Burlington music promotion heroes Tick Tick are starting this new school year white hot. On Wed., Sept. 10th they are bringing a combo of heavy stoner riffs and acoustic ballads with Thrill Jockey label mates Pontiak and Arbouretum.
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Pontiak is a trio of brothers from the Old Dominion State making heavy and expansive sounds "straddling a wide sonic rift valley, with references that stretch from the southern latitudes of Spain's Viaje A800 to the northern majesty of Black Sabbath and Harvey Milk via the Doors." Their second full length, Sun on Sun, is getting the Thrill Jockey treatment on the 9th (previously limited release via their own Fireproof Records in 2007).
Arbouretum is the work of Baltimore's Dave Heumann, formerly a player in Anomoanon, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Cass McCombs, & Papa M. Arbouretum utilizing the "basic structure of folk-affected rock songs to paint broad landscapes with literary allusions, loner ballads, fuzzy bass and acid drenched guitar solos." Think Palace Music and Neil Young.
Both groups recently released a 7-song LP-only split EP called Kale. It includes both originals and John Cale covers, including classics Buffalo Ballet and Mr. Wilson.
Here's a review of a killer show from these two earlier in the tour.