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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Qurious, Social Studies, and the Hotels release new albums

The Hotels
  • Stone Irvin
  • The Hotels

When it rains it pours! Not one, not two, but three local acts are celebrating the arrivals of brand-new albums on this Thanksgiving eve.

First and foremost, we've given plenty of lip service to Qurious' Void Vanishing, and rightfully so. It's a contender. The album's official release party takes place tonight at the Drunken Unicorn with Feast of Violet and Easily Suede. $8 (admission includes a copy of the CD). 9 p.m.

Secondly, Social Studies is taking over the stage at 529 to show off new songs from their latest offering, At Arms Length, released via British label Daddy Tank Records. These guys don't play enough shows, and their balance of experimental beats and improv hip-hop is a spectacle to behold - adorned with none of hip-hop's clichés. No ultimatums to raise your hands in the air. Just heady, psychedelic music, and tonight they're joined by vocalist Zopari Kristjanson and Jason Harris of the Selmanaires/Dean & Leon singing and playing keyboard as well. The Difference Machine, No Eyes, and Nomen Novum open. $8. 9 p.m.

Last but not least, young indie rock foursome the Hotels celebrate the release of their debut CD, Girl-Crazy at the Earl. These guys write songs about boys and girls and all the wonderful and terrible things they do to each other, wrapped in sentimental jangle pop dirges.

The "Summer Sux" and "Where The Girls At" singles are already posted up on their Bandcamp But if you're chomping at the bit to get a hold of it now, it's on iTunes.

In the meantime, give a listen to "Kaleena."

According to guitarist Chandler Kelley, "Kaleena" was/is this girl from New Orleans that singer and guitarist James Watson met in New York, who pantsed him at Scrabble. That's most of the story; you'll have to ask him if you want more."

That hook sounds vaguely familiar ... .

At any rate, Twin Studies and Warehouse open. $5. 8:30 p.m.

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