What's up with indie rock

Hot off the heels of Dan Deacon's excellent Record Store Day single "Konono Ripoff No. 1" comes the news that Deacon will be providing original music for Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter's new podcast-mocking podcast, Topics. Although the music is restricted to the opening and closing of The State alums' podcast, it's always exciting to hear new Deacon sounds.

A couple years ago it would be hard to imagine the post-hardcore Texans ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead playing as small a venue as the Metro Gallery. In the decade since their high-water mark Source Tags and Codes, the band may have lost some of their buzz but they've lost none of their bombast. Check them out at the Metro July 11 with fellow Austinite Ume and Baltimore's very own the Matrimonials.

The most bizarre story in all of indie-rock-dom last year had to come from noise-rap outfit Death Grips. Early in 2012 the fledgling group unexpectedly went major-label and signed with Epic Records, promising two full-lengths in the year. By the end of the year, they had been dropped from the label after the band posted their second album for free, unsatisfied with the way Epic was handling the release. Oh yeah, and the cover art was a picture of the album title written on a boner. Fortunately the group's music transcends the drama. They'll be visiting the Ottobar Aug 9.

And finally, from the department of canned music, Lower Dens and Horse Lords have a split 7-inch out this week on Famous Class records. The limited-edition vinyl features "bone with black & oxblood splatter," which sounds totally badass. Or if you prefer, you can get it digitally via Bandcamp, where all proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund.

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