The Bowery Ballroom
The Men

The Men

Nude Beach, Parquet Courts

Thu, March 7, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

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The Men
The Men
After spending much of 2011 and 2012 on the road, including a trip upstate to write and record New Moon, their fourth full-length in as many years, The Men needed a break. They decided to take the winter of 2012 off to work on new material in Brooklyn. The converted founding member Mark Perro's bedroom in Bushwick into a practice space and rehearsed there nearly every day for three months, cutting more than 40 demos. By the end of that winter, the Men had pared that crop of songs down to 13. With their plans to take a break foiled by their own work ethic, they decided to record those songs before New Moon came out. They booked two days at Brooklyn's Strange Weather studios, clocked in, and tracked all 13 songs entirely live, even including a horn section.

Eight songs from those sessions made the final cut for The Men's new LP Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men are a great rock band.
Nude Beach
Nude Beach
Brooklyn band Nude Beach is very much a part of the DIY scene, but it’s always been more in spirit than in sound; sure, they’re as beer-soaked, overdriven and raw as any group around, yet as hard as they’ve tried to ignore it, the trio could never quite shake the rock & roll of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen which sound-tracked their Long Island youth, and battered vinyl from the Byrds, the Replacements and the Jam sits side by side in their record collections with the hardcore and indie LPs and 7”s that brought the friends together in the first place. In an increasingly fractured music scene, Chuck, Ryan and Jimmy play against fashion and deliver straight up rock & roll, and moreover, they do it better than anyone has in a long time.

The band is currently touring in support of their new single What Can Ya Do on Other Music Recording Co. / Fat Possum.
Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts
No one can make an instant classic. Nothing is immediately legendary. People may try to get you to believe that something in the now is going to be around forever and ever, even though you and the person trying to persuade you otherwise both know how quickly our culture scans over every piece of content that arises for consumption and evaluation. Only time, and the reception to that content over time – years, really, not the weeks or months they'd like you to believe it might take – will allow for that work to enter the canon of the classic, of the legend.

Because of this, it is only fair to judge Parquet Courts in the now. Yet they stand at the foot of the canon, the light of recognition ready to shine on them. Their debut album Light Up Gold shot them within range, an early and lasting success of the current year, finding favor in just about every blog, radio station playlist, and periodical that matters, from Pitchfork to NPR to the New York Times and all points in between. Their new five-song EP, "Tally All The Things That You Broke," noses them even closer. Restless, wound up, and nerve-jangling, their music is proof that the indie rock of 2013 – the one everyone seems to want – is the same one that aligned outcasts and viewpoints way back in the '80s and '90s. And, as with any band worth carrying the mantle of an entire genre of music, they find ways to expand their sound in their own voice. But it's that particular voice, born in Texas and broken in New York City, that makes them who they are, and what they mean to you.

"Tally" is far more than a stopgap in between full-lengths; it's the sound of Parquet Courts stretching out. Opener "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," with its melodic drive and persistent Flutophone running alongside the melody, balances the manic tendencies of "Descend (The Way)," which would have fit on Light Up Gold, and extended rager "The More It Works," which would fit in a live set between Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. "Fall On Yr Face" presents a classic desert trawler, lopsided and tuneful, the sound of the end of a long day. But the day is just beginning for the protagonist of "He's Seein' Paths," junkyard drum loops and doorbell samples framing Andrew Savage's eight-minute stream-of-consciousness rap about the trials and tribulations of a marijuana delivery service representative, zipping around the city on his bike. Simultaneously the link between Parquet Courts and Ween, or Parquet Courts and Beck, it frames the band coming from a new place, and is a post-millenial NYC anthem, quintessential sounds for anyone who's ever waited in anticipation of dialing that number, or anyone who's put on their game face and rode from point A to point B in the snarl of vicious traffic.

Parquet Courts remain Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton and M. Savage. They sound like all the bands you think they sound like. They've toured everywhere this year and will continue to do so.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/