Weekend What's Up: Oct. 9-12th
By Mandi Kimes
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
Local melodic rock weirdos Twin Ponies take the stage at The Rebel Lounge with local favorites Strange Lot, dent, and Josh Hill from The Hill in Mind. This night is sure to guarantee swaying to the garage surf rock jams and a pit stop to the merch table on your way out the venue. For more information, click here.
Hear & Now Media is no stranger to Braids. As well, Braids are no stranger to the desert, as the folk-electro trio recorded their 2015 album Deep In the Iris in Arizona. After playing Phoenix during their summer support tour with Purity Ring, Braids is returning; this time to Valley Bar with Tasseomancy. The dreary and dreamy band has been compared to the likes of fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire, as well as being chosen as favorites from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and SPIN. Recently, the band debuted the music video for their song "Taste," in which director Kevin Funk explains, "The concept for the video was born from a line in the chorus: 'we experience the love we think we deserve'." For more information, click here.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH
Why Little Green Cars is not more famous than they currently stand in the US market, I have no idea. Founded in 2000 originally as The Revolts, this Dublin-based five piece uses harmonies and lush folk-rock instrumentation to tell stories of historical figures, insomnia, drowning, and darkness in a catchy, energetic manner. Since their 2013 debut album Absolute Zero, hopefully this tour is in anticipation of some new material. They have previously toured with English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg on his UK tour, and have recently toured with fellow Irish favorite Hozier, as well as a 2013 festival run through SXSW in Austin, Coachella in South California, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Osheaga Festival in Montreal. Little Green Cars are joined by storytelling singer-songwriters Rising Sun Daughter and Miller James at Last Exit Live. For more information, click here.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
British post-grunge takes over Valley Bar with Londoners Wolf Alice and Sheffield-based Drenge. Having both released albums in the past year, the touring buds will perform hits from new releases My Love is Cool and Undertow, respectively. At almost four million Spotify listens with their single "Moaning Lisa Smile," Wolf Alice continue to push the boundaries of combining grunge and folk rock with their gritty guitar tones and expansive vocals. Fans of The Strokes will also enjoy tour openers Made Violent from Buffalo, who released their self-titled debut EP earlier this year. You will not want to be late or miss out on this show, as Wolf Alice return to the Valley after previously playing Crescent Ballroom earlier this year. Read our interview with Drenge. For more information, click here.