Texas-to-New-York post-punks Parquet Courts are not only SPIN's most recent Breaking Out pick, but were responsible for our first Essential album of 2013. Light Up Gold is "a worldly collision of ideas designed to put brains (and mosh pits) in motion." As David Menconi writes in his review, "Depending on your own state of mind, it might come across as crazy-smart or crazy-stupid (or both)." Indeed that carefree balance abounds in the performance clip above nabbed at the band's November show at the charmingly gritty Williamsburg venue, Death By Audio. As the band rips through "Borrowed Time," the crowd rocks and bops, gets sweaty and silly — goes dumb, essentially — while Austin Brown's sharp guitar punctuates Andrew Savage's keenly poetic lines. "It's just awesome whenever a crowd knows the lyrics to your songs," Brown recently told us. Expect more scenes like this to come to a town near you soon.
Parquet Courts tour dates:
January 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
January 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
January 18 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
January 19 - Seattle, WA @ Cairo
January 20 - Olympia, WA @ The Northern