Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday the 13th (of April) with White Rabbits in the Pearl Street Clubroom

Checking out White Rabbits' music videos (like the new one for their latest single "Heavy Metal") is all well and good, but to fully capture the intensity they bring to their live performances, you have to, um, watch live performance videos. The Midwest transplants (they now live in Brooklyn) have a gift for updating the percussive, rhythmic anthems they achieve in the studio and suiting them to the stage in a variety of arrangements that range from haunting, subdued takes to straight-up raucous jams. It's surprising how well those same percussive, rhythmic anthems - the ones where frontman Steve Patterson uses his piano as another percussion instrument and the band's two (yes, two) drummers (they double up on singers and guitarists too) absolutely go to town - can translate into chilling acoustic versions without losing any of their energy. 

Want proof? Check out this version (below) of their second album's lead single / jam-of-all-jams "Percussion Gun" the band brought to Seattle radio station KEXP not too long ago. They'll likely bring a more stomping version of the track to Pearl Street when they take the stage there on April 13, but you should probably get used to their impressive versatility beforehand. Even better, they've got a new record, "Milk Famous," out March 6, so they'll likely have a whole new set for your listening pleasure.

Opening the show, Gull is the project of one masked man, Richmond's Nate Rappole, who got his start busking on the streets of his hometown, if you can call it that - armed with an electric guitar, a few drums, some amps, and a looping pedal, Rappole effortlessly crafts undefinable, psychedelic jams.  -Genevieve Oliver

Tickets are available at Northampton Box Office,76 Main Street. 413-586-8686 and online at

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