Thursday, January 3, 2013

Southern Belles, Robbin Thompson, Best Albums of 2012

It's a slow weekend but be sure to check out the groovy, classic rock sound of the Southern Belles at The Camel on Friday night. The show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in. This is the first of Southern Belles monthly Friday residency shows at The Camel. Silo Effect will open the show. Here's the Belles doing "Careful of Mine" at The Camel in September. The video isn't great but you can get a nice taste of their sound:

On Saturday night, ex-bandmate of Bruce Springsteen and writer of "Sweet Virginia Breeze", Robbin Thompson and his band will be at The National. Tix are $25 for reserved, $20 for GA in advance and $25 for GA at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Get there on time because this is billed as "An Evening With The Robbin Thompson Band" which usually means no opener. Here's Robbin solo doing "Brite Eyes" at Ashland Coffee & Tea in November:

Metacritic collected all the data from all the magazine and blog year-end lists and came up with the Best Albums of 2012 as chosen by the critics. At the top was R&B singer Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange". Also, making the top 25 were albums I liked from Fiona Apple, Tame Impala, Dr. John, Miguel, Leonard Cohen, Ty Segall Band, Japandroids, Bob Dylan, and Jack White. The lowest scoring album of the year came from the despicable Chris Brown. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

We'll close out with Paste Magazine's third best video from 2012, a song from the artist Grimes, whose album "Visions" came in third on Metacritic's 2012 Favorite Releases from Metacritic Users, this is the wispy, electro-pop "Oblivion". I'm not that impressed with the video but the song is pretty catchy.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan