Tom McLaughlin

Earth Plays Sold out Show at Bottom of the Hill

09/13/2014

Dylan Carlson formed Earth in 1989 and became a major figure of Washington drone metal, along with Sunn O))) and Burning Witch. (Check out 1993’s Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version here).  Drone is metal’s answer to ambient music or post-rock; it consists of heavily distorted guitars and overpowering low tones at either very slow Read More

Entering the Slasher House: Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks at Great American Music Hall

08/26/2014

Animal Collective fans can rejoice. Though AC have fallen off in productivity and quality following their meteoric ascent (cresting at 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion), their creative visionaries remain hard at work. Panda Bear relocated to Lisbon, recorded two well-regarded solo albums and even appeared on a Daft Punk song. Avey Tare, meanwhile, has created….this.

Wolves In The Throne Room @ Slim’s (Live Preview)

07/16/2014

The Olympia, Washington black metal band Wolves In The Throne Room is currently on a Summer west coast tour for their new album Celestite and will be at Slim’s on Thursday July 17th.  Though the music of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver checks all the genre’s boxes — heavily distorted flying-V guitars, long unkept hair, and Scandinavian Read More

Burger Boogaloo Day 2: Electric Boogaloo

07/10/2014

Sunday of the Boogaloo was mellower, as Sundays tend to be. Some of us had work in the morning, and some had been day-drinking since the Fourth. Quite a few attendees opted for the whole weekend, many of them notably more sunned and crispy than the day before. On the second day I began to Read More

Moshing in Mosswood: Day 1 of Burger Boogaloo 2014

07/07/2014

Great sequels are about raising the stakes and Burger Records‘ fifth annual Burger Boogaloo did just that. The all-ages festival flooded Mosswood Park’s lone stone ampitheatre and filled it to the brim with balloons, streamers, and colorful Oakland weirdos. The shows were quick (30-60 minutes each), day-lit (or would have been if not for delays), Read More

Mount Eerie Goes Solo at The Chapel

06/17/2014

Phil Elverum, known as The Microphones and more recently as Mount Eerie, brought a subdued solo performance to The Chapel last Thursday night that I didn’t quite expect. While his albums as Eerie evoke the hugeness of nature with their sprawling instrumentation, Elverum’s live performance featured only his acoustic guitar, his voice, and a few Read More

Future Islands “Fuck Up” The Chapel

04/15/2014

Between songs at The Chapel’s packed Thursday night show, Future Islands front man Samuel Herring relayed his first thought upon entering the venue, “Oh, we’re going to fuck this place up.” The crowd cheered; and he would deliver on his words. The Baltimore trio (quartet with touring drummer Denny Bowen) has been playing together for Read More