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Looming Concerts: February Edition

Pretty, prettay self-explanatory.

Playing Ram's Head Live on February 12th. 15-Year Anniversary Tour for Vheissu, which is pretty much the best set you can hope for; not positive if it's a play-straight-through-type deal, but part of me hopes they take a page out of Cursive's book, where on their Ugly Organ anniversary tour, they played the record cover-to-cover, but interspersed other songs throughout the setlist. Probably the best way I've seen it done, but I'll be on cloud nine, regardless, particularly with...

...these bad boys opening. I snagged my tickets for the show before they'd even announced their looming breakup/hiatus/what-have-you, but that specter, coupled with the fact that the deluxe vinyl of Untitled finally turned up in the back-half of last year, has meant I've been on a serious mwY kick of late, and can expect a truly bittersweet experience. Then again, pretty sure they also mentioned there'd be at least two more tours this coming year, so there's that.
3Drug Church
Paul Walker

Also opening. Honestly, I sort of fell off this band after Hit Your Head didn't resonate as much as their debut, but hey, maybe a good opportunity to check out their newest and see if I've been missing out.
4Holy Fawn
The Black Moon

A late addition to the lineup, but a welcome one, particularly since that new EP is pretty tasty.
5Kyle Kinane/The Slow Death

...the Kinane half, specifically; he's also performing at Ram's Head Live, the very next night. Actually sort of on the fence with this one, partly because I've already seen him once (which was great, and a few years back, so I'm not worried about the set overlapping), but mostly because...
Love and Decay

...these guys are playing the Metro Gallery that same evening. Didn't even know this album had come out, but I really dug Seismic and Tidals, so have a pretty good feeling. Plus, the show's only $10, compared to Kinane's $25+, so...leaning towards some shoegazy post-whatever. (There are two openers, Near Dark and Ethics Committee; I've heard of neither, nor do they have artist pages on this site, but I'll have to seek them out shortly.)
7The Wonder Years
Sister Cities

Playing Ram's Head Live on February 23rd. Sunday night show, which is always a little bit of an odd vibe, but half the show's acoustic anyways. I've actually seen these bad boys perform unplugged once before, at a local record shop (shout out, The Sound Garden!), and they certainly still bring the thunder, a lot of passion on full, unvarnished display. That was, naturally, an abbreviated set, and I also missed them playing locally around Halloween last year, so this'll be a nice chance to atone for my negligence while getting the full experience. And they had better goddamned play "When the Blue Finally Came."
8Spanish Love Songs
Brave Faces Everyone

Opening for Wonder Years, and I'm truthfully just as excited to see this band as that one. Schmaltz has remained in steady rotation ever since I discovered it thanks to this site December 2018, and I only found out they had a new full-length on the way after I got these tickets, so yet another added bonus.
9Free Throw
What's Past Is Prologue

Also opening for Wonder Years. I'll confess I haven't really explored this band too much, though they evidently seem pretty well-regarded around these parts. Have some homework to do here, and if anybody's a fan, feel free to steer me towards some good starting points.
10Pool Kids
Music to Practice Safe Sex To

11Drive-By Truckers
Decoration Day

Playing the 9:30 Club in D.C. on February 28th. A hard maybe on this one. I'd absolutely love to see this group live, but D.C.'s a bit of a hike, although at least it's not a weeknight, which is almost an automatic no-go. Now maybe if they alluded to a cameo from a certain erstwhile guitarist and songwriter who kicked the booze and shacked up with one of the Highwomen, I'd be more definite...
12Cult of Luna
A Dawn to Fear

Playing Baltimore Soundstage the following evening. Cult of Luna is one of those bands I've consistently told myself I need to listen to, but have kept putting off truly exploring, give or take an Eternal Kingdom here or Mariner there. Well, especially with all the buzz around their latest (and the fact that I recently found cheap copies of The Beyond and Somewhere Along the Highway), this may be the proverbial kick-in-the-pants I need to take the plunge into more post-metal mastery.
13Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean

Opening for Cult of Luna, and, if I'm being honest, the bigger draw for me. I simply don't have the time to Google it, but maybe a new album in the offing? Quoth Tootsie Pops, the world may never know
Fluid Existential Inversions

Also opening for Cult of Luna, and another band that I'm more familiar with than the headliner. New single (or, y'know, advance song or whatever) was quite good, and I believe the new record drops the same weekend as the show, so that'll be pretty sick. (Also opening is a band called Quattracenta, another mystery to me and, it would seem, Sputnik as a whole.)
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