Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Late Night Pick: Diamond Rugs

Tonight, check out indie "supergroup" Diamond Rugs on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS at 11:35 PM. Diamond Rugs is made up of members of Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate, Black Lips and Six Finger Satellite. Jimmy Walker will also be on the show tonight so it should be "DYN-O-MITE!" If you want to check out Diamond Rugs recent Daytrotter session, click HERE.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Late Night Pick: Gaslight Anthem, Springsteen coming to C'ville

NJ band (and friends of Bruce) The Gaslight Anthem will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM promoting their new album "Handwritten", which is getting pretty good reviews. Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem did an acoustic session and chat on Livestream on Tuesday. You can check it out here:

Speaking of Bruce, Mr. Springsteen and the E Street Band will be coming to John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on October 23. Tix are on sale at Ticketmaster on 9/14. They've been doing 3.5 - 4 hour shows in Europe. Nils Lofgren, guitarist for the band, wondered in an interview recently whether American audiences could handle or would even want the shows to go that long. I say that Charlottesville would be a great place to find out! Though the past shows for any band that I have been to at JPJ in C'ville have found the audience lacking in enthusiasm, no matter how good the show is, sitting on their asses for most of the night. Hopefully, at the Bruce show in October the audience will be ready to get involved. You only get out of a show, what you put into it, and an great audience can lift a show, especially a Bruce show, from a good show to a sublime show. Was just listening to this Bruce song and if it's not the greatest one, it's definitely close:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Late Night Pick: No Doubt

No Doubt is back with their first album in 11 years, "Push and Shove", coming out in September and they'll be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight at 12:35 AM on NBC. Also on the show will be Fred Willard, who will, no doubt, have some explainin' to do. As if that wasn't enough, the Cos, Bill Cosby will be on too.

Indigo Girls, Jim Lauderdale, Bruce Hornsby, Leftover Salmon, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dick Dale

The weekend starts Thursday night, as all good weekends do, with folk rockers Indigo Girls at Maymont. Gates open at 5:30, music begins around 6:30 with openers The Shadowboxers. General Admission lawn tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate and kids 10 and under get in free. General Reserve Seating tix are $45 in advance. Here's the Indigo Girls from their last album, "Beauty Queen Sister" with the song "Making Promises" that reminds me a bit of Paul Simon:

Folk/bluegrass great Jim Lauderdale will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea on Friday night. Show starts at 8, tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Here's the press blurb on Mr. Lauderdale:
"Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won “Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the first “Honors and Awards Show” held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years. He is among Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, “Pure Country.” Not content to just write hits for the stars, he’s toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.
Jim’s musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” (Dualtone). His next one came for his second “solo” bluegrass album, “The Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards! His first CD with Dr. Stanley, “I Feel Like Singing Today” ( Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled “Bluegrass”(Yep Roc) from 2006. His current release, “Patchwork River” (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter) is currently on the Americana radio charts."

Here's Jim doing "Whisper" in Asheville NC in June:

No BS! Brass Band will be at The Camel Friday night. Doors open at 9, cover charge is $7. Here's No BS! performing a couple weeks ago at Blue 5 in Roanoke:

Black Girls will be at Balliceaux on Friday night. The show will start at 10 PM and it's $5 to get in.

On the interwebs all weekend, you can check out one of the biggest EDM (that's electronic dance music) festivals in all the world on YouTube HERE. I believe that things will get underway each day at 1 PM our time if I did my math right. The times on the site are in Central European Summer Time. So get your glow sticks out and shut the curtains. Here's a little promo video which is pretty funny. This could be your backyard!

Black Girls better not party too much on Friday night because they'll have to get up early-ish on Saturday to play a FREE show at Hardywood Brewery on Saturday from 4 to 8. There will be two sets of Black Girls and some DJ spinning in between.

