In my other Short List preview this week, I give mention to the media saturation surrounding NYC up and comers White Rabbits. While it's great when a good band achieves a certain level of commercial success, there is also something great about a good band some how managing to fly under the Pitchfork radar. San Francisco's CUPIDS (that's right, all caps please) are such a band. An interesting blend of noisy, gothy, art rock (think a little Sonic Youth, a little Wire, a hard electronic influence, and tons of blustery Shoegazerisms) that flirts heavily with feedback as instrumentation; CUPIDS sculpt their own impressive sound. With a current touring schedule throughout the US and Canada, and a growing Myspace fan base, I'm sure it's only a matter of time before youll be sick to death of hearing about them. Nows your chance to catch them before then!
Fri., Oct. 19, 9 p.m., 2007