Concert previews: Saturday showdown: The Postal Service vs. Kylesa vs. Blowfly
Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in. Saturday offers no reprieve from the concert congestion that is Friday's live music schedule. There's just a lot of notable stuff happening this weekend. Here's a guide to navigating Saturday.
The Postal Service
Who they are: The vastly influential indie rock/laptop pop dream team of Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, which made 2003's emo-goes-digital classic Give Up then gave up.
Why thismatters: The Postal Service hasn't toured since 2004, and they probably won't tour again for another decade after this run is done. Also, indie starlet Jenny Lewis is in the band.
Who else will be there: Advance Base, the keyboard-heavy sadcore project of former Casiotone For the Painfully Alone frontman Owen Ashworth.
One song to sell you: The oft-covered but never improved effervescent UPS jingle "Such Great Heights."
7 p.m. Saturday, June 8
405 Neil Ave., Arena District
Who they are: A Savannah sludge powerhouse that has morphed several times - adding a second drummer, incorporating rough-and-tumble Southern rock and, most recently, veering toward '90s indie rock and pushing Laura Pleasants' melodic vocals up front.
Why this matters: The new Ultraviolet is Kylesa's big crossover moment in a metal scene that's been full of them lately - a bleak and atmospheric yet accessible sonic realm that sounds unlike anything else out there. Saturday's show is the band's only Ohio date.
Who else will be there: Classic-rockin' occultists Blood Ceremony, the self-described "fuzzed out motorik space rock" of White Hills and gleeful experimentalists Lazer/Wulf.
One song to sell you: "Quicksand," an Ultraviolet track that exemplifies the heavy melodicism (and just plain heaviness) of Kylesa's current sound.
Ace of Cups
8 p.m. Saturday, June 8
2619 N. High St., Campus
Who they are: According to Clarence Reid's bio, "Before there was Kool Keith, Old Dirty Bastard or 2 Live Crew - before there was hip-hop, for that matter - there was Blowfly, performing X-rated songs with a funky groove."
Why this matters: Reid wrote hits for the likes of Sam & Dave and KC and the Sunshine Band, but he may be best known for strapping on a superhero costume and inventing horndog rap.
Who else will be there: Local punk-rock staples Dead Girlfriends and Paul Bearer's Story Time, plus rap veteran Copywrite.
One song to sell you: Not a song, but a trailer for the 2011 documentary "The Weird World of Blowfly," in which the likes of Chuck D and Ice-T sing Reid's praises.
8 p.m. Saturday, June 8
482 S. Front St., Brewery District