Happy Monday, everyone! We hope your weekends were filled with tons of show-going fun. Plenty more madness continues to fill our concert calendar for the week, including visits from Ken Mode, Masked Intruder, and Handsome Family Band. Get some recommendations for a show or two every night of the week right after the jump.
Ken Mode Monday, July 22, 8 p.m. w/ Inter Arma, Everything Went Black, Jack Buck @ The Demo - $10 By Rick Giordano From "The Best Metal Shows in July:" Winnipeg, Canada's Ken Mode has been around for well over a decade now, and while still largely unknown in most mainstream metal circles, its name is always spoken with admiration by underground metal fans and musicians alike. The band plays furious, drop-tuned prog-metal with dizzying rythyms that come across like the audio equivalent of a drunken three-legged dog on the attack. Along on the tour is Richmond, Virginia's Inter Arma which I've previously written about back in March, whose latest Relapse release Sky Burial is easily one of the best records of 2013 so far. Add the great local talents of Everything Went Black and Jack Buck to the bill and you've got one hell of a solid show.
Joint Chiefs of Math Tuesday, July 23, 8 p.m. w/ Boarefleaked, Mids @ Lemp Arts Center - $5 By Joseph Hess The Joint Chiefs of Math brings instrumental rock in the vein of warped electronics and bent guitar necks. The scattershot drums therein aren't without purpose; the duo's penchant for polyrhythm makes for staggering songs. Constantly unfolding timing changes invoke a feeling of unease beside melody, while stark shifts in rhythm feel gripping and not pretentious -- the band's attention deficit disorder works to benefit rather than detract. While the duo crams as much into one piece as some bands do into entire albums, variety is the star here. The heavy mix-up of ambient and busy parts build into distinction, a trait that allows for careful experimentation.
Melvins 30th Anniversary Tour Tuesday, July 23, 9 p.m. @ The Firebird - $20 By Rick Giordano From "the Best Metal Shows in July:" If you don't like the Melvins, you either don't like heavy music or you like it for all the wrong reasons. With over twenty albums under its belt, there isn't much territory in the world of rock, metal and experimental music the band has not only covered but mastered. Over the past 30 years the Melvins have avoided clichés like Satan and death, instead being as strange and silly as anything you can imagine all while being kilo tons heavier than your favorite death metal band. The band that once employed a roadie named Kurt Cobain is still going strong, and none of its members have been murdered by their crazy wives yet (I mean "committed suicide"). Nirvana, Tool, Faith No More, Neurosis, Mastodon and countless others all owe the Melvins for helping shape their sound. All you owe them? Twenty bucks for a ticket to the show.
The Handsome Family Band Wednesday, July 24, 8 p.m. w/ Danny Barnes, Sean Rowe @ Off Broadway - $15-$21 By Roy Kasten Brett and Rennie Sparks, a.k.a. the Handsome Family, have been making our world stranger, scarier and more beautiful since the mid '90s by crafting gothic folk ballads luminous through the surreal poetry of depression and country melodies. The band's 2013 album Wilderness immerses listeners in the only world weirder than their own: nature. Eels, owls, gulls and glow worms aren't just inspirations; they're Ovidian guides to the mysteries of life, where everything deserves praise in a foggy baritone and nothing, even the caterpillars, are what they seem.
Kermit Ruffins Wednesday, July 24, 9 p.m.; Thursday, July 25, 9 p.m. @ The Gramophone - $25 By Roy Kasten If Kermit Ruffins didn't exist, Treme would have had to invent him. But the HBO series couldn't have imagined a more skillful or saucy (pun intended; Ruffins makes a mean BBQ) persona than this Ninth Ward trumpeter and vocalist. It's not saying too much to call him one of Louis Armstrong's heirs, and yet it's not saying nearly enough. His jazz is poly-cultural and poly-stoned: Bebop, juke joint jump and supper club soloing are all reason enough to get high and to swing, which he always does. He's a man for whom the second line is always first.
Palace LP Release Thursday, July 25, 9 p.m. w/ La Guerre, Beth Bombara @ Plush - $7 By Christian Schaeffer Local kinetic pop band Palace proudly sings songs about the wonderments and scrapes of childhood, but the band itself has been going through something an adolescence of late. In the past year, two of its singers, Sydney Scott and Jamie Finch, have moved on, and Crystal Owens has taken their place, sharing the mic with Matthew Kavanagh. Fans were able to see Palace work through these growing pains at a month-long residency at the Gramophone in May, and now the quintet is ready for bigger stages. This week's show serves as a release for the LP Summer Don't You Dare, featuring updated versions of songs from the debut EP and a few new tracks.
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