Clubland: With rise in temps, musical season continues to sizzle
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And suddenly it’s summer. Temps are predicted to soar up into the 90s this weekend, college students have moved on, and usually that leads to a little lull in Clubland activity — but not this week.
There are shows aplenty at area venues, many of which feature up-and-coming local acts. Here’s a sample of what’s helping to heat up Valley nights this week.
Paint is an Amherst quartet starring the voice of Odyssey Newport. The young band (with connections to the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley) has recorded a four-song demo that includes covers of songs by Alt-J and One Republic, as well as an original called “Fake It e_SSRqTil I Make It,” an easygoing groover with a chorus that glides along on bouncy, gentle ska upstrokes on electric guitar.
The quartet, rounded out by guitarist Aidan O’Brien and drummer Cody Edgerly (who’ve been playing together since the 6th grade) and bassist Eli Heath, will be the featured band at the Black Sheep Open Mic in Amherst tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Sign up for the free open mic is 5:30 p.m.; each act gets three songs or 15 minutes.
Tonight’s Sierra Grille show brings together two bands who hearken back to sounds of the e_SSRq90s, when that same Northampton address used to house the Bay State Cabaret, a hot spot for local and touring indie musicians.
Avedis, a local all-lady quintet, released a handmade EP called “8 Tongues” last month. The three solid songs contain echoes of guitar-powered bands like Sleater-Kinney and Autoclave, but Hannah Pitkin’s vocals are almost smoky and jazzy in spots — the title track even has three-part harmonies on the pining chorus as the band chugs along underneath.
Slowdim is a quartet from Boston with a radio-ready, self-titled debut album. Its three opening songs are bright pop things full of guitars of every tone and color. The stomping “Tallest Trees” jumps out immediately, where the harmonies of Paul Sentz and Ana Karina DaCosta combine richly over jangle and roar.
Also on the bill is Northampton psych-folk duo Two Tree. It’s all at the Sierra Grille in Northampton tonight at 10 p.m.
Flywheel has long had the reputation of striving to bring unique acts to the area and tonight it features a multimedia show. The Ian McColm and Ross Wallace Chait Duo, on tour from Oberlin, Ohio, performs live, improvised soundtracks to silent films, using strings, electronics, percussion and found objects.
Easthampton’s own Melissa St. Pierre creates soundscapes on solo prepared piano for live film soundtracks. And Thumbknuckle, born from the ashes of the local band Graph, is a mathy and experimental Holyoke-based bass and drum duo. Tonight at Flywheel in Easthampton at 8 p.m.
Two bands from Philadelphia will bring their tour through the Valley. Grandchildren, whose new record “Golden Age” combines electronic effects and electric rock (a little Passion Pit, a little Animal Collective), and The Fleeting Ends, a post-Strokes/Spoon band with vocals that have Julian Casablancas vocal tics and arrangements that wear their influences brightly on their lapels. But that doesn’t make songs like “Good Luck and Good Health” any less catchy. (And the sharp single “Revival” has some enjoyable Shoes-y power-pop DNA spliced into its grooves.)
The local side of the quintuple-bill is made up of Hot Dirt, a funky prog-fusion quartet from Holyoke; Amherst jam-rock trio Hot Air Flow (led by Alex Abrams on electric guitar and vocals); and Pale Cowboy. At the Elevens in Northampton Tuesday at 8 p.m.