Week 4: Thursday, June 26
Origami, Choo Choo La Rouge
Thursday, June 26: A Night of Angular Post-Punk, Verging on Pop
"Giddy, raucous spaz-punk out of the suburbs of Boston that recalls the best parts--the crankiness, the furious single-string guitar, the excitement--of all those records K put out in the early '90s, with a dollop of The Raincoats' crash-boom-pop shamble for good measure. Let them be your favorite band, just so that grin that sprouts on your face after the first song doesn't come as too much of a shock."
--Philadelphia City Paper
The Ops recently released their first full-length, Citizens Band, to great critical praise around the country and widespread play on college radio (earning a place on CMJ's charts). In addition, they've put out two 7" records; they've peformed with the likes of the Bush Tetras, Bangs, and Sarah Dougher; they played and helped to organize two annual Ladyfest*Easts in NYC, plus a Punk Rock Crafts Fair, an Indie-Rock Mini-Circus, and a carnivalesque SideShow in Boston.
Fresh from recent performances with Sleater-Kinney and The Breeders, indie sweethearts Origami are embarking on another US and European tour. Their latest release Please Exit Quietly has been receiving glowing reviews with the writers recognizing the band's versatitiliy and ability. ON PEQ, Origami has been able to produce warm, almost fragile songs backed with rhythmic groove oriented tracks that can rock your socks off. Similarly the band's live set successfully spans between these points and front chick Rhonda Simmonds is fast proving to be one of the most dynamic performers around.
"Almost verging on pop, Origami live definitely has a rock soul and punk heart that beats to every song...Rhonda rips through their live set like a guitar toting freedom fighter."
CHOO CHOO LA ROUGE
"There must be a block or two in Boston where country wiseguys rub shoulders with mohawked punks and ironic scenesters, where Bob Dylan shoots pool with Mark E. Smith and Jonathan Richman. I've never been there, but Choo Choo La Rouge has, and they've brought back a roadmap in their very promising debut Wall to Wall. The album's six songs run the gamut from smooth folk tinged ballads ("Worse Mistakes") to Wire-y punk songs ("People Are Yelling"), but they're all wrapped in a gleeful looseness that'll make you want to visit the neighborhood, too."
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"Parasite Rex" by The Operators
"She's Got the Rhythm" by Origami
"Ragged Dick" by Choo Choo la Rouge