BACKSTAGE PASS

Sub Pop's No Age comes to CG's


The Los Angeles duo No Age brings its blend of driving drum beats and dreamy-sounding guitar riffs to Common Grounds on Sunday. (Courtesy of Sub Pop Records)

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.

The best show schedules in this town tend to be a mixture of some nationally touring acts and top-notch local talent, and you'll find both across Gainesville's many venues this weekend.

A band with some national-name recognition taking the stage this weekend is the indie-rock duo No Age. No Age hails from Los Angeles and is signed to Sub Pop Records, the former platform of Nirvana and current home of Fleet Foxes, The Shins, The Postal Service, Wolf Parade, Iron & Wine and Flight of The Conchords. The duo will be playing Common Grounds on Sunday night.

Guitarist Randy Randall and drummer Dean Allen Spunt have molded a pretty recognizable style, using heavy-handed, driving drum beats to propel dreamy sounding guitar riffs.

On top of that they add lots of electronic, background noise, which sometimes can be abrasive and sometimes be just the right sound to fill out the otherwise sparse arrangements. The new single “Glitter,” from the 2010 release “Everything In Between,” is a great example of No Age's writing style.

I'll be honest, the music is not for everyone. Generally people who like No Age like early forms of grunge, post-punk and the two genre's various permutations. But that's also not to say anyone can't like No Age because there's definitely rhythm and melody there worth a listen.

***

The mighty Against Me!, Gainesville's favorite sons, will be kicking off a month-long U.S. tour at Common Grounds on Saturday night. The band is working harder than ever despite its new release, “White Crosses,” and its departure from Sire Records, a division of Warner Music Group. New songs are already being written and multiple tours are scheduled. This show will sell out so I suggest anyone with serious intentions of going purchase pre-sale tickets.

***

Gris Gris Boys will take the stage at 1982 Bar on Monday night with Devon Stuart of the Takers. Both of these acts have straight-ahead, rock 'n' roll attitudes and both are a lot of fun to watch. Rob McGregor's guitar playing is as animated as it gets in this town, and the band is loud, fast and fun. Stuart is one of Gainesville's best songwriters in town and treats country music with respect and integrity.

***

Check out an all-Gainesville rock show at the Backstage Lounge on Friday night featuring Green Ampt and Benny Cannon. Fans of the Dave Matthews Band will love Benny Cannon's writing style and acoustic-based rock, which has light, jam sensibilities.

***

Saturday night at the Laboratory is Laboratory Music #2, a solo-minimalist, free-improvisation festival. As always at the Laboratory the cast of characters is varied and long. Performing will be James Bess, James Wesson, Chantelle Dorsey, Hal McGee, Mark McGee, Rachel Lindsey, Bryan Eubanks, Single Mothers and Travis Johnson among others.

Contact Dante Lima at lima.dante@gmail.com.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top