GROOMS live at Murphy’s 

Brooklyn's noise-pop rockers GROOMS play Murphy's on September 7th, as part of an extensive tour that takes the band into Canada and eventually through Europe. The band was conceived at the legendary (and now-defunct) Williamsburg venue Death By Audio, and they went through a couple of name-changes while honing their skills before settling on the name GROOMS. Like many bands that last past the five-year mark, GROOMS has gone through line-up changes, but that didn't stop them from releasing their critically acclaimed Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair album last year. While "noise-pop from Brooklyn" might sound pretentious, there is an authenticity in the music made by founder Travis Johnson, Jay Heiselmann and Steve Levine (the actor from Better Call Saul) that recalls '90s indie rock bands like Pavement, as well as cotemporary avant-garde artists like Mac DeMarco, and maybe even a little Ariel Pink (especially on their song "Cross Off").

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Locals China Gate will join GROOMS at Monday's show, marking the second show in just over two weeks for the young indie rockers. China Gate features Conner Booth of Gimp Teeth, but don't expect any pummeling hardcore from this relatively new Memphis band. Instead, China Gate play straightforward indie rock, with plenty of impressive guitar work bursting through each song. New-ish local hardcore band Kiljoy open the show.

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