First of all, can I just say how happy I am to go to school in a place with such a great musical community ? The shows listed below are really diverse and really great and these are only ones I found on the IHEG website. That being said, I’ll be looking around and adding more things later. Enjoy !
Friday, October 9th, 10pm: Hadoken, The Baltic Sea–Iron Horse, $10
-really beautiful post-rock/instrumental rock bands with very atmospheric and enthralling songs. Both of them really play with the balances of quiet and loud, hard and soft, and fast and slow, which makes for a really beautiful and interesting show. Similar artists: Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start, Do Make Say Think, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Saxon Shore
Tuesday, October 20th, 8h30pm: White Rabbits, Suckers, Glass Ghost–Pearl Street Clubroom, $13
-White Rabbits are a upbeat indie rock band–I listen to them every time I want to get my feet tapping to some unusual vocal harmonies, pounding drums, and beautiful piano. Strangely enough, I’d probably use the same description to describe Suckers. I haven’t heard Glass Ghost before, but if the other two bands are any inclination to what they’ll sound like, they’ll probably round out a really fun, danceable show. Similar artists: Passion Pit, The Dodos, Wolf Parade, Here We Go Magic, Yeasayer
Sunday, October 25th, 8h30pm: Múm, Sin Fang Bous–Iron Horse, $25
-I have never heard of Sin Fang Bous but if they are anything like Múm, it’s going to be a good show. Both bands hail from Iceland and are both classified as experimental. Múm combines typical instruments and gentle vocals with quirky electronic noise that creates what I can only describe as music for haunted gameboys. Similar artists: Borko, Animal Collective, Seabear, M83, Sigur Rós
Wednesday, October 28th, 8h30pm: King Khan and the BBQ Show, Dum Dum Girls–Pearl Street Clubroom, $15
-I’ve never heard Dum Dum Girls before, but King Khan is SO great. This show is almost a month away and I’ve been excited about it since September. Hailing from Montreal, King Khan and the BBQ Show are a garage rock duo at their finest. Gritty vocals that are reminiscent of the Violent Femmes or Lou Reed in conjunction with amped up guitar and drums make for a sound that I can only describe as fun with a psychedelic tinge. I dare you to go to this show and NOT tap your feet or bob your head. If the music wasn’t reason enough to go, King Khan and BBQ are known for strange getups and a really interactive relationship with the audience. Similar artists: Black Lips, The Spaceshits, Jay Reatard, The Milkshakes, Vivian Girls.
Saturday, November 7th, 10pm: Deer Tick–Iron Horse, $14
– Heavily influenced by Hank Williams, Deer Tick toes the line of soft, folky, singer-songwriter tunes and upbeat rock in a way that feels very comfortable and nostalgic. The band is characterized by the singer’s nasally growling that may seem abrasive at first but fits perfectly with the music. I can already see this show being very intimate and fun. Similar artists: The Tallest Man on Earth, Bowerbirds, The Mountain Goats, M. Ward, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Tuesday, November 10th, 8h30pm–Dan Deacon, Nuclear Power Pants–Pearl Street Clubroom, $12
-The only way I can describe what may happen at a Dan Deacon show is to sum up what happened last time I saw him. A neon green flashing skull on a stick, an audience-wide congo line, flashing lights in all different colors, synthesized vocals, crazy electro riffs, frantic dancing, and a lot of sweat. It.was.awesome. Similar artists: Fuck Buttons, No Age, Black Dice, HEALTH, Caribou
If you want to listen to any of these bands, I’d recommend doing so through last.fm. Just look up the band in the search bar and listen !