A real good show on Saturday evening out at Innsbrook. Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will be out there. Tix for General Admission are $16.50 in advance, $20 at the gate and kids 10 and under are free in GA. Tix for Gold Circle are $35 and kids 2 and under are free in the Gold Circle. Get there early because the opener is bluegrass band Leftover Salmon. Gates are gonna open at 5 PM and Leftover Salmon will start around 6:30.  I would expect some cross-pollination going on between the two bands. Bruce recently scored and recorded the soundtrack to Spike Lee's new movie, "Red Hook Summer" so you may some selections from that. Here's Bruce & The Noisemakers playing with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Ratdog, Furthur) and Branford Marsalis doing a rousing version of "Franklin's Tower" at the All Good Festival last weekend:

Sunday, get your cowboy hat on and head out to Innsbrook for Countryfest 2012 with Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie & The Blowfish), Colt Ford, Corey Smith and Cody Purvis. Perhaps Darius can change his name to Carius for the show. Gates open at 2, Cody comes on at 4, Corey at 5, Colt at 6:30, and Carius, er, Darius at 8. General Admission is $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Gold Circle can be bought in advance only and are $50 a piece.

On Wednesday night at Maymont, folk/bluegrass/Americana band Old Crow Medicine Show will perform with The Lumineers and The Milk Carton Kids opening. Gates will open at 5:30, music starts around 6:30. Tix are $34 in advance, $39 at the gate, kids 10 and under are free. Old Crow is getting a sizable audience. They sold out the next two nights after Maymont at the 9:30 Club in DC and also sold out their show in Central Park in NYC. Old Crow just released their new album, "Carry Me Back" a little over a week ago so I'm sure you'll hear several selections from that. I bet they'll play this one. This is "Carry Me Back to Virginia" performed on the balcony of the Ryman Auditorium:

As an added bonus, because I like them and I like this song, this is The Lumineers doing "Ho Hey":

Also, Wednesday night, surf music pioneer and god, Dick Dale, will be at Capital Ale House downtown. Advance tix are $25, day of show tix are $30. Show starts at 8. From the look of Dick's website, he hasn't updated it since 1997 but he doesn't care because he's Dick Fu**in' Dale! Here's Dick Dale and the Del-Tones in 1966 doing "The Watusi". This video is freaking awesome even with the numbers in the middle of the screen thanks to the hip announcer and the dancers and this is from the "Hollywood A Go-Go" TV show:

And I'm outta here! Have a great weekend.

Tony Jordan

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Late Night Pick: Wilco

Tonight, Wilco will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35 AM. Zach Galifianakis will also be on as an added bonus. Wilco has recently joined the growing ranks of bands selling high quality downloads of select recent live shows on their web site as their new Roadcase series. Click HERE if you're interested in checking them out.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Late Night Pick: Rufus Wainwright

Neo-crooner/singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright will be on Late Show with Dave Letterman tonight on CBS at 11:35 PM. Will Ferrell will also be on so surely hilarity will ensue. Rufus' latest album, "Out of the Game", has been chosen by both Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine as one of the best albums of the year so far.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Late Night Pick: A$AP Rocky

Tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, catch acclaimed New York rapper, A$AP Rocky. Late Night is on at 12:35 AM on NBC. And Friday will also mean it's when Jimmy does his Thank You notes.

Avett Brothers, Jackson Browne, Killers, Sara Watkins, Future Islands, Clutch, Iceage, Michael Franti

This is an incredibly busy week for music. Don't know if it's due to some bands crisscrossing Richmond on their way to Gathering of the Vibes festival in CT, AllGood Fest in WV and/or Firefly Fest in Dover DE, or just dumb luck.

