Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weekend Picks: Commonwealth of Notions 6, Wild Reeds, Silent Music Revival, Garbage, Joe Walsh, CJ Chenier, Schooley Mountain Band, Taters, Atkinsons

Maker of some of the funniest songs in classic rock and some of the best to play air guitar to also, Joe Walsh hits Innsbrook on Thursday night. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6 with openers JD & the Straight Shot. Tix run $25 - $65. Joe is sober now. He says, "I only got drunk once...for about 30 years". Here's Joe doing "Rocky Mountain Way" at Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004. By the way, check out the backing band on this one. It's Booker T & the MGs!

If you prefer some primo zydeco, head to The Broadberry Thursday night for CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers The Hazletones. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Here's CJ & the band doing the zydeco classic, "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)":

Friday and Saturday night, Commonwealth of Notions Volume 6 takes place and it will benefit WRIR 97.3 FM and feature some great local music. Friday night, it goes down at Gallery5. Here's the info for that and the band lineup:
Friday, July 22nd 
Gallery5 - 200 W. Marshall Street
Doors: 6:30PM
Music: 7:30PM 
Cover: $5

Imaginary Sons -
Clair Morgan -
Nelly Kate -
Antiphons -
The Wimps -
The event moves to Strange Matter Saturday night. Here's the lowdown:
Saturday, July 23rd
Strange Matter - 929 West Grace Street, 
Doors: 6:00PM
Music: 7:00PM 
Cover: $7

Naked Pictures -
Smoke Break -
The Veins -
Dadmobile -
Shy, Low -
Recluse Raccoon -
Get in the Car -
Head out to one or both nights. Low price, great bands and it benefits the best radio station in RVA. (OK, I volunteer there so I'm a little biased!), But you won't find WRIR's mix of independent news and eclectic music anywhere else on the dial.

Here's a quick taste of Imaginary Sons:

Americana band The Atkinsons are at Isley Brewing Company on Saturday evening. I always want to type Isley Brothers Brewing Company. Just think. Their beers could be Shout Stout, It's Your Thing IPA, Fight The Power Sour Gose, That Lady Lager. Perhaps Isley Brewing could team up with the Isley Brothers? The Atkinsons will play from 6:30 - 9:30 and it's FREE to get in. Sounds like a fine way to start the evening with good beers and good music.

It's Ladies Night at The Camel on Saturday and by that I mean they'll be featuring Women Who Rock with four bands with talented grrrls. And, appropriately, part of the proceeds will be donated to Girls Rock! RVA. It's $6 in advance, $8 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30. The Schooley Mountain Band (blues-rock) headline the show. Other acts on the bill include RVA's own lovely, soulful and talented Sam Reed; Haint Blue (Americana/pop) and The Folly. Here's something from The Schooley Mountain Band:

The Taters are at Tin Pan Saturday night. $10 to get in. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8. The Taters recently announced that they'll be doing a show with The Richmond Symphony on Feb. 24. While they play many originals, they also do some choice covers, including one of my favorite 70's soul tunes, "Kiss and Say Goodbye":

Long Strange Night, the Beatles, blues and Dead cover band, will be at Keagan's Restaurant and Tavern Saturday night. Music will get underway at 9. Looks like it's FREE to get in. Here's the band rocking a nice "Shakedown Street > Another Brick in the Wall" earlier this month:

Hardywood is doing a Christmas in July benefit for Richmond Public Schools. It'll run from noon until 6. They'll be busting out their Christmas beers which, in my opinion, are their best beers. Mmmmm, Christmas Morning Bourbon Gingerbread Stout.... Sorry, me and my taste buds drifted off for a minute. Benjamin Shepard starts the music at 3 with his anti-folk rock. Then, the fabulous harmonies of The Wild Reeds take the stage. They are a great folk-country band out of LA. I just started listening to them and I think I'm falling in love. Here they are in a video made a few weeks ago doing "Love Make A Fool":

