April 22, 2009

Pretty & Nice make me feel young

It was worth the drive on an otherwise quiet Sunday night to see Boston’s Pretty & Nice at Denver’s Hi-Dive. After loving their album last year, these guys were the first band I saw at SXSW (in the sparkly pink Beauty Bar) and I was mightily impressed.

This weekend I realized that their angular music is so rad simply because it juts and leaps and shines with threads of punk, woven with catchy melodies….and makes me feel young.

Go see these guys if you get a chance.

Apr 23 – Holy Mountain, Seattle, WA
Apr 24 – Blue Lamp, Sacremento, CA
Apr 25 – Zami Co-op, Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 26 – Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA
Apr 28 – Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Apr 30 – Emo’s, Austin, TX
May 1 – Super Happy Fun Land, Houston, TX
May 2 – Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA
May 3 – Swello Venue, Jackson, MS
May 6 – Backbooth, Orlando, FL
May 7 – New World Brewery, Tampa, FL
May 8 – Propaganda, Lake Worth, FL
May 9 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
May 10 – Milestone, Charlotte, NC
May 11 – New Brookland, Columbia, SC
May 12 – Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
May 13 – Soapbox Laundro Lounge, Wilmington, NC
May 14 – Union Hall, Brooklyn, NY
May 16 – Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, DC

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December 17, 2008

Oh, that we could all be so Pretty & Nice

My friend Julio asked me for some Top Fives of the year (leaving it open to interpretation) and I gave him things like 5 shows I loved, 5 books I enjoyed, and 5 memorable Halloween costumes I saw. My friends were more creative. The wonderful John Wenzel (who knows dangerously funny stuff) caught my attention with this write-up of his “favorite neon spazz-rock trio”:

Pretty & Nice hail from Boston, but they may as well be from southern Ohio circa 1996, as much as they incorporate elements of Dayton-bred acts like Brainiac and Guided by Voices into their squiggling synths, monaural guitars and insanely catchy vocal melodies. There’s also bits of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe (and latter day post-punk/pop whores the New Pornographers) out in front, and somehow this mash of old and new makes perfect, danceable sense.

Big words like that are why he works for a newspaper, people.

I love short lists of bests at the end of the year from people with tastes so different than mine, so I took a listen and yeah, pretty much haven’t stopped all day. Everything Wenzel says (in this instance) is true. You can stream the aptly-titled new album Get Young over on the Pretty & Nice website, and here’s one ridiculously danceable tune you can take with you.

Tora Tora Tora – Pretty & Nice

Fuel/Friends was also comfortably ranked above naughtynicegay.com on the list of “Colorado music websites that are taking over the world,” by one hiply-monikered Ricardo Baca. Whew. That site has really, really good music, so it was a close finish. Thanks!

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

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