On February 17, The Magical Properties Tour will be coming to town, touching down at the Grog Shop. This tour features an eclectic mix of artists, including Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and Jogger. All of these acts are based out of LA and are currently crossing the country together. Headliner Daedelus, who takes his name from the Greek myth of Daedalus and dresses in garb straight out of the Victorian Era, crafts captivating electronic music on stage. It has been said by many that his performances should be experienced live, rather than through headphones. There is an immediate beauty in the music's sparseness that recalls The One AM Radio and Bon Iver. Nosaj Thing is an upcoming 23-year-old producer who's created impressive remixes for The XX and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Jogger was recognized as one of "URB's Next 100" because of this dynamic duo's ability to cut and paste the most ambient of beats with the simplest of lo-fi melodies.
Cold Cave is a three piece formerly from Philly, currently making music in Manhattan. They're led by Wesley Eisold, who runs his own independent publishing company (Heartworm Press), and has played in several hardcore bands, including American Nightmare and Give Up The Ghost. He's even penned songs for Fallout Boy. Cold Cave, Eisold's latest project, was recently signed to acclaimed indie tastemaker, Matador Records. The band unites the beautiful melodic drone of Joy Division's Ian Curtis with the infectious rhythms of Depeche Mode. Some may be familiar with their gleefully buoyant song "Life Magazine," which appeared in a Radio Shack holiday advertisement, featuring the beautiful coo of Caralee McElroy, formely of Xiu Xiu. These purveyors of provocative post-punk are coming to the Grog Shop on February 23. Sharing the bill with them that evening are Hair Police, Emeralds and The Nevari Butchers.
The Pierced Arrows are a garage-country-punk trio featuring the husband-wife duo of Fred and Toody Cole, who have been playing in bands together for decades. Fred is the group's predominate singer, guitarist and songwriter, and with good reason: this well seasoned music veteran has been tearing up the underground scene since the 1960's. There is something to be said for a musician approaching their fifth decade of creating music and still growing as a performer. Beneath the stripped down sound, listeners will find layers of brilliance hidden in the mix. You can almost hear the scrappier side of Neil Young bellowing within these tunes. Tracks are fueled by Fred's outrcries, inspired by many years on the road and driven by an ample supply of punk ethos and the desire to bring the rock. Simply put, this is how grunge sounds in 2010 – familiar, dirty and still alive. Looking for an alternative to seeing The Avett Bros. on February 27? Then, drop by The Beachland Tavern and see The Pierced Arrows with supporting acts, Scissormen and Hell's Information.