Thursday, September 8, 2016

Weekend Picks: Purity Ring, Richmond Bluegrass Festival, Car Seat Headrest, Beach Slang, KISS, Titus Andronicus, Long Arms, Big Payback

Friday night finds indie-electro-future pop band Purity Ring at The National. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with Ki:Theory. Tix are $29.50 but that will also get you into Wizard World Comic Con for free on Saturday. You might dig Purity Ring if you like Bjork, Lykke Li, or Grimes. Here's "bodyache":

Over at Richmond Coliseum on Friday is a little band called KISS. Get there for the fire-breathing, blood spitting, laser shooting, flash potting spectacle that only KISS can provide. Tix range from $25 to $125. Show starts at 8 with openers The Dead Daisies. If you can't get enough KISS, they've just published the first issue of KISS Magazine. Here they are back in '75 on The Midnight Special performing "Black Diamond":

At The Camel Friday night, it's an RVA showcase with indiepunkrockcountryfolktwangpop band Long Arms, Toward Space and Prabir Mehta. Just $7 to get in.  Doors at 8, show at 9. Here's Long Arms getting mellow a couple years ago. But they rock too. Head to the Camel and see for yourself.

Saturday, it's the Richmond Bluegrass Festival 2016 at Hardywood. It's FREE and runs from 2 - 10 PM. The bands will play in this order:

Bring some shade because the music will be outdoors. There will be a bunch of food trucks there to provide yummy vittles, too. Here's The Hot Seats a few years ago doing "Hell & Scissors":

Philly indie punk rock band Beach Slang rolls up to The Camel Saturday night. Beach Slang is fresh back from playing a lot of the big European festivals. Their show at The Camel may be a little smaller but they are gonna own the place and hit you hard in the gut and the heart. Tix are $13 advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers Positive No and The Kneads. Beach Slang's new video, "Atom Bomb", just came out today. It's fresh.

It's another free evening concert in Forest Hill Park as part of the summer/fall Music in the Park series. This time, we're gonna get on up with The Big Payback: A Tribute to James Brown. It'll start at 5 and go to 7 and it's FREE. Here's the band a few weeks with the lovely and talented Sam Reed sitting in:

NJ punk rock band Titus Andronicus is at The Camel on Sunday night. Tix are $15. Doors at 7, show at 8, A Giant Dog opens. From last year's "The Most Lamentable Strategy", this is "Dimed Out":

Band with a big buzz Car Seat Headrest drives into The National Monday night. Tix are just $13 advance, $15 day of show. Doors at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with openers The Lemon Twigs and Gold Connections. They've been selling out a lot of shows on this tour so don't sleep on tickets. They made their TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert a couple weeks ago. Here it is:

That'll do it. I'll see you at the Purity Ring show Friday, Big Payback on Sunday and maybe the Bluegrass Fest on Saturday.

Today (9/8) would have been Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's 71st birthday. He was a founding member of the Grateful Dead and also the first member of the band to pass away on 3/8/73. In honor of his birthday, here's a little "Next Time You See Me":

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan