Indie Rock

Butthole kicks off Thelma & the Sleaze's documentary premiere on 01.13

Up and comers in Butthole open up for Thelma and the Sleaze's intra-city tour documentary about playing 30 shows in 29 days at a series of surprise locations across Nashville. Butthole is a goofy, psychedelic, fuzz rock outfit that doesn't take itself too seriously. Their tunes are a blend of charming, surfy, laid back Mac Demarco-esque attitude with just enough edge to be remiscent of female punk rockers from Patti Smith to Carrie Brownstein. The show, at Little Harpeth Brewing, starts at 9 PM on Friday night with a $10 cover that includes a limited edition Kandyland Vinyl.

- Andrew Strader




Indie "Space-Folk" Trio Ian Cat & The Crimsons Play The Plough and Stars 1/12

At times experimental and psychedelic, while at others upbeat and driving, Ian Cat's new album East Coast New England Boy, is truly a journey that must be experienced in its entirety.  At its core, the album is a singer/songwriter showcase, exhibiting Cat's lyrical prowess, ranging from somber to exaltant.  However, he doesn't stop there, adding shoegaze-y guitar tones and appropriately sporadic percussion to form an impressive soundscape.  Check out Ian Cat & The Crimsons at The Plough and Stars with The Rupert Selection on 1/12. -Brian Varneke




Wave of Terror are a garage rock group from right here in Toronto. They have released a single "Love to Grow" on Badgerow Records. This tune takes all the best things about the current lo-fi scene and brings it all to life in one convenient package. Pure garage with some psych and surf elements all rolled into one beautifully fuzzy track. All we can do now is patiently wait for more releases. I see this band having a very nice 2017. - Kris Gies



Doghouse Rose come from London, Ontario originally. Bringin their "rebel country" to the city on a regular basis. They recently released a music video for a new track titled "I'm Gonna Drink" and I don't need to explain what it's about. When you've had enough of all the day to day bullshit and just don't have any more cares to give...listen to this tune and have a damn drink. You can see Doghouse Rose on January 14th at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton and January 21st at the Mod Club in Toronto. - Kris Gies



Tomber Lever releases new album Furniture Pedagogue, tour with Birote the Musical

Hailing from La Verne by way of Pomona, the suburban experimental tribe Tomber Lever release their new album Furniture Pedagogue on Pacific Nature Records tomorrow, January 7. The quartet's brand of infectious and genre-bending rock 'n' roll permeates with themes of family, showcasing creative efforts of the tight-knit DIY community that cultivated them. Pacific Nature Records is releasing the album on cassette tape with two different covers and tape splatters with J-card. 

Listen to "No. 12" off Furniture Pedagogue below and watch Tomber Lever perform tonight at VLHS to kickoff their tour "4,000 Miles to Graceland" with Birote the Musical, support from Judcody Limon and Harriers of Discord. Need an address? Ask a punk. - Ryan Mo