Gallery5 will combine a classic silent movie with live music on Sunday evening when they match Buster Keaton's "The Goat" (1921) with The Dharma Bombs in the latest Silent Music Revival. The show starts promptly at 8:30 PM. There is no cover but donations will be appreciated. As an added twist, the band doesn't see the film prior to the event so they will improvise the score. Here's The Dharma Bombs doing "Sunny Always":

Garbage comes to The National Monday night. Tix are $34.50 advance, $38 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Kristin Kontrol. Garbage is out supporting a new album, "Strange Little Birds", that's getting some of their best reviews since their debut album in '95. Here's the first single off that album, "Empty":

That's it. Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with Queens of the Stone Age and "I Sat By the Ocean":

Tony Jordan

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Late Night Pick: Margo Price

Tonight on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, alt-country singer/songwriter Margo Price appears as the musical guest (11:35 PM, NBC). Margo's album, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter" was named one of the 25 Best Albums of 2016 (So Far) by Paste Magazine. Here's the first single from that album, "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)":

From a couple weeks ago, here's The Avett  Brothers performing "Satan Pulls the Strings" on The Tonight Show:

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weekend Picks: Wussy, Freakwater, K. Michelle, The Arcs, The Atkinsons, American Babies, The Ar-Kaics, Karen Jonas

R&B singer K. Michelle is at The National Thursday night. Tix are $29.50 in advance, $33 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener PJ. Here's the press blurb for K. Michelle.
Her debut album, 2013’s Rebellious Soul [Atlantic Records], flipped the script for R&B and enjoyed staggering success in the process. Arriving at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” chart and #2 on the Top 200, it made history as it became the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001. She also solidified her place amongst music’s elite, garnering a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist.”
Alongside shooting the second season of her highly rated VH1 docuseries, “K.Michelle: My Life,” her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart debuted at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart and #6 on the Billboard 200, making it the top debut of 2014 for an R&B artist. Billboard named the album one of 2014’s Best R&B records, while Complex proclaimed, “K. Michelle is leaps and bounds ahead of many of her peers.” The Associated Press, Billboard, and Rolling Stone have all named Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart as one of the best R&B albums of 2014.
 Here's "Love 'Em All":

Roots rockers Tom Hamilton's American Babies are at The Broadberry Thursday. Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with RVA's own The Southern Belles, so get there early. Here's American Babies' video for "Fever Dreams":

If you find yourself hanging around the house at night this weekend, you can check out Disco Biscuits' free live webcast of their sets at their festival, Camp Bisco. You'll find those shows streamed on the UphoricTV channel on YouTube. You do need to subscribe to their channel to see them. Here's the set times:
Thursday July 14
10:30pm – Midnight
Friday July 15:
Set One – 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Set Two – 10:30pm – Midnight
 Saturday July 16:
Set One – 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Set Two – 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Set Three – 12:30am – 2:00am
Missing Friday Cheers? Hardywood looks to pick up where Cheers left off with a FREE Friday evening show featuring The Ar-Kaics (60's Troglodyte garage rock), Lady God (Bristling surf guitar, webby bass lines, and sneering dual vocals compose an oddly satisfying vintage rock n’ roll salad they call “Slink.”), Best Behavior out of NYC (Straight up fresh surf-garage), Today Junior from Boston (Indie Rock), and the freshly named Bummers Eve (punk fuzz from Cincinnati to RVA). The music starts at 5:30. Here's The Ar-Kaics at Garageville in Hamburg earlier this year:

A few weeks ago, I saw the lovely and talented Karen Jonas open for Sam Lewis at the Tin Pan. She's a very talented alt-country singer/songwriter out of Fredericksburg. She teams up with Tim Bray who provides some great twangy guitar to accompany Karen.They'll be at Legend Brewing on Friday night from 8:30 - 11:30. Here they are performing at the Takoma Park Folk Festival in 2014:

Americana band The Atkinsons are at Cary Street Cafe on Friday night. It'll be $5 to get in. Things get underway at 9:30 with openers Jessica Salomonsky Pooley and Adam & Amanda Beason. This is The Atkinsons "I Love Everything":

Saturday from 3 - 5 PM, yours truly will do my first radio show in over 20 years when I hit the airwaves to fill in on the Songs from the Big Hair show on WRIR. Appropriately enough, that's an 80's music show so I'll be playing songs from the era when I first started on radio. What comes around, goes around.

