A punk rock show at Canal Club starts things off on Wednesday this week. Moose Blood (from the UK), Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor, A Will Away and She's a Legend play a show that starts at 6. Tix are $15 advance, $18 at the door. Moose Blood will play the big Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK this summer. Moose Blood has been selling out quite a few shows on this tour so get there early. Here's "Honey":
The soul music of St. Paul and the Broken Bones will fill The National Wednesday night. Tix are $23 advance, $26 at the door. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with opener Aaron Lee Tasjan. If you haven't seen these guys live, lead singer Paul Janeway is a hurricane-effect force on stage. He looks like your accountant but when he starts to sing it evokes Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and other great retro soul singers. He will suck you in to his whirlwind. He'll climb the balconies. He'll crawl under the stage. And the Broken Bones are a great band who can follow him and support him and shine on their own. The band was recently on Austin City Limits. Here's a bonus track that wasn't included in the broadcast episode:
Alternative/indie/noise/rock/pop/garage/punk band Crocodiles slither into Strange Matter Wednesday night. It's $12 to get in. Doors open at 8. AJ Davila y Terror Amor, The Milkstains and DJ Marty Violence open. You might dig Crocodiles if you like Jesus & Mary Chain, Love & Rockets, Pixies, or Sonic Youth. From the Crocodiles latest album, "Dreamless", here's "Not Even In Your Dreams":
Thursday night is country night with Wynonna (Judd) and the Big Noise at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell. Doors open at 6:30 with an opener TBD. Tix range from $37 to $55 in advance, $42 to $60 at the door. Here's Wynonna & the Big Noise with "You Are So Beautiful" (not the Joe Cocker song). Check this out. It might surprise you.
Two-Time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is at Richmond Coliseum Thursday night. Show starts at 7 with openers Brett Eldredge and Brett Young. Tix (including resale tix) are ranging from $47 to $500 on Ticketmaster. Here's Luke on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a few days ago:
Amazing jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan is at Tin Pan Friday night. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8 with no opener. Tix are $35 advance, $40 at the door. "Jordan has received four Grammy nominations. His most recent album "Friends" was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote, "Genius is a word often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightfully applied to Stanley Jordan."" Here's Stanley's promo for the Tin Pan show:
The Southern Belles check into The Broadberry Friday night. Maradeen opens the show at 8, doors open at 7. Tix are $10. New bassist for the Belles, Mikey Sallemi, will be making his RVA debut. The Belles also have a new album coming out soon, "In the Middle of the Night". Here's their full set from The Camel in January:
"Heavy classic rock, 90's grunge, and forward-thinking progressive rock" band Royal Thunder are at Strange Matter Friday night. Doors open at 9. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Book of Wyrms and High Canyon open. Royal Thunder has been "described as playing, ‘a revved-up Southern hard rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn’. And really, what more could you ask from a rock band? Here's their new single, "April Showers":
Electronica musician Negative Gemini is at Strange Matter Saturday. Doors open at 8. Make sure you get there early to see RVA artist Dazeases who will be on before Negative Gemini. Other openers are Bien and DJ Skrt Skrt. Here's Negative Gemini performing "You Never Knew":
There's a great soul show at VSU on Saturday night when the Nu Soul Revival Tour featuring Musiq Soulchild, Lyfe Jennings, Kindred the Family Soul, Avery*Sunshine, and Chrisette Michelle are at the VSU Multipurpose Center. Show starts at 8 and tix range from $35 to $75. Doors open at 7. Here's Musiq Soulchild's "Love":
Vanessa Carlton and Tristen are at Tin Pan Sunday night. Doors open at 5, show at 7. Tix are $35 advance, $40 at the door. Vanessa has a new live mini-album, "Earlier Things Live" out now. You'll dig Vanessa if you like Natalie Imbruglia, Sara Bareilles, Alanis Morisette, Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, Jewel or Carly Simon. Here's a short set from Vanessa:
Philly grunge/Americana/classic/folk/indie/alternative rockers Strand of Oaks are at Strange Matter Sunday night. Doors at 8. $13 advance, $16 day of show. Twin Limb and Grass Panther open. From their latest album "Hard Love", here's "Rest Of It":
That'll do it. See you at Southern Belles. Here's Iggy and the Stooges because I wanna be somebody's dog:
Have a great weekend!