Tonight! Phosphorescent, Strange Powers, Softspot, And Unsolved Mysteries

Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, a/k/a the bro who sat for Da Vinci one time.
Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, a/k/a the bro who sat for Da Vinci one time.

Tonight, Phosphorescent, the only country warblers ever to dedicate a song to Coney Island's fleshy Mermaid Parade, celebrate the release of their new album at Other Music. In last week's Yes in My Backyard installment, Christopher R. Weingarten praised the group's "glorious excuses to create walls of reverb, interlocking whines of steel guitar, eight-minute psych meditations, and even the occasional quasi-beatboxed Middle Eastern Neil Young jammer." Meanwhile, at the Bell House, the Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson is performing a "musical monologue" to bless the NYC debut of the band's documentary, Strange Powers, whose director recently revealed to us the process of vindicating the group's oft misunderstood ("Is Stephin Merritt a racist because he doesn't like hip-hop?") frontman. Ending the evening are trashy punk-rockers Softspot and the "tragically hip" new wavers Unsolved Mysteries at Don Pedro's.


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