Jul 282010

NoC’s music staff breaks down the next two weeks

Wednesday, July 28

Home Blitz, Jovontaes, and Dead Rabbits

Green Lantern. 9 P.M. $5.

Jersey-spawned Home Blitz plays the sort of uptempo punk-pop made popular by Iggy Pop and the New York Dolls, refracted through the jaundiced lenses of the Dead Kennedys and the Damned, put away for a couple of decades, and brought back during the previous presidential administration by a number of since-vanished bands whose names I never bothered to learn.

It’s authentic stuff; the guitars and vocals are frenetic and forever teetering on the brink of being off-key or out-of-tune, while the drums pound in that way that fairly demands the spastic/vibratory style of punk dance (except for that one really far-out guy who always shows up at gigs such as this and opts for something like interpretive space exploration and ends up flailing into your beer). Yet what’s yet missing from Home Blitz is the cult-of-personality frontman: the Iggy, the Johansen, the Biafra, the Vanian. Is it better to be more loved than feared or more feared than loved? Here, probably a bit of both.  –-Keith Halladay Continue reading »

Mar 182010

Monday March 22, the Swells opening

This Monday marks the anticipated return to Lexington of West-coaster’s Port O’Brien, who will play Cosmic Charlies on a double bill with the Swells.

Port O’Brien splits time between Cambria, California, a small fishing town on the coast, and Kodiak, Alaska, where founding members Van Pierszalowski and Cambria Goodwin spend time working seasonal jobs on a fishing boat (Pierszalowski) and at an on-shore bakery (Goodwin). Currently, the band is on a month-long tour, ending in late March, throughout the eastern half of the United States; from there, they will embark on a European tour for the month of April and a bit of May. Continue reading »