Tonight Tonight in Music: Beach House and Buckethead
posted by March 18 at 10:19 AMon
Beach House plays tonight at Chop Suey. The band’s new album, Devotion, got a three-star review from Eric Grandy in this week’s paper. An excerpt:
Their sophomore album, Devotion, opens with the Western-sauntering slow dance of “Wedding Bell” and the fainting spell “You Came to Me” before getting to lead single “Gila,” the most immediately arresting song here. Its reverberating guitar-twang melody is eerily familiar but impossible to place—I’ll figure out what it reminds me of five years from now—and its nearly wordless chorus is benevolently haunting. “Some Things Last a Long Time” is a lovingly faithful cover that—prepare for critical embarrassment—I initially misidentified as a Built to Spill original (apologies to Mr. Johnston).
Also tonight, if you feel like punishing yourself:
Buckethead, That 1 Guy
(Neumo’s) Tonight unites two of the most irritating solo acts in the history of, well, everything—including theater, which is saying something. But let’s accentuate the positive, shall we? Exhibit A: Buckethead may be a thrash-metal guitarist who wears a KFC bucket on his head, makes records with Viggo Mortensen, and, when he grants interviews, answers all questions via a hand puppet named Herbie. HOWEVER! Buckethead once auditioned to be the guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers without having heard any of their songs, which is marvelous. Exhibit B: That 1 Guy is a cheap Tom Waits knockoff who thinks improper use of numerals is cute and named one of his (awful, awful) albums The Moon Is Disgusting. HOWEVER! Um… Actually, I can’t think of anything positive to say about That 1 Guy. BRENDAN KILEY