Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Weekend Picks: Matthew E White, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bob Dylan, Blackberry Smoke, Diarrhea Planet, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Whirr, Gov't Mule

After a slow weekend for Easter, things pick up this week.

Thursday night finds Southern rock band, Blackberry Smoke, at The National. Tix are $20 in advance, $23 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with two openers, Ben Miller Band and The Temperance Movement. Blackberry Smoke will be joining the first Outlaw Country Cruise. Fellow sailors include Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Shooter Jennings, The Mavericks, Lukas Nelson and more. That sounds like a good one. Here they are doing "Son of the Bourbon" live:

Punk pop rockers Diarrhea Planet will be at The Broadberry Thursday. It's $12 to get in. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 with openers Left & Right, Lightfields and Toxic Moxie. Diarrhea Planet is just fun, straight forward, no frills, balls out, rock and roll. Here's one song in their Girls trilogy performed live in the van at SXSW this year. It's the short and sweet "Orange Girls";

The Trongone Band jams at The Camel on Thursday night. Ron Holoway Band will open. Ron Holloway has played sax for Warren Haynes Band, Susan Tedeschi, and Dizzy Gillespie, and has guested with Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule & Tedeschi Trucks Band. Last time he opened for Trongone Band he joined them for a good chunk of their set and I would expect the same at this show. Doors open at 8 and it's $7 to get in. Here's Trongone Band at The Phoenix in Roanoke last weekend:

Speaking of Gov't Mule, they'll be out at Pocahontas State Park Friday night. Gates open at 5:30. Tix range from $25 for GA to $50 for Gold Circle Reserve. There is also a $5 per car fee to enter the park, but that goes to the park so that's cool. Mule will play from around 6:30 until 10. The band recently released "Dub Side of the Mule" a live one hour set from New Year's Eve 2006 where they backed up Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals. Toots, of course, is still recovering from getting beaned by a vodka bottle here at Dominion Riverrock a couple years ago. Hopefully, this album will provide him with some extra cash for his medical bills and lift his spirits too. Here's "Hard Road" from the set:

Garage surf rockers The Lonely Teardrops will tear up Wonderland Friday night. The Otherman and Church Bats, both from Brooklyn, will open. Show starts at 9 and it's $5 to get in. Here's the Teardrops doing "Cosmo's Go-Go":

If you are in the mood for some Tom Petty, check out Full Moon Fever, the Tom Petty tribute band for FREE at Cary St. Cafe Friday night. Jon C. Brown opens and the show starts at 10 PM. Here's Tom Petty singing the story of my summer of '89:

Saturday night, Richmond music impresario and up-and-coming star Matthew E White is at The Broadberry. Doors open at 8, tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. No opener is listed. Matthew has been making the rounds of the NPR stations, playing in the studios of the World Cafe (WXPN), The Current, WFUV and he's heading off for a month long tour of Europe after this gig. Here he is making his network TV debut on Dave Letterman's show a couple weeks ago. Spoiler alert: Dave loved him!

Sunday, legend Bob Dylan is at the Altria Theater. The show starts at 8 PM and no opener is listed. Tix range from $47 to $77. Here's Bob's latest from an album of standards ("Shadows in the Night") originally performed by Sinatra:

Alternative indie dream pop shoegaze noise band Whirr are at Strange Matter Sunday. This is an early show with doors opening at 5 PM, bands start at 5:30 and the show will be done by 8:30. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Adventures, Wildhoney & Keep open. You may want to pick up tickets early. Shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Boston sold out. Here's Whirr's set at St. Vitus Bar in 2013. It's pure feedback for about the first 3 minutes, but then it gets pretty cool ,with some real heavy, swirling psychedelic rock:

Monday, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (Alabama rock and roll) are at Strange Matter. This one's the late show, with doors opening at 9. International Friendly, Horsehead, and Industry Standard open. You might dig these guys if you like Drive-By Truckers, Alabama Shakes, or The Bottle Rockets. Here they are rocking out for Paste Magazine at SXSW:

The DJ Williams Projekt Soul Revue w/Samantha Reed are at The Broadberry Tuesday. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it's $7 to get in.

(My, that's a saucy mermaid!) Bandito's hosts The Whiskey Shivers and The Dismal Swamp Lords Tuesday night. Show starts at 9:15 and it's FREE to get in. The Dismal Swamp Lords will be debuting their new line up. The Washington Post said The Whiskey Shivers have "a rhythm-heavy sound that felt like bluegrass-beyond-Thunderdome." Here's The Whiskey Shivers' "Free":

Wednesday night at The Broadberry, alternative singer/songwriter indie folk country rock Americana duo Hiss Golden Messenger is here with Natalie Prass. Doors open at 8, It's $10 to get in. You might dig HGM if you like Wilco, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, M. Ward, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, Son Volt or The National. Here they are performing "Blue Country Mystic":

Have a great weekend! I may see you at the Matthew E White show and The Whiskey Shivers/Dismal Swamp Lords shows.

When I was looking for Dylan videos to plug in here. I found this cover of his "All Along the Watchtower". Not sure why I like this one so much. Must be the guitar. Yeah, definitely the guitar.

Tony Jordan