Best shows to see: Floor, Caitlin Rose, and Iceage | Bleader

Best shows to see: Floor, Caitlin Rose, and Iceage



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  • Melissa Madison Fuller
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Touring bands—forever slogging from one coast to the other—had it pretty rough last night. Being pitted against the three-headed monster that is Game of Thrones, the Mad Men season premiere, and Wrestlemania 29 (29!) isn't exactly fair. The show still went on all the same, albeit in front of distracted audiences preoccupied with thoughts of Wildling giants and human giants in Speedos. Luckily Soundboard offers a nice stretch of recommended shows early in the week—each with a touring band on the bill. Pick one, buy a ticket, and make up for last night's choice to overrun Twitter with commentary about the evolution of hairdos in Mad Men from one season to the next.

Mon 4/8: Floor at Subterranean

In describing the reunited merchants of doom in Floor, Miles Raymer writes, "The bassless trio was one of the first groups to realize that detuned guitars played slowly at sadistic volumes can produce an ego-obliterating mystical experience on par with watching an Elder God rise malevolently out of the ocean." And by "detuned," Raymer means the equivalent to drop-Z tuning—or what a bomb erupting on stage might sound like. He asserts that Floor should've been in the same pantheon as Sleep and Electric Wizrd and reignited the "underground metal world's passion for slow-motion blues riffage that sounds like Black Sabbath on a cough-syrup binge."

Tue 4/9: Caitlin Rose at Schubas

In describing Caitlin Rose's new album, The Stand-In, Peter Margasak writes that the 25-year-old Nashville singer is "staking her claim to a modern brand of the sun-drenched country rock Linda Ronstadt used to make." He goes on: "Rose's lyrics still need tightening up, but her voice is in full bloom—her spunk and charisma remind me of a young Neko Case or Kelly Hogan, and she wields them with admirable restraint."

Wed 4/10: Iceage at the Empty Bottle

Miles Raymer aptly parallels Iceage's punk edge with that of the knife they began selling at their merch booth last year. He writes, "It would be hard to invent an artifact that better sums up the band’s appeal: bare, clean-lined aggression combined with just a hint of cryptic mystery." And in describing their recent album, You're Nothing, Raymer notes that it "offers a few more aesthetic flourishes and subtleties in production than their 2011 debut, New Brigade (there’s even actual piano on one song), but judging by a set I caught a few months back, onstage they’re still intensely focused on playing the fastest, loudest, most intimidating punk they can."