YOUNG GUV • Clear Acid

Young Guv is Ben Cook. Ben Cook is a songwriter, a dedicated and prolific songwriter of rare talent. The real deal. In the summer of 2018, he moved from his Toronto home to a sublet in Brooklyn, and there he began writing some of the best songs of his life. – This was his and pofs’ last show prior to the pandemic in March of 2020.

RINGO DEATHSTARR • Rosegarden Funeral Party

Ringo Deathstarr formed in 2007 in their native Austin, Texas channeling influences such as The Cure, The Smiths, Fugazi and The Velvet Underground. They initially released a batch of singles on both sides of the Atlantic and in Japan – a self-titled EP in 2007 and in 2009, a brace of 7”s in the States, You Don’t Listen & In Love. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Colour Trip, was released in February 2011 and a compilation of their early singles, Sparkler, which had initially been available in Japan only, was released in the autumn of 2011. Second album Mauve was released September 2012, followed by a mini-album God’s Dream, Pure Mood followed in November 2016.  Their latest album, self titled – Ringo Deathstarr – was released in March 2020 – right when Covid was beginning to grip the world.  Sometimes, a break is as good as a rest, and in the case of these Texan shoegazers, it’s more than paid dividends. Nearly five years on from their last LP, Pure Mood, and with no imminent sign of any new music for most of that period, it wasn’t amiss for the odd rumor to surface that they’d called it a day. Thankfully, those rumors couldn’t have been further from the truth. Instead, founding member, guitarist, and vocalist Elliott Frazier became a first-time father during the interim years. With that drastic lifestyle change came a new way of working. Whereas previous Ringo Deathstarr albums had been written and recorded over a matter of months, this one took a couple of years to complete. Most of the recording process took place in Frazier’s home as opposed to structured, month-long blocks in the studio. The sonic malevolence of yore can still be found, particularly on the existential “God Help the Ones You Love” or semi-autobiographical “Gazin.” The vocal interplay between Gehring and Frazier that’s characterized all Ringo Deathstarr’s output from their humble beginnings nearly a decade and a half ago can also be heard at regular intervals in this LP. There’s a combined sense of bliss and catharsis throughout the album’s thirteen pieces, whether it be through delay-fueled ambience with a pop sensibility (“In Your Arms”), four-to-the-floor garage rock (“Once Upon a Freak”), or Gehring’s deeply personal vignette “Disease.” Elsewhere, “Heaven Obscured” might just be the most experimental three minutes in Ringo Deathstarr’s entire canon, with epic closer “Cotton Candy Clouds” ending the album on a dreamy high. Ringo Deathstarr represents the band’s finest hour, and with it, another of 2020’s seemingly never-ending musical gems.

KIKAGAKU MOYO • The Paranoyds

October 31st at Deep Ellum Art Co. – Kikagaku Moyo have come a long way – both literally and metaphorically – since their humble beginnings busking on the streets of Tokyo back in 2012. A tight-knit group of five friends who bonded over the desire to play freely, and explore music associated with space and psychedelia, their initial ambitions were modest – semi-regular slots in the cramped clubs of the city’s insular music scene. Yet the band’s progressive, folk-influenced take on psychedelia marked them out from their peers and re-started Japan’s psych rock scene; it also brought them international acclaim. With a settled line up – Go Kurosawa (drums, vox), Ryu Kurosawa (sitar), Tomo Katsurada (guitar, vox), Daoud Popal (guitar), Kotsuguy (bass) – and a signature sound that blended classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk, 70s rock, and acid-tinged psych, the band sold out shows across Europe and founded their own label, Guruguru Brain, to showcase not just their own work, but the under-represented music scene in East Asia.

GEORGE CLANTON • Magdalena Bay • Negative Gemini

October 27th – GEORGE CLANTON • Magdalena Bay • Negative Gemini at Deep Ellum Art Co. George Clanton first became a known in 2011 as an early leader in the sample-based subgenre “Vaporwave” using the anonymous moniker “ESPRIT 空想”. His 2014 release Virtua.zip is considered by many to be the first vaporwave album composed wholly of original compositions. In 2015, Clanton temporarily dropped the monikers and released an album of vocal-driven pop songs. This record, 100% Electronica was named one of top 10 albums of 2015 by Gorilla Vs Bear. In 2016, Clanton was invited to open for Sophie and Charli XCX at Gorilla Vs Bear’s 2016 SXSW showcase, which Yahoo Music called “the best thing we saw at SXSW all week.” Following that performance George Clanton formed a record label with his girlfriend Negative Gemini, also called “100% Electronica.” They have been touring and releasing new music from other notable internet niche artists ever since. One of the most notable releases was Clanton’s own remix album 200% Electronica, which sold all 1000 copies within a month of its release in November 2017. On August 18th 2018, George premiered his latest album Slide in front of a sold out audience at Brooklyn New York’s “Elsewhere”. Shortly after selling out all copies on pre-order reservations alone, Slide went on to receive positive reviews from Pitchfork and The Needle Drop where Anthony Fantano deemed it “orgasmic.”

Early Show! MILITARIE GUN • Trauma Ray • Glare

Over the past few years, Ian Shelton has made a name for himself as one of the most prolific and unique minds in aggressive music, and now as the mastermind behind Militarie Gun, he’s pushing himself further than ever before. The band’s new dual EPs, All Roads Lead To The Gun and All Roads Lead To The Gun II, shed all sonic constraints for a menacing-yet-melodic exploration of obsessive creativity that’s impossible to ignore. – For fans of Regional Justice Center, Gulch, Narrow Head, The Berries, Big Bite and more.

ACTORS

Vancouver’s brilliant post-punk and new-wave quartet ACTORS continue their flair for sonic cinematics in the video for their latest track ‘Face Meets Glass’… The atmosphere quivers with singer Jason Corbett’s crooning reverb augmented by shivering guitars and stark synths.”— POST-PUNK.COM … Live at Club Dada on December 8th, 2021