Monday mornings are weird when you have to share your home bathroom with nine or so near-strangers. Such was the case today after housing a couple of bands from a particularly noisy and awesome show last night. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but officially as of today, my life is shows, shows, shows again and even more shows. I'm happy to report that there's certainly no shortage of them to go around.
This week, Melody Den releases a CD, a "100% organic hip-hop" bill fills Cicero's and solo noisemakers take over mushmaus. Plenty of bands from far, far away stop into town, including New England's Speedy Ortiz, country crooning Corb Lund all the way from Canada, and even a punk band named Vanna Inget from some city called Malmö in Sweden. See them before they flee town -- no one likes to start the new year with a series of regrets.
Roomrunner Mon., 9:00 p.m. January 7 w/ Small House, Speedy Ortiz @ CBGB's - $5 By RFT Staff Roomrunner, a Baltimore-based band featuring a member of defunct post-punk outfit Double Dagger, brings its brand of fuzzed out rock laden with heavy guitar chords to town. Grunge never sounded so good.
Kim Massie Tues. 10 p.m. January 8 @ Beale on Broadway - $7 By Annie Zaleski Although the word "diva" is so overused it's almost a useless descriptor, Kim Massie is one vocalist who deserves the honor. With its brash, gospel-influenced strains of vibrato, Massie's voice can be as big and broad as Aretha Franklin's, but it contains just enough Etta James-ian blues to undercut this strength with sorrow. When Massie sings the standard "At Last," you can close your eyes and imagine her voice as a vocal preacher, laying down the lyrics like audible commandments, just as easily as you can imagine the sound slinking down a smoky stage moonlit by a lonely spotlight. Massie is always -- and effortlessly somehow -- magical, spiritual and glowing.
Doom Town Wed., 8 p.m. January 9 w/ Vanna Inget, Maximum Effort @ Blank Space - $5 By Mike Appelstein From early 2012: It's been a busy few months for Doom Town. In December, the quartet released a seven-inch single on New Dark Age and embarked on a three-week European tour. By all accounts, the trip was a success, with new fans made, much German beer consumed and offbeat sightseeing done (including a Ramones Museum apparently endorsed by Johnny himself). The trip seems to have given Doom Town's sharp sound an extra edge; Ben Smith and Ashley Hohman sing/shout/harmonize like a traumatized John and Exene, while drummer Shaun Morrissey (of the Humanoids) proves himself one of the city's hardest hitters. See 'em before they decide it's much more lucrative and rewarding to just play abroad.
Corb Lund Thurs., 9 p.m. January 10 @ Off Broadway - $12 w/ John D Hale Band By Roy Kasten Alt-country fanatics have long looked to Canada for some its finest if oft-overlooked renegades. From Fred Eaglesmith to the Cowboy Junkies to Ox to the Sadies, the Great White Northerners need not trifle with inferiority complexes. Add to that list Edmonton's Corb Lund, he of the Hurtin' Albertans and the twisted pen behind "Roughest Neck Around" and "Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer." Lund is a wicked satirist, and his rollicking 2012 album Cabin Fever finds him fronting a band that can swing with the best that Austin, Nashville or Bakersfield have to offer and then steal the spotlight to yodel circles around them.
Consonant Drift Fri., 8:00 p.m. January 11 w/ Jake Leech, Syna So Pro, Eric Hall, Travis Bursik, Kevin McDermott, Mikey Wehling @ mushmaus - $5 By Joseph Hess Ambient sounds born from free-form jazz and other improvised music arrive bare and stripped down. CONSONANT DRIFT focuses on the solo performer, merging members from Ou Où, Messy Jiverson and CaveofswordS to deliver brief, singular pieces of new music. Art house Mushmaus incubates the noise, amplifying feedback with its warehouse trappings. The chilling night of warm sounds comes headed off by Eric Hall, whose racket has earned accolades from many. Fresh off from his powerful residency at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Hall brings scrambled electronic music amidst samples and captured sounds. Hall's no stranger to ambient sets, and any Google search will net you 30-some-odd hours of material--no small feat for any artist. Expect a cappella, keyboard and guitar meanderings wherein less is more and noise is king.
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