Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cymbals Eat Guitars with Quicksand at Union Transfer and Andrew McMahon (of Jacks Mannequin) at Chameleon Club

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It’s serendipitous that Cymbals Eat Guitars are opening for Quicksand. The Staten Island Cymbals are heavily influenced by 90’s grunge rock and Quicksand’s most popular album, Slip, came out in 1993. While neither band has released anything new lately, that’s hardly a reason to miss Cymbals openening for Quicksand tonight. Cymbals Eat Guitars’ 2009 album Why There Are Mountains, was heavy enough on delicate guitar riffs and general angst, that their sound felt timeless. Their 2011 follow-up Lenses Alien was successfully anachronistic, as well. For some nostalgic alternative rock, throw on your cargo pants and head down to Union Transfer. Tickets for the all ages event are sold out, but information can be found here.  Below, watch Cymbals Eat Guitars play their track “Plains Clothes” live.

Andrew McMahon has been busy.  He’s currently touring the country, and recently wrote music for the second season of Smash on NBC.  While many know him as the singer and songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, McMahon has nursed dreams of a solo career since his high school days.  In fact, what many don’t realize is that Jack’s Mannequin sprang from a dream of working solo once Something Corporate took off.  It’s hard to say if McMahon is still true to his high school aesthetic, but fans of his other projects will certainly enjoy tonight’s show.  Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here.  Below, watch his short video explaining the new tour and what to expect.