The Avett Brothers bring their Americana music to Innsbrook on Friday night. General Admission tix in advance are $30 and $35 at the gate. Gates open at 6 and the show opens with Jessica Lee Mayfield. The Avett Brothers have a new album, "The Carpenter" coming out on September 11 so you might hear some new songs from that. You can preview the track "Live and Die" (along with a bunch of new music from other bands) from the album HERE. And here's the Avett Brothers doing "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" live:

The Killers will be at The National on Friday night but that show has been sold out for a long time now. If you want to head down anyway, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and there is no opener listed, so get in on time. Since it's so hot, I thought you might want to think of Christmas, so here are The Killers doing "Cowboy Christmas Ball":

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne comes to the Carpenter Theatre on Friday night. Tickets run from $70 to $76. Show starts at 8 with opener Sara Watkins, who played at Friday Cheers earlier this year and was quite good. Jackson will be playing solo on acoustic guitar and piano, though Sara may join him on the fiddle. Here's Jackson at last year's Glastonbury Festival doing "I'm Alive":

On the local front Friday night, funky country jam band Southern Belles will be at the reopened Republic. The show starts at 8. The Belles will close the night out. The opening band is The Good Birds.

Barstool Heroes will bring their outlaw country cover tunes (think Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash) to Cary St. Cafe on Friday night. Cover charge is $5.

On Saturday, Schneck-A-Palooza goes down at Garage Mahal in Mechanicsville. It'll run from noon until 1 AM with a ton of local bands. Here is the lineup:
Noon-Wake of the Flood
1PM -Crossroad Voodoo
2PM -Marionette
3PM -Secret Agent T
4PM -Weeping Molly
5PM -The Vendors
6PM -Workhorse Blue
7PM -The Atkinsons
8PM -Barstool Heroes
9PM -Reverend D-Ray and the Shockers
10PM- Octane Saints
11PM Peoples Blues of Richmond
12AM The Blackout Shift

Donations will be taken to benefit the local SPCA.

At Strange Matter on Saturday night, heavy psychedelic band Diamond Center will provide the soundtrack for your trip. Cover charge is TBA. Show starts at 9 PM with Canary Oh Canary, Ttotals (from Nashville) and Creepoid (from Philly). The bad news is that Diamond Center says this will be their last show of 2012. The good news is that's because they'll be working on a new full length album.

Electro-pop band Future Islands will be at The Camel on Saturday night. Tix are $11 in advance, $13 at the door. Show starts at 9 with Marionette and Dope Body. Here's Future Islands' song "Tin Man":

Sunday, Music in the Park at Forest Hill Park presents a free show from local ska band 808. Show starts at 5:30 and this is an all ages, FREE event. 808 recently opened up for seminal ska band English Beat.

Funky, alt-metal band Clutch will be at The National on Sunday night. Tix are $18 in advance, $22 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Lionize & Prong. You might dig Clutch if you like Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Melvins, Soundgarden, Primus, or Tool. Here's Clutch doing "Electric Worry":

How you feeelin'! Michael Franti & Spearhead will be in town Wednesday night at The National to ask you that many times (trust me). Their show is always an upbeat, love fest and I mean that in the best way. You'll leave feeling happy and tired from bouncing and dancing. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Nic Cowan opening. This is one of my favorite Michael Franti songs, "Never Too Late". I put this one on one of the mixes I make with and for my kids.

Danish punk group Iceage will be at Strange Matter on Wednesday night. Tix are $10. Show starts at 9 with  Zaloa, Unholy Thoughts, Lost Tribe and Double Negative.

Also on Wednesday night, Southern Belles will be at Cary St. Cafe. Show starts at 10 PM and there is no cover.

Here's your special bonus video just because I found myself singing it today. Love the harmonies! This is The Jayhawks, "Blue":

That'll do it until next week. Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, July 19, 2012

People's Blues of Richmond, No BS! Brass Band, Late Night Pick: Graffiti6

Tonight at The Camel, Matty Volkes, the bassist for People's Blues of Richmond, celebrates his birthday by playing with his band. James Brown tribute band, The Big Payback, will open the show. Show starts at 10 and it's $5 to get in.

Over at Balliceaux, No BS! Brass Band will get funky in their own way. There is no cover charge and the show starts at 10:30.

