Music fans are deep contrarians, and alas, I am both those things. I've, therefore, attempted to channel those things for a good purpose, which is to shine a little light on some of our lesser known stuff happening at Total Fest over the next couple days.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat (Thursday, 6:00 PM Aug. 14 at the ZACC).
Why? Because this is some of the weirder, greater, gother (that how I want to spell that), stuff that's out there. The parts are pretty much a floor tom, a bass and amp and Ed's voice. And they're friends of Dan Deacon.
Shitty Weekend (Friday, Aug. 15 Matinee , 5:00 PM at Free Cycles)
Why? Because, in addition to having perhaps the greatest name of all bands playing this year, this band makes me think of the East Bay early nineties and Aaron Cometbus. And they've got a split out with a Missoula band!
Prizehog (Friday, Aug. 15, 8:00 PM at the Palace)
Why? What combines weird synth sounds with excellently bent doom, and rad drums? What's heavy, and has a sense of humor. Yes, this.
Shramana (Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:00 PM, at the Palace)
Why? Have you seen Shramana lately? Brutal. Heavy. Spacey. Great.
Mint Mile (Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:00 PM, at the Badlander)
Why? Tim Midyett's (from Silkworm, Ein Heit, Botomless PIt) first show in Missoula in fifteen years. You wanna see Ross Best and Jeff Ament at a show? This is that show.
Lenguas Largas (Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:00 PM, The Badlander)
Why? Undeniably one of the most interesting rock and roll bands playing this thing. What's in the water in Tucson?
Chastity Belt (Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:00 PM, The Palace)
Why? Colin Johnson is responsible for hipping me to this phenomenal band. The vocals are a little like a more direct Mira Bilotte, or something. The music is austere. The lyrics are awesome. I hope they play "Healthy Punk."