Grand Archives, performing their first show, when they were still called "Archives." Photo by Renee McMahon. Click here for an audio slideshow of the set.>"/>
Grand Archives, performing their first show, when they were still called "Archives." Photo by Renee McMahon. Click here for an audio slideshow of the set.
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Grand Archives (CD release), Sera Cahoone, S
Triple Door Mainstage, $15, 7:30pm
Mat Brooke's latest labor of love has gone from just plain Archives, with one live show under their belts, to the very Grand Archives, who've already crossed the country as support for Modest Mouse, Minus the Bear, and the Helio Sequence and now have a bona fide self-titled full-length release on Sub Pop records. Since their slightly shaky first show at Neumo's, the boys have retreated to a cabin in the woods near Index, Wash., to record what's turned out to be a work equal parts blue-tinged melancholy and bright, sun-streaked optimism. Tracks like "Torn Blue Foam Couch" have morphed into new animals since Archives' initial four-song demo/EP, "Couch" going from a gradually building electric anthem to a twinkling, driving anchor of an opening track whose climax bursts with golden brass and racing snare. "George Kaminsky" has been stripped down from a full band, wheezing-harmonica-bedecked wall of sound to a steel-laced acoustic dreamer. Overcast Northwest elements are viewed through a kaleidoscope of Beach Boys–style harmonies, Zombies-like arrangements, la-da-da's, and hand claps, shattering the sound into a million tiny slivers of emotion. Tonight, the band is joined by full string and horn sections along with two of Brooke's former bandmates (and guest vocalists on the record) as supporting acts: Sera Cahoone and Jenn Ghetto's breathtaking S.
-- AJA PECKNOLD
Men (JD & Jo of Le Tigre), Hey Willpower, DJs Mathematix and L.A. Kendall
Nectar, $10, 9:00pm
Sadly, mash-ups have grown as tired, worn-out, and thin as the inner thighs of a chubby girl's corduroys. That being said, when you happen across one that is clever and well executed, it reminds you that before it made its way into the vernacular of middle-aged housewives (somewhere around 2004?) a stellar mash indicated one was a superiorly skilled DJ. Hearing DJ JD Samson's drenched-in-cool mix-up of a dirty southern ditty about strippers, panty lines, and ball sweat with one of the most sweetly perky tunes ever set to record will relight your mash-up fire. What else would you expect of Men, a DJ collaboration between two thirds of Le Tigre? Samson and Johanna Fateman will be tag-teaming the turntables and taking requests via MySpace (profile.myspace.com/mrandmrsmen) for tonight's show kicking off their spring tour, which includes five freakin' nights at SXSW. With Hey Willpower and DJs Mathematix and L.A. Kendall.
--MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR