Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Umphrey's McGee, The xx, Tegan & Sara, Cat Power, Brown Sabbath

The weather may be getting colder, but the concert scene is heating up! OK, that's pretty cheesy, but it's true. The national acts are finally hitting the road again and stopping in Richmond.

Things start with indie folk pop duo, and twin sisters, Tegan and Sara at The National on Friday night. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. There is no opening act so get there on time. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Their new album "Hearthrob" comes out on January 28, but you can hear it tomorrow when it streams on the Rolling Stone site starting at 9 AM. I'm sure you'll hear a number of new songs from that album at the show. Here's the first single from the album, "Closer":

Over at the Camel on Friday night, local jam band Former Champions will play with Arpetrio opening. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 and it's $7 to get in. You can download a free live album from Former Champions HERE. Here's a little sampler and their tour dates this month which shows they are branching out from the nest:

Friday night at Cary St. Cafe, King Solomon's Marbles will play some good ol' Grateful Dead. Show will start at 10 PM and it's $7 to get in. You can listen to their show at Cary St. Cafe on 12/28 on the Internet Archive HERE.

Saturday night, prog rock/jam band Umphrey's McGee will be at The National. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener The Mantras. If you're going to this one, let me know because I'll be there too. They just posted on Facebook that they anticipate this show will sell out in advance so get your tickets ASAP. This is their 15th anniversary tour. They burst on the scene at some of the early Bonnaroos after forming at Notre Dame and have carved themselves out a nice niche in the jam band world. Here they are doing the rocking "1348" at the Tabernacle in Atlanta GA on 12/29:

If you are more in a headbanging mood on Saturday night, head down to Republic to see Black Sabbath tribute band, Brown Sabbath. The show starts at 10:30 with opener Pike Possum and it's FREE to get in!

Monday night, Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) will be at The National. Tix are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener "a special guest". Cat is up for a Brit Award for Best International Female. Her music has been compared to Liz Phair, Sonic Youth, Elliott Smith, PJ Harvey, Beth Orton, Feist, Throwing Muses, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco, and Fiona Apple. Here is one from her latest album, "Sun". It's called "Cherokee". I'm not sure what the video means but I think it's telling us that it's good to have Native American friends when alien zombies attack.

Tuesday night, English indie pop group, the xx, will come to The National. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with Austra opening. The xx have a similar sound to Hot Chip, Peter Bjorn and John, and Portishead and cite bands like The Cure, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, the Pixies and Romeo Void as influences. Here they perform "Sunset" live on Seattle's KEXP:

#6 on the Paste Magazine 25 Best Music Videos of 2012 is the Arctic Monkeys' "R U Mine?". Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols (now on radio) does the intro. He gives it a thumbs up. Lone Ranger chicks are hot.

Have a great weekend! See you at the Umphrey's McGee show.

Tony Jordan