By Kaitlin Perry and Ryan Coghill
17 October: Chromeo and Mayer Hawthorne.
If you don’t know who Chromeo is, you’re either over 40 or addicted to Top 40 radio stations. I’ve seen Chromeo twice now, and both times have been all smiles. It’s hard not to when your ears are filled with funky electro and autotune. As one reviewer writes, “the dancing doesn’t stop until the lights come on” – a very true statement.
The group, made up of two Canadians, has played sold out shows and uber-popular music festivals, including Coachella and the much-missed Street Scene. They will be playing House of Blues on Oct. 17 (Monday) alongside the also-funky Mayer Hawthorne, whose violent yet entertaining video for “The Walk” is worth a looksee.
18 October: Metronomy and Newvillager
Well-known for the positive energy and ability to invoke mosh pits at their live shows, Metronomy will be providing entertainment at Voyeur on Oct. 18. With a new album released in September, and previous albums that resonated well with reviewers and fans alike, the band is guaranteed to make the always-daunting trip to downtown San Diego worth your while.
Standout tracks on newest album The English Riviera include the poppier yet Fever-Ray-esque “She Wants” and the relatable “Trouble.” But really, every song is fun and inevitably good live. They’ll be accompanied by NewVillager, a band that also puts on an intriguingly upbeat live show. See a previously written article about the band here.
22 October: Spank Rock
“Everyday I wake up, it feel’ like my fucking birthday.” Let that line meditate within you for just a moment. Unless you have shitty memories of past birthdays, I’d imagine that waking up everyday, feeling like you’re gonna party like it’s your birthday, so to speak, you’d be pretty fucking stoked.
Spank Rock evokes that feeling of being stoked on partying, and babes, rapping about a “Girl gone wild like she on a vacation” and being “So deep in pussy” that you “need flotation.” While his rhymes and imagery are cool and clever, it’s the blend of hip-hop and electronic beats that make the party.
Spank Rock just released his sophomore album, Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar, and it’s a party from beginning to end. The opening track, “Ta-da” is simple and mellow, with a very consistent beat and some droning melodies. However, the next track “Nasty” speeds up and sets the fast-paced meter for the rest of the album. The combination of lyric and rhythm is reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine, minus the rock, add the electro. This influence is due in part to Boys Noize’s role in helping produce the album. The evidence is undeniably present, and this makes for a pretty bumping album. Check out “The Dance.” It’s a definite standout. Spank Rock will be at Voyeur on Saturday Oct. 22.
26 October: White Denim
White Denim will be hitting up the House of Blues on Oct. 26 alongside Manchester Orchestra, and with White Denim having been voted Best Rock Band at SXSW by Gorilla vs. Bear (four times in a row now), it’s obviously a show that shouldn’t be missed. White Denim’s sound is indie, but in a harder, garagier more detailed way. It’s apparent when listening to their albums that they put a LOT of thought into each and every aspect of the songs they make, which is important in a day and age where anybody who knows anybody can get a record deal. True talent is hard to ignore, and that’s why White Denim is getting bigger every year.