Tonight's music picks: Mimicking Birds, Ruckzuck, The Hotelier


Portland’s Nate Lacy began Mimicking Birds as an outlet for his lyrical and cosmic-bent home recordings before getting signed to Modest Mouse’s singer/guitarist Isaac Brock’s label Glacial Pace. The band’s mellow songs shift from melancholic acoustic finger-picking balladry to bursting blots of psychedelic ambient music that reminds us just how lost in space we are. You could say Mimicking Birds touches on the sounds of singer/songwriter Josh Rouse, Phosphorescent, Radiohead or Strand of Oaks but the band’s unique sound doesn’t really mimic anyone at all. Mimicking Birds has opened for Modest Mouse, The Tallest Man on Earth, Jenny Lewis and others but the band gets the headlining spot tonight at Tobacco Avenue. Lancaster-based band Sphere Head (formerly Harpoon), Comrades, Kingfishers and The Pursuit round out the bill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.



The trio of Nick and Matt Bedo and Faith Kelly took their name from the Kraftwerk song and inspiration from ’60s and ’70s krautrock and jam bands like Phish. Board Ruckzuck’s musical spaceship and blast-off into a universe full of tripped-out exploratory jams. Ruckzuck (German for “in a jiffy”) released its eponymous debut record last fall and will follow up with another release due out this spring. The pre-St. Patrick’s Day psychedelic show at The Seed also features Whats Her Face. Mechanical Fox and Medicine Fish. Buy the ticket (for $5) and take the ride. (BTW the venue is BYOB.) Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5.



The anti-pop group The Hotelier hits The Champ on its way to join their national tour supporting La Dispute and Title Fight. The band’s hard rocking 2011 album It Never Goes Out was released last month on vinyl for the first time. You can check out the album on youtube here or pick up a copy of the vinyl here. Also playing: Hot Jam Factory, Hurry, The Woodsmans Babe, Coverstheband, Landing Leslie, Father Figure and Port Ellis. Door Open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.



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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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