PREVIEW: TOKYO POLICE CLUB at THE HIGH WATT on 3/20/19

“I’ll do it forever, do nothing but fail, a student of error who can only prevail. ’Cause learning is trying and trying is hard, when it feels like falling is gonna tear you apart. But now, I’m ready to win,” Tokyo Police Club declares in a Violent Femmes-esque track from their latest album TPC, appropriately…

PREVIEW: MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ at THE HIGH WATT on 4/21/17

On April 21st, Matthew Logan Vasquez will release his second solo album, Does What He Wants, via Dine Alone Records, a collection of passionate, hardscrabble anthems about financials issues, death, jerky landlords, and general irritation. However, even with its intense subject matter, Does What He Wants is a seriously fun listen. “Blues is happy music, and…

ALBUM REVIEW: “FOR A MOMENT, I WAS LOST” by AMBER RUN

One year ago, British pop rock foursome Amber Run was facing hardship and struggle—dropped from their label, the band was in a creative rut and down one member. Rather than wallow in defeat, they forged ahead through one of their darkest times as a band, and chronicled the journey in For A Moment, I Was…

PREVIEW: THE DIRTY NIL at THE HIGH WATT on 10/9/16

Punk-infused Canadian rock trio The Dirty Nil started making music together ten years ago as high school students; the band began recording EPs in 2011 and released their first full-length LP, Higher Power, on Dine Alone Records in February of this year. The Dirty Nil’s music is enticingly aggressive and deliciously raucous; “It’s never been…