Tonight in Music: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Airport, There Is No Mountain
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD, MILD HIGH CLUB
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) A healthy lizard will shed its skin two to four times a year, sometimes more. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard keep roughly the same pace, changing their approach, sound, and instrumentation at a dizzying clip. The Australian group was formed by seven close mates in 2010 as a party band with a deliberately silly name, and they've released roughly two albums a year since 2012's 12 Bar Bruise. Their latest, Quarters, is a mellow, zoned-out follow-up to last year's spastic, brilliant psych-rock exorcism I'm in Your Mind Fuzz. But even the recently released Quarters is old hat already—the shape-shifters have a new acoustic album, Paper Maché Dream Balloon, coming out in November. NED LANNAMANN Read our article on King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
TENDER AGE, AIRPORT
(Church, 2600 NE Sandy) One of the handy things about being a bike messenger is that you can drop off your band's record at the Mercury office in between rounds. That's what Vincent Furrillo did with his band Airport's debut cassette, Heat Flash, and thank goodness he bothered. It's a fantastic, uplifting collection of dreamy, starry-eyed pop, with clean guitars strummed at deafeningly high volumes and heartache melodies arcing toward the sky like fireworks about to explode. Airport, formerly called Metropolis, celebrates the release of Heat Flash at tonight's show. The tape was printed in a limited edition of 50 from Brooklyn label Cryptic Carousel, which means they'll disappear fast. I feel incredibly lucky to have one. NED LANNAMANN
THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN, SIREN AND THE SEA, BETH BOMBARA
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) There Is No Mountain tells us their new album, Luna, technically isn't "out" yet, but they'll be selling it anyway at their weeklong residency at Al's Den, which begins tonight. Built around the live sound of Matt Harmon's processed acoustic guitar and Kali Giaritta's percussion setup and keyboards—and featuring harmonized vocals from both—the album's songs are alternately sunny and dark, going from sparse to dense and back again within the space of a few bars. Tracks like "Listening to Sadness" indicate an almost classical art-song approach to composition, with a meandering but precisely delineated and virtuosic melody wending its way through the duo's avant-folk landscape. They'll be at Al's Den all week long for a series of free shows, with guests including Gaytheist's Jason Rivera, And And And's Nathan Baumgartner, and plenty more. NED LANNAMANN