Music Park: Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 7/30/17

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Britt Daniel fronts Spoon at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 30, 2017. (Photo by Theresa C. Sanchez)

Neil Young was right. “Rock and roll will never die.” And no, that’s not an allusion to the seemingly myriad musical festivals or anniversary tours featuring reunited elders of sound like 2016’s Desert Trip — affectionately dubbed “Oldchella” — or most recently, the bicoastal weekend-long fêtes Classic East and Classic West last month. “Rock and roll is here to stay,” thanks to bands like Spoon (whose title is not a reference to the culinary utensil, but an homage to the 1970s German avant-garde collective called Can #themoreyouknow). These indie musicians heralding from the capital of the Lone Star State embody the notion that evolution is a form of revolution.

With the March 2017 release of their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts, a promotional tour was sure to follow and it did. Their July 30 appearance at the newly renovated Merriweather Post Pavilion was not a solo headlining gig, but they most certainly performed like it was.

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Snapshots: Fire from the Gods @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion)—7/16/17

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Fire from the Gods perform at Vans Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland, on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Fire from the Gods brought hardcore action from Austin to Merriweather Post Pavilion during VANS Warped Tour on July 16.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Black Angels @ 9:30 Club, 4/30/17

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The Black Angels (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels are set to release a fifth full-length album, Death Song, via Partisan Records on April 21, and they stop at 9:30 Club on Sunday, April 30 to promote it. You can win tickets to go!

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Don’t Miss: Spoon @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 7/30/17

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Spoon (Photo by Zackery Michael)

In a few short weeks, Spoon will find themselves in a three-night residency at SXSW, and then the very next day they will release their new album Hot Thoughts on Matador Records. Spoon will then continue a tour that will eventually land them at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on Sunday, July 30.

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Music Park: My Jerusalem @ 9:30 Club — 11/28/16

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Jeff Klein of My Jerusalem performs at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

My Jerusalem kicked off a short set with a bluesy guitar rock number “Young Leather” from their new album, A Little Death, on Monday at the 9:30 Club.

It is a fine showcase for the rumbling guitar sound of band leader Jeff Klein, who surely plays in a post-punk style but with overtones of Americana and blues. I personally swear I hear some Roy Orbison, an inspiration for My Jerusalem, and occasionally some Bruce Springsteen in the man’s voice.

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Don’t Miss: My Jerusalem (Opening for The Sounds) @ 9:30 Club, 11/28/16

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My Jerusalem (Photo by Steve Gullick)

The Sounds are touring on the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album Dying to Say This to You, and they are bringing along some exciting openers when they appear at the 9:30 Club on Monday, Nov. 28.

The first of those openers My Jerusalem, a post-punk quartet, hails from Austin. My Jerusalem released their third full-length album, A Little Death, via Razor & Tie in June, and they initially hit the road to tour with Eliot Sumner and the Psychedelic Furs.

The new album garnered critical praise for band founder Jeff Klein and company, with Noisey proclaiming, “It is, as Klein’s music always has been, a dark and tormented affair, but it’s also one infused with black humor as well as an infectious sense of emotional defiance.”

Watch the official music video for “Rabbit Rabbit” from A Little Death by My Jerusalem on YouTube:

Said Jeff in a press release: “We’ve taken great care to make sure the live show presents the new songs with the intense, heady cocktail of romance and violence they deserve. I can’t fucking wait to leave it on the stage every night.”

Jeff has reason to be excited as he has solidified the band’s lineup with Grant Van Amburgh (drums), Kyle Robarge (bass), and Jon Merz (guitar, keys, horns).

Surely, that should convince you to get to the 9:30 Club early for My Jerusalem! And Zipper Club, featuring Lissy Trullie, are along for the ride as well. (Read our preview of Zipper Club.) Tickets are available online.

My Jerusalem
Opening for The Sounds
w/ Zipper Club
9:30 Club
Monday, Nov. 28
Doors @7pm
$25
All ages