Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Weekend Picks: Tallest Man on Earth, Widowspeak, Landlady, Floyd Fest Kick Off Party, pariAh


We covered this Wednesday's (7/22) Dinosaur Jr. & 311 shows in my previous blog. I almost missed the Floyd Fest Kick Off Party going on the same night at The Broadberry. Floyd Fest starts Wednesday night in Floyd, VA, but if you can't get to the fest at all or can't leave until Thursday or Friday, this show will, well, kick things off for you. And if you don't have tickets to the Fest, I believe they will be giving away a few pairs at the show. This will also kick things for the three bands on the bill as they will all be playing at Floyd Fest this year along with RVA faves Fear of Music and Southern Belles, The bands on this bill are The Trongone Band (on at 11:30), Major and the Monbacks (set time 10:15), and Dirty Bourbon River Show gets kicks off the kick off show at 9:00. Doors open at 8, tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's Major and the Monbacks set at The Broadberry in April.



If you want to do a little couch tour on Friday night and support a good cause, you can watch the webcast of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood show from Wilmington NC HERE. Chris Robinson is, of course, the former lead singer for The Black Crowes. Chris Robinson Brotherhood will also be at Floyd Fest this weekend. This is a "Pay What You Want" webcast but don't be a sap. Throw them a few bucks because the proceeds from the webcast are in support of Teen Cancer America.


If you prefer you live music actually live, then head to Strange Matter to see dreamy indie pop band Widowspeak. They'll headline a bill that also features The James Badfellows and Various Eggs. Doors open at 9 and it's $10 to get in. Here's the press blurg about Widowspeak
WIDOWSPEAK is an American band comprised of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, known for its dreamy, western-tinged take on rock and roll. The outfit formed in 2010 and released two singles in 2011 (Harsh Realm, Gun Shy) followed by a debut album (self-titled) in the summer of that year, all on Brooklyn label Captured Tracks. Widowspeak was praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s spindly, Morricone-esque guitar lines; both drawing on 1950’s pop ballads and 1970’s psych, creating languid call-and-response melodies. The band then toured extensively, wearing in their warm, nostalgic sound.
 And here's a short performance Widowspeak did for KEXP last year:



Saturday The Tallest Man on Earth will be at The National. No, I'm not talking about Sultan Kosen! I'm talking about singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson who goes by the stage name The Tallest Man on Earth. You might dig The Tallest Man on Earth if you like Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, or Bon Iver. Tix are $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Here's his performance a few weeks ago at the big Roskilde Festival in Denmark.



Sunday, there is a fine show at Sound of Music Recording Studios with local acts Gouda Mayhem, Joshua Horsford and The Wimps opening for Brooklyn band pariAh. The A there is supposed to be upside down but I can't figure out how to do that. Does that mean I'm not cool? It starts at 8, it's $7 to get in, enter through the back in the alley and it's BYOB, or BYOW, or BYOJB, or BYOJD, or BYOLSD etc. etc.  I wanted to show you a video from pariAh, but it makes it really hard to search for your band when you can't type the upside down A. New bands, please consider that when you are making your band name. So here's a brand new video from Gouda Mayhem and the song pretty damn cool:




Tuesday night at The Camel, soul indie art rock band Landlady play with Buke & Gase and Andy C. Jenkins. Doors open at 8 and it's $10 to get in. You can get Landlady's new EP, "Heat", right HERE for FREE. I just did and I feel better already. Here's Landlady getting totally into it with a live performance of "Above My Ground":



That'll do it, kids! Have a great weekend! I'll leave you with "Sound & Color" from the new Alabama Shakes album of the same name:



Tony Jordan