Friday, October 17, 2014

Late Night Pick: Neil Diamond

Pop rock legend Neil Diamond is on Tonight Show starrrng Jimmy Fallon (NBC, 11:35 PM). I really hope he doesn't sing "Sweet Caroline". I'm really sick of that song. Perhaps he won't because he is out promoting his new album, "Melody Road". That album comes out 10/21. Here's a song of his that isn't "Sweet Caroline":



Here's The New Pornographers on last night's Conan:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekend Picks: VA Hops & Harvest Fest, Instant Pleasure Fest, Agent Orange, Dope Body, Hackensaw Boys, STS9, Marco Benevento

Friday night at The Broadberry, bluegrass band The Hackensaw Boys will take the stage to play for you. Doors open at 8, tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Flight of Salt will open. Hackensaw Boys will be opening for Steep Canyon Rangers in Baltimore at Ram's Head Live on October 23. The Hackensaw Boys recently finished a European tour and here they are somewhere on that tour:



At Pocohontas Park Saturday, it's the Virginia Hops & Harvest Fest. It's FREE to get in. The event starts at noon. The entertainment will be provided by Almost Elton John & The Rocket Band (Elton John tribute) (7 PM), Quebe Sisters (5 PM), People's Blues of Richmond (3:30 PM), Everwilde (2 PM) and Shuffle (12:30 PM). 13 different microbreweries will be there and there will be food too. Here's the Western swing of the Quebe Sisters a couple weeks ago:




If heavy, garage, psychedelia is more your speed, head to The Broadberry Saturday for Instant Pleasure Fest 2014. It's $15 to get in, show starts at 8. The lineup include Futurebirds, Avers, Young Sinclairs, Diamond Center, Lady God, Revolt of the Apes, Dave Watkins, DJ Harrison and Stimulator Jones. Here's Futurebirds who have a more Americana spin on their psychedelia than some of the other bands on the bill. The song is "M J B":



Keyboardist Marco Benevento bring his jazz/jam rock to The Camel Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Superhuman Happiness. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Here's Marco's "Witches of Ulster" from his latest album "Swift":



Legendary surf/skate punk band Agent Orange will be at Bandito's  on Tuesday night for FREE show with Architects and Chrome Daddy Disco. Get there when it starts at 9 PM because you don't want to miss any of these bands. Agent Orange has been around long enough that I have cassettes of my college radio show where I played them, so you know we are both old but still rocking. Here's Agent Orange with "BloodStains":



Post-punk noise rock band Dope Body are at Strange Matter Wednesday night. Doors open at 9 and it's $8 to get in. Men's Room, Navi, & New Turks open the show. You can stream Dope Body's new album "Lifer" HERE. From last year's 7" EP "Saturday", here's Dope Body's "Leather Head":



Jamtronica band STS9 is at The National on Thursday. Tix are $27.50 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Thriftworks. Here's STS9 doing "Instantly" a few nights ago in Grand Rapids:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: The New Pornographers

Indie pop rockers, The New Pornographers, are on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). Here's TNP's "Moves" from their 2011 album, "Together", featuring Bill Hader & Paul Rudd.



Foo Fighters were on Late Show with David Letterman last night and on the web exclusive, Dave paid emotional tribute to the Foos:



On the show itself, they did "Polk Salad Annie" with Tony Joe White:



And then there was this:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Late Night Pick: Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters are on Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 PM, CBS) all week long to promote their new album and corresponding HBO making of the album documentary, "Sonic Highways". As an added bonus, Bill Murray is also on the show tonight. Let's get you caught up on the week so far. Here's the Foos with Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson last night doing Heart's "Kick It Out":



On Monday, the Foos played a Black Sabbath classic with Zac Brown:



And here's Angaleena Presley on Friday's Late Show doing the title track from her new album, "American Middle Class":

Friday, October 10, 2014

Late Night Pick: Angaleena Presley

Angaleena Presley, member of the country/Americana band, Pistol Annies, has got a solo album out (American Middle Class) and she'll be performing a song from it tonight on Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 11:35 PM). This should be a pretty fun show, too, with Chelsea Handler and Key & Peele as guests. Here's Angaleena with the Pistol Annies. She's the brunette playing guitar:



Here's Robert Plant from last night's Colbert Report. This is a web exclusive so you didn't see it on the show.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Late Night Pick: Robert Plant

Robert Plant will be on Colbert Report tonight on Comedy Central at 11:31 PM (that's right, 11:31). Below, you can watch the full concert Robert did with his band, The Sensation Space Shifters, on 9/28 thanks to NPR. For a dude that doesn't want to be in Led Zeppelin anymore, he does a lot more Led Zep in his show than I thought he would. The show will only be available until 10/28 so don't wait on this:





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Late Night Pick: Glass Animals

Alt-indie-pop-rock band from the UK,  Glass Animals,is on Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC, 12:35 AM) tonight. Their debut album "Zaba", is gaining some ground in the US and abroad. This is "Gooey":



And here's Lizzo singing about "Bus Passes and Happy Meals" on last night's Late Show with David Letterman:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Weekend Picks: Richmond Folk Fest, Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Devil Makes Three, No BS! Brass Band, Skydog, Papadosio, Village People

The weekend picks are coming a little early this week as I'll be grooving at Earth, Wind and Fire at Innsbrook tomorrow night and then possibly at the Jeff the Brotherhood/Diarrhea Planet show at Broadberry on Thursday.

