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Psychedelic Horseshit, Lovvers, Daily Void Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., July 21, 9:30 p.m. 2009

The post-SXSW interview with Psychedelic Horseshit front man Matt Whitehurst that appeared on the Washington Post’s Post Rock blog—which hilariously rendered the band’s name “Psychedelic Horse[expletive]”—was one of the most entertaining things to hit the world of indie-rock journalism in a long time. Rambling, pissy, and rendered almost unreadable by the intersection of Whitehurst’s frequent profanity and the Post’s stuffy style, it’s an epic salvo of shit talk directed at what seems to be every semipopular indie band he could think of. “Wavves to me sounds like [expletive] TV on the Radio,” he says in one typical outburst. “That band sucks [expletive].” Of course lots of people probably think his band sucks [expletive] too, but the easy things to criticize about Psychedelic Horseshit—the terrible recording quality, the beyond-slacker sloppiness—are all products of deliberate aesthetic decisions. (I know he says he’d record clean if he could, but I’m not buying it.) It’s like he’s daring himself to leap a hurdle of his own making: Can he pull songs out of his ass that are catchy enough to win people over, even though he’s basically flipping the whole world the bird with his snotty ’tude and subamateur sound? So far it seems to be working. Lovvers and the Daily Void open. —Miles Raymer

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