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Parquet Courts

WPTS Radio & Drusky Entertainment Presents

Parquet Courts

The Garment District, wwoman

Fri, June 2, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rex Theater

Pittsburgh, PA

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts
Little was said about Parquet Courts' debut effort, American Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band's first proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band's early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the rhythm section.

"This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990's 'you can be anything you want', Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America's scandalous origin," writes Savage in the album's scratched-out liner notes. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000's: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city - the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It's punk, it's American, it's New York… it's the color of something you were looking for.
The Garment District
The Garment District is music by multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor, a band which toured worldwide, released multiple albums on Merge Records, and played the first All Tomorrow's Parties Festival.

The Garment District's cassette Melody Elder, was released in 2001 on Night People Records. In 2014, they released the debut full-length album If You Take Your Magic Slow, also on Night People. Last year, they released their followup album Luminous Toxin on San Antonio-based Kendra Steiner Editions. Their latest three-song 7", released on La Station Radar, features a remix by British musician Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3, E.A.R., and Spectrum).

The group has performed at VIA Fest opening for Julia Holter, the Andy Warhol Museum opening for Jenny Hval, at 6119 Penn opening for Cold Cave, and was selected by artist Doug Aitken to perform in his Station to Station film series. Their music features contributions by Jennifer's cousin Lucy Blehar, Jowe Head (of UK's Swell Maps and Television Personalities) and Kevin C. Smith. Jennifer is also the co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest indie craft fair, and co-editor/photographer for the award-winning book, Pittsburgh Signs
Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania (Carnegie Mellon Press).
Venue Information:
Rex Theater
1602 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203