Ariel Pink and Haunted Graffiti
One of the defining features of music in 2013 so far seems to be an oscillation back to the sounds and features of psychedelia in music. Perhaps this is a result of the previously mentioned genre of “chillwave” gaining popularity with druggy, hazy sounds that are starting to reach into all aspects of music, perhaps it corresponds to a deep and subconscious need to drown out clarity in emotionally trying times devoid of any kind of mysticism, or perhaps it is something completely different. Either way, the sister duo of Clementine and Valentine Nixon are going to bring some droney, noisey stuff to the Wonder Ballroom as Purple Pilgrims. While the venue is technically non-smoking, I can’t imagine their set going by without at least one person realizing that things might get a little interesting with some marijuana involved. This is not to say it is necessary to enjoy the music, but rather that the music inspires a certain kind of introspection that is aided by certain herbal supplements.
Kirin J Callahan
Kirin J Callahan is the former guitarist for Mercy Arms, an Australian indie-rock band that were signed to Capitol Records. After their breakup, Callahan went solo, releasing his first full-length album in 2012. Kirin creates hyper-detailed dissonant songs that sit somewhere between boozy folklore and catchy noise.Â The song (and video) “Embracism” is exactly that—his voice rough and completely torn up, croaking over wailing guitar sirens and a skronky, cathartic ending. It’d feel improvised if it wasn’t so tightly wound. Callinan’s Embracism is out July 2nd, 2013 on Siberia/Terrible Records.
Tickets are $15 at Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686 or buy online right here.