And that's the show we'll start with: indie rock show Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet and The Milkstains at The Broadberry Thursday. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9, it's $15 to get in. JTB has a new covers EP out called "Dig the Classics" with covers of Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Beck, Teenage Fanclub and more. They may even do a Rush cover at the show. Here's a three song live sampler from JTB in England:



And here's a solid 14 minutes from Diarrhea Planet earlier this month in FL:




Prog psychedlic rock band Papadosio are at The National on Thursday night. Tix are $17 advance, $20 at the door, doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Twiddle opens. Here's Papadosio's "Dream Estate":



If you are at home this weekend, you can watch the Austin City Limits fest live HERE. It starts at 3:15 PM ET Friday, 3 PM ET Saturday and 4 PM ET Friday. Two channels of live streams with artists like Beck, Jimmy Cliff, St. Vincent, Belle & Sebastian, Trombone Shorty, Head & The Heart, Interpol, Avett Brothers, Tune-Yards, Broken Bells, Fitz & The Tantrums, Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, Spoon, Lorde, Chromeo and more. Even when the live music is done, they'll be looping replays so you can tune in anytime after 3:15 PM ET Friday and catch something.


The big news here at home this weekend is the Richmond Folk Festival, three days of world music right here in your backyard. It's FREE all weekend (but please donate to the Bucket Brigade) and it's one of the biggest folk festivals in the country. And this isn't just Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger folk, though there will be a little of that. This festival is focused on the folk music and traditions of America and the world, the music and dance that bubbles up from the streets and the country. There will be everything from bluegrass to break dancing, Mayan sun dancing (at the top of an 80 foot pole!) to Tibetan opera, Indian slide guitar to Mexican mariachi, blues, gospel, and more. You can walk around a world of music in the area of Brown's Island and Tredegar Iron Works. Don't miss it!

Just in time to celebrate the coming of gay marriage to Virginia (yay!), those gay disco icons of the 70's, The Village People will be at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell on Friday night. Doors open at 6, there will be an opener, tix range from $25 to $75. Here they are doing "Can't Stop the Music":




At The National on Friday night, Americana act The Devil Makes Three hits the stage. Their latest album, "I'm a Stranger Here" was produced by Americana legend, Buddy Miller. The Cave Singers will open the show at 8, doors open at 7, tix are $16 in advance, $19 at the door. Here's Devil Makes Three making music:



The Broadberry hosts Skydog, your excellent local Allman Brothers tribute band on Friday. Show starts at 8 with Josh Small opening. It's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here they are doing "Midnight Rider":




There's rival horny funk shows going on Friday. Mekong Express & The Get Fresh Horns will be at Tobacco Company starting at 9:30 and that's free to get in. They've been recording some music in the studio recently so we will hopefully be able to get some of that funk in the near future.


At Balliceaux Friday, No BS! Brass Band does a gig that starts at 10:30 and that's $10 to get in. Here they are at the 2nd St. Festival last weekend doing some Led Zeppelin. Give Bill a second when the video starts until he can get things straightened out.

You can also catch No BS at Strange Matter on Tuesday, 10/14 with Landlady. Doors open at 9, tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.



DJ Williams Projekt is at Broadberry on Tuesday, 10/14. You can enjoy yoga to the music of DJ Williams early with Groovinyasa out on the patio. That will start at 6. Tix are $10. If you go for the yoga, you get admission to the DJ Williams Projekt show later at 8 PM. Here's the Projekt jamming with Karl Denson at The Broadberry in August:



Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Earth, Wind & Fire, the Folk Fest and maybe Jeff The Brotherhood.

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: Nils Lofgren; Lizzo

Two artists for the price of one on Late Show with David Letterman tonight (CBS, 11:35 PM). The great guitarist from The E Street Band (and solo work too), Nils Lofgren, will be on the show jamming with Dave's band. Then alternative rapper Lizzo will do a song in the musical guest slot at the end of the show.

Nils is out promoting his career spanning box set, "Face the Music", that is getting rave reviews. Here's the promo clip for the box set:



Lizzo guests on Prince's new album, "3RDEYEGIRL", on the track, "Boy Trouble". Here's Lizzo doing her own, "Batches & Cookies":



Here's two from Best Coast on last night's Last Call with Carson Daly:



Monday, October 6, 2014

Late Night Pick: Willis Earl Beal, Best Coast

A new Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, 1:35 AM) has two artists for the price of one tonight with alt-singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal and indie rock duo Best Coast on the show tonight. You might dig WEB if you like Tom Waits, Tune-Yards, or Daniel Johnston. Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino guests on a song on the new Weezer album.

Here's one from Willis Earl Beal:



And one from Best Coast:



And here's The Front Bottoms from last Thursday's Last Call: