City Paper is not for tourists
From garage-rock kingmakers Burger Records comes the latest heirs to the throne: minimalist punk duo the Garden, a set of lanky twins riding high off several solid releases and a high-profile stint in the fashion world. Buoyed by the Burger seal of approval and a successful modeling career—the twins were discovered by an Yves Saint Laurent talent scout, and can now be seen on Paris runways and YSL window displays—the group has toured the U.S. and Europe behind one-minute songs that often feature only bass, drums, and vocals. And while the duo’s fashion gig has certainly gotten it attention, it’s a wild live show that’s helped sustain their popularity. Drummer Fletcher Shears achieves incredible rhythmic velocity uninhibited by his stylish black turtlenecks and skin-tight leather; bassist/vocalist Wyatt Shears often accompanies his brother’s drum solos with two-stepping leg kicks. And don’t expect the band to stay within the comfy confines of three-chord punk; the Garden’s recent releases intersperse their neo-punk songs with hip-hop and pseudo-breakbeat tracks with little warning or explanation. Sept. 20 at Black Cat. $13.