Mayflies USA, Chapel Hill's answer to everyone from Superdrag and Teenage Fanclub to Big Star, play a post-Thanksgiving weekend show with Mazarin, a Philly-based pop collective whose sophomore release, "a tall-tale storyline" (SpinArt), ranges from ambient folk-rock to experimental pop. It's everything you've come to expect and hope for from frontman Quentin Stoltzfus, aided and abetted by producer/multi-instrumentalist Brian McTear. Catch them this Monday, Nov. 26, at Kings in Raleigh.
Then on Tuesday, Nov. 27, "American original," tape maker, artist, cartoonist (see above) and eccentric Daniel Johnston (who collaborates with folks ranging from Jad Fair to choreographer Bill T. Jones, which lets you know he's kind of, uh, experimental, yet connected), comes to Kings for a rare visit. Also on the bill is former local Chris Lee, whose new disc, [chris lee] plays and sings torch'd songs, charivari hymns and oriki blue-marches (produced by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, who's filling the drum seat on this tour), finds our budding soul man delivering songs that will sho 'nuff make you boogie, yet in a slow, sexy manner. Mothlight opens. Call 831-1005 for details. --Angie Carlson
Says critic Mike McRitchie: Aereogramme, an ambitious three piece from Glasgow, Scotland, combines aggressive metal and synthesized sounds with moments of subtle beauty. Signed to influential label Chemikal Underground (Delgados, Mogwai, Arab Strap) last year, the trio was picked up by Matador here in the United States and last month released their debut LP, A Story in White. Veteran British DJ John Peel is a big fan, and when you see them, you'll realize why. Weaving together aggression with soaring guitars, electronica and heartfelt vocals, Aereogramme are an utterly convincing live band, producing some of the most majestic sounds to emerge from Scotland in recent times. They appear at Go! Room 4 following a series of northern dates opening for local heroes Superchunk. Southern California hardcore act, The Icarus Line, headline the bill.
Says critic Greg Barbera: The Icarus Line's fury of sound spins like a tornado; the guitars jerk and jeer, rhythm section in full overdrive, and the singer flails about, screaming, howling his way through each verse. Confrontational, aggressive music is the band's forte and it's clear they've done their homework. With a sound and approach that harkens back to the halcyon days of hardcore, the band has quickly found fans lining up to hear them. Starting points include Philly's Ruin, D.C.'s Nation of Ulysses and El Paso's At The Drive-In. Since the band's hometown is the City of Angels, there's also the prerequisite Black Flag influence. Don't let the Hollywood zip code fool you--The Icarus Line aren't just punk rock, they're hardcore. This double bill takes place Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. (early show!!) at Go! Room 4 in Carrboro. Call 969-1400 for details. --Mike McRitchie and Greg Barbera