Concert Calendar: Tortoise, Head Automatica

glassjawDaryl Palumbo lets things go to his Head… Automatica. *bing*

Saturday

Formed during Khatami’s relaxed cultural policies stance, Hypernova, an Iranian rock group has traveled quite a while to get to Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel’s stage to perform for you. I can’t say I’m all that familiar with this type of music, but apparently they’re is at the forefront of the Iranian rock movement. For a mere $10 you get to see these dudes do their cool combination of Joy Division-esque post-punk with modern rock’n’roll.

Sunday

Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Sigur Ros. Explosions in The Sky. What about Tortoise? These guys have digging that whole post-rock vibe back in 1994, when Godspeed was just forming. This Chicago quintet have just released a new album, Beacons of Ancestorship, and you can see these post-rock grandfathers perform it for $20 at the Black Cat.

Tuesday

David “Spoonboy” Combs has got charm. A musician and activist in the D.C. area punk scene (most known for his role in the band The Max Levine Ensemble), Spoonboy pulls together some great solo acoustic music in the vein of Paul Baribeau or Ghost Mice. Head to the Black Cat and support a real champ with your $8 of spare change. Give him a hug for me.

Friday

Apparently Head Automatica label themselves as “electronic cock rock,” which can only mean good things. Either way, this band’s unique combination of electronics, rock’n’roll, and one of the most unique voices you’ll ever come across, puts these guys in the same realm as Hot Hot Heat, but with a little bit more going on. These guys really have a hold on my “Beating Heart Baby,” if you catch my drift. The Black Cat puts on this show for $15, and seeing singer Daryl Palumbo is worth that price tag alone!

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