When: Sat., April 21, 9:30 p.m. 2012
First, the good news: Following Disappears' second album, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley joined the group. Now, the bad news: Too many folks are going to use Shelley's participation as an excuse to throw SY's name around as a suitable comparison point. But while Shelley's unmistakable shuffle makes its presence felt all over their newest album, Pre Language, he's just doing his part. The group's mix of garage rock grit, post-punk pallor and Krautrock groove remains intact, and with Shelley adding his particular flair to Disappears' recipe, it's become even more potent.
If Spooky Action at a Distance were released as the newest Deerhunter album, instead of Lockett Pundt's second solo effort, the only thing that listeners might question is the absence of Bradford Cox's voice. Like Deerhunter's prolific frontman, Pundt is fond of writing songs that splice together all stripes and shades of pop music, and he likes to sing his words in an agreeably laconic manner. The biggest difference between Pundt's first effort as Lotus Plaza and this one, however, is that he's crafted an album that's strong enough to share the spotlight with the music made by that other guy. With The Toddlers. —David Raposa