Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jason Isbell, Justin Jones, Anberlin, Circa Survive, Robbin Thompson, Photosynthesizers

Still mourning the expulsion of the Eagles from the NFL Playoffs....AGAIN!  I've been following them since I was 9 or 10, about 32 years now.  They've made the playoffs 19 of those years and you would think they would get lucky just once BUT NOOOOOOOOO!  They suck you in every year, you tell yourself you're not going to let yourself hope, but you just can't help it, and just when you start to think they might have a chance, that this might be the year, RIIIIIIIP!  They tear your heart out and stomp on it.  Bastards.

Anyway, Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive-By Truckers) and his band 400 Unit will be at The National on Thursday night.  Tix are $12.50 in advance, $15 day of show.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Lights East.  Here's Jason & 400 Unit performing one of his DBT songs, "Oufit".

Also on Thursday, its the rescheduled Jingle Bud Bash at Hat Factory.  This was rescheduled from December, one of those snowy days we had.  The gig is FREE but you have to get your tix from,, or No tickets are available at the door.  This is a 21 and over show.  Doors open at 6, show starts at 8.  Performing will be (in reverse order of appearance, I think) DJ WILLIAMS PROJEKT, FARM VEGAS and PROVERBIAL.

Also on Thursday, you can check out rising Americana bands Justin Jones & The Driving Rain, American Aquarium, Ghost Owl, and Psychobilly Cadillac at The Canal Club.  Doors open at 8, its $8 in advance, $10 at the door.  Here is Justin performing in Phoenixville PA in '08.  The picture gets right side up quickly.

Emo/progressive bands Anberlin & Circa Survive will be at The National on Friday night with opener Foxy Shazam.  This is a co-headliner show so I'm not sure if Anberlin or Circa Survive will go on first, but get there early enough to see both.  Tix are $19 in advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8.  Circa Survive just scored one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year, "Blue Sky Noise" (see the next blog entry, "Best Albums of 2010").  You can check out a six song show Circa Survive did on MySpace Transmissions by clicking HERE.

Robbin Thompson played with his old band last week.  This Friday, he'll be up at Ashland Coffee & Tea all by his solo self.  Tix are $15 in advance, $20 day of show.  Here's what the AC&T site says about him: "Virginia’s own – Richmond music legend, studio wizard, and promoter of world music… Robbin Thompson is a Virginia-based songwriter and has been recording albums since 1976. He’s been in bands with Bruce Springsteen, co-written songs with Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, won the American Song Festival twice, and written tons of music for commercials and films. Truly a Virginia legend, join Robbin for an evening of your favorite original compositions!"  Here's a clip of Robbin and his band from 1981 doing "Dream On Melinda":

On Saturday, local act Photosynthesizers (I find it really difficult to type that name) will be at Baja Bean Company.  The band describes themselves as "a 7 piece live orchestration of light and sound compounds. Chemically, combining the music elements of electronic, hip hop and soul-school. This tronic-sonic supernova explodes the eardrum with a smooth kaleidoscopic photosynthesis for a conscious energetic stimulus."  Here's a brand new song from them, "Crush", with a pretty slick looking video and you may recognize Shockoe Slip in the video.  Nice job.

By the way, check out the site that the Photosynthesizers are on called ReverbNation.  They have a ReverbRadio feature where you can listen to songs from bands from a certain area, say within a 50 mile radius.  A nice way to discover some new local bands.

Our next video on the 25 best music videos of 2010 as chosen by Paste Magazine is Vampire Weekend's "Giving Up the Gun".  You may recognize some of the actors in the video: RZA, Jenny Murray, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Daft Punk and Lil John.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan