This June kinda rules. First off, Euro 2008 starts tomorrow, which for the uninitiated is like the World Cup, but a total upgrade since it's only European squads (translation: no crappy Asian and Central American teams ruining things). And then, since this is a music blog, there are a lot of pretty badass, Rockist-approved shows, all of which are taking place at the Rock and Roll Hotel. If only the RnR Hotel weren't so annoying to get to and if their drinks were cheaper, it'd probably be our fave venue. They serve Sparks, after all. Without further ado, this is where you can find me when I'm not at Lucky Bar:
Sunday, June 15: The Grand Archives. Pretty melodic rock, a bit on the softer side. Share similar influences as The Pernice Brothers. Frontman is former Carissa's Wierd/Band of Horses guitarist, Mat Brooke.
Wednesday, June 18: Superb double bill with Centro-matic and The M's. Really excited about this one, as any self-respecting Rockist would be. I've seen Centromatic open up for Drive-By Truckers, so it'll be cool to see them stretch out a bit more as the headliner. Haven't heard The M's new album yet, but if it's half as good as the retro-y and glammy Future Women, then we're in for a treat.
Wednesday, June 25: This might be the show I'm most excited about. Times New Viking bring their brand of, um, shitgaze (I swear I didn't make that up) to the Hotel and it'll be a sweaty affair, I'm sure. Put your Schlitz (Schlitzes?) in the fridge now.
*Times New Viking photo courtesy of Matador Records