At Monet Lounge in Providence earlier this week, the MARTINEZ BROTHERS dropped the strongest two-hour set this writer has yet seen from the Miami duo. Playing in tandem, as always, their mix and soundscapes seamlessly similar; the pair used a Traktor program, mixboard, and two CD players to overlay funky stuff on scrambles, to slice sampled talk and goofy girl vocals into the mix, and to stroke the low register frequencies in which the "deep house" genre delivers its seductions.
When Dan and Liz moved from Brooklyn to Providence, RI, we thought we'd be seeing a lot more of them round these parts. We thought the same thing when Kim and Thurston movied to Northampton, but in both cases, it ain't quite worked out that way. Aside from a memorable First Night show a few years back when the Littletons showed up with their pals the Defevers, we haven't seen much of them.
Our favorite record cover since Swamp Tech.A personal favorite of this here OTD contributor, ALEC K. REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES are more than a mouthful — they’re accordion-driven carnival tunage for the name-your-favorite-itinerant apocalypse. We love how the Providence-based mini-orchestra-pit’s fifth and most recent full-length, The Smother Party (North East Indie), veers from cabaret massacres to drunken-sailor night frights to a foot-stomping post-folk sing-along, then culminates in the 23-minute instrumental cabaret-noise nomad opus “Gutterhelmet Ascending.