Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chromeo, Mayer Hawthorne, Crystal Castles, Papadosio

We begin the weekend with 80's music enthusiasts Chromeo at The National on Thursday night.  They are not a cover band but instead play original music on 80's era instruments.  You can read an interview they did with Style Weekly HERE.  Tix are $30.  Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Breakbot and Mayer Hawthorne.  Be sure to get there early to see neo-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne.  Mayer's latest album "How Do You Do" recently debuted at #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul Chart.  Since I like them both, let's do a video from both Chromeo & Mayer.

Here's Chromeo gettin' all the girls in the room pregnant in their video "When The Night Falls":

 And here's Mayer Hawthorne performing "The Walk" on Tuesday night on Letterman:

On Friday night, Crystal Castles will be at The National.  Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with "A Special Guest".  We'll file Crystal Castles in the electronic pop category. You may dig them if you like ELO, Kraftwerk, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark, or Daft Punk.  Here's their video for the song "Celestica":

Also Friday night, surf guitar legend Dick Dale will be at Capital Ale House Downtown.  Doors open at 8 and there is no opener listed so get there early.  Tix are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.  Dick Dale is probably best known for his song "Misirlou" which opened up the movie "Pulp Fiction".  Here is a happening little video of Dick Dale & The Del Tones playing the song in the 1963 film "A Swingin Affair":

Saturday night, jam band Papadosio is at The National.  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener The Werks.  Here's Papadosio performing "Method Of Control" at Camp Barefoot 5 in WV in August.

Ska & reggae band 808 will be at Conch Republic Rocketts at Rocketts Landing on Saturday night.  This is a Halloween party so be sure to dress up because there will be prizes.  808 starts at 8:30 (shouldn't they start at 8:08?).

On Sunday night, Crooked Fingers will be at The Camel.  Tix are $11 in advance & $13 at the door.  Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 8:30 with openers Strand of Oak and Clint Maul.  Crooked Fingers is the solo project for Archers of Load frontman Eric Bachmann.  You might dig him if you like Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits or Paul Westerberg.  Here's the video for their latest called "New Drink for the Old Drunk":

Just back from a tour of TX, New Orleans and Athens GA is heavy psychedelic band The Diamond Center.  They will be at The Cellar Door on Sunday night with Teru Teru & Imperial China.  Show starts at 10 PM and its either free or there will be a minimal cover.  You can check out a video from the band HERE when they played Cous Cous in January but I can't seem to embed it.

It's not often you see bluegrass humor, let alone funny bluegrass humor featuring Noam Pikelny of Punch Brothers, Steve Martin, Ed Helms (The Office, Daily Show) and some other musicians you might recognize.
You have to go to the Funny or Die site to see it.  HERE is the link.

Finally, the first pick in the new Grateful Dead Dave's Picks series will be the show from The Mosque (now the Landmark) in Richmond on the hallowed Spring '77 tour, 5/25/77 to be exact.  Not sure when exactly it's coming out and if you can buy it seperately or you have to join this Dave's Picks subscription thing but you can check out for more details.

Have a Happy Halloween everyone!

Tony Jordan