You're probably all still hungover from partying too hard this weekend, so we'll spare you the prolonged intro this week. When you're ready to get out of bed again, consider checking out some concerts! Calvin Johnson, Amanda Shires and Dread Zeppelin are but a few of the touring acts making stops into town. Read on for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned for more picks for the weekend -- it'll be here before you know it.
Amanda Shires Tuesday, September 3, 8 p.m. w/ John Henry @ Off Broadway - $8-$13 By Roy Kasten Whether or not this year's surprise breakthrough of Kacey Musgraves will clear enough space in the mainstream for a country-folk songwriter like Amanda Shires is an open question, though it really shouldn't be. As well-known for her dazzling fiddle work as her febrile and lonesome voice, Shires has just released Down Fell the Doves, a ruminative suite of songs that recalls the early work of Lucinda Williams and Tift Merritt, with a contemporary polish that would sound great on the radio next to Musgraves or Lady Antebellum. She's got the same spunk and soul, and her catchiest song is about the gift of a tiger claw.
Rich McDonough Wednesday, September 4, 7 p.m. @ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups - $5 By Timothy Lane From this 2005 show preview: The bandleader and lead guitar player is demonstrating some of the most virtuous and beautiful blues variations I've ever heard performed live before -- jump blues, I think. Rich McDonough. My brain lights up in disbelief over what it's hearing. You'd think he was born with some pre-existing knowledge of how to work that guitar, or maybe he's just touched in the best possible way. Or maybe this is just one of those nights when everything he knows comes rolling together like magic and he's not even thinking about it, not even trying. Maybe he doesn't have to anymore. His band follows along with equal virtuosity. I don't know anything technical about music and don't have the heart to pretend. I'm just glad I'm here and so is my brain. Outside a freight train pulls a long line of Pullmans slowly across the railroad bridge over Broadway. Out on the street you can hear them sneezing into the night, glistening in the shallow pockets of light, and everything's all right in the universe, or at least on Broadway, if only for a couple more sets.
Everything Went Black EP Release Thursday, September 5, 8:30 p.m. w/ The Lion's Daughter, Jack Buck, White Fire, Choir Vandals, Matt Questionmark @ The Firebird - $7 By Mabel Suen From "Everything Went Black Releases EP, Mosenthein: Hear a Track Now:" With a west coast tour as well as continual writing and recording on the horizon, EWB maintains a steady forward-driving momentum. On Sept. 5, EWB will hold a release show for its new three-song EP titled Mosenthein, the first recording with its newest members Josh Van Hoorebeke and Chris Stanton. Everything Went Black casts a stark, moody intensity that's impossible to shake and merciless to the core. Guitars lurch forward with commanding heavy metal influence, entangled with gritty hardcore demeanor. Meanwhile, militant, deliberate drumming hits like a machine gun full of blanks to the chest. When faced with Hoffman's aggressive, stark vocals, one can't help but feel affected.
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