Arts » Arts Stories & Interviews

10 Things You Have to Do This Weekend

by

comment

Page 10 of 10

Sun 5/10
Ariel Pink

arielpink.png

What the hell can we make of Ariel Pink? He’s a cracked pop-savant, assembling scraps of half-forgotten Billboard hits around pyscho-babble lyrics in inexplicably alluring ways. A troll of the first order, as likely to throw shade at Madonna as to defend the rights of the Westboro Baptist Church; an unabashed creep, who can make a charming request like “Put Your Number In My Phone” into a dirty old man’s come-on. But in spite of — or occasionally because of — these antics, Ariel Pink matters, and it isn’t just a matter of shock value. Let’s start with his music, which is characteristically about as unplaceable as the dude himself. Hyper-Pink fans have long fetishized the small truckload of hometapes the LA-based singer-songwriter produced in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Pieces of these barely decipherable works eventually were assembled Frankenstein-style into his most accessible record — 2010’s Before Today — making a strong case for Pink’s status as a bedroom-pop Brian Wilson. But if Before Today, and its ostensible hit “Round and Round” remain his most recognizable work, it’s last year’s pom pom which feels like his most representative. The 80-minute release stands as a flippant epic, with Pink running through ultraviolent glam-rockers (“Not Enough Violence”), surf rock send-ups (“Nude Beach A-Go-Go”) and oddly earnest bubblegum love letters (“One Summer Night”) in a way that keeps even the most out-there styles locked into his own odd orbit. Click here to read the Current's full story on Ariel Pink.
$15, 7pm Sun, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertiger.queueapp.com. — J.D. Swerzenski


Tags

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.