Live at Gasa Gasa
Sunday night, Minneapolis based synth rockers Poliça came back to New Orleans to plat Gasa Gasa. Poliça had just recently visited us with a well attended show at One Eyed Jacks in October, so it was interesting that they would choose to come back so soon to play a smaller venue. The reason for the shift was revealed as soon as lead singer Channy Leaneagh took the stage. She announced that the band is traveling to Texas to record some new material and we happened to be one of the rehearsal stops along the way. The set consisted of eighteen songs, seventeen of which were new. The only legacy track was “Lay Your Cards Out” from their first record. This set of tracks is clearly well on its way into production and the band’s delivery of them—while tentative at times—was nuanced and energetic. The new tracks reveal a further development of the complexity of rhythm that has been a hallmark of Poliça’s sound. Leaneagh was confident and composed; her voice has never sounded better. It is a rare treat to get a nearly complete peek into a band’s emerging volume of work. Certainly, this was not the hits show that some in the audience had expected, but everyone left buzzing with the excitement of this new material. I for one cannot wait to hear how these tracks come together.
To Do This Week
The intensity of the live music schedule continues this week. Tonight, Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers will be playing at Republic. Their outstanding 2014 record Dead won the Mercury Prize last year. The prolific trio has already followed this record up with the excellent new record White Men Are Black Men Too. Their style blends the traditional and the modern with unified flow that immediately captured the listener’s attention. On Saturday night, the longstanding KOMPRESSION series will bring producer Alexi Delano to their home at the Dragon’s Den. This will be a late night of deep techno. Make sure to arrive in time to see local favorites Unicorn Fukr and Jared Holden opening. On Sunday, Katie Crutchfield will bring her Waxahatchee project back to town. It’s been a year since Katie was last here. In that time she has released the hypnotic new record Ivy Tripp. There is a confidence that swells though this record that I cannot wait to see overwhelm the stage at Gasa Gasa. If you are looking to roll straight through to Jazzfest, check out hip hop experimentalist Tyler, the Creator at the House of Blues on Monday. Tyler has just released his explosive new record Cherry Bomb. If you have the strength to keep going, Dan Deacon will be bringing his brand of high intensity electronic music to Republic on Tuesday. Finally, local favorites, Flow Tribe, will be anchoring Wednesdays at the Square. Whatever you do, make sure to save some strength for the Fest. I’ll be back next week with weekend one recommendations.
To Listen This Week
NPR has a first listen stream of Speed Ortiz’s outstanding new record Foil Deer. Their formula of strong vocals combined with dissonant, insistent guitar is perfectly executed here. This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite records of the year. Click here to listen.