Atmospheric indie rockers Wussy are at Strange Matter Saturday night. Doors open at 9 and it's $10 to get in. Sunndrug, Lady God & Various Eggs open. The Noisey web site named their latest album, "Forever Sounds", one of 26 Extremely Dope Overlooked Albums of 2016 (So Far), saying "Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker are the best songwriters in America. They have been for over a decade, too." Here's the video for "Dropping Houses":

Tuesday at The National, Dan Auerbach's other band, his psychedelic side project, The Arcs, pull into town. Tix are $28 advance, $33 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. No opener is listed. Here's a bit of the press blurb:
[Their album} Yours, Dreamily, continues to receive critical praise. Rolling Stone named the record among their top ten albums of 2015, calling it a “turbulent R&B noir, spiked with psychedelic flourishes… Spectral hip-hop coated in crusty mellotron.” The single “Put A Flower In Your Pocket” also has received excellent reviews, Consequence Of Sound called it “rife with foggy, psychedelic vibes” and Vice’s Noisey says its “dirty, bluesy soulful music with a reverbed, modern twist.” 
Here they are performing "Outta My Mind" in NYC earlier this year:

Over at The Broadberry Tuesday night, alt-country band Freakwater will perform along with Morgan Geer's Drunken Prayer. Doors at 8, show at 9, $12 advance, $15 day of show. You might dig Freakwater if you like Lucinda Williams, The Carter Family, Infamous Stringdusters, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, or Emmylou Harris. Here's their "What the People Want":

That'll do it. I might see you at The Atkinsons, Wussy, The Arcs and/or Freakwater. I'll leave you with some classic Stones because "I want to be your knight in shining armor, riding across the desert on a fine Arab charger". Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Weekend Picks: Bobby Long, Big Mama Shakes, No BS! Brass Band, Life On Mars

The weekend starts on Thursday with Big Mama Shakes at The Broadberry. I've been very impressed with the band, having seen them a couple times last month. They play good, loud, fun classic/blues rock n' roll with a mix of mostly originals and a few choice covers. It's only $7 to get in and it's a big show. Doors open at 8, and the show starts at 8:30 so they can fit in all the openers: Manatree, Basement Club and Bencoolen. Here's Big Mama Shakes on the wonderful local music show, Radio Rubber Room, last month:

Bobby Long is at Ashland Coffee & Tea Friday. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Show starts at 8, no opener. I'll let the press blurb speak about Bobby:
British singer-songwriter Bobby Long emerged from London’s club scene with a reputation for creating memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. He relocated to New York in 2009 and has since released three CDs inhabited by powerful original material: A Winter Tale (2011)—an homage to his acoustic roots; Wishbone (2013)—a gritty opus that showcases his sorrow-filled voice and stellar guitar playing; and the latest, Ode to Thinking, which applies his varied musical influences to a new collection of compelling songs. The vinyl version called Ode, comprising six tracks from the CD and three previously unreleased tracks, is also now available from Compass Records. Long has also published a volume of poetry—Losing My Brotherhood—with a second collection coming later this year.
 Here's Bobby performing in OKC in May:

No BS! Brass Band is at The Broadberry Friday night. Tix are $10 advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Clair Morgan will open the show so get there early. No BS! got their Scottish on at The Vagabond last week. Can't tell if they are wearing kilts or not in this video but it's a great mash-up of music.

Sunday, it's the next show in the monthly summer/fall series Music in the Park at Forest Hill Park. They are doing tribute bands all summer. This time they've got the David Bowie tribute, Life On Mars. Show starts at 6 and it's FREE and family friendly. Here's a couple minutes of the band doing "Heroes" at The Broadberry in February:

That's it! Have a great weekend. I'll see you at the Live On Mars show.

I'll leave you with this one from The Head and the Heart for no particular reason other than it's a good song:

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weekend Picks: The Hotelier, Hardywood 4th of July Celebration, Dismal Swamp Lords, No BS! Brass Band, Bio Ritmo, Southern Belles

July 4th weekend! Wave that flag! Wave it wide and high!

Friday kicks off with an early show at Strange Matter with punk/pop/emo band The Hotelier, out of Worcester MA. Tix are $12 advance, $14 day of show. Told Slant and Bellows open the show. Doors open at 5, show starts at 6 and it'll all be over by 9 so you can rest up for the rest of the weekend. Here's The Hotelier's "Piano Player":

If you don't want to head home early on Friday night, you've got a couple more choices.

No BS! Brass Band will be at Vagabond. That's the restaurant right next to The National. The doors open at 9:00, show starts at 10 and it's $10 to get in. No BS just got back from Canada where they were scoping out places to live in case Trump wins. Just kidding! They were up there playing the Ottawa Jazz Fest. Here they are at Audiotree in February 2015:

Also on Friday, jam band The Southern Belles begin their last few months of First Fridays at The Camel with a show featuring openers The Slank. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Here's the Belles at the Jefferson Theatre in C'ville a few months ago:

Fine slide-guitar driven swamp/punk/blues/American rock n' roll band Dismal Swamp Lords inaugurate music at Buskey Cider. Buskey recently opened up in Scott's Addition (2910 W Lehigh St). The music gets underway at 4 PM. It's FREE to get in. In honor of the holiday, you can try a flight of Red, White & Blue Cider and they'll be celebrating all weekend long. Here's a little introduction to the Lords:

Over at The Broadberry, salsa band Bio Ritmo will be sure to get you moving Saturday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and no opener is listed. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. This will be Bio Ritmo's only show in Richmond this summer and what better way to celebrate Independence Day weekend than with the melting pot of sounds and band members that this band represents. Here's the band a few years ago playing in NYC:

On the 4th of July, it's bands, beer, food trucks and fireworks (courtesy of being near The Diamond) at Hardywood. Five, count 'em, five bands get underway at 3 PM with Mikrowaves (American rock n' roll), KINGS (R&B/Soul/Funk), Andrew Leahy & The Homestead (Guitar-fueled Americana), Rikki Shay (pop/soul/rock), and finally Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute). It's FREE to get in. You can bring the kids too. I hope FMF play this one.

That'll do it. I'll see you at Buskey Cider on Saturday and Hardywood on July 4th. I'll leave you with this one because it got stuck in my head today and I listened to it about 10 times in a row at work today and I just listened to it five more times. The harmony vocals are like cotton candy for my ears (with Emmylou Harris helping out on backing vocals) and the bright colors of the video scream summer fun.

Oh, and this.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Tony Jordan

Friday, June 24, 2016

Late Night Pick: Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers are on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (11:35 PM, NBC). They'll most likely be playing a selection from their new album, "True Sadness". You can stream the album now on NPR Music. Here they are doing a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR six years ago:

Here's Twin Peaks on last night's Conan:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Late Night Pick: Twin Peaks

Garage punk band Twin Peaks will be on Conan tonight (11 PM, TBS). You know you are moving up in the world when Goose Island teams up with you to make a special "garage lager" called "Natural Villain" which debuted at this year's Pitchfork Festival. Here's the, um, "making of" video:

And here's Twin Peaks "Making Breakfast". I bet they drink their beer at breakfast.

