Tonight at the Mohawk, Grupo Fantasma celebrates the release of its wonderful new album Problemas as well as fifteen years together (the show is cheekily billed as a “quinceañera”). But make sure you get to the show early for openers Making Movies. The Kansas City band is a worthy complement, blending dramatic alt-rock with Latin rhythms. Even if their band name is a nod to Dire Straits, I hear more Psychedelic Furs or the Cure in their sound.
Making Movies’ 2013 album A La Deriva–produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin–is a standout record, but the band really comes to life onstage. Download a Studio 1A version of “Pendulum Swing” below, and catch them at the Mohawk tonight.