Niki & The Dove

TO DO LIST: Miike Snow TONIGHT @ The 9:30 Club!!!

Rocktober’s been very good to us, so help us usher it out in style, dignity and grace with a special performance by the National Sympho -- Whaaaaaa-huh-huh?  TO HELL WITH THAT - we’re going meteoric from now til Halloween, starting tonight with Miike Snow at the 9:30 Club.  You’ll get a bunch of guys sharing one name, an entrancing idea for a last-minute costume - just add roadkill antlers to that rabbit suit your aunt got you last Christmas - and enough Scandi-pop and synthesizers to fill the couch section of IKEA, all in one sweatastithon of a night. 

Miike Snow uses everything from barking dogs to marching bands to give their tracks a fullness uniquely their own, and they are rolling in tonight for not one, but two shows.  Will they be bringing the Grambling State Marching Band and a pack of wild dingoes?  These Swedes are nuts, so it’s entirely possible -- but even if they can’t swing it due to space limitations and health code regulations for the cupcake kitchen, you can guaran-damn-tee that MS will have enough sound packed into their keyboards to make you think you’re seeing a marching band.  And dingoes.

We’ve already been to, like, 50 shows in 24 days, so step it up with us as we grind out the rest of the month, and let’s see you shaking your sprocket tonight - Tickets for the early show with Nikki & the Dove are sold out (but ever hear of Craigslist?) - luckily for you there are still a few tickets available for the 10:30 show HERE.  

REVIEW: Niki & The Dove - Instinct

Going into Sub Pop’s diminutive Mega Mart in downtown Seattle in the late-Nineties you would see racks full of rapidly aging grunge CDs, and the stench of a media-created “scene” long since dead. There were only a few records, such as Codeine, with music beyond Sub Pop’s core-competency. Rock n’ roll played at maximum volume, if not a maximum speed.

Things changed dramatically after one of its co-founders retired. Sub Pop started signing artists like Iron and Wine, the Postal Service, and, as of late, Beach House and Washed Out. This reinvention has (for the most part) been a strong economic and artistic achievement.

But where does Sweden’s Niki & the Dove, one of Sub Pop newest acts, fit into the story? Niki & the Dove’s Instinct deals in a retro mish-mash of worn out sounds, which are slightly warmed up by Malin’s cutesy and earnest vocals. Just don’t pay attention to closely to the lyrics. Apparently, having sex with someone in a back seat of a car is tantamount to marriage in “Last Night,” and the singer not only falls in love with someone on the first sign, but wants to hold him or her close in “Love to the Test.” That’s adorable! Or maybe just juvenile.