Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divine Fits at Union Transfer, Franz Nicolay and Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew at First Unitarian, King Tuff and Poor Moon at Johnny Brenda’s

Divine Fits are playing tonight at Union Transfer in support of their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, which was released in August. An indie supergroup of sorts, Divine FIts is spearheaded by Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brow, and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Tickets for the all-ages show are available here. Below, check out the video for “Would That Not Be Nice.”

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Watch a new video from Divine Fits (playing Union Transfer on 10/22)

American indie rock band Divine Fits pays homage to the ways of ‘60s rockstars with heavy psychedelic throwbacks in their new video for “Would That Not Be Nice.”  It’s the latest single from their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, released in August. Divine Fits, which is Britt Daniel of Spoon, Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brow, will be playing an all ages show at Union Transfer on October 22nd; ticket information can be found here. Below, watch the new video for “Would That Not Be Nice.”

Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice” from stereogum on Vimeo.


Weekend Concert Picks: Handsome Furs at First Unitarian Church, Pearls And Brass at Johnny Brenda’s

As far as husband-wife indie bands go, Handsome Furs might be the best to dance to. The Canadian duo, composed of Dan Boeckner (formerly of Wolf Parade) and his writer wife, Alexei Perry, make indie pop heavy on the synths and keyboards. With their latest album, this year’s Sound Kapital, they’ve moved even further toward electronic beats that are dance-floor ready. More than that, the pair’s recent trip to Burma, (where they witnessed the local acts who played in constant fear of the authorities), inspired the lyrics and heart of the album. For a night of grooving with a purpose, buy a ticket to the Handsome Furs show. Handsome Furs perform with Thee Satisfaction at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12–$14. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Slutever + Bedroom Problems, The Sniffles at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Canon Blue + Gemini Wolf, Oh! Pears at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

Combine riff-heavy classic rock with the psychedelic and blues-y elements of stoner metal, and you could easily find yourself listening to Nazareth, PA’s Pearls And Brass. In a way, it’s rock and roll in its most basic sense, a return to the essential elements that garnered superstar groups like Led Zeppelin their success. Together since 2001, Pearls And Brass have only released two LPs, their most recent being 2006’s The Indian Tower. That album was released on Drag City, who picked the band up after seeing them perform at All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in 2005. The trio rarely plays at larger venues anymore, so check them out tonight if you’re interested. One word of advice though…stoner metal often does not translate to the best music to listen to while stoned (i.e. “these guys need to chillll”), so it may be preferable to save the toking for your after party. Pearls And Brass performs with Purling Hiss and Serpent Throne at 9:15 at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

Also playing: WXPN Welcomes Joan Osborne + Carsie Blanton at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., $45.50–$55.50)

Jukebox Zeros + Memphis Murder Men, The Chelsea Kills at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); White Wives + Night Genius, Glory Bound at Teri’s (8 p.m., 21+, free)


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Handsome Furs at Kung Fu Necktie

Handsome FursThe members of Handsome Furs have said that the title of their 2009 album, Face Control, was a reference to the practice of bouncers at Russian nightclubs denying partygoers access to reserved tables based on their appearance. So what to make of the title of the Canadian duo’s upcoming album, Sound Kapital? Perhaps Dan Boeckner (of Wolf Parade) and his wife, Alexei Perry, are trying to make a statement about the relative worth of various instruments (and the sounds they create) as far as the production of music goes; given that Sound Kapital was written entirely on keyboards, however, that might suggest they feel the sonic value of guitars are plummeting. Or maybe the already-stripped-down duo is just following the same do-even-more-with-even-less economic model the rest of the world subscribes to. Either way, Handsome Furs’ 80s-Eastern-Bloc-inspired album (which drops on June 28th on Sub Pop Records) promises “cleaner sound and absence of slower tempos” that aim to “instill listeners with hope—or at least the rush of endorphins that accompanies vigorous dancing.” Handsome Furs perform at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Andrew Lipke + Jill Jacobs And The Know How (8 p.m., 21+, free); Ólöf Arnalds at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12)