Strangers in the Night



Once again, New Orleans is privileged to meet another weekend in a season of stellar weekends.

It's fitting, I suppose, for the weekend's centerpiece gig — The Cowsills, reunited for a throwback to '60s vocal pop whimsy — to be prefaced by destructive walls of sound, headlined by New York's A Place to Bury Strangers. The brooding, overwhelming-volume-driven shoegazers delivered their sophomore effort Exploding Head (Mute) earlier this month — pulled from the post-punk backpages of a darker, moodier Isn't Anything-era My Bloody Valentine. Most impressive is Oliver Ackerman's guitar work, itself a product of his Death By Audio guitar effects company, specializing in boutique, hand-made and highly sought-after stompboxes for the folks in heavy pedalers like U2 and My Bloody Valentine, just to name a few. But Ackerman saves the best tricks for his own efforts. Exploding Head trades washed out guitarscapes with air guitar-worthy riffage and the group's infamously loud knobs-dialed-to-a-million pop-macabre.

Also on the bill is Darker My Love — Californian Brit-pop from the Jay Spaceman school of fuzz and jangly rock 'n' roll. Kicking off the evening is southern psychedlia from All the Saints. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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