Coming Attractions in Underground Music: May 2012

May brings a solid selection of shows. The highlights are definitely Pole, Black Dice, and Grass Widow. Have fun out there!

By David Cooper.

Stefan Betke, the man behind Pole

Pole, Ricardo Donoso. At the Goethe-Institut, May 2, 8 p.m., $15.

Pole comes to the Goethe-Institut in another excellent event put on by Non-Event. Pole is a German techno artist who has gained critical acclaim for his dub techno and glitch. Recently, I caught his set at the Unsound Festival. The set consisted of glitchy dub techno with moments of heavy bass. Pole’s music thrives on his capacity for creating marvelously rich textures. This show is a must-see for fans of progressive electronic music. More info here.

Black Dice, Fat Worm of Error, Guerilla Toss, and Death Shepherd. At Brookline Access Television, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Black Dice recently released a new album, Mr. Impossible. The band has changed a lot over time going from noise rock to zonked-out experimental beats to now what is a decidedly dancier sound. Local favorites Guerilla Toss will be opening. This show should be a lot of fun.


MV and EE, Mmoss, Herbcraft, and Chris North. At the Whitehaus, Jamaica Plain,MA, May 12, 8 p.m.

MV and EE consists of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder, two musicians from Vermont. They create beautifully affecting folk music with psychedelic and cosmic vibes. Mmoss will open with their killer psych rock jams. This band is fantastic live because they extend their jams into the transcendental zone.

PC Worship, Life Partners, and Nerdy Virgins. At Charlie’s Kitchen, Cambridge, MA, May 14, 8 p.m., 21+, $5.

PC Worship plays off-kilter pop music in the same vein as lo-fi rockers Gary War and Ariel Pink. They played a great show last year at Tufts University, heading into noise rock territory with the assistance of a sax and tape manipulation.

Grass Widow, Bent Shapes, and Shepherdess. At the Great Scott, Allston, MA, May 30.

Grass Widow is a three-piece, female, post-punk outfit hailing from San Francisco. Their music combines catchy pop, post-punk bass riffs, and beautiful harmonies. I’ve seen Grass Widow twice, once in 2010 and then once earlier this year. Their sound is getting tighter, and they are performing better live than they have before. A new album is coming out this year on the tails of the excellent single Milo Minute. GO!

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