Wooden Shjips at the Empty Bottle

Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips headlined Saturday night (Nov. 5) at the Empty Bottle, and their set was all about getting into one mesmerizing groove after another — a sort of quasi-psychedelic, quasi-Krautrock with hard-edge riffs over a pounding pulse of bass. The band’s latest album, West, is its first for Thrill Jockey records. Saturday’s show also featured a tight and hard-rocking set by Birds of Avalon, who sounded almost proggy. And the first band of the night, another great HoZac label garage band called the People’s Temple, were pretty hard-rocking, too — once they got started. Their disorganized pauses between songs created a sense of impending musical disaster, but the songs were strong once things started clicking.

The People's Temple

The People's Temple

The People's Temple

The People's Temple

Birds of Avalon

Birds of Avalon

Birds of Avalon

Birds of Avalon

Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

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