular local bands to ring in 2013 at Pearl Street in Northampton. The 7 p.m. clubroom show (downstairs) stars Lux Deluxe, Bunk and Goat Boy (followed by the super-fun and highly popular Wooly Bully dance night full of soul, funk, Motown, garage and more, all on vinyl, spun by Purity Supreme’s DJ Cashman and Snack Attack). The 9 p.m. ballroom (upstairs) concert consists of Zach Deputy, The Alchemystics (pictured) and Who’da Funk It.
If you want to get some groovy mileage out of your dancing shoes for New Year’s Eve, find your way down the side stairs to the Basement in Northampton to see the rambunctious sax-fueled Trailer Park and the blues-loving Wildcat O’Halloran Band at 10 p.m.