Electronic alt-rock (or as they describe themselves, "psychedelic Northern [England] soul") band, Graffiti6, will be on Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35 PM on CBS.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Late Night Pick: Refused

Influential Swedish hardcore punk band Refused will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM. Refused broke up in 1998 but got back together this year to do a bunch of shows.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Late Night Pick: The Melvins, RIP Bob Babbitt

Tonight check out a repeat of the Last Call with Carson Daly with seminal post-punk band, The Melvins. Last Call is on at 1:35 AM on NBC.

Funk Brother bassist Bob Babbitt died at 74 yesterday. The Funk Brothers played on most of Motown's output in the 60's and early 70's. Bob played on hits like "Tears of a Clown" "Signed Sealed Delivered", "Ball of Confusion" and countless others. The full obit is HERE. The Funk Brothers are some of the great unsung heroes of rock and roll and they finally got their due in the wonderful movie, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown". If you haven't seen it, see it right now.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Late Night Pick: Flying Lotus, RIP John Lord of Deep Purple

Tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly, listen to the experimental electronica of Flying Lotus. If you are interested in downloading some free alternate takes from Flying Lotus' last album "Cosmogramma", click HERE.

Keyboardist John Lord of Deep Purple passed away at the age of 71. HERE is his obit and here is "Highway Star":

Friday, July 13, 2012

Late Night Pick: Dr. Dog

Tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly, check out indie pop band Dr. Dog.  They'll be at The National on August 23. Click HERE to check out Dr. Dog playing acoustic on the beach at this year's Hangout Fest in Alabama. Last Call is on NBC at 1:35 AM.

Neko Case, New Potato Caboose, Anders Osborne, Mike Doughty, Blitzen Trapper

This is a very busy music weekend so let's jump right in on Friday night at The National with alt-country goddess Neko Case. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and get in early to see opener Kelly Hogan. Here's Neko with Elvis Costello doing "Prison Girls":

Also Friday night, at Strange Matter, punk pop Ed Schrader's Music Beat will perform. It'll cost you a few bucks to get in and there will be an opener. Doors open at 9, music starts at 10. Ed Schrader's Music Beat is made up of Ed on a floor tom and bassist Devlin Rice. That's it, real minimalist. Here's a short little ditty from them called, "When I'm In a Car":

All weekend long you can check out the FREE webcast from the Forecastle Festival in Louisville KY. The webcast will be on iClips HERE. They haven't posted the schedule for the webcast yet, but the festival itself gets under way at 5:30 on Friday, and 3:00 Saturday and Sunday. Bands at the festival include Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Head and the Heart, Beach House, Lucero, Jeff the Brotherhood, Julia Nunes, Justin Townes Earle, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. Dog, Galactic, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, Mike Doughty, Kelly Hogan, Cloud Nothings, Charles Bradley, Neko Case, and more.

Also on the interwebs this weekend, is the FREE webcast of the Pitchfork Music Fest on YouTube HERE. That will start at 4:00 Friday, and 2:00 Saturday and Sunday. Again, no schedule posted yet, but bands at that fest include Feist, Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Danny Brown, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Cults, Cloud Nothings, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, The Men, Thee Oh Sees and more.

Saturday, it's a tribute band fest at Innsbrook with The Machine (Pink Floyd), Limelight (Rush) and Little Ozzy. Tix are $5 in advance, $10 at the door, children 10 and under free for GA, and $25 in advance and kids 2 and under free in the Gold Circle. Gates open at 5. Here's The Machine doing "Comfortably Numb" last year in RI:

And in case you missed it, here is when Dave Gilmour joined Roger Waters to perform "Comfortably Numb" on Roger's "Wall" tour in London last year:

Wilton House Museum continues their Jammin' on the James series with the Susan Greenbaum Band on Saturday. The show will run from 6 to 8 and it's FREE. Here's Susan solo doing "Everything But You" in Williamsburg earlier this year.

