Weekly Wooot -- Afghan Raiders, Maus Haus, Band of Skulls, Mika Miko and more.

Afghan_Raiders_0.jpgOur call Friday is Las Vegas’ hidden gem Afghan Raiders at Blowup– the Digitalism-like duo throws down live electro like the best of them, but has an arsenal of remixes and original material that puts them well beyond the general bloghouse crowd. Definitely give these guys a listen.

Saturday Bottom of the Hill has an excellent night with epicsauce local favorite Maus Haus. We were absolutely blown away by these guys when we caught them at Café Du Nord a few months back, and highly suggest you check them out.

Sunday is oddly impressive, with the soon to explode garage, psych and blues inspired indie pop act Band of Skulls (think a Jack White project minus Jack White) at Café Du Nord, and Mika Miko/Ty Segall/DJ Johnathon Toubin and more at Thee Parkside.

Thee Parkside lineup is simply stacked … and to sweeten the deal, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the show.

And Monday night our friends the Beehive Spirit have a no cover show at the always stellar El Rio – with $1 PBRs and $2 wells, there is no reason to miss this one.

Just a taste of another excellent week that includes modern legend Jon Brion at The Swedish American Hall, Ableton geeks The Glitch Mob at Mezzanine and Chicago hip hop/electro superstars Flosstradamus at Mighty. Here is the full breakdown:

07.24 (Fri)

Afghan Raiders, Dances With White Girls @ Rickshaw Stop

Real excited to finally catch Las Vegas' hidden gem Afghan Raiders. While the duo has a few deservedly blog-hyped remixes under their belt (check their excellent take on The Faint's Mirror Error), it's their original work that we are most excited about -- Solid Gold and Admiral's Doorbell simply bang, and we cannot wait to see both laid down live.

The style is a bit reminiscent of Germany's excellent Digitalism, but the songwriting here feels more like that of a fully realized band than a bloghouse clone.

Admiral's Doorbell

Mirror Error (The Faint remix)

Solid Gold

Alternative content

Self described "thug-house" producer Dances With White Girls headline the night... not blown away here, but should be solid at the always dancey Blowup.

The New Deal, DJ Morale @ Independent
Inca Ore, Dragging An Ox Through Water, Tom Greenwood, Chen Santa Maria @ Rooz Cafe
Flosstradamus @ Mighty
Of Montreal @ Fox Theater

07.25 (Sat)

Maus Haus, Rainbow Arabia, Pierre Le Robot @ Bottom of the Hill

We first caught Maus Haus at Cafe Du Nord in April and were crushed to learn it would be their last date until late July. The band's synth laden blend of 60s psychedelia and contemporary electropop was shockingly tight and orchestrated, a refreshing departure from the more DIY west coast electronic acts we love to hype.

The music is no doubt hard to classify (as evidence of the range, one blog recently pegged it as Battles-esque, while another as for fans of Beck/Portishead). The SF connection makes the previously profiled Battlehooch an obvious comparison, but with a decidedly darker and more downtempo feel. Seriously, just take a listen:

We Used Technology (But Technology Let Us Down) (note: this song is the fucking jam)

Rigid Breakfast

(...also highly recommend Dead Keys Drop over at their Myspace )

Oakland's Pierre Le Robot and LA's Rainbow Arabia open -- both are well worth a listen.

At $10, this one is not to be missed.

Jon Brion @ Swedish American Hall
DoubleDouble, The Party Fouls, The Bad Beginning @ Hotel Utah
The Glitch Mob @ Mezzanine

07.26 (Sun)

Mika Miko, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Ty Segall, Audacity, DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Thee Parkside

Stacked lineup with the ladies of LA's punk/noise Mika Miko, San Francisco's Ty Segall (stoked to see him get some Pitchfork cred last week) and the rumored to be widely entertaining DJ Jonathan Toubin. With the car playing multi-instrumentalist Quintron and Miss Pussycat headlining the night, this is a rare treat at Thee Parkside... should be a great time.

And check this -- we have tickets to giveaway!

Band of Skulls, Big Time @ Cafe Du Nord

Band of Skulls first entered our radar when they played a well-received free show at Harlot (courtesy of The Owl Magazine/SonicLiving) a couple months back.

While the band's garage, psych and blues inspired indie pop may at times be a bit too reminiscent of various Jack White projects, our money is on the trio having some serious mass appeal as they continue to tour in support of their recent release Baby Darling Doll Face.

Check out SF based music blogs The OCMD and Katarocker for in-depth (and highly favorable) reviews of the band.


I Know What I Am (...this will be stuck in your head the rest to the day)

Lyrics Born @ Stern Grove

07.27 (Mon)

Beehive Spirit @ El Rio

As previously noted, we caught our friends The Beehive Spirit when the opened for LA's excellent Happy Hallows in June, and were impressed with their take on the Princeton/Vampire Weekend style of indie rock. Expecting great things from these guys as their sound solidifies.

With $1 PBR, $2 well drinks and no cover, there is no reason not to head out to this one.

Glasvegas, Ida Maria @ Regency Center

07.28 (Tue)

Lazarus, Tiny Vipers, Jakob @ Hemlock
Future Of The Left, Make Me, Disastroid @ Bottom of the Hill

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