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Video Clip of The Week: Solids, “Blank Stare”



Regardless of how great a song is, I really need a video to grab my attention visually within a few seconds, or it’s not going to get in this here column. “Blank Stare,” by a band called Solids, won me over with its first images of tiny red and yellow houses, contrasted against a blindingly blue lake and an aggressively orange mountain range, which made my eyes almost start watering just from the sheer brightness of the colors. Because, acid.

Despite having a name that reminds me of milk (don’t ask) Solids are possessed of a sound that is just so wildly appealing on many levels: like Husker Du and Guided By Voices had a baby whose favorite was band was Bleach-era Nirvana. Or something. Surely I do not have to break it down any more than that, unless you are a bit of a simpleton, which is something I would never accuse you of being. And did I mention that the clip is animated? That’s always fun on a Sunday morning, amiright?

“Blank Stare” can be found on the band’s recently released EP, Else (out on Topshelf and Dine Alone Records) which has been called “a melancholic deconstruction of  ’90s slacker ethos, that also charts Solids’ transition into a wider and more experimental sound, borrowing strands from Dinosaur Jr., Hum and Unwound and coiling them into an anxious, alienated sound that’s all their own. The final product is a snapshot in 19 minutes of a band that’s traveled 5000 miles, having chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.” Enjoy!

Soilds Band

TOUR DATES

04.29.16 – Victoriaville, QC @ Salle des Scouts
04.30.16 – Chicoutimi, QC @ Sous Bois
05.05.16 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens *
05.06.16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades *
05.07.16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie *
05.08.16 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd *
05.09.16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge *
05.10.16 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar *
05.11.16 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
05.12.16 – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar *
05.13.16 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha *
05.14.16 – Montréal, QC @ Ritz PBD *
05.25.16 – Oviedo, SP @ Lata de Zinc
05.26.16 – Donosti, SP @ Dabadaba
05.27.16 – Madrid, SP @ Get Mad Festival
05.28.16 – Barcelona, SP @ La [2] de Apolo
05.30.16 – Heerlen, NL @ Nieuwe Nor %
05.31.16 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown %
06.01.16 – Groningen, NL @ Vera %
06.03.16 – Bordeaux, FR @ El Chicho
06.04.16 – Poitiers, FR @ Less Playboy Is More Cowboy
06.06.16 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last @
06.07.16 – Sheffield, UK @ The Picture House @
06.08.16 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope @
06.09.16 – Oberhausen, DE @ Druckluft
06.10.16 – Leipzeig, DE @ Zoro
06.12.16 – Darmstadt, DE @ Ottinger Villa
06.13.16 – Prague, CZ @ Cafe V Lese
07.08.16 – Halifax, NS @ Grid Lock Festival
07.09.16 – Halifax, NS @ Grid Lock Festival
07.11.16 – Moncton, NB @ Plan B $
07.12.16 – Charlottetown, PEI @ Baba’s $
07.13.16 – Sackville, NS @ Thunder & Lightning $
07.14.16 – Fredericton, NB @ ReNeu Boutique $
07.15.16 – Québec, QC @ L’Anti, Festival d’été de Québec
08.13.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Wrecking Ball Festival

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Christmas in California

Seasons Beatings,

The Worley Gig is partaking in Festive Merriment in California until mid-next week. The Rad Blog will be light on posts until that time. In the meantime, please feel free to click on the LinkWithin suggestions at the end of each article for stories you might have missed, and Happy Holidaze, dear Readers!

Alternative Press 25th Anniversary Show At Sloan Fine Art

Starting today, the Sloan Fine Art Gallery on the lower east side is hosting the Alternative Press 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition for three days only! I realize that all of the indie rock hipsters are busy with CMJ crap this week, but I attended the opening party  last night and can assure you that  this exhibit is definitely worth your time to run over and check it out between your showcases and random pukefests.  For this special exhibition, the gallery’s rear room has been transformed with tons of cool photographs, milestones and memoirs from the Alternative Press archives while the main gallery highlights original artworks from artists/musicians who have been featured in the magazine over the years. It was sweetly nostalgic  for me, looking through everything and remembering way back when Trent Reznor used to get me all hot and bothered and I could stand to listen to a Nine Inch Nails CD for more that 30 seconds. Good times.


Joan Jett by Shepard Fairey

The artist list for the exhibition includes works by Adam Jones (Tool), Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek (The Academy Is…), Black Francis (Pixies),  Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Greg “Craola” Simkins, Jayme Thornton, Joby J. Ford (The Bronx),  Jordan Buckley (Every Time I Die), Justine Frischmann (Elastica), Marilyn Manson, Marina Chavez, Marc “Porter” McKnight (Atreyu), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), Morgan Slade (Miss Derringer), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Ralf Strathmann, Roberto Chamorro, Sean Murphy,   Shepard Fairey, Shirley Manson (Garbage), Tim Armstrong (Rancid) and Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) among many others. The works are also surprisingly diverse. Pictured below are a few of my favorites:


Untitled 2 By Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes)


The Doktor By Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio)

The entire exhibit is available to preview online, which I did in advance of seeing everything in person, and I was surprised at how different so much of  the art looks up close, as far as textures and finishes are concerned. The Doktor (seen above) has an attractive, metallic-looking finish to the paint, which is undetectible unless you see the painting up close.


Little Trooper By Greg “Craola” Simkins


Elliott Smith, Silverlake 1997 By Marina Chavez


Mothertongue By Justine Frischmann (Elastica)

Justine Frischmann’s Mothertongue is a large scale mixed media on canvas combining paint and collage. It looks so much more amazing in person than in any photo. I was really impressed!


No Sleep Til Brooklyn By Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)


Peking Noodle (Ode to Louise Bourgeois) By Shirley Manson (Garbage)

Sloan Fine Art is located at 128 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. The Alternative Press 25th Anniversary exhibition will be on display Thursday, October 21st through Saturday October 23rd only. Gallery hours are Noon to 6:00 PM each day.