Stockholm psychedelic rockers the Plastic Pals are hitting NYC for a couple of shows this coming week. And they’ve got a characteristically cross-pollinated new single, Riding with Elvis streaming at the World Wide Vibe Records site. The song opens by imagining a pickup truck ride with the King, a couple of guys sardonically comparing notes on getting old and obsolete. Then the story shifts to an even murkier, doomed milieu over a backdrop of stomping Exile on Main Street rock.
They’re on a great bill at Sidewalk, of all places, on Feb 28. In fact, this has to be the best lineup that’s ever played that space – and in an expected stroke of irony, it figures that the club wouldn’t promote or even list the show on their webpage. Certain General guitar powerhouse Phil Gammage’s Adventures in Bluesland are supposed to hit at 9:30, with dark downtown rockers the Rebel Factory, and the similarly terse and nocturnal Anne Husick also on the bill.
If you’d rather catch the individualistic, purist Swedish group – who draw on influences as diverse as the Dream Syndicate and Radio Birdman – in a club with a real sound system and a real schedule, they’re at Bowery Electric on March 4 at 9:30 PM for $8.