Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekend Picks: War on Drugs, Willie Nile, Bad Plus, Torche, Tune-Yards, Jeff Sipe Trio, Bio Ritmo, EOTO, American Aquarium, Imaginary Sons

Friday night, rock n' roller Willie Nile will be at the new venue, The Tin Pan. Show starts at 8 PM (no opener listed) and tickets are $25. Willie is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his self-titled debut album this year. Willie will be solo at The Tin Pan but here's Willie and his band playing in Asbury Park NJ in January with a friend joining them:



Jeff Sipe Trio is at Capital Ale House Friday night. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. It's $8 in advance, $10 at the door. The last time I saw Jeff Sipe Trio was at about 3:30 AM at the Triangle Stage at the first Lockn' Festival. Jeff Sipe Trio plays jazzy jam rock. Which is appropriate because Jeff has played drums with Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Derek Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit. By the way, Col. Bruce has joined the Aquarium Rescue Unit again and they'll be playing at The National on August 13. Here they are with Mike Dillon sitting in at The Pour House in Raleigh a couple days ago:



Progressive jazz group The Bad Plus will do two shows at Capital Ale House on Saturday. For the early set, doors open at 6:15 and the show starts at 7, For the late set, doors open at 8:45 and the show starts at 9:30. For each show, Premium admission is $40 (Premium seats are in the first three rows of tables. Includes early entrance and the option of upgrading to dinner and a drink prior to the show for $25.) and GA is $35. Here's The Bad Plus in London last year:



The Weight (The Band tribute band, wait, that sounds redundant) will be at Pocahontas State Park to kick off this year's Pocahontas Live concert series. Well, it was supposed to at Pocahontas State, but with temps going down to 21 degrees on Saturday night, they made the wise decision to move the show to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell. GA is $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door; Reserved is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. If you bought tickets for the show at the park, they'll be honored at the theatre. Here's a full concert from The Band in 1976:



Metal band Torche will be at Strange Matter Saturday night. Doors open at 8 and it's $12 to get in. Wrong, Hivelords and Suppression will open. You can play as one of the band members of Torche in the online (free) video game, "Torche vs. Robots: Annihilation Affair". Here's Torche's song "Kicking" from 2 years ago.




Salsa time with Bio Ritmo! They'll be at The Camel Saturday night. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Soulpower starts the show at 9. Here's Bio Ritmo at The Camel back in December:




If jamtronica is more your thang, check out EOTO at The National Saturday night. Tix are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Those under 21 will pay an extra $3 at the door. Doors open at 8 and the show starts then too, with ill.Gates, ELM, and Groove Status opening. If you are on Twitter, head to EOTO and retweet their tweet about winning tickets for their show at The National and you could win free tickets for their show at The National. They'll be giving those away on 3/26 so hurry! Here's EOTO at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on 3/14:




Alt-country band, American Aquarium, is at The Broadberry Saturday night. Doors open at 8, Dalton Dash opens the show. Tix are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. If you think it's all fun and games when a band goes to SXSW, American Aquarium did 12 shows in 3 days. I'm guessing this show was on their way down to SXSW, this is "Man I'm Supposed to Be" at Cain's Ballroom:



Sunday is the show I'm going to and really looking forward to. The War on Drugs will be at The National Sunday night. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with opener Hop Along. Tix are $23 in advance, $26.50 at the door. If you are buying in advance, head to The National box office to buy them. Ticketmaster added 50% to the price of the ticket in various fees and service charges. And they wonder why people hate them. But back to the band. I've been listening to their album "Lost in the Dream" near constantly for the last three months. It's swirling, jangly psychedelia reminds me at times of Pink Floyd, Wilco, Neil Young, and The Feelies but it's a sound that's their own. Here they are playing "Red Eyes" in Newcastle, England last month:



Quirky, art rockers Tune-Yards are at The National on Monday. I was supposed to go to this show but sometimes it's hard to overcome mistrust caused by people in someone's past. Tix are $21 in advance, $24 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Son Lux and Avers open the show. Get there early to see Avers. This is their first hometown show after their triumph at SXSW, which has them getting major national buzz. Tune-Yards new video just came out today (3/24). Here it is.



You can check out three great local bands on Tuesday night at a live event at Sound of Music Recording Studios that will be recorded for posterity. Imaginary Sons, Bandrew and Industry Standard will be there. Show starts at 8 and it's $5 to get in. Bring whatever your thirst demands. Here's Imaginary Sons' show at The Camel on 1/10/15:



I'll see you at the War on Drugs show on Sunday. If you are going, or want to go, drop me a line. I'll leave you with this one from a very hairy ELO because it sucks when you can't get someone or something out of your head.



Tony Jordan