Festival Alert: Reverence Festival, Sept. 12-13th, Valada, Portugal

Another one for the “things I would attend if there were not an ocean in the way” file:


The line-up draws from a variety of -rock genres, including psychadelia, stoner, shoegaze, doom, prog, and garage. Some highlights of the bill, in alphabetical order:

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place To Bury Strangers by A Place To Bury Strangers

Crippled Black Phoenix

Crippled Black Phoenix – Northern Comfort – Official Video

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Mao Morta

Mão Morta "Novelos da Paixão"

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Psychic TV

PTV3, Nasty Byte

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Ringo Deathstarr

Ringo Deathstarr – "Rip" (Official Video)

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Postcards from the Pit: Woods

The evening I saw them, Woods was the last band of a four-band show at the Bowery Ballroom. They shared the bill with Widowspeak (ethereal on top, solid and dark on the bottom, very good); White Fence (high quality surf punk, even better when I wasn’t being moshed into a wall); and Ducktails (he has a new record out). I had gone out mainly to see White Fence;  by the time Woods came on it was late, it was also Saturday, so I resolved to hang out at least for a little while – two or three songs, maybe – and see if I liked them.

Readers, I loved them. Woods are delightful, and I stayed for their whole set. Many of their tunes were sweet, delicate indie-pop confections, but woven carefully between the hand-clapping sing-along songs were darker, more psychedelic instrumental numbers that functioned as the aural equivalent of a palate cleanser.

I enjoyed every minute of their time of the stage, and I strongly encourage you to get a-hold of their new record, Sun and Shade. I have had it on my iPod more or less since the show, and their songs never fail … Continue reading