1961: the real year punk broke? - Oh My Rockness

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1961: the real year punk broke?

April 18, 2011
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San Francisco's Grass Widow are three women who rock the swirling and surf-y lo-fi sound that's kind of like Stereolab crossed with Vivian Girls crossed with The Kinks. Ok, perhaps that's reductive and kind of a stretch. But it sure looks nice on paper.

Their complex, interwoven songs meld intricate vocal harmonies with hints of the beach. No, not the nouveau beach rock that started circa 2009. This beach rock comes without the synths and without the glow and without the chill. This beach rock comes straight from the year 1961, but with some riptide.

Grass Widow recently put out some super solid records for Captured Tracks (Craft Spells, Beach Fossils, Blank Dogs and lots more good bands) and Kill Rock Stars (don't need to tell you about Kill Rock Stars). On the scene since 2007, they've played shows with Sonic Youth, The Thermals, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and countless other OMR faves.

We're gobbling Grass Widow up like a good, greasy plate lunch. And if you don't know what a plate lunch is, I'm sorry you've never been to Hawaii. Hawaii is pretty dope. So is Grass Widow.

Grass Widow plays Glasslands, on Saturday, April 23rd, and Death by Audio, on Sunday, April 24th.

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