It’s understood that certain platforms are commonly utilized for a significant amount of musical exploration, but your AMM host prefers Bandcamp, which is where your aforementioned host had a field day with a bunch of Gus Baldwin releases. Full volume, full throttle, starting in all caps with “LOAN SHARK” and “KILLER OF THE MAN II,” rattling the skull with Thriller II in its entirety because it reminded me a bit of Machine Gun Etiquette-era Damned, and kinda wishing I’d been a fly on the wall at the live-to-cassette recording of Live Bugs at Indian Roller. Damn. Plus “More War,” “Silk Sonic Blue” and today’s AMM featured track “Burglar For You” – every last mutilating riff. Generally speaking, it’s the sensation of feeling like it’s all about to careen out of control with this manic staccato speed, but then you swerve sharply round the corner and peel out into pop/garage punk power hooks. The shreds are ridiculous.

Remember to pick your jaw up from the floor as you check out Gus Baldwin and The Sketch tonight, Wednesday Sept. 13, at Hotel Vegas on E. 6th. Doors at 9 p.m., and the show starts out with a set by garage/shoegaze outfit Party Van. Stick around for a special treat afterward: Just before playing tomorrow night at the Parish, LA psych-punk quartet Frankie and the Witch Fingers will be at Vegas for a late night DJ set, starting at 11 p.m.

AMM Sept. 13 2023

Gus Baldwin and the Sketch at Hotel Vegas, with Party Van, and DJ set by Frankie and the Witch Fingers.

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