Total Control, Parquet Courts, UV Race and Dead Fame at Strange Matter
Sunday, May 26. 9 p.m. $10-$12.
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If frontman and guitarist Andrew Savage is excited about his Parquet Courts being the New York rock band of the moment, he doesn’t show it. “It was a slow realization for us because we were touring,” he says. The Brooklyn band scored media hype after its shows at Texas’ South by Southwest this year, led by its insanely catchy track, “Borrowed Time,” a song Savage says he wrote about having writer’s block. “Indie rock felt castrated to me personally. I never considered us indie rock,” he says. “We existed in a kind of aggressive pop scene.” Its January release, “Light Up Gold,” has been critically acclaimed for its wiry combination of British post-punk, kraut-rock and Velvet Underground influences — and for capturing a certain immediacy felt in the early-’80s NYC club scene (“You have to expose yourself and be somewhat vulnerable,” Savage says. “We also wing it a lot in the studio, that’s one way of keeping it fresh.”) You don’t want to miss this gig. The band is playing on a terrific bill sure to be one of the best rock shows of the year. It includes two heralded Australian punk rock bands, Total Control — whose debut album, “Henge Beat,” was one of the best albums of 2012 — and UV Race, which shares a member of Total Control and just released a humorous sophomore album called “Racism.” Local group Dead Fame rounds out this amazing lineup presented by Vinyl Conflict Records on Sunday, May 26, with doors opening at 9 p.m. $10-$12. strangematterrva.com. — Brent Baldwin
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