Monday, November 7, 2016

Weekend Picks: Drive-By Truckers, Damien Jurado, Tegan & Sara, Ted Leo, True Widow, Ingrid Michaelson, Missy Raines & the New Hip, Concert of Light, Skydog

Formerly folky, now full on pop, sister duo Tegan & Sara come to The National Wednesday night. Tix are $24.50 advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 and make sure you get in early to see Torres. From their 2012 album, "Heartthrob", here's Tegan & Sara's "Closer":

At Strange Matter Wednesday night, Ted Leo is doing a solo show. This is the start of a brief solo tour and he hasn't played in a couple months so he should be raring to go. You might dig Ted's punk/folk rock if you like The Clash, Thin Lizzy, The Jam, Billy Bragg, or Jack White. Tix are $13 advance, $15 day of show, doors open at 8 and Outer Spaces and Sundials open. Here's Ted with his long time band, The Pharmacists, from their 2010 album, "The Brutalist Bricks", here's "The Mighty Sparrow":

The big event for the weekend, at least for this guy, starts on Thursday. Two big shows at The National  for one of my all-time favorite bands, Drive-By Truckers. You can go Thursday, Friday or both. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 both nights with Kyle Craft opening. Tix are $23 advance, $28 day of show. Their new album, "American Band" is one of their best-selling albums ever and also their most political. While they always had some politics in their songs, they were usually told through stories of people, either contemporaries or from the past. But in this album, it's out front more than ever, especially on this moving song, "What It Means":

Psychedelic indie singer/songwriter Damien Jurado is at Strange Matter Thursday night. If you are going to the show, head to the Events page for the show on Facebook and vote for which older song you want Damien to play. Tix are $13 advance, $15 day of show. Doors open at 8 and Doug Keith and Julie Karr open. From Damien's 2012 album, "Maraqopa", this is "Museum of Flight":

The Allman Brothers Band tribute band, Skydog, has a show Friday night at The Broadberry. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9 and it doesn't look like there is an opener. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 day of show and in honor of Veterans Day, it's $8 for veterans. Here's the Allman Brothers Band in 1998 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 3rd Annual Music Masters tribute concert honoring Robert Johnson doing "Come On In My Kitchen":

There's a concert to benefit wounded service members and their families at The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell Friday. Concert of Light will feature Sportsbar Rockstar, Craig Gerdes, Mudbone, Jill Kinsey and more (check out the poser up there). Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:15. Tix are $15 advance, $20 day of show. Here's Sportsbar Rockstar cutting the cake:

True Widow play Strange Matter Friday night. From their bio: "TRUE WIDOW craft patient, rounded music that calls to mind images of foggy dawns and parched fields. Formed in November 2007, TRUE WIDOW released their self-titled debut a year later and immediately caught the ears of the underground. At its core, the music of TRUE WIDOW is powered by the driving, guitar-dense aspects of shoegaze and stoner rock and the heavy, low-moving evocations of ambient music." Tix are $10 advance, $12 day of show. Doors open at 9 and Mary Lattimore and Keep open. From True Widow's new album, "Avvolgere", this is "F.W.T.S: L.T.M.":

Americana artist Missy Raines and the New Hip are at The Tin Pan Saturday night. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8 and no opener is listed. Tix are $12 advance, $15 at the door. Here's their press blurb:
With a voice described as “smoky and seductive”, 7-Time IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines is heading east with new band members and a fresh sound. Missy Raines & The New Hip covers broad territory, ranging from bluegrass virtuosity to ambient Americana-esque lushness over a jazz-tinged landscape. The compass is set by Raines, planted right in the center of the stage, directing with her upright bass every bit as much as she plays it. With Jake Stargel on guitar and vocals, David Benedict on mandolin and vocals, and Cody Martin on percussion, the New Hip’s new sounds are lush with a thick groove and infectious melodies. When they play, you feel it - immediately. 
Here they are performing "So Good":

Folk/pop singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is at The National Saturday. Tix are $24.50 advance, $28 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. AJR open. Here's Ingrid performing "Ghost":

That'll do it! I'll see you at the Drive-By Truckers show on Thursday night. I'll leave you with a classic track from Todd Rundgren.

Have a great weekend!

Tony Jordan