Thursday, April 16, 2015

Late Night Pick: Royal Blood

Well, they are from England so they might be royals. Brit pop/alternative/indie rock band, Royal Blood, is on Conan tonight (TBS, 11:00 PM). I watched them on the Coachella webcast last weekend and you'll dig them if you like White Stripes. Jake Bugg, Drenge, Pixies, Black Keys or Led Zep. Here's "Figure It Out":



Here's the two songs Chic did on Jimmy Kimmel the other night. One new, one old.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend Picks: Earth Day Festivals, Nellie McKay, Widespread Panic, TR3, London Souls, Jason Marsalis, The Congress, Hackensaw Boys

Dave Matthews writing partner and occasional member of the Dave Matthews Band, guitarist Tim Reynolds, is at Capital Ale House Thursday night with his band TR3. Doors open at 8, the TBD opener comes on at 8:45 and TR3 starts at 9:30. It's $20 to get in. TR3 recently stopped by Relix magazine and laid down "All Over the Place":



Avers does their first headlining show in Richmond since they kicked ass at SXSW. I saw them open for Tune-Yards and they've got some tasty new tunes for you. In fact, they are mixing those tunes now for a new album. Producer/Engineer Peter Katis, who has worked with The National and Interpol, is helping them out. Avers will be at Strange Matter Thursday night. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Las Rosas and Hot Dolphin open. Here's Avers performing live at WAMU in DC. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.



The Camel will host alternative, indie, power blues, neo-psychedelic band The London Souls Thursday. Tix are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Doors open at 8 and RVA's own Trongone Band opens. This will be the second show of the door for the Souls so they'll be nice and fresh. The London Souls recently played on NPR's World Cafe and you can stream the performance HERE. And here's a couple tunes they did down at SXSW:



The Marsalis family is practically living in Richmond right now. Wynton was here with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra last Saturday. Wynton's youngest brother, Jason and his Vibes Quartet, will be at Capital Ale House for two shows on Friday. Admission for either show is $35 (premium) or $30 (GA). The first show has doors opening at 6:30 and the show starting at 7. The second show doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9. Here's the band at the Louisiana Music Factory in December 2014:



Hackensaw Boys do the bluegrass thing at The Broadberry on Friday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 and Sturgeon City opens. Hackensaw Boys are heading out for two week tour of the Netherlands, Denmark & Belgium at the end of the month. Who knew that they dug bluegrass there? Here's the band a few years ago at WNRN in C'ville:



Mekong Express & the Get Fresh Horns are at Cary St. Cafe Friday. It's FREE to get in and the show starts at 10. Here's the band gettin' all funkay at The Answer Brewpub in January:




Dueling Earth Day celebrations on Saturday. The RVA Earth Day in Manchester looks like the better of the two musically. Here's the band lineup:
5:30 Flight of Salt
And of course, there will be booths, brews, food trucks, kid's stuff and more. It goes from noon to 7 on Hull St. just across the river.

Earth Day Richmond does have the better poster. That one runs from 11 AM to 5 PM at Great Shiplock Park. There will be live music from Silly Bus, Andrew Alli and Last Night's Blues Band and The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown. They'll also have activities, local food and drink, and stuff for the kids.

The talented, smart and witty Nellie McKay comes to Tin Pan Sunday night. Show starts at 7 and it's $25 for a ticket. To quote her bio, "You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She’s done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank’s sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music.

Her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook—part cabaret, part sparkly pop. But beneath the charming melodic surface is a wit that cuts, and a sharply tuned social conscience."

Her new album, "My Weekly Reader", finds her paying homage to the music of the 60's. Here she covers Country Joe & the Fish's "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine" with visuals courtesy of the Joshua Light Show:




Widespread Panic is in town at the Altria Theater on Monday night. Tix are $49.50, The show starts at 8 and there's no opener because Panic will do their usual two sets of music. If you are going to the show, be sure to bring some canned goods for Panic's Fans for Food food drive. Widespread always throw in some choice covers during their shows. Here they are doing Neil Young's "Mr. Soul" in LA last month:




The Congress plays a Panic after party at The Camel Monday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Tarrant will open the show. Doors open at 8. Tarrant comes on at 9. This show will be a couple days after The Congress open up for Tedeschi Trucks Band at Blue Ridge Bowl on the Lockn' Festival site and a couple weeks before they head out opening for Lake Street Dive. Not bad company. Here's The Congress live in Tahoe last summer:



Finally, a great night of RVA rock and soul at The Broadberry on Tuesday (4/21). DJ Williams Projekt will be joined by Andrew Trongone of Trongone Band to headline a show that also features People's Blues of Richmond and Monophonics (OK, these guys come from SF). Expect a lot of mixing and matching of band members at this show. Doors open at 8. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's DJ Williams Projekt full show at The Broadberry in June last year:



And this is just a really awesome video. Have a great weekend! See you at RVA Earth Day!



Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Chic

Classic disco band, Chic, is on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). They'll be premiering their new song, "I'll Be There" along with some old favs tonight. Here's "I Want Your Love":

Monday, April 13, 2015

Late Night Pick: The War on Drugs

My current favorite band, The War on Drugs, is on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (11:35 PM, ABC). It was a War on Drugs weekend. I caught a replay of their Friday Coachella performance on Saturday afternoon. Then, I listened to their latest album, Lost in the Dream, while I cruised around Richmond with a beautiful woman on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Besides the show tonight and the Coachella performance, they'll be doing all the other major festivals this summer so you should be able to catch them. Here they are performing "Red Eyes" in Barcelona last summer:



Here's Brian Wilson's performances on last week's Jimmy Kimmel Live:




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weekend Picks: Matthew E White, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bob Dylan, Blackberry Smoke, Diarrhea Planet, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Whirr, Gov't Mule

After a slow weekend for Easter, things pick up this week.


Thursday night finds Southern rock band, Blackberry Smoke, at The National. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with two openers, Ben Miller Band and The Temperance Movement. Blackberry Smoke will be joining the first Outlaw Country Cruise. Fellow sailors include Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Shooter Jennings, The Mavericks, Lukas Nelson and more. That sounds like a good one. Here they are doing "Son of the Bourbon" live:



Punk pop rockers Diarrhea Planet will be at The Broadberry Thursday. It's $12 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Left & Right, Lightfields and Toxic Moxie. Diarrhea Planet is just fun, straight forward, no frills, balls out, rock and roll. Here's one song in their Girls trilogy performed live in the van at SXSW this year. It's the short and sweet "Orange Girls";




The Trongone Band jams at The Camel on Thursday night. Ron Holoway Band will open. Ron Holloway has played sax for Warren Haynes Band, Susan Tedeschi, and Dizzy Gillespie, and has guested with Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule & Tedeschi Trucks Band. Last time he opened for Trongone Band he joined them for a good chunk of their set and I would expect the same at this show. Doors open at 8 and it's $7 to get in. Here's Trongone Band at The Phoenix in Roanoke last weekend:




Speaking of Gov't Mule, they'll be out at Pocahontas State Park Friday night. Gates open at 5:30. Tix range from $25 for GA to $50 for Gold Circle Reserve. There is also a $5 per car fee to enter the park, but that goes to the park so that's cool. Mule will play from around 6:30 until 10. The band recently released "Dub Side of the Mule" a live one hour set from New Year's Eve 2006 where they backed up Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals. Toots, of course, is still recovering from getting beaned by a vodka bottle here at Dominion Riverrock a couple years ago. Hopefully, this album will provide him with some extra cash for his medical bills and lift his spirits too. Here's "Hard Road" from the set:




Garage surf rockers The Lonely Teardrops will tear up Wonderland Friday night. The Otherman and Church Bats, both from Brooklyn, will open. Show starts at 9 and it's $5 to get in. Here's the Teardrops doing "Cosmo's Go-Go":



If you are in the mood for some Tom Petty, check out Full Moon Fever, the Tom Petty tribute band for FREE at Cary St. Cafe Friday night. Jon C. Brown opens and the show starts at 10 PM. Here's Tom Petty singing the story of my summer of '89:



Saturday night, Richmond music impresario and up-and-coming star Matthew E White is at The Broadberry. Doors open at 8, tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. No opener is listed. Matthew has been making the rounds of the NPR stations, playing in the studios of the World Cafe (WXPN), The Current, WFUV and he's heading off for a month long tour of Europe after this gig. Here he is making his network TV debut on Dave Letterman's show a couple weeks ago. Spoiler alert: Dave loved him!



Sunday, legend Bob Dylan is at the Altria Theater. The show starts at 8 PM and no opener is listed. Tix range from $47 to $77. Here's Bob's latest from an album of standards ("Shadows in the Night") originally performed by Sinatra:




Alternative indie dream pop shoegaze noise band Whirr are at Strange Matter Sunday. This is an early show with doors opening at 5 PM, bands start at 5:30 and the show will be done by 8:30. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Adventures, Wildhoney & Keep open. You may want to pick up tickets early. Shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Boston sold out. Here's Whirr's set at St. Vitus Bar in 2013. It's pure feedback for about the first 3 minutes, but then it gets pretty cool ,with some real heavy, swirling psychedelic rock:




Monday, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Alabama rock and roll) are at Strange Matter. This one's the late show, with doors opening at 9. International Friendly, Horsehead, and Industry Standard open. You might dig these guys if you like Drive-By Truckers, Alabama Shakes, or The Bottle Rockets. Here they are rocking out for Paste Magazine at SXSW:



The DJ Williams Projekt Soul Revue w/Samantha Reed are at The Broadberry Tuesday. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in.


(My, that's a saucy mermaid!) Bandito's hosts The Whiskey Shivers and The Dismal Swamp Lords Tuesday night. Show starts at 9:15 and it's FREE to get in. The Dismal Swamp Lords will be debuting their new line up. The Washington Post said The Whiskey Shivers have "a rhythm-heavy sound that felt like bluegrass-beyond-Thunderdome." Here's The Whiskey Shivers' "Free":



Wednesday night at The Broadberry, alternative singer/songwriter indie folk country rock Americana duo Hiss Golden Messenger is here with Natalie Prass. Doors open at 8, It's $10 to get in. You might dig HGM if you like Wilco, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, M. Ward, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, Son Volt or The National. Here they are performing "Blue Country Mystic":



Have a great weekend! I may see you at the Matthew E White show and The Whiskey Shivers/Dismal Swamp Lords shows.

When I was looking for Dylan videos to plug in here. I found this cover of his "All Along the Watchtower". Not sure why I like this one so much. Must be the guitar. Yeah, definitely the guitar.



Tony Jordan

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Late Night Pick: Brian Wilson

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and mad genius of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). Brian's new album, "No Pier Pressure" comes out on 4/6 and has guest spots from some former Beach Boys, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel, and M. Ward. Here's one of the greatest ballads of all time, "God Only Knows" written by Brian and performed by The Beach Boys:



Here's Milky Chance on last night's Tonight Show doing "Flashed Junk Mind":

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weekend Picks: Delta Saints, Amanda Palmer, Southern Belles, Trongone Band, Fool's Errand

Easter weekend. Put on your Easter bonnet and hop on out to see some music!


Thursday night, Trongone Band takes over The Camel. This should be a great show with Mekong Express & The Get Fresh Horns opening. I saw Mekong Express a couple weeks ago and they keep getting better. I would expect some mixing and matching of members of the two bands and some great jamming. It''s $7 to get in, doors open at 8, music starts at 9:30. Here's Trongone Band doing the Dead's "Shakedown Street" with some friends sitting in:



Friday night, it's more hot jamming action (that sounds slightly dirty) at The Camel with Southern Belles. Tix are $7 in advance, $10 at the door, doors open at 9. Schooley Mountain Band opens. The Belles just got back from a tour that took them to Colorado and Montana so ask them how their trip to Big Sky Country went. Here's their full show at Rapture in Charlottesville from 3/4:



Saturday night, one of my favorite up and coming bands out of Nashville, The Delta Saints, are at The Camel. Those guys play some mean blues and they seem to be getting more confident every time I see them. The Vacant Stairs (great name) and Big Mama Shakes will open. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 to get in. This will be the last night of the first leg of the Delta Saints spring tour so they'll be ready to party. Here's Delta Saints jamming at Hippie Jack's in TN. They open with a cover you may not recognize at first. If you want to hear Hippie Jack's somewhat humorous story, skip ahead to 1:35. If you just want to get to the music, get thee to 3:15.



Amanda F*ck!ng Palmer is at The National Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and there is no opener. Tix are $20 for reserved balcony and $25 for reserved on the floor or for GA on the platform at the back of the floor. Amanda is a singer, songwriter, playwright, blogger, author and pianist who has also done a very popular TED Talk. The show will be a mix of songs and readings from the book she wrote based on that TED Talk, "The Art of Asking". Amanda recently played Carnegie Hall where she took part in the David Byrne/Talking Heads tribute. Here she is performing "Makin' Whoopee" with her husband, author Neil Gaiman.




Wednesday night (4/8), gypsy folk rock band, Fool's Errand, is at Balliceaux. Accidental Seabirds open. This is a FREE show and it starts early (6:30 PM) and ends early (9 PM). If you want you can then pay $7 and stick around for the late show with JP Harris & the Tough Choices and Alison Self & The Lonesome Lows. Here, Fool's Errand ask "What Happened?" Watch out for that sax guy.



Here's a classic from Joe Jackson for April Fool's Day:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Milky Chance

Folk/reggae/electronica/alternative/indie/pop rock group Milky Chance is on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35 PM) tonight. Milky Chance will be playing a sold out show at The National on May 1. Here's their song "Stolen Dance":



Here's the four songs Van Halen played on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday and Tuesday:













Monday, March 30, 2015

Late Night Pick: Van Halen

Van Halen will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35 PM). They are promoting a new live album so no new material means you'll hear some classic Van Halen. They'll be performing on Hollywood Boulevard and the show will be shown over two nights, tonight and tomorrow night. And believe it or not this is the band's first US TV performance with David Lee Roth. Maybe they'll play this one from "1984":



Here's The Mavericks on Conan last week:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Late Night Pick: The Mavericks

Americana/pop/rock/adult alternative/indie/progressive country band, The Mavericks, are on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). The Mavericks are back in the States after a tour of Europe and are hitting Conan after playing in Texas and the SW. Here's their video for "Here Comes My Baby" from 1999:



Here's the two tunes Zac Brown Band did on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night. Zac finally got rid of that wool hat. I bet it was getting smelly. Millions of Zac Brown lookalikes are out looking for floppy fedoras today.