Dilly Dally plays Empty Bottle

Dilly Dally

Dilly Dally’s music likely will remind you of the ’90s alternative heyday that the Pixies and Nirvana ushered in.

Hailing from Toronto, childhood friends Katie Monks and Liz Ball formed the band about seven years ago. The ’90 comparisons are pretty apparent: Hole, Breeders and other female-led bands. Yet this group’s music is several notches above the many other current bands that nod to the era of “alternative.”

Dilly Dally also is very good and the band’s debut album, Sore, (released in October) is recommended.

Dilly Dally is the middle act at Empty Bottle Wednesday. Fat White Family is the headliner.

Dilly Dally shows

Five albums to grab now: Suuns, Bleached, Coves, Adult Books, Black Mountain


Here are five recent releases that definitely are worth a listen. Grab them now.

Suuns – Hold/Still

This is the third album from Suuns, and it’s a good one, successfully marrying experimental and electronic. Released just this Friday (April 15), this album may actually appeal to both fans of Swans and the xx.

Bleached – Welcome the Worms

Part ’60s girl group, punk, new wave and Joan Jett, Bleached’s new album Welcome the Worms ties the past to the present.

Coves – Peel

This album hooked me right away. It’s irresistible electronic pop. The single You’re Evil is going to appeal to fans of Garbage.

Adult Books – Running from the Blows

This is a great find. In addition to the beach sound, there are a lot of ’80s alternative influences. Great hooks. Very catchy.

Black Mountain – IV

Trippy and loud. Another good offering from Black Mountain.

Top photo: Suuns’ new album, Hold/Still

Watch new videos of Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts Rough Trade

Parquet Courts this month released the excellent new album, Human Performance, on the London record label Rough Trade.

Watch three videos of the band performing new songs, part of a series known as Rough Trade Sessions.

The songs are One Man, No City, Outside and Paraphrased.

It looks like there are still tickets for next week’s show at Metro.

Parquet Courts’ Human Performance is a best new release

Parquet Cts

Parquet Courts has enjoyed a steady stream of critical acclaim since the band’s self-released album, Light Up Gold, in 2012.

Human Performance, the latest release from these guys, lives up to the hype.

Drawing from rock and punk influences, these guys are still quirky yet Human Performance is a little more straightforward than some previous releases. The musical touchstones here are varied: Wire, the Fall, Velvet Underground and even Elvis Costello (on Berlin Got Blurry).

I highly recommended grabbing this one.

Parquet Courts plays Metro April 20.

Woods adds world beat to new album … and it works

Woods 2016

On its ninth album, Woods returns to the familiar core of its musical influences: psychedelic, country, rock, folk. But there’s a twist on Sun City Eater in the River of Light.

The opening track, Sun City Creeps, adds an unmistakable reggae beat. Elsewhere, other world beats sneak into the patented Woods sound.

In the band’s press material, there’s admission that the band is “dabbling in zonked out Ethiopian jazz.”

This is another great album from a truly excellent band. It’s highly recommended.

Woods plays Lincoln Hall April 23.

Porches, Alex G, Your Friend play Bottom Lounge

Your Friend

There’s a very good lineup at the Bottom Lounge Saturday with headliner Porches and two solid opening acts.

First up is Your Friend, the handle for Taryn Miller. Miller reminds me of Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter. She’s promoting her debut album, Gumption, which was released in January.

The second act is Philly singer-songwriter Alex G, a bedroom artist who makes short catchy songs. He released his album, Beach Music, in October.

Porches is led by Aaron Maine, who just released a new album with synth-heavy ’80s-sounding collection of songs. They’re pretty good. Porches released Pool in February.

Top photo: Your Friend

Parquet Courts releases song ahead of album

Parquet Courts 16

Parquet Courts just released a new song, Human Performance, the title track of its new album, which is out Friday.

Like the band’s previous releases, the new album is full of songs borrowing from past punk, post-punk and rock music influences from decades ago. I like it and I think it will appeal to fans of the band’s earlier material.

These guys plan an April 20 show at Metro.