Thursday, April 21, 2011

Iron & Wine, Lucinda Black Bear, Of Montreal, Larry Keel, Stephen Kellogg

We begin the Easter weekend festivities with Lucinda Black Bear at Sprout, the localvore restaurant of which 90% of their food coming from Virginia farmers & producers.  The show will be free and start at 9 PM with openers Alion Gail Self and Cole Sullivan.  Lucinda Black Bear is a band, not a person, and they've been gettting some good press from NPR, The Village Voice, Paste Magazine and others.  Here they are performing "Fought The Bear" in New Haven CT on 2/11/11.  This one takes a minute to build but I really like it.

Your favorite yacht rock band, Three Sheets to the Wind, will be at The Republic on Thursday night for a free show starting at 10 PM.  I don't have any new TSTTW video to show you, but here is some yacht rock from an album I was listening to recently.  This is from Boz Scaggs' "Silk Degrees" album.  This is "Georgia":

Friday night, crazy art-rockers Of Montreal come back to The National.  Tix are $20 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Painted Palms.   Here is the video for Of Montreal's song "Id Engager":

If you are more in the mood for a bluegrass type thang on Friday night, head on down the Capital Ale House downtown and check out Larry Keel & Natural Bridge.  Tix are $10 and the show starts at 10 PM with no opener.  You'll like Larry if you like Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon.  Here they are performing "Mountain Song" at the Suwanee Springfest which took place in FL in late March:

Saturday night, Stephen Kellogg and Tift Merritt come to the Capital Ale House downtown.  Tix are $18 in advance, $22 at the door.  Show starts at 9 PM with Tift.  Here is what the Capital Ale House site says about Stephen: "Stephen Kellogg is a product of pure American ingenuity, blending the classic folk-rock tradition exemplified by Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison with the modern-rock chops of the Counting Crows and the showmanship familiar to hard rock (or, on a good night, even stand-up comedy).
Kellogg's musical interests were piqued at a young age by his sisters' Mötley Crüe records, but took more realistic focus under the guidance of his parents' folk-oriented collection. Nevertheless, this juxtaposition of unabashed showmanship and heartfelt songwriting has gone on to inform Kellogg's unique take on modern rock."  Stephen usually performs with his band, The Sixers (not to be confused with the Philadelphia basketball team), but this will be a solo show.  Here he is performing "In Front of the World" in LA on 3/3/11.  The intro to the song is slightly humorous but if you want to skip right to the music go to 1:50. 

And because I like Tift Merritt, here is one from her too.  Here she is performing "Another Country" in another country, Ireland.  Dubin, Ireland to be exact on April 16.

Snoop Dogg is here on Tuesday night for the make-up show for the show he postponed after his homey, Nate Dogg (no relation) died last month.  The show is at The National.  Tix are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.  Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 with opener Photosynthesizers and Black Liquid.  Here is Snoop latest where he teams up with Willie Nelson (?!?) and they smoked a lot of pot and came up with this tune "Superman".  It's more Willie than Snoop but the video does feature them tokin' on some big-ass joints.

Finally, next Wednesday night, a nice double bill at The National with Iron & Wine and The Low Anthem.  Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with The Low Anthem.  You might dig Iron & Wine if you like Sufjan Stevens, James Taylor, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Drake, Paul Simon, or Neil Young.  Here is a nice big chunk o' Iron & Wine recorded in January in Davenport IA.  Beautiful music.

In our next movie scene from Moviefone's "Best Music Scenes in Movies", we join the boys from Britain as they keep their spirits up while building the Bridge on the River Kwai. You know you'll be whistling this all day now. And its always nice to think while you whistle, that as bad as your job is, at least you aren't a prisoner building a bridge in a hot, malaria-infested jungle. So you got that going for ya.

In our continuing countdown of Paste Magazine's 25 Best Music Videos of 2010,  this is LCD Soundsystem with "Drunk Girls" (my favorite kind of girls).  The creepy costumed fellows do all they can to break up our beleagured singers.  I think I was at a party like this once in college. 

In honor of 4/20, here is a list you can examine on your own time, when you are, er, in the "right frame of mind".  Its the 25 Best Stoner Songs of All Time.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan