Trivia Question: The Ponys recently opened for which ArthurFest headliner?
“On their much-heralded 2004 debut album Laced With Romance, Chicago-based quartet the Ponys proved fluent in an addictive and distinct strain of garage rock, primarily that of Standells/Seeds-style 60s rave-ups as refracted through the wiry late-70s vintage punk of acts like the Undertones or Richard Hell and the Voidoids. On their follow-up, Celebration Castle, the group has updated its crib-sheet's timeline to further include moody 80s post-punk, drawing references to Joy Division, Sonic Youth c. Evol, and the propulsive jangle of early R.E.M.” – Matthew Murphy, Pitchfork Media, May 2005
Listen to The Ponys on MySpace.
“As the cover art of an arid wasteland suggests, listening to The Occasion leaves you feeling small and alone, yet surrounded by something as familiar and warm as the desert wind. This may be due to the subtle evoking of John Cale's black magic, the stunning, yet dense, layering of Brian Wilson, the enigmatic building of Pink Floyd, or maybe it's the merging of what has become familiar technology into it's most organic and tangible form.”
Listen to The Occasion on MySpace.
Miss Alex White
“The songs have familiar roots: spinning around the living room to the Who as a kid, driving down I-90 blasting the Modern Lovers, dancing to Ike and Tina instead of studying, waking up to “1969” every day for a month. At the same time, her music is a perfect example of taking elements of what has come before and creating something raw, unique, and intriguing. Backing her up are Wes and Fast Eddie of the Clone Defects. Rising up out of a whirlwind lifetime full of scraped knees, battered hearts, and sweet revenge, Alex has a dirty bomb lodged where her voice box is supposed to be.”
Email your answer along with your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday, August 12. Enter "The Ponys Giveaway" in the subject line. The third and fourth person with the correct answer will win a pair of tickets to the show.
HEAD OF FEMUR HAVE TOURED WITH BRIGHT EYES AND RILO KILEY AS WELL AS RECORDED WITH MIKE AND AJ MOGIS WHO HAVE PRODUCED ALBUMS BY BRIGHT EYES, THE FAINT, AZURE RAY, RILO KILEY, CURSIVE, MOS EISLEY, AND SONGS: OHIA.
Tuesday, August 16; 9 PM; 21+
KCRW 89.9 Presents: Head of Femur, Spinto Band, El Ten Eleven @ Spaceland (1717 Silverlake Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026)
Trivia Question: Head of Femur recently opened for which fellow Chicago-based group?
(Hint: Think Nonesuch Records)
Mike and AJ Mogis helped record Head of Femur’s first album, Ringodom or Proctor on Portland’s Greyday Productions.
“The trio and their vast cast of co-conspirators run The Beach Boys and Caravan through an Elephant Six meatgrinder and wind up with eleven oddball chamber-pop suites full of left turns, ambitious orchestration, and music box explosions of melody." - Pitchfork Media
Listen to Head of Femur.
Listen to The Spinto Band on MySpace.
Listen to El Ten Eleven on MySpace
Email your answer to email@example.com by noon on Monday, August 15. Enter “Head of Femur Giveaway” in the subject line. The sixth and seventh person with the correct answer will get in free to the show.