Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Marnie Stern and Tera Melos with Headless Horseman get weird

Marnie Stern and Tera Melos with Headless Horseman
Friday, March 4th, 2011
7:30 PM 18+
TICKETS HERE (and at Other Music - 15 E 4th St, Manhattan)


Stuffy music critics tend to label Marnie Stern “artrock,” perhaps because the idea of a woman commanding progressive metal is easier for them to stomach when referred to by misty catchalls. But with all due respect, none who have been branded as such can shred this well, and Stern possesses the finger-tapping acumen that Eddie Van Halen would envy. Her music runs the gamut in terms of emotional bent, but as a whole it is bright and uplifting, propelled by fleet polyrhythms and Stern’s playful lyricism. Pitchfork has said of her second self-titled LP released in 2010, “There's plenty here for musicians to analyze and dissect with envy, but first and foremost, this is an album for the body and the soul.”

The mischievous and infinitely original nature of Tera Melos does not give easily to classification. Their harmonic sensibilities fit tenuously in the world of post-hardcore, but the phrasing of be-bop and the raw irreverence of punk are also very present in the music. And while most of their grooves don’t require a calculator, expect odd rhythms and whimsical time signatures to enter into the fray. The technical superiority of this trio is adds density to their music, making it infinitely relistenable, while allowing them to expand into heavier and/or stranger sonic territories. They’re currently hot off the heels of the release of their Zoo Weather EP, a compilation of original jams as well as remixes.

The profundity of Headless Horseman is in their ability to reveal the menacing in nearly every kind of music they explore in their psychedelic collage of styles. You’ve got your pop, folk, blues, dance and noise music all handled efficiently, with a healthy dose of the sinister underlying everything. Electronic trickery is the centerpiece of their sound, with guitars, drums and various acoustic appendages adding to the mix, all handled by Connor O’Neill and Fareed Sajan (Bottle Up & Go) . Stereogum called them a "band to watch," we'll do them one better and give them a listen!

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