Indie stalwart Cursive returns to the Bunkhouse for the second time in less than a year—with serious reinforcements. We dissect the bill …
Cursive Having broken up in the late 1990s, gone on hiatus in the mid-2000s and lost a handful of members along the way, this Omaha, Nebraska, outfit hasn’t always seemed built to last. And yet, co-founders Tim Kasher (vocals, guitar) and Matt Maginn (bass) remain onboard and, if anything, have been ramping up activity of late, releasing new albums in 2018 (Vitriola) and 2019 (Get Fixed). Both feature the band’s trademark emo/indie/post-hardcore swirl, showcased to peak effect on 2000’s Domestica and 2003’s The Ugly Organ.
Cloud Nothings After more than a decade together, this noisy, Cleveland-based punk quartet is finally set for its live Vegas debut. Spearheaded by singer/songwriter/guitarist Dylan Baldi, the group’s urgent sound should appeal to fans of F*cked Up, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and Titus Andronicus. First spin: 2012’s Steve Albini-engineered Attack on Memory.
Criteria More for Cursive fans to geek out about: Guitarist Steve Pederson—who played on that band’s first two albums—launched this Omaha project in 2003, a few years after leaving Cursive. The timing for Criteria’s inclusion on this bill couldn’t be better, with the Weezer-y Years, the group’s first LP in 15 years, having dropped on January 17.
CURSIVE with Cloud Nothings, Criteria. January 29, 8 p.m., $20-$22. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.