Blitzen Trapper wsg The Parkington Sisters, Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers
The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids
June 11, 8:30 p.m.
pyramidschemebar.com, (616) 272-3758
With this year being the 20-year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, a renewed interest in all things Sub Pop records has seemed all but inevitable. Lucky for modern Sub-Poppers Blitzen Trapper, who, in just a shade over a decade as a performing outfit, have found themselves sharing more than just a record label in common with Nirvana and its legendary ilk. Often described as experimental, with an angling toward more of a country twang than a snarling punk riff, the Blitz boys don’t find musical DNA in common with the grunge era. They are, however, native Portlanders, and thus bear an acute understanding of the pivotal role the Pacific Northwest has long played in the shaping of American musical culture. With seven incredibly well-received albums to its credit, Blitzen Trapper has also, of course, achieved a kind of longevity not previously enjoyed by its label-mate predecessors. Let’s hope this Blitzkrieg continues to bop on for the foreseeable future.