Thursday, October 30, 2014

Late Night Pick: The War on Drugs

Philly rock band The War on Drugs are on Conan tonight (TBS, 11 PM). These guys are selling out shows in the UK and Australia (tix are still available for their Auckland NZ shows). Their new album, Lost in the Dream, is getting great reveiws. It looks like these guys are on the up and up. Here's "Baby Missiles" (the cutest kind of missile) from their album, "Slave Ambient":




Weekend Picks: Halloween Tribute Bands Galore!, Purling Hiss, Ray LaMontagne, Screaming Females, Trongone Band

It's always a big party weekend when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday and this Friday Halloween is no exception.

Things actually get started on Thursday night as all good weekends do, with Love Canon, the bluegrass band that plays 80s hits at The Broadberry. The show starts at 8, tix are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Here's Love Canon doing the Grateful Dead's biggest hit:



Thursday night at Cary St. Cafe, Trongone Band brings their jam band originals and covers to their favorite spot and they'll be joined by Brock Butler (formerly of Perpetual Groove). Music starts at 10 PM and it's FREE to get in. Here's Trongone Band earlier this month at Ashland Coffee & Tea doing Bill Withers' "Use Me Up":




On Halloween night, just like you, all the musicians like to dress up in musical costumes and pretend to be someone else so it's all cover/tribute bands that night. We'll start at Strange Matter for Return of the Living Dead Band VI, which pays tribute to classic punk bands. The show starts at 7 and it's FREE to get in. This year see tributes to The Germs, Minutemen, Sepultura, Celtic Frost, Sex Pistols and The Stooges.


At Hardywood, it's Night of the Living 70's with Fear of Music (Talking Heads tribute), Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute) and Los Ramones (Ramones in Spanglish). It all starts at 7 and it's FREE to get in.


Capital Ale House Downtown features Yacht Rock with Three Sheets to the Wind. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 and the band starts at 8:30. They may play this one:




The Mantras (prog rock/jam) will be doing the Talking Dead at The Broadberry on Friday. Music starts at 8 with openers Aqueous. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. What is the Talking Dead you say? It'll be mashups and segues with Talking Heads and Grateful Dead songs. Here's a full set from The Mantras on 8/31/14:



We've had a Talking Heads tribute band. We've had a band who will mashup the Heads and the Dead. And to complete the circle, Grateful Dead tribute band, King Solomon's Marbles will be at Cary St. Cafe Friday night for a Halloween bash. Show will start at 10 PM and it's $10 to get in. They'll do an acoustic first set and an electric second set.

Sunday, we get back to original music with folk rock singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne at the Altria Theater. Tix range from $35.50 to $67.50. Show starts at 7 and get there on time to see opener, The Belle Brigade. You might dig Ray if you like Gomez, The Band, Van Morrison, David Gray, Joe Cocker, Dylan, or Iron & Wine. Here's an hour long set from Ray on the BBC in 2012:



It's garage punk galore at Strange Matter Sunday with five bands including Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Together Pangea, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, and Mozes and the Firstborn. The fun gets underway when the doors open at 7 and it's $12 to get in. Here's "Six Ways to Sunday" from Purling Hiss' new album "Weirdon". This song has a psychedelic, Crazy Horse vibe which I like:




Indie rockers Screaming Females are at Strange Matter Monday. Pujol, Christi, and Hot Dolphin open the show. Doors open at 7, tix are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Here's Screaming Females (they start at 1:30 on the video) performing in toilet paper mummy costumes on the punk kids show, Pancake Mountain. And no, I didn't just make that sentence up from random words.



Bluegrass band Jackass Flats are at The Broadberry Monday where they'll celebrate the release of Center of the Universe breweries El Duderino brew (a white Russian stout) by putting on a musical costume of their own. They will perform the Big Lebowski soundtrack. Dale and the ZDubs will open the show. Things get underway at 8. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's a couple tunes from Jackass Flats' show at Camp Barefoot this summer including a Pink Floyd cover:



Have a fun and spooky Halloween weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Late Night Pick: Coves

Check out UK pop/rock/alternative/indie duo, Coves, tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, 1:35 AM). They are on a European tour now supporting St. Vincent. St. Vincent will be here in Richmond in December supporting Black Keys when they play Richmond Coliseum. It's a very supportive environment. Here's Coves "Beatings" from their album "Soft Friday":




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Late Night Pick: Sturgill Simpson

Alt-country singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson is on Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (11:35 PM, NBC). I heard some more from Sturgill the other night on WRIR and I'm liking everything I hear. Old school country sound and insightful lyrics that sometimes embrace common country motifs and other times turn them on their head. Here's Sturgill playing "Turtles All the Way Down" on BBC Scotland a few days ago.



Here's two from Wilco on last night's Tonight Show. One they played on the show and the other is a web exclusive:




Monday, October 27, 2014

Late Night Pick: Wilco

Wilco will be on a packed Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (NBC, 11:35 PM). Also on the show is Ewen McGregor, Charles Barkley and Herbie Hancock.  Wilco will be marking their 20th anniversary with two releases on 11/17. "Alpha Mike Foxtrot" will feature 4 CDs of rare studio and live recordings. "What's Your 20" is a 2 CD essential tracks collection. Here's Wilco's "Born Alone" from 2011:



Here's Tenacious D on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday night:

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: