• Mon October 26, 2015 9:00 pm Free Monday

    Our run of stellar Free Monday shows with top-notch touring acts continues tonight with Memphis punks EX-CULT headlining their first show here since May 2014. Having opened shows here with the likes of TY SEGALL and MAC DEMARCO, EX-CULT is a band we've come to know and love since we came across their debut record in 2012. Released on the esteemed Goner Records and produced by eventual tour partner TY SEGALL, that album was one of the best, most under-appreciated punk releases of the year and you can bet your ass they've outdone themselves with their second LP, Midnight Passenger, out in April 2014 on Goner. This seasoned five-piece play ripping punk rock like none other, incorporating angular post-punk, flying saucer fuzz guitar, layers of psychedelic slime and snotty vocals with a bash-your-head-in energy that needs to be seen live to be believed. Chicago noise-punks RUNNING return for the first time since opening for A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS last month and their no-fucks-given sonic blast continues to knock us on our sorry asses. The band's albums are a mess of reverbed-to-heck vocals, pummeling drum and bass, and abrasive, feedback-heavy guitar. RUNNING caught the ears of a guy named JOHN DWYER of the band THEE OH SEES and his own Castle Face Records put out the band's third record, Vaguely Ethnic, in the summer of 2013. The LP continues RUNNING's path of destruction in Chicago and beyond, shriveling the tits and testicles of any sniveling boners who try to stand in their way. Blow-out enthusiasts, get ready to scarf down San Francisco’s MALE GAZE without chewing. The new band from MATT JONES of BLASTED CANYONS (R.I.P.), this trio will slap your brain and rattle your skull with their hard-hitting and danceable post-punk. On their debut record, a seven song mini-LP titled Gale Maze (Castle Face), JONES flexes his rich tenor with a strong, melodramatic delivery as he and his band bash out fuzzy, knuckle-dragging punk anthems. Get ready for a beating tonight, ladies and gents, cause this Free Monday is gonna be one for the ages.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Gapers Block)