Timony’s previous, short-lived group Wild Flag (which also featured Carrie Brownstein) was fantastic both live and on record. Rips is an almost perfect pop-punk album and it’s instantly a contender for my top 10 of the year.
Burger Records is becoming one of my favorite record labels. This year, the California label released excellent debuts from Cherry Glazerr and Mozes & the Firstborn. Together Pangea is an alum. You can check out all three bands at the Burger Caravan of Stars at Logan Square Auditorium Friday night.
What a great double bill: Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets play Empty Bottle Thursday. McCombs is still touring his album Big Wheel and Others from last year, while Meat Puppets just put out a new record, Rat Farm, earlier this year.
These guys also made a split 7-inch tour record that gets an official release next week.
I saw McCombs at the Bottle last year and he was great. This should be a good one.
Check out this new Sleater-Kinney song, Bury Our Friends, which is being released ahead of the band’s first new album in a decade. The LP No Cities to Love is expected out in January.
Tristen’s debut, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, was one of my favorite albums of 2011, an alt-country gem. With the help of Kickstarter, Tristen Gaspadarek followed that album last year with Caves, a sharp turn toward synth-pop. On Wednesday, Tristen opens for Roadkill Ghost Choir at a Kickstarter-sponsored show at Subterranean.
LA guitarist/bassist Chad Ubovich is yet another talented sideman of garage rock star Ty Segall. Having played with Segall, Mikal Cronin and the Segall side project Fuzz, Ubovich just released an album with his own group, Meatbodies. If you like Segall, Cronin and Fuzz, there’s a near-certain probability you’ll also like Meatbodies.