Dig into two new tracks from Sisu and Dirty Beaches (playing Johnny Brenda’s 9/9)


Sisu, the synth rock side project of Sandra Vu of the Dum Dum Girls, will be dropping their first album, Blood Tears, on September 17. The week before, you can catch Sisu at Johnny Brenda’s on September 9. This week, they released the single “Return the Favor,” which starts off as a dark, electro-synth tune and blossoms into a lush, catchy melody.

Sisu will be touring with Montreal-based Dirty Beaches. The lo-fi experimental and minimalist musician released a ton of new music these past few months: the Drifters/Love is the Devil double LP, and the more piano-based, classic sounding instrumental Hotel EP. Check it out below, listen to the Sisu song here, and find more information about the show here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drive Tour at Union Transfer; Iceage, Dirty Beaches at Johnny Brenda’s

Mondays tend to be lame; we all know this. But a good soundtrack can up the cool factor on any old thing any old time, just ask the dude whose head Ryan Gosling destroys in that elevator. Getting your face smashed in? Lame. Getting your face smashed in to Kavinsky? Less lame. And this Monday is getting a sleek scorpion jacket of its very own as the Drive Tour hits up Union Transfer. Expect College, Anoraak, and Electric Youth to lay out all the smooth, synthy faves fit for cruising through 80s-ish LA at night. Doors are at 8 and the show starts at 8:30; tickets are available here for $15. Bring a denim jacket so you, too, can be a real human being and a real hero. You know how it goes:

And if post-punk is more your thing, be sure to check out Copenhagen teen rockers Iceage at Johnny Brenda’s, playing with minimalist Montreal act Dirty Beaches, and art rock outfit Law. It’s going to be an evening of excellent sounds, with doors at 8 and tunes at 9. Tickets to the 21+ show are available here for $12. Below, watch the video for Dirty Beaches’ “Lone Runner” from the Lone Runner 7″.


This Weekend: Making Time offers 21+ event on Friday night, under-21 event on Sunday night

Artwork by David Runick

This weekend the Making Time crew is throwing two events. Tomorrow (Friday) night at Voyeur starting at 9 p.m. the Making Time DJs will host live music from Factory Floor, Anika, and Dirty Beaches. (For more information and tickets on the 21+ event go here.) On Sunday, October 2nd, the age restrictions come down for an under-21 event at The Barbary starting at 8 p.m. with Factory Floor, Making Time resident DJs Dave P (host of WXPN’s Making Time RADio), Sammy Slice and Mike Z. Information and tickets to the Sunday event can be found here. The monthly installment of Making Time RADio with Dave P returns to the WXPN airwaves on Friday, October 7th, from 7-9 p.m. Below, listen to music from the bands who are performing this weekend.

R E A L L O V E by Factory Floor


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Dirty Beaches at First Unitarian Church

Lo-fi is the new hot sauce of modern music; you can add it to anything. Take any standard genre that needs a little kick and record it with heavy reverb (and/or add some low-end synths) and you have a brand-new sound. That approach has certainly worked for Dirty Beaches (the stage name of Alex Zhang Hungtai), which sounds like ’50s rock and roll recorded on warped cassettes. “True Blue”—off the most recent album, Badlands—sounds like an Elvis ballad, while “Sweet 17” has drawn comparisons to Jerry Lee Lewis. Along with the reverbed lo-fi, Hungtai adds a creepy Lynchian melancholy to his songs (he cites the director’s films Blue Velvet, Wild At Heart, and Lost Highway as his primary influences for Badlands). Interestingly, Hungtai has said that the lo-fi is more a product of his lack of resources than an aesthetic choice; he hopes that, as his popularity grows, he’ll be able to afford to record with higher-quality equipment. Dirty Beaches performs with Lantern at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: the Deftones + Dillinger Escape Plan, Funeral Party at Electric Factory (8 p.m., SOLD OUT); The Twilight Singers + Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, $19)