Friday, October 24, 2014

Late Night Pick: Tenacious D (again)

You know I love me some Tenacious D. And they'll be on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 AM) tonight and I can't resist the potential comedy fireworks that will ensue when zany Craig and Geoff sit down with the D. Tenacious D have a European tour coming up in February. Hopefully, they'll hit the States too. If you want to know how the D started, you can watch all the orginial HBO episodes right here. Language NSFW, but if you want your asses blown out, stick around and give it a view:



Here's Kiesza performing "What Is Love" on Conan last night:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Late Night Pick: Kiesza

Odd dance/pop singer Kiesza will be on Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). She has a new album, "Sound of a Woman" out and she's been making the rounds of all the radio stations, web sites and talk shows ("Good Morning America", "Live with Kelly & Michael") to promote it. Everyone looks very late 80's in this video (are those Zubaz pants?):

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weekend Picks: First Aid Kit, Laura Stevenson, Allen Toussaint, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brother Ali, White Laces, Pumpkin Fest, Hardywood 3rd Anniversary

Future tech (that's what they call their music) Richmond band The White Laces celebrate the release of their album, "Trance" at The Broadberry on Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with The Diamond Center, Sundials, and Heavy Midgets to open the show and join the party. It's $7 to get in. Here's White Laces last year with "Invocation":




Scott's Addition Pumpkin Fest goes down Saturday on N Boulevard between Marshall and Moore from noon until 6 PM. It's free to get in. There will be lots of stuff for the kids. Food, drink and adult beverages will be served. Bands: Smile (noon to 1), Triad (1:30 - 3), Billy Joe Trio (3:30 - 4:30), and Everwilde (5 - 6). Here's Everwilde doing "Summer Night" at The National earlier this year:




Hardywood celebrates their 3rd Anniversary with a party at their place on Saturday starting at 2. They'll be tapping 3rd Anniversary Ale. At 5, the music starts with The Red Hot Lava Men, Goldrush & Black Girls. Here's Black Girls "Buyin' Time":



Albino Muslim underground political rapper Brother Ali will be at The Broadberry on Saturday night. Bambu and DJ Last Word will join him. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Here's Brother Ali's "Work Everyday":



Bush League bring their new five man lineup to Poe's Pub Saturday. Show starts at 9 and it's $5 to get in. Here they are at Poe's about a year ago:



A group I love, First Aid Kit, will be at The National on Sunday night. They are a Swedish Americana sister duo with divine harmonies. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Samantha Crain opens. You can enter to win a pair of tix for the show HERE. This is their latest, "Heaven Knows":



Indie folk rocker Laura Stevenson and The Cans are at The Camel Monday. Helen Chambers and two other bands (TBA) will open the show. Doors open at 7 PM. $10 to get in. Here's Laura solo performing "The Hole":



Wednesday at Modlin Center for the Arts, New Orleans royalty come to town when Preservation Hall Jazz Band is joined by the great Allen Toussaint. The show starts at 7:30, tix range from $10 - $45 depending on your demographic. You may be able to win tickets for the show HERE. Here's the press  blurb about the show:
"When I meet someone like Allen Toussaint – that for me is like meeting the equivalent of the Dalai Lama, because he influenced the way I played the piano. He’s a historical part of rock-and-roll.” – Elton John

“Return to the roots of jazz, America's great indigenous art form, and don't miss an opportunity for a performance by the ‘best jazz band in the land.’” – San Francisco Examiner

From the heart of the French Quarter to the world’s stage, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has spread the joyful, timeless spirit of true New Orleans jazz since 1961. This American musical treasure recently released That’s It!, the PHJB’s first album of original material.

Allen Toussaint is part of New Orleans music royalty – a renowned songwriter, producer, arranger, and performer celebrated for his distinctive deft and funky feel on the piano that earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a poet’s ear for lyrics and songwriting steeped in New Orleans street music, Toussaint’s hit-making R&B songs have been covered by countless artists in an array of style. In 2012, he was recognized by President Obama as a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

Together, these musical titans of New Orleans bring the life and heart of the Big Easy to Richmond for an evening of legendary music-making.
Here's Allen Touissant at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest:



Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Late Night Pick: Tenacious D

The D is back! Well, at least for one episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC, 11:35 PM). Maybe more, we'll find out tonight what Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass) are up to. They may be talking about their big comedy and music festival, Festival Supreme, that takes place in LA on Saturday. Here's some D from way back in 2001. This is not the greatest song in the world. This is a "Tribute":



Here's Neil Young & Crazy Ho... singing "Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)" on Colbert Report:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Late Night Pick: Neil Young

Neil Young will be on a repeat of Colbert Report (from last Tuesday) at 11:31 PM on Comedy Central. Neil has a new album called "Storytone" coming out on 11/4 with music he recorded with a 92 piece orchestra and a choir. Here's Neil on the "Johnny Cash Show" in the 70's:



Here's another Neil, Neil Diamond, on the Tonight Show on Friday. He did "Something Blue" from his new album on the show and then did "Cracklin' Rosie" as a web exclusive:





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.