A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

You’ll be sorry if you miss it: Starfucker @ Higher Ground

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Tuesday March 29, 2011

There are definitely a couple of posts that I’ve written the day after a show that begin with a sentiment close to “you blew it if you weren’t there.” In the spirit of fairness, I thought I’d tell you explicitly in advance this time: if you aren’t at the Starfucker show next Friday, April 8 at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, you’re blowing it.

Portland, Oregon’s Starfucker, previously known as Starf**ker, STRFKR and potentially some other variation(s) of their current (and seemingly complete) band name, are a real treat for Burlington-area indie music fans. This is a band with a huge following in their hometown, and one that I am 100% sure is going to become immensely popular in the next couple of years (if not sooner). Their music is just too damn good.

They play songs ranging from straight up electronic dance jams to more mellowed-out shoe-gazers. It occurs to me that I haven’t mentioned the price of the show – it’s $10. Ten measly dollars. You’ve spent more than that on a six-pack — you’ll enjoy this much more. If we’re lucky, Starfucker might even treat us to tales of the recent (apparently unsubstantiated) arrest of band member Ryan Biornstad at SXSW in Austin, TX.

If you like to dance, sing in the car or the shower, jump up and down, smile, or if you just like to party, I suggest you join me at Higher Ground next Friday. Still unconvinced? Just be the first person to comment on this post, and I’ll send you a free ticket (be sure to use a valid email address).

Here’s a quick (albeit blurry) example of what you’ll be missing if you aren’t there:


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Good shows upcoming in Burlington & Montreal

Filed Under: Live Shows
Written by Brendan
Wednesday March 23, 2011

Here are a few shows I recommend seeing over the next month or so.

Monday, March 28
Young Galaxy @ Monkey House
$7 (at door)

I saw Young Galaxy open for Stars in December and would recommend them to anyone. Be prepared for a very pregnant lead singer…

Wednesday, March 30
Titus Andronicus @ Metronome
$10

You’ll have to like your rock a bit on the grittier & noisier side to enjoy this show. Expect a lot of sweaty excitement, and definitely bring earplugs.

Friday, April 8
Starfucker @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
$10

If you like to dance, this show is for you. Starfucker play high energy pop rock.

Tuesday, April 12
The Black Angels & Suuns @ La Sala Rossa (Montreal)
$17

The Black Angels are psych rock at its finest. I’ve wanted to see them since their 2006 release Passover.

Sunday, April 17
Iron & Wine @ Higher Ground Ballroom (sold out)

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New music acquisitions

Filed Under: New Releases
Written by Brendan
Thursday July 22, 2010

But first, a quick update: life is good.  Thanks to the generosity of a near-stranger, I will now be in attendance at the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show on Monday.

I can only hope it’s 1/10th as cool as this:

Anyhow, I’ve bought a bunch of new music in the past couple of weeks. On a friend’s recommendation I picked up Starfucker’s 2008 self-titled release. It’s pretty lightweight electro-pop with catchy hooks and danceable beats interspersed with grinding, grungy synths. I also picked up Eminem’s Recovery, Obadiah from Frazey Ford (of Be Good Tanya’s fame), Made The Harbor by VT’s own Mountain Man, More Grey Hairs from Reks (who I learned about from following Akrobatik on twitter…), Disconnect From Desire by School of Seven Bells, and downloaded SUUNS’ Zeroes EP for free, a promotion to celebrate their signing to Secretly Canadian.

While his ability to rhyme is impressive as ever, Eminem’s tired song subjects are, well, tired.  Also, since he admits multiple times that his last two albums were shit, I’d love my money back for purchasing those two.

Though I have a tough time during the work day listening to music as melancholy and at times depressing as Frazey Ford’s, her voice is so captivating that it’s worth an exception.  I highly recommend Obadiah.

I’m intrigued by Mountain Man, an all-female trio who met at Bennington College in southern VT. It’s way stripped down (at times a capella) folk, driven by vocal harmonies. I need to listen some more before offering anything more.

Eminem - Recovery Frazey Ford - Obadiah Mountain Man - Made The Harbor Reks - More Grey Hairs School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire Starfucker - Starfucker SUUNS - Zeroes EP


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