Athens, Georgia's Futurebirds
is a stoner-friendly kind of alt-country band: lots of noodling, reverb, open jams, and usually a pedal steel crying in the back of the mix. At Middle of the Map, the group covered "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak; I always kind of liked that song, but I think I like it more now. Nashville's Diarrhea Planet
is enjoying some blog hype at the moment for its fiery live shows. The group plays ragged pop-punk that's not quite as ugly as its name suggests; there are some hooks and melodies underneath all the squalor.
Tuesday, July 2, at the Riot Room. Spirit Is the Spirit opens.