21:00 | Parquet Courts remain Austin Brown, A. Savage, Sean Yeaton and M. Savage. Their debut album Light Up Gold shot them within range, an early and lasting success of the current year, finding favor in just about every blog, radio station playlist, and periodical that matters, from Pitchfork to NPR to the New York Times and all points in between.
In part, the new album Sunbathing Animal serves as a brick wall deflection to any previous misinterpretations of the band. More than a reactionary sprint in any particular musical direction, Parquet Courts sounds more like themselves than ever, but a more deliberate, aware and pinpoint accurate reading of the same American punk expansion they all but defined on Light Up Gold.
20:00 | PC Worship is, in essence, a twisted, low-pitched vision of subterranean psychedelia—variously made of bad-moon-lit trash-punk, droning minimalism, prepared pianos, and Albert Ayler-worshipping sax freak-outs—as imagined by one Justin Frye, who handled vocals, guitars, tape manipulations, and keys as the writer, recorder, and producer of this latest behemoth, Social Rust.
- Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork)