Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weekly Picks: Widespread Panic, Miniature Tigers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Southern Belles, Lyceum Experience, Black Girls

Indie/dream-pop band Miniature Tigers will be at Strange Matter on Wednesday night. Doors open at 9, show starts at 9:30 with openers Total Slacker (lo-fi, garage rock) and Bear Hands (synth pop). Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. You might like Miniature Tigers if you like Weezer or The Cars or groovy dancable indie pop. Here's the Tigers "Sex on the Regular":

Widespread Panic starts three sold-out nights at The National on Thursday. If any tickets do go on sale, they'll be $45 in advance, $50 at the door. The doors open at 7 each night and the shows start at 8 with no opener just the usual two sets of Panic. These will be rare acoustic shows from the band. If you miss them at The National, they will be playing the Lockn' Festival in Arrington VA in September. They just announced today that they will be joined by the great Steve Winwood for one of their sets. Here's the band doing "Love Tractor" at the Austin City Limits festival:

Friday night is First Friday and as part of the First Friday festivities, Reverend D-Ray and The Shockers (Western surf-a-billy) will play at Aces & Eights Tattoo Emporium on Broad. There will also be an exhibit of classic car & pin-up photography by Melissa Duck of Precious Images Photography. The event runs from 7 PM until 10 PM with the band hitting the stage around 7:30.

Later in the evening, it looks like I'll be heading to The Camel to see Southern Belles as they continue their First Friday residency there. It's $7 to get in. Doors open at 9 and The Lawsuits from Philadelphia will kick things off around there.This is the third of four shows the bands are playing together, so expect some co-mingling of bands because that's what usually happens at these First Friday events with the Belles. Here's an original by The Belles called "All In Time" recorded about two months ago in Herndon VA:

Saturday, it's more art and music mixed at the Lyceum Experience at 3300 W Clay St. It will run from 7 PM until 11 PM and it's free to get in.There will be gallery exhibitions from over 20 RVA artists, music performance (Fool's Errand, an Americana band I've been seeing lately and enjoying, comes on around 9), comedy, and poetry.

Black Girls celebrate the release of their new CD, "Claire Sinclair", with a show at Balliceaux on Saturday night. It's $10 to get in and the show will kick off with Sleepwalkers and DJ Rattan will spin between sets. Black Girls will be augmented for the show (power ups!) with Charlie Glenn on keys and members of No BS! Brass Band. Should be a fine and funky show.

On Sunday, Scottish indie pop band We Were Promised Jetpacks (love the name) will be at The Camel. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tix are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Honeyblood will open. WWPJ sold our their show in Chicago on Monday. They've also got a new live album, "E Rey", which they recorded in Philly out now. Here they are doing "Medicine":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan