Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Manchester Orchestra, Dear Hunter, White Denim, Barstool Heroes, Peace Beast

Wednesday night at The National is Manchester Orchestra, The Dear Hunter & White Denim.  It's $19 to get in and show starts at 7:30 with White Denim (note that their site says they start at 7, I don't know who to believe! You're tearing me apart!), then Dear Hunter, then MO.  Get there early because all the bands are getting a nice critical buzz. All fall into that broad indie rock category. Comparable bands in parentheses. I haven’t seen any of them live before but just feel the need to see some new music so I think I'm going to the show even though it looks like I'll be flying solo.  Of the people I asked, had a couple doing Daddy duty while moms are away, a couple were still burned out from the Hank3 show on Sunday night, and one at band practice.  Anyway, here are the  influences/similar bands in parentheses if you want to know: Manchester Orchestra (Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Nirvana, Weezer, Modest Mouse), The Dear Hunter (Sufjan Stevens but can get louder) & White Denim (Stooges, CCR, MC5, Stones, Yardbirds, Hendrix, White Stripes). If you are heading to the show or want to join me, let me know.  Let's do a video from all three bands.

This is the heavy video for Manchester Orchestra's latest.  It's called "Virgin" and both the video and the music remind somewhat of "Division Bell" era Pink Floyd.  I have no idea what the video means but it left me uneasy.  Which I believe was the intended effect.

Here's the Dear Hunter with "We've Got a Score to Settle" live:

And here's White Denim playing at my senior prom performing "Street Joy". OK, well it's not really my senior prom but it could have been with all the big hair, big shoulder pads/ruffles on the girls dresses' and cheesy mustaches on the guys.  I hope the band wears these tuxes tomorrow.

Big hip-hop show at The National on Thursday night with Curren$y / Method Man / Big KRIT / Smoke DZA / Fiend / The Pricks / Corner Boy P.  Tix are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8.  Here's Curren$y doing "Elevator Music" ("all we do is ride around and get high to it"):

 And here is some classic Wu-Tang Method Man:

Also Thursday night at The Camel, RVA band Peace Beast and Memphibians (from Jacksonville FL) will perform an early show.  Doors open at 6, show starts at 7.  It's only $3 to get in and you'll be outta there by 9.  Peace Beast is inspired by 60's garage rock.  The Memphibians have a slightly dischordant heavy psychedelic groove going on.  If you want to check out some tunes by the bands, click through on the link above to the event announcement on Facebook.

On Saturday night, you can get your outlaw country on with Barstool Heroes at The Republic.  This is again an early show, which is great news for those of us that like to sleep.  This is the Republic's 2nd anniversary show.  Barstool Heroes comes on at 7 and then DJ Amy Alderman will start at 10:30.  It's FREE to get in so money is no object.  Here's the band doing a Jerry Reed song at Cary St. Cafe earlier this year:

Well it gets late fast in these parts so I'm outta here.  Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan