Weekly Roundup: Earl Sweatshirt, Death Grips, Girlpool, So Stressed

Posted by Billy Gil, March 20, 2015 09:22am | Post a Comment

Earl Sweatshirt – “Grief”

Odd Future cohort Earl Sweatshirt has announced a new album without much notice (as seems to be the going trend these days) called I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, and true to that sunny title, “Grief” is an anxiety-riddled trip through Earl’s psyche, over a digitally degraded, hollowed-out beat and cloudy synth. Thankfully, Earl hasn’t gone the slightest bit soft since releasing the excellent Doris in 2013, promising much for I Don’t Go Outside.


Death Grips – “On GP”

The second track from Sacramento’s Death Grips’ supposed last album throws us for another loop, as MC Ride barks imperiously over Zach Hill’s unpredictable rolls a huge riff that sounds like a Neil Young record played through a turbine. Then the whole thing shifts for a dreamier second half, during which Ride’s words become more desperately pointed. It’s an utterly gripping seven-and-a-half minutes of music, one of the best things the band has done. Orders for The Powers That B (due March 31) are through the roof, so get on it!


Girlpool “Ideal World”

L.A./Philadelphia duo Girlpool make deceptively music that sounds deceptively small and playful—just a guitar, bass and Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s unison vocals—but that carries forceful sentiments about feminism and individualism. “Put me on a food stamp and a hallmark card/Tranquilize me with your ideal world” they sing casually about all the bullshit you’re brought up to believe about how you should live your life. The band’s debut album, Before the World Was Big, is due June 2 via Wichita, and the Girlpool EP is out now.


So Stressed – “Merv King & The Phantoms” video

Sacramento post-hardcore act So Stressed perfectly match the uphill tension in their music with the video for “Merv King & The Phantoms,” featuring a shirtless punk dude getting repeatedly hit in the face with water balloons, wincing and laughing. If that sounds like your thing (and it should be), I suggest you watch via Noisey. The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art is due May 26, and they’ll be on tour this spring, hitting Oakland’s Golden Bull March 21.




Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Trash Talk, Lee Bannon, Together Pangea, Ratking and more at the Echoplex ($20)

Saturday: Clan of Xymox and Them Are Us Too at the Complex ($30)

Sunday: Tashaki Miyaki, So Many Wizards, Michael Vidal and Celebrity Crush at the Smell ($7)

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