Speaking of jamming, one of the bands from the second wave of jam bands (late 80's - early 90's) will be at The National Saturday night. New Potato Caboose is back together and hittin' the road. Tix are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Octopus. Here's NPC performing "Wooden Music" last year:

If you want the hard blues (or you have the hard blues) on Saturday night, go find People's Blues of Richmond at The Camel. It's $5 to get in, doors open at 9 and Bubonik Funk will open. Here they are performing in Philly a couple weeks ago:

Sunday night, New Orleans blues man via Norway, Anders Osborne, will be at Capital Ale House. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Seth Stainbeck will open. Anders doesn't get up to these parts often enough so check him out. Here, Anders performs "Black Tar" acoustic and out in the park:

As an added bonus, here is the Anders Osborne Trio doing Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer":

Tuesday night, Mike Doughty, who used to lead Soul Coughing, will be at Capital Ale House. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with "a special guest". Here's Mike performing "Na Na Nothing" at WNRN in Charlottesville, which you can get here in Richmond on 103.1 FM.:

Grateful Dead cover band King Solomon's Marbles will be at Cary St. Cafe Tuesday night. Show starts at 10 and there is no cover.

Finally, Wednesday night, alt-country rock band Blitzen Trapper will be at The National. Tix are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Sarah Jaffe. Here's Blitzen Trapper performing "Stranger in a Strange Land":

And if you ever wondered what North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's girlfriend would sing like, here she is singing a little ditty called "Excellent Horse-Like Lady". I think I woke up with one of those once after really drunk night in college. Thanks to Mike K. for passing this one along. This song will haunt my dreams tonight of working hard in the North Korean factory for the glory of the great dictator.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Thursday, July 12, 2012

SOJA, Dumpstaphunk, Dream Theater, Crimson Projekt, Late Night Pick: Cloud Nothings

A couple good shows tonight to kick off a busy weekend. More on the full weekend in my blog later tonight.

Pop reggae band SOJA will be at Innsbrook tonight. Tix are all General Admission, $16.50 in advance, $20 at the door and kids 10 and under are free. Gates open at 6 and get in early because the opener is the New Orleans' funk of Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk. I had a fantastic night at the Capital Ale House in February seeing them, getting my groove on with friends old and new. Here's SOJA's "Strength to Survive":

And as an added bonus, here's some footage of Dumpstaphunk in February at Capital Ale House:

If you are in more of a prog rock mood, tonight at The National, Dream Theater will play with opener Crimson Projekt (members of King Crimson including Adrian Belew and Tony Levin). Tix are $35 in advance, $38 at the door. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8. Here's Dream Theater's "Build Me Up, Break Me Down":

Tonight's Late Night Pick is hard, alt-rock band Cloud Nothings on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 12:35 AM.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Late Night Pick: Zac Brown Band

Tonight on Late Show with David Letterman, the Zac Brown Band will perform. I haven't quite figured out the Zac Brown Band yet. They seem to be able to do a lot of country-related music styles (Jimmy Buffett-ish, Country Jam, Country Blues, Pop Country) well, but I have yet to see them do anything that I thought was great. They seem to dip their toe in a lot of pools but never really dive into one. Though they do have a new video animated by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) and he usually likes pretty decent stuff so maybe tonight they'll show me something. If you want to figure it out for yourself, Letterman is on CBS at 11:35 AM.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Late Night Pick: Tom Waits (again)

Tom Waits continues his late night tv tour with a trip to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight on NBC at 12:35 AM. Tom's website says they'll be doing different songs from last night on Letterman so if you are a fan, you'll want to check him out again tonight.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Late Night Pick: Tom Waits

Tonight on Late Show with David Letterman, the great Tom Waits will perform. Late Show is on CBS at 11:35 AM. Tom will talk with Dave and then give the first live performance of songs from his latest record, "Bad As Me". His son, Casey, will be on drums and guitarist David Hidalgo from Los Lobos will be in the band too.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Late Night Pick: Tenacious D, Best Reviewed Albums of 2012 (so far)

Tonight, the mighty Tenacious D performs on a Late Show with David Letterman repeat. That's on CBS at 11:35 AM. Here the D recently dropped in at RIBS USA to perform a surprise show. Here is "Low Hangin' Fruit" from that show. There are a couple F-bombs in this so if that makes it NSFW, you know what to do. Headphones.

