Rock & Pop

The Spook School/SexyPigDivas/The Smug Saints

When: Mon., May 16, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Edinburgh, Scotland’s the Spook School is on its way to filling the anthemic party band void left after the disbanding of Le Tigre. Independent music is, by nature, for the outsiders, but not all bands broadcast that sentiment widely through blatant lyrics. On their most recent release, 2015’s Try to Be Hopeful, the Spook School uses vocalist-guitarist Nye Todd’s gender transformation as a mirror for reflecting themes of self-love, non-conformity, and independence to the audience. Punch-in- the-gut lyrics are tempered for consumption by the fruity flavoring of jaunty guitars and backing “oohs” and “ahhs” that fans of Los Campesinos! will enjoy. On the track “Burn Masculinity,” the band sings “And I’ve got to accept that I’ve inherited a history/of persecution and abuse/And I’ve got to accept that I’m inheriting a privilege/that I should be aware of.” Catch the band on their way to NYC Popfest during this tour stop at the Beachland Tavern. (Bethany Kaufman)

Price: $10

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