Tonight’s Concert Picks: United Nations at The Barbary, Chet Williams at North Star Bar, Relatives at The Note

By
United Nations will "melt faces," but won't show their own

Little is known about the band United Nations.  Believed to work out of New York, the identity of only one band member is known (Geoff Rickly of Thursday).  In press materials, the band members wear Ronald Reagan masks, which seems completely normal after their debut album cover is considered: an image of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover edited so that The Beatles walk to the right— and are completely consumed in flames.  If United Nation’s urban legend status isn’t enough to raise an eyebrow, their website provides plenty to ponder.  Image aside, the band is known for their powerviolence punk music.  Though they “aspire” to “melt faces” (according to their FAQ page), they probably won’t show their own this Monday at The Barbary.  Tickets and information for the (questionably) all ages show with Old Lines, Black Clouds, Braille can be purchased  here.  Below, listen to their track “The Shape of Punk that Never Came.”

Chet Williams is famously devoted to his craft.  In 2011, the young Scranton native amassed enough Kickstarter funding to put out his first solo album.  Since then, he has been playing and pushing his folk sound relentlessly.  A Temple University article on Williams made him internet famous for his willingness to sleep basically anywhere as long as he could play a show.  With a solid repertoire of original songs and an eclectic collection of covers (including Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi”), Williams comes to North Star Bar Monday night.  Tickets for the 21+ show with Mark Harper (of Roof Doctor) and Chelsea Mitchell are free. Below, watch his cover of Magnetic Fields’ “Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side.”

The garage rock outfit Relatives is an enigma, but hardly in the way of United Nations (above).  The Philadelphia-based duo (comprised of Erich Enns and Brett Udis) has a sparse Bandcamp page which hosts an essentially untitled two-track demo and no autobiographical information.  Yet, Relatives’ music demonstrates cultivated talent for catchy, lo-fi songs that are too short to listen to only once.  The duo will be playing at The Note in West Chester at the venue’s New Music Monday event.  Tickets for Relative’s show with Midnight Session and Leoce are $5 and can be purchased here.  Below, listen to their track “Ratings.”