Here's The Claypool Lennon Delirium on last night's Late Late Show:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weekend Picks: PVRIS, Aesop Rock, BRONCHO, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, KINGS, Fear of Music, Love on Tap: Benefit for VA Pride

The weekend starts Thursday night at Gallery5 with the RVA funk of KINGS, the psychedelic West African funk by way of Brooklyn of Super Yamba Band and the "Minimalist Appalachian Math Rock Live Looping Sound Explosion" of Dave Watkins. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8, tix are $5 advance, $7 at the door. Here's Super Yamba Band playing in Harlem in December:

Americana folk rock band Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors close out the season at Friday Cheers. It's $10 to get in. Be sure to get in early to see Major and the Monbacks at 6:30. Here's a chunk of the press blurb on DH&TN:
Since releasing their first album, 2005’s Washed In Blue, Drew & The Neighbors (Ellie Holcomb, Nathan Dugger, Rich Brinsfield) have established themselves as a formidable indie act, selling more than 75,000 records, playing more than 1,500 live dates, selling-out headline shows, and touring alongside such varied acts as The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Los Lobos, NEEDTOBREATHE, Susan Tedeschi, North Mississippi Allstars, Marc Broussard, and more. Their songs have been used in countless television shows and commercials, most notably in TNT’s Emmy Award winning 2011 Christmas Day NBA Forever spot, which paired the song Live Forever with a mesmerizing montage of past and present NBA video footage.
Here's DH&TN performing "American Beauty":

Fear of Music: Talking Heads Tribute Band get all new wave on your ass at The Broadberry Friday night. This will be Fear of Music's last RVA show until September. Tix are $12 advance, $15 day of show, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with The Slank opening. Here's the Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House". The long fade-out at the end of the song always reminds me of watching MTV late at night when I was in high school. And what's weird is that Fear of Music look exactly like the "cover band" in this video.

Electronic alternative pop rock band PVRIS comes to The National Saturday night. Tix are $15 advance, $18 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Joywave opens. You might dig PVRIS if you like Paramore, Chvrches, Florence & the Machine, From PVRIS, this is "My House":

At Hardywood on Sunday afternoon, celebrate the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality with Love on Tap: A Benefit for Virginia Pride. The tasting room opens at noon, music starts at 2. There will be gourmet food vendors, a photo booth, and music from Trunk Show Band, presenting a Mix Tape of greatest hits from They Might Be Giants, Green Day, The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Paul Simon and David Bowie, Then, indie pop duo My Darling Fury plays. Finally, the disco punk of Toxic Moxie closes things out.

Strange Matter features BRONCHO on Sunday night. Winter and Big No open. Doors open at 9. $10 to get in. BRONCHO play indie garage punk alternative noise pop rock. Their new album, "Double Vanity" just came out. Here's Broncho's psychedelic track from that album, "Senora Borealis":

Alternative rapper Aesop Rock is at The National Monday. Tix are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Homeboy Sandman opens the show at 8, doors open at 7. Press blurb please:
New York-born, San Francisco-based Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. Between 1997-2007, he released five solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. His lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, by author/activist Professor Nikki Giovanni (Oct. 2008), as well as Yale University's Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities.
 Here's Aesop Rock performing on Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week backed up by Yo La Tengo:

That'll do it. Have a great weekend! I'll see you at Cheers.

I'm going to leave you with some more Suffers because they absolutely crushed it last week at Cheers. They did this song about a third of the way through the set and by the time they were done, they had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand.

Tony Jordan

Late Night Pick: The Claypool Lennon Delirium

The brilliant psychedelic pairing of Les Claypool from Primus and Sean Lennon is called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. And they will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight (CBS, 12:37 AM). I really hope this band comes to RVA. They only have one album out but they do some choice covers in their set, such as The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine". I'm sure it's mind warping. Here's their lyric video for "Cricket and The Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)":

The Head and the Heart performed a couple songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Notice the lead singer wearing a "Virginia Is For Lovers" t-shirt.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Late Night Pick: The Head and The Heart

The Head and The Heart are on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (11;35 PM, ABC). Head and the Heart's new album, "Signs of Light" will be out September 9. From 2011, here thay are doing "Lost In My Mind":