I think I dropped several IQ points over the weekend when I attended / reviewed the Odd Future show at the Pageant on Friday. My headache has subsided, but matters of intelligent thought or focus are still coming slowly and proving difficult. In other words, I can't think of anything to write here, so I'm writing about how I can't think of anything to write here, ya dig? Read that review, by the way; I'm hilarious.
This week kicks ass for shows that will likely not leave you less intelligent than before you attended them. Punk / funk pioneers Fishbone will be at the Firebird on Tuesday; anyone who's caught the band at one of its other great shows in town know that the show is a must-see. Dread Zeppelin will play Blueberry Hill on Friday -- that is a guy in an Elvis costume playing reggae versions of Led Zeppelin songs. Mind-blowing, yes, but not brain-damaging. On Sunday Iron Barley hosts its sixth annual Bayou Bash, with music and food of the cajun variety. Proceeds benefit women veterans returning home from overseas, so your ten bucks will support a good cause too! The rest of our picks follow.
A Death and a Promise Mon., 8:00 p.m. September 17 w/ Axe Ripper, Tropical Storm, Rites of Impiety @ Cusumano's Pizza - $5 By Daniel Hill Local hardcore heroes A Death and a Promise don't play out much anymore, but that's not to say that they are inactive. Recently the NYHC-style group announced on their Facebook page that they "got everything in line and are practicing again"; other info on said Facebook alludes to work on a new release, but the details explained therein make it difficult to tell whether or not the band was being sarcastically facetious (double-gatefold vinyl with scratch and sniff stickers?). In any case, don't miss this now-rare chance to catch a great local band in action.
Fishbone Tues., 8:30 p.m. September 18 @ The Firebird - $18-$20 By RFT Staff It's a sure sign of encroaching middle age when your favorite, formative bands have their own documentary films, full of A-list testimonials and archival footage. The new Fishbone doc, Everyday Sunshine, has plenty of big names (including Ice-T, Gwen Stefani and, in a feat of phonetic brilliance, Laurence Fishburne as narrator), but the story centers on the love-hate brotherhood between founding members Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher. The two men continue to keep the Fishbone dream alive with endless touring and a fervent belief that the line between black and white music can dissolve in fury of ska, punk, funk, metal and soul.
Less Than Jake Wed., 8:00 p.m. September 19 @ The Firebird - $20-$22 w/ A Wilhelm Scream, Junior Battles By Scott Heisel Ska may never have another true mainstream revival like it did in the mid-'90s, but it's nowhere near the levels of life support it was on a decade ago. Partial credit for the slow, steady resurgence can be given to the hard-touring ska-punk quintet Less Than Jake, a band that probably hasn't taken more than a few months off at a time in nearly fifteen years. Even when the genre fell out of favor with the record-buying public, people could always count on LTJ to come to their city at least once a year -- and typically bring a diverse, usually-ska-friendly bill with it. But even with all that time spent in the dingier rock clubs of America, the band's songwriting has yet to suffer. In fact, 2008's GNV FLA (which is named after the band's hometown of Gainesville, Florida) is a more-than-respectable entry into the ever-growing LTJ canon.
Bryan Adams Thurs., 8:00 p.m. September 20 @ Blanche M Touhill Performing Arts Center - $7/$10 By Annie Zaleski If you're going to get pulled over for drunk driving while on a date, it's actually safe to have it happen outside of a theater where Bryan Adams is playing, because if your date wanders off and falls in love with Bryan Adams while he's singing "Heaven," the acne-scarred Canadian sex bomb will not be able to steal your date after the show because the door to the outside will be chained shut and there will be a blizzard in the alley.
Dread Zeppelin Fri., 8:00 p.m. September 21 @ Blueberry Hill - $17.50 By Bob McMahon Back in 1989, before any of us had heard of mashups, Dread Zeppelin formed to play Led Zeppelin's music as reggae songs sung by an Elvis impersonator. What on paper seems plain ridiculous is in practice sublimely ridiculous. Inventive arrangements, great guitar tones and superior musicianship help the group transcend the novelty of clever combinations like "Heartbreaker (at the End of Lonely Street)." No less of an authority than Robert Plant has said he prefers Dread's version of "Your Time is Gonna Come" to his own band's. Dread Zeppelin has since expanded its repertoire to include original songs and music from other genres (see "Brick Houses of the Holy"), but its original formula is still potent. Show Up Early: Local loop artist Stendek was a smart choice for an opener, as he shares Dread's penchant for mixing and matching riffs and lyrics from disparate songs in hilariously compelling fashion. Not to mention that he's brilliant at every instrument he touches.
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