1. Saturday, November 15: Deerhoof, Lightning Bolt, Priests; $10 advance / $12 day of; 8pm doors / 9pm show; All ages; The Met, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket. Great month for indie rock. Deerhoof return to Providence supporting their new album La Isla Bonita. The band crossed noise with indie pop for a result that leads to all songs getting stuck in my head for days after listening. The song “Mirror Monster” off their new record shows a more mellow, almost ambient approach for the band. Make sure to catch them when they make it this way, playing smaller venues for low prices with big indie support acts (Trans Am and Cibo Matto elsewhere for example). This show features Providence noise rock icons Lightning Bolt, whose live shows surpass memorable every single time. Brian Chippendale, drummer / vocalist, once told me got his classic mic sound from stealing them from pay phone recievers. No clue where he can find them now. D.C.’s Priests open the bill; not too familiar with them, but upon first listen they remind me a lot of Red Aunts.
2. Wednesday, November 19: 95.5 WBRU Presents Joywave, Jetty; $7.95 advance / $10 day of; 8pm doors / 9pm show; All ages; The Met, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket. We might finally be out of the radio days of “Eat A Banjo” movement. Rochester, NY’s Joywave has been killing the airwaves lately. First getting heavy play featured on electronic music project Big Data’s “Dangerous” and is now getting heavy play with their hit single “Tongues.” Tongues is a blast, a mix of ’80s disco and more current electronica for a refreshing, not-a-banjo-on-the-radio sound. Make sure to check out their not suitable for work music video for “Tongues,” which looks like a Whole Foods employees meets National Geographic special. Opening up are Providence’s own Jetty, who have been drawing crowds and cashing checks lately. Check out their site thisisjetty.com to hear their ready-for-radio indie dance songs.
5. Tuesday, November 25: Bleachers; The Paradise in Boston / Quintron and Miss Pussycat; Great Scott in Boston. The double header road trip that likely only I would be interested in. First up, shooting over for Bleachers at Paradise. Bleachers is the indie pop act from Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and Fun. Since their last play at The Met before the record came out, they released Strange Desire and have worked the summer festival circuit. Much like Joywave, they are also on the airwaves and not playing banjos, which is refreshing. “Rollercoaster” is currently heavily in play, but “I Wanna Get Better” is the official summer jam of 2014. The best part of going to my favorite Boston venue, The Paradise, is that my second favorite venue in Boston, Great Scott, is a 5-minute walk down the street and goes later than the ‘dise shows. There is a very good chance I can make it out in time to catch New Orleans husband and wife duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat. They are hard to describe — lo-fi cable access dance party? I don’t know. Check it our for yourself and you tell me.