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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Kung Fu Necktie, Jan. 10 - Parquet Courts (Preview)

Throttled in the post-punk DIY scene in New York, there's diverging sects of bands. Groups like The Men, who rifle through spiraling rhythms and nurturing songs, live off the encompassed energy of the movement. But, more or less, The Men, and groups like it, suit the memories of modern day Paul Westerberg requisites; stylized in a present fury, but treading water with ageless notions of its influence.

Brothers Max and Andrew Savage and Sean Yeaton construct Parquet Courts, another band in the ever-growing stack of notable sounds emerging from Brooklyn. After last year's release Light Up Gold, the trio (originally from Texas) stabilized its sound in a rich Americana punk for an impassioned youth. Few songs express that message as well as "Stoned And Starving," which wonders what a real living is for a modern 20-something in America.

Andrew, the band's lead singer and songwriter, is loud and clear, but rarely so serious that it drags the sentiments through tough tread. For the punk band template, the winning formula is usually calculated mess. But among the littered gems in Light Up Gold, the mess isn't really the point. There's reasoning and proud, boisterous exclamation in the tracks for a band that is seemingly so small at the moment.

Alongside the band's performance at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie tonight will be a slew of smaller bands in a furious set, including; Amanda X, Priests, Mike Bell & The Movies, and The Cats. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show will be available at the door, which follows an 8 p.m. show featuring emerging hardcore band Raspberry Bulbs.

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