Reviewed by: Dorise Gruber
In 2009, the Boston Phoenix compiled a list of the “Best New Bands In America,” 50 bands from 50 states. Our local boys, the unpredictable double-drummed and double-titled Magic Magic, hailed victorious in Massachusetts, while the Midwest madcap indie-rock outfit Sleeping in the Aviary was tagged as the band from Wisconsin not to miss. You may have seen other recipients of this high honor on stages around the city, but with both Magic Magic and Sleeping in the Aviary making the rounds on cd release tours, Thursday evening (March 24th) is certain to bring fresh material, frenzied talent, and unbridled ridiculousness in the best possible way.
With support from local ensemble The Bleeders (Mems of Miss Geo and the Metrics/The Observatory), come to check out the best Midwest band you’ve never heard, to celebrate Magic Magic’s triumphant return to home turf, or if only to witness a show that’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party.
18+ show, $10 cover, and tickets are on sale now! If you buy tickets in advance, you’ll get 20% off food at the Middle East the night of the show. Purchase tickets here.
Hope to see you there!
For those of you not in Massachusetts you can check out Sleeping in the Aviary on one of their East Coast Tour dates:
Mar. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
Mar. 24 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Mar. 25 – Troy, NY @ Troy Bike Rescue, 51 3rd St Space
Mar. 26- Brooklyn, NY @ 538 Johnson St.
Mar. 27 – NY, NY @ Arlene’s Grocery
Mar. 29 – NY, NY @ Cake Shop
Mar. 30 – Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre
Mar. 31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Ox
Apr. 1 – Washington D.C. @ Velvet Lounge
Apr. 4 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar
Apr. 5 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Apr. 6 – Salem, NC @Elliott’s Revue
Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar
Apr. 8 Wilmington, NC @ Soapbox
Sleeping in the Aviary (Elliott Kozel, Phil Mahlstadt, Michael Sienkowski, Celeste Heule, and Kyle Sobczak) has whipped out three albums in the last four years on their local indie label, Science of Sound – each new album bringing with it a new member and a revamped music profile. The first album made with just Kozel, Mahlstadt, and Sienkowski, Oh, This Old Thing (2007), in its spastic post-punk rage somehow maintained a controlled delivery, earning them a loyal local following. Their sophomore album, Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel (2008), added Heule to the mix and introduced a folksy but clever flavor, which brought them some underground national attention. The newest album, Great Vacation (2010), maintains a sense of garage/folk, but in introducing new member Sobczak has also brought in more storylines and even an island flair.
With a Blackstreet cassette rolling and Kozel raggedly swigging Jim Beam from the bottle, we sat down the night of their cd release (with Sienkowski and Sobczak chiming in occasionally from the couch) to discuss the band’s tour kickoff, the newest album (Great Vacation), and how you can’t always trust strangers on craigslist.
Interviewed by: Dorise Gruber