Cool Shows Next Week – 12/6 – 12/12


Monday 12/6

Human Impact at the Entry- TICKETS

Human Impact’s first recordings are a dark mirror held up to the band’s collective pre-history – the sound and story of Unsane, Swans, Cop Shoot Cop, and New York City itself. Its sound is cinematic post-industrial filth rock, a dozen run-down subway stops away from recognizable civilization, as futuristic as it is grounded in its sordid heritage. The result is a potent, hard-boiled distillation of this sonic ethos.

Chris Spencer’s infamous Telecaster assault cuts a more nuanced path (though no less intense), downplaying distortion for razor-edged chording and note choices – a heaviness more implied than hammered home. Jim Coleman’s electronics and sampling provides an overarching dystopian soundscape, an uneasy, agitated framework for Spencer’s more earthbound guitar and vocals, here more wary than antagonistic, more considered than accusatory. Anchoring this shifting territory in place, the surgical punctuations of drummer Phil Puleo (Cop Shoot Cop, Swans) and the dead-on bass contortions of Chris Pravdica (Swans), Puleo, and Pravdica toying with rhythm, circling it like sharks, and at other times, driving it home with lockstep precision.

Recorded at BC Studios by veteran New York noise sculptor Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop) and recorded and mixed by Alan Camlet at Hoboken Recorders. Human Impact are a four-man hit squad controlling, gainfully, a musical genre they helped build. As much a nod to a pre-Giuliani, unsterilized New York as a soundtrack to a dystopian Ballard book, Human Impact is the score to a challenging future fast approaching.

Tuesday 12/7

Wiki at the Entry – TICKETS

Wiki’s new album Half God was produced entirely by Navy Blue and released October 1, 2021 via Wiki’s own label, Wikset Enterprise. With the new project, the NYC staple connects with Navy Blue, one of the most refreshing young, acclaimed rapper/producers to break out in recent years, for a project that pushes each of their talents to new heights. Wiki’s storytelling as the city’s young OG has never been more vivid and Navy Blue’s production pushes further into every sonic corner he’s explored today, providing a perfect canvas for Wiki’s signature voice. The release marks Wiki’s second full-length release of 2021 after releasing the Nah-produced Telephonebooth earlier this year.

Wiki has become a fixture of New York City Hip Hop since, at 17 years old, he founded the boundary-defying group Ratking, whose aggressive style represented a new generation of city kids and artists, hungry for innovation and raw energy. The epicenter of the group as well as Wiki’s artistic expression through music and style was Chinatown, downtown NYC. Ratking’s breakout single was called “Canal” named after the iconic, bustling Chinatown street. Coming of age in the neighborhood, living there for years while creating his solo albums, inevitably laced his music with the culture that permeates the singularly New York, Chinese neighborhood. His song “Chinatown Swing” off his first LP, No Mountains in Manhattan, paints a picture of walking through the neighborhood and the feelings and sites one encounters. When painting lyrical pictures of New York scenes one gets a sense of Wiki’s skill as a storyteller and visionary. He has solidified his role in carrying the torch for NYC’s master MCs; representing for the freaks, weirdos, and underbelly culture.

Wednesday 12/8

Unleash the Archers at the Cabooze – TICKETS

Juno Award winning melodic metal quartet UNLEASH THE ARCHERS only just finished their recent U.S. tour, but are already gearing up to hit the road once again! Due to Covid protocols, the band was forced to not only cancel a handful of kickoff dates on the aforementioned tour, but also their European tour that was scheduled to begin soon. Rather than rest on their laurels, the band will hit the road on “The Abyss Strikes Back” tour, this time visiting both the U.S. and Canada in December!       

Once again featuring support from labelmates Aether Realm and Seven Kingdoms, “The Abyss Strikes Back” tour will kickoff on December 8 in Minneapolis, MN