photos: ty segall @ the black cat 1.31.2013

Surrounded by a sea of critics that are slaves to expertise and live for carefully constructed concepts and songs, Ty Segall and Ex-Cult are just what I needed to shake things up. Both are youthful, aggressive, and above all, fun. They both remind us of what it's like to be a kid, catch your first glimpse of a band that will soon become your favorite, and strive to emulate them in some way. Ex-Cult in particular have mastered the art of allowing their influences to be echoed in their songs while forging their own identity. Click through for pictures that ran on BYT with a great review!