Friday, September 23, 2011

Foster the People, Bio Ritmo, Scott H Biram, Primus, Frank Turner

Your weekend begins with band with the pumped up kicks, yes, it's Foster the People at The National.  Tix are $23.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with Reptar and Cults.  You'll want to get there early to see Cults.  Foster the People is all over the place these days with their catchy little number "Pumped Up Kicks".  Here they are doing a "Tiny Desk Concert" for NPR and I bet they play that song.  They'll probably be more amplified at The National but this is cool.

After 20 years, you get to be called an institution, and Richmond institution Bio Ritmo will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a show at Gallery 5 on Friday night.  Tix are $12 and the show kicks off at 9 with NO BS Brass Band.  Bio Ritmo has a new album out called "La Verdad".  Here's Bio Ritmo at Las Tablas, wherever that is.

You can check out the webcast of Clear Channel Media's (they own a whole lot of radio stations) iHeartRadio fest from Vegas HERE.  This will feature some of the best of pop music along with some of the worst (Black Eyed-Peas, Carrie Underwood, Rascall Flats, J-Lo, Bruno Mars) so pick your spots.  The show runs from 10 PM ET to 3 AM ET on Friday and Saturday nights.  Highlights on Friday include Jay-Z, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and the one I want to see, Jane's Addiction (who will probably go on first).  On Saturday, highlights include Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Sting & Jeff Beck (how the hell did he get on this bill?).  By the way, David Guetta will be on the bill, who I mistakenly called an American Idol guy on one of my Late Night Pick blogs the other day.  When I watched the Last Call with him on it, I found out he is an internationally known French DJ.  I think I was thinking of David Archuleta whose name rhymes with Guetta but is otherwise nothing like him. 

Gutbucket blues man Scott H. Biram will bring his tiny riot of music to The Camel on Saturday night.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener The Dimmer Twins (love the name!).  Here's Scott on "Live From Sugar Hill Studios" last year.  He kicks off the show after a short intro.  I'm guessing he plays for about 1/2 of the one hour show since there is only one other musical guest.  That's the other musical guest in the screen shot down there, not Scott.  Scott is not as fuzzy.

Also Saturday night, Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls will be at The Canal Club.  Tix are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 8 and the show kicks off later with openers Andrew Jackson Jihad and Into It, Over It.  You may dig Frank if you like The Clash, The Decemberists, Bruce Springsteen, or Billy Bragg.  Here's Frank doing "If Ever I Stray":

Primus is back with a new album, "Green Naugahyde", and they are coming to The National on Monday to play a juicy two fat set show for you.  Tix are $35, doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30 and don't be late because it's just Primus, no opener.  Here they are doing "American Life" at Bonnaroo this year with their giant spacemen.

If you didn't read my ode to the now defunct R.E.M., check it out below.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan