Destruction Unit hits the midtown basement scene

* Yuppies now have an official release date for their new full-length, which had originally been penciled in for a July release. Now the self-titled record will come out Tuesday, September 17th on Dull Tools, a label owned by Andrew Savage of Brooklyn indie-punk act Parquet Courts. After the record's release, the band will hit the Midwest and East Coast for more than three weeks of touring. That show comes to a low-key end Saturday, October 19th with a local house show, which is pretty much the main way to catch a local Yuppies set.

* Speaking of house shows, the best show of the summer just might take place in a midtown basement across the street from Brothers Lounge, near 38th and Farnam streets. Arizona's Destruction Unit hits the local house show circuit Wednesday, September 4th. Led by mastermind Ryan Rousseau, Destruction Unit inhabits both garage punk pounding and spaced-out desert rock drone. The band's latest is 2013's Deep Trip, released by edgy, experimental label Sacred Bones. While the original line-up formed in Memphis, this band's resurgence came about with an Omaha connection. Members of Digital Leather backed Rousseau during one-off appearances a few years ago. Once Rousseau returned home, he assembled a fresh line-up to play as Destruction Unit again. What's resulted since the sound of Rousseau hitting his creative stride, as strains of all of his previous projects inform this material. Guitar noiseniks will dig the mountain of sound, even when the songs thrash into garage punk territory. It's the contrast between those short punches and the band's epic moments that create such stark, compelling music in this era of Destruction Unit.

* While We Be Lions are still playing the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., Friday, August 30, the show is no longer celebrating the release of a new CD by the alternative rock/reggae band. The reason why? The band is taking more time to record material and now plan to book a release show for their latest tracks in December.

* Acoustic Groove will reunite for a Friday, August 30th show at Elkhorn's The Heartland Café. The 2007 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winners will play their own takes on classic folk and rock songs at this show. The act is made up of John Rogers, Gunnar Guenette, Craig Balderston and Dan Maca.

posted at 04:16 pm
on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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