Noise for the Needy continues + Black Angels photos!

The 2008 Noise for the Needy benefit series continues this weekend.

Tonight, June 13, at The Comet are The Fucking Eagles, The Heavy Hearts, Strong Killings, Wild Orchid Children; at King Cobra are Math & Physics Club, Boat, Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden, New Faces, and Dj Danger Nun Tickets; at the Funhouse are Lesbian, Sunday Night Blackout, Mos Generator, Oswald Effect, Tickets; and at High Dive are Grand Hallway, Lucy Bland, Shane Tutmarc, and Lonesome Rhodes and the Good Company.

For tickets and more information, and the schedule for the rest of the weekend, check out the calendar.

all photos by Ron Henry

On Tuesday night, The Black Angels and The Warlocks took two sold out crowds at Neumo’s decades back to, well, a not necessarily happier time of the 1960’s with their individual brands of Nuggets-influenced psychedelic rock.

Mining the same vein as The Black Angels, The Warlocks opened the late show to an approving crowd. It’s easy to see why this group, who at first seem be all youngish indie pucks, are occasionally attacked as anachronistic hacks exploiting a past generation’s music, but anything more than a surface perusal will reveal the band’s talent at creating engaging pop music. Comical, though, was the band’s attempt at physical atmospherics: at completely random moments, from the center of the crowd would rise a burp of dusty smoke, as if some grooving hipster up front self-imploded, and the cloud would obscure the band for mere minutes before dissipating in the vast breadth of the Neumo’s bandroom. It was hard not to imagine that a miniature replica of Stonehenge would soon drop from the ceiling. In all, The Warlocks successfully primed the crowd, who quite obviously were eager for the Angels.

While the 60s of The Warlocks recalls the protests at home and the alternative, drug-infused lifestyles that grew out of it, The Black Angels‘s version of it cruises the rivers of Southeast Asia in PTF boats. Their sound is more like a blues dirge gone wrong, replacing any sentiment of pop with tribal rhythms layered by a serrating guitar drone. During what must be their best sounding Seattle gig yet, the Austin band mixed songs from the new album, Directions to See a Ghost, with older favorites that the audience responded to immediately. On screen, behind the band, alternated hypnotic patterns and footage of JFK superimposed by flipping gymnasts, among other cut-and-paste video artifacts. Judging by the mosh pit up front and the attentive crowd filling both decks at Neumo’s, it was a success for all, and hopefully for most of all, Noise for the Needy. Be sure to check out the rest of the weekend’s shows.

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