Thursday night: former Sleater-Kinney/Helium/Minders members + current Real Estate member converge for riot grrrl/garage rock/lo-fi extravaganza. Tickets $5, available online now.

This just in from the Wesleyan Concert Gods: Wild Flag, the critically acclaimed new supergroup allying ex-members of seminal riot grrrl acts Sleater-Kinney and Helium with Rebecca Cole of The Minders, is set to perform at Eclectic this Thursday in what will almost certainly be the loudest show this side of Lightning Bolt.

Ducktails, the reverb-drenched project of Real Estate’s Matthew Mondanile, is set to open, along with Wesleyan’s own Grand Father.

Tickets are available online now. Pickup will be in Usdan later this week for $5. More deets/vids/links below.

WILD FLAG is the frenetic new garage rock project of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinner, plus Helium’s Mary Timony and the Minders’ Rebecca Cole. The musicians joined forces just last year, declaring themselves “sound of an avalanche taking out a dolphin”; the self-titled debut was recorded almost entirely live and landed last month. Mostly, they rock. (“The album sounds more than anything like the work of four people who need music,” writes NPR’s Rachel Smith.)

More information available here:

Wild Flag is a Portland, Oregon- and Washington, DC-based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Rebecca Cole, Mary Timony, and Janet Weiss. The members of Wild Flag have played in numerous and notable bands including Sleater-Kinney, Helium, Quasi, The Minders, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and others.

The four musicians who make up Wild Flag have known one another for well over a decade. Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney and toured with Timony’s band Helium on numerous occasions. Brownstein and Timony played in a side project called The Spells. Rebecca Cole’s Portland-based band The Minders was a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole play together in the 1960’s garage-rock cover band The Shadow Mortons. [ . . . ] After collaborating on a score for a documentary, the ease with which they worked together proved infectious and promising. Future practices were scheduled, songs were written, Wild Flag was formed.

DUCKTAILS, the side project of Real Estate guitarist/”hypnagogic pop artist” Matthew Mondanile, recently put out his third LP,  Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics, on Matthew Earl’s Woodsist label. On this one, Pitchfork writes, the brittle abstraction and detours down lo-fi cul-de-sacs are siphoned into songs that are breezier, less inward looking, more in thrall to the possibilities of pop” (P4K). The brand new video for “Hamilton Road” appears below; more songs worth sampling on MySpace.

GRAND FATHER, according to Aural Wes, “is a band that plays music. They love music. They want you to love music. They want to make you feel however you want to feel. You can do whatever you want whenever you want. They just want to play music while you do it.” Featuring Henry Hall ’14, Robby Caplan ’14, and Evan Low ’14; be their friend on Facebook!

Reserve tickets online via TicketLeap. Pickup will be in Usdan, $5 cash.

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 8:30 doors
Place: Eclectic
Cost: $5
Facebook event: here

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