Poster by Bob Powers
Preview by Randy Jarosz
There are a lot of choices in the Pittsburgh music world this weekend. A must see for sure will be the Mystery Lights from New York City with Nox Boys and Dream Phone, at the Shop in Bloomfield. For only $5 you can catch some of the finest psychedelic garage rock around.
Dream Phone is an all girl Pittsburgh supergroup. Steph Wolf from The Lopez will be leading the band on vocals and bass, Carrie Battle of the Harlan Twins on drums and vocals, Corrie Anderson of Paddy and the Wanderer on guitar, Heather Donovan of Roulette Waves on guitar and Lisa Christopher of Delicious Pastries on keys and vocals. Come early to catch Dream Phone’s new line up at 7:30pm.
Nox Boys have made a name for themselves in Pittsburgh and beyond in a short amount of time. Their style is reminiscent of 60’s era garage rock with a unique modern twist. The Nox Boys have really set the bar for other under 21 acts in the area. Through networking, the guys have been putting together some fine shows too. Zack Keim, lead vocalist and guitarist, sought out the Mystery Lights after hearing all the buzz about them in the garage scene. He reached out to another band in NYC to see what the hype was about. “When you listen to them (The Mystery Lights), it’s kind of like a cross between the Black Lips and psych rock, which are kind of my two favorite things,” says Keim.
The Mystery Lights hailing from Brooklyn is described by lead vocalist and guitarist, Mike Brandon as “raw and dirty blues based garage rock, with psych elements and a pinch of salt, optional lime.” These guys are really making a name for themselves and have recently toured with The Fat White Family, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Heaters. The California native band moved to the big city to try something new and it has worked out perfectly so far. If you are good band in New York City the word gets out quick. “It’s an interesting place to play, and the crowds are usually really tough to please, so it’s cool when you see smiles on peoples faces and great when they finally have uncrossed their stiff judgmental arms and let loose a little,” explains Brandon.
Expect a ton of leaping acrobats and fuzzy guitars from these guys and if it happens to be your birthday this Saturday, April 11 you might want to let The Mystery Lights know. Brandon says, “You can definitely expect for it to be at least one persons birthday in the crowd. Which usually then results in sudden debauchery of course. People go wild for birthdays. If it’s somebody’s birthday, I might get a little wild.”
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