Friday, October 22, 2010

Perpetual Groove, The Riot Before, Rocky Votolato, Paul Thorn, Metric, Peter Case

Feeling much better today after the Phils win last night.  We live to fight another day.  However, because I fell asleep with my son while putting him to bed, I watched the game from about the 5th inning forward on the DVR starting at 11:20.  So I didn't finish the game until 1 AM and then went to sleep.  Wasn't about to start the blog at that time.  So it will be another quick one this AM.

Tonight, jam band Perpetual Groove comes to The National.  Tix are $18, doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30 with openers The Former Champions & Wyllys.  On Wyllys from the P Groove web site, "With 12 years of experience behind the turntables, Wyllys is proficient in every style of dance music and can weave a seamless sonic tapestry together that always gets the crowd going. Having shared the stage with The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey's McGee, and Orchard Lounge, he is no stranger to "the big gig" and delivers every time. Coming off of 3 huge sets at North Coast Music Festival, Wyllys is ecstatic to party with his old friends Perpetual Groove. Expect a lot of collaborations and a huge party vibe."  Here is Perpetual Groove from Charleston in August playing "It Starts Where It Ends":


Also Saturday night, Richmond's own The Riot Before will headline a pop-punk rock show at The Camel.  The cover is $7, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers O Pioneers!!!,Junior Battles, Red City Radio, and This is Your Life.  The Riot Before is getting some regional acclaim with shows in Norfolk, NC, GA and FL coming up.  Here they are playing "We Are Wild Stallions":


Singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato will be at The Camel on Sunday.  Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Ha HA TONKA & David Shultz and The Skyline.  You might like Rocky if you like Sufjan Stevens, Paul Westerberg, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, or Neil Young.  Here is Rocky's song, "White Daisy Passing":


Paul Thorn will be at The Canal Club on Sunday night.  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  Doors open at 7 and openers will be Dean Fields & Ted Dalton Band.  Paul fits into that alt-country mode and has lived quite a life.  Per AllMusic, "was a prizefighter and skydiver before becoming a rootsy singer/songwriter. As a boxer, Thorn once fought against Roberto Duran and as a musician, he has toured and collaborated with Sting, Paul Carrack, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, and Carole King."  Here is Paul singing "If I Can Get Over Her".  He tells a pretty funny story in the intro.:


Metric is at The National on Monday night.  Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener "A Special Guest".  I hope no band ever decides to call themselves A Special Guest becuase that would get really confusing on concert announcements and on the marquee.  Some of your daughters (does anyone under 30 read this blog?  does anyone read this blog?)  may know Metric from the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" soundtrack.  I heard those hot vampires are all the rage with the kids these days.  Metric play synth-pop new wave electronica rock and one might compare them to The Breeders, Liz Phair, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, The Cars, Missing Persons, The Cure, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Pretenders, or Sonic Youth.  Here you can check out a bunch of stuff by them and decide for yourself who they sound like.

Finally, Peter Case will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Thursday.  Three-time Grammy nominated "Case has been playing music and writing songs for over 40 years now – From the new wave “The Nerves” (who wrote "Hanging on the Telephone", the song made famous by Blondie) and the pop/rock sounds of  “The Plimsouls”, to the folk/blues sounds of his acoustic-oriented solo career, Case is the rare songwriter who’s considered life from all its angles and hasn’t flipped yet, though he’ll be the first to admit that as time goes by, the weirder it gets."  Tix are $18 in advance, $23 day of show.  Show starts at 8 PM with no opener.  Here he is "After Hours on Pico Blvd" doing a medley of some of his tunes:


I'm outta here.  Gotta work!  Have a great weekend.

Tony Jordan