Thursday, January 23, 2014

Weekly Picks: Waxahatchee, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Pixies, No BS! Brass Band, Fear of Music

Get your weekend off to a funky start with No BS! Brass Band at The Camel. No BS is just back from representing the RVA at NYC's Winter Jazz Fest and the Indianapolis Museum of Art so I'm sure they'll tales of music, art, and real winter weather, not this three inches of snow, let's shut down the city for a week stuff. They also recently made the Wall Street Journal blog's list of 10 Best Concerts of 2013 alongside Paul McCartney, John Cale, and Neutral Milk Hotel. It's $10 to get in, doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with opener Bandrew. Here's No BS! performing for NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts this past year:

On Saturday, Waxahatchee, the solo project of alternative, low-fi, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, will be at Strange Matter. It's $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Doors open at 9. All Dogs, Cayetana, and Little Master open the show. I think I'm going to this one so if you want to meet up there, hit me up. Since we are doing NPR Tiny Desk concerts, here's one from Waxahatchee in December. She's solo here but she'll have a band with her on Saturday night:

The wonderful South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be at Carpenter Theatre on Sunday night. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7. Tix range from$35 to $65. Their CD, "Live: Singing for Peace Around the World" is nominated for a Grammy award for Best World Music album. They had dedicated the CD to Nelson Mandela and until Grammy Award night, which coincidentally is Sunday night, if you buy the CD on their web site, they'll donate all proceeds to The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. They may find out that they won the Grammy while they are on stage on Sunday night and that would be a cool moment to share with them. Here's the band on BBC Northern Ireland early last year:

Talking Heads tribute band Fear of Music will be at Cary St. Cafe Tuesday night at 10. Don't cost nothin' to get in. They've worked up a few new songs for their set and they'll bust 'em out that night. I'm hoping for "Memories Can't Wait". Here's that song mixed with visuals from the movie "Altered States". And the show is at Cary St. Cafe so your night could end up much like William Hurt's.

Wednesday night Pixies and Fidlar will be playing a sold out show at The National. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. If you can get tix, they'll be $45. I would have much more excited for this show if it was 1989 and/or if Kim Deal was still in the band. But it should still be a fine show. Here's my fav Pixies song, "Monkey Gone to Heaven". I listened to "Doolittle" a lot the summer of '89.

And here's an excellent song from Fidar. Watch out though. This one has naughty language in it.

Have a great weekend! See you at Waxahatchee.

Tony Jordan