Metacritic reveals the Best Reviewed Albums of 2012 So Far in this article HERE.

Also, a big thanks to everyone that reads Handful of Brains. The blog just passed 50,000 page views!

Andrew Bird, Black Girls, No BS! Brass Band, Susan Greenbaum, Three Sheets to the Wind

Black Girls return to the scene this weekend with a show at The Camel. Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9:30, and it's $7 to get in. The Hill and Wood (out of Charlottesville) and River Whyless (out of Boone NC) will open.

Yacht rock cover band Three Sheets to the Wind will be at Tobacco Company on Friday night. Show starts at 9:30 and it's free to get in. In the absence of any new videos from Three Sheets, here is some prime Yacht Rock: Firefall doing "Just Remember I Love You":

If you are hanging out at home, Fat Music Radio will be broadcasting live sets (audio only) from the High Sierra Music Fest in Quincy CA. Here is the lineup. All times are PACIFIC TIME so add three hours to get our time.

Friday – July 6, 2012:
Brokedown In Bakersfield: Noon – 1:30pm (GS)
Greensky Bluegrass: 2:00 – 3:30pm (GS)
Toots and the Maytals: 4:15 – 5:45pm (GS)
Galactic: 6:30 – 8:30pm (GS)
Deer Tick: 9:45 – 11:15pm
Saturday – July 7, 2012:
Dead Winter Carpenters: 12:15 – 1:45pm (GS)
Soulive: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Ryan Bingham: 4:45 – 6:15pm (GS)
Devil Makes 3: 7:00 – 8:30pm (GS)
Ben Harper: 9:15 – 11:15pm
Brokedown In Bakersfield: 11:45pm – 1:00am (H.S.M.H)
Railroad Earth: 1:30 – 4:00am (H.S.M.H)
Sunday – July 8 2012:
Split Lip Rayfield: 12:15 – 1:45pm (GS)
Red Baraat: 2:30 – 4:00pm
Grupo Fantasma: 4:45 – 6:15pm
TBA: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Railroad Earth: 9:15 – 11:15pm (GS)

Saturday night, the Susan Greenbaum Band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Show starts at 8 and tix are $10 at the door. Here is Susan doing "This Life":

No BS! Brass Band is doing a special brunch show at 3 PM at The Camel on Sunday. The show will run until 6 PM and it'll be $5 to get in. $3 Bloody Marys and Mimosas! And they'll be recording the show for a special release later this summer. Here's their video for "Dr. Wily":

Wednesday night as part of the Groovin' In the Garden series at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Andrew Bird and Mavis Staples will perform. Gates open at 5:30, music starts around 6 PM with Mavis Staples. General Admission Lawn- $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, General Reserve Seating- $55 in advance, ALL AGES REQUIRE TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT. Andrew Bird is known for his symphonic, alt-pop songs with unique instrumentation including violin and whistling. Yes, whistling. Here he is talking about the whistling on CNN a few weeks ago:

And here is Andrew's video for "Eyeoneye":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Late Night Pick: White Denim

Tonight on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly, check out Austin TX band, White Denim. But don't expect Austin Americana, these guys play a punk-pop-psychedelic mix that I really like. Hopefully, they'll come back to Richmond this fall. Last Call is on NBC at 1:35 AM.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Late Night Pick: Alabama Shakes

No, this isn't a repost but it is a repeat. All the late night shows are in repeats this week because of Independence Day and this one is a repeat of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from last Monday. Alabama Shakes will be on along with Charlie Sheen. Alabama Shakes will play "Be Mine". If you don't feel like watching the whole Late Night show, you can just watch the clip on the Shakes' web site. Late Night is on NBC at 12:35 AM. The Shakes are playing the Montreaux Jazz Fest tonight in Switzerland and doing another three weeks in Europe after that. They'll head back to the States to tour in late July  - August, then back to Europe for a few dates in September and then more dates in Europe in November. They are touring HARD behind this album.