1. Surfer Blood with Ski Lodge and Wake Up, The Southern Cafe and Music Hall, Mar. 02, 8pm
Check out these Florida-based alt rockers as they dish out dreamy surf rock with pop sensibilities in support of their sophomore album Pythons. Surfer Blood may have started in a cramped bedroom, but with Pythons it’s clear that they have grown into a self-sufficient unit whose potential is limitless. So instead of continuing to analyze where these songs came from and where the band are going, let’s step back from the tornado of excitement surrounding the band and just listen. No matter where you are or what kind of day you had, listening to Pythons will make you realize that the sun is shining somewhere. Let’s bask in it together.
2. Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang, Jefferson Theater, Mar. 3, 9pm
Leslie Edward “Les” Claypool (born September 29, 1963 in Richmond, California, U.S.) is a singer, lyricist, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, best known for his work with the alternative rock band Primus. Claypool’s mastery of the electric bass has brought him into the spotlight with his funky, creative playing style. Claypool mixes finger-tapping, flamenco-like strumming, and a Larry Graham-like slap technique to develop his own unique style and has earned respect as one of rock’s premier bass talents, becoming an influence for younger bassists in recent years.
Claypool has also self produced and engineered his solo releases from his own studio “Rancho Relaxo.” In 2006 was the release of a full-length feature film Electric Apricot written and directed by Claypool as well as a debut novel South of the Pumphouse.
3. Lost Indian, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Mar. 8, 8pm
Lost Indian began in a one room apartment above the local pool hall in Staunton, VA. The line up of Shona Carr on fiddle and tenor guitar, Jims Hinkle on bass, Sam Stallings on banjo and percussion, brother Pete on guitar and Colby Pegg-Joplin on fiddle has an undeniable chemistry. Each brings their own musical style and background into the collaboration and the resulting sound is unique and exciting. A mixture of Indie Old-time and Southern Gothic, many have tried to apply a one word classification and failed. Old-time tunes fade into gypsy folk with the click of a pedal and the fluid ease of an eagle soaring through the sky. Fresh off a tour and with a brand new album to deliver, Lost Indian will stay with you long after your first listen.
4. Eddie Money, Jefferson Theater, Mar. 13, 8pm
Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. Although he dreamed of being a musician, after high school, Eddie decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer.
In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music. He moved to Berkeley, California and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, Eddie’s fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of Graham’s events. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.”
5. Nymph and Miami Nights, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Mar. 18, 9pm
NYMPH is a Brooklyn-based seven-piece that has been active in the New York psych, noise and jazz scenes for seven years. The outfit’s expansive approach confounds thumbnail genre ascription, and yet does not depend on confusion or combinatorics for its impact; rather, the fluid and multifarious membership enjoyed by the former duo-plus-band of Matty McDermott and Eri Shoji has expanded, edified and enlightened NYMPH’s approach to texture, composition and execution. Truly, the band’s sound represents a seamless and exuberant amalgamation of heavy psych, free-jazz, modern minimalist composition, kosmische kraut, and visionary desert blues.
Complementing Matty’s humongous modal guitarwork and Eri’s wailing vocalese are the more-recently realized additions to the band’s palette: a rambunctious and beautiful horn section with Aylerian proclivities, just-intonation string and synthesizer drones, and a shimmering jungle of percussion. Since 2011, the band has served as free-jazz-soul legend Arthur Doyle’s New York ensemble, The New Quiet Screamers; working with an innovator and master of the form has not only magnified the band’s instrumental dexterity, but has deepened the group’s commitment to communicative improvisation and a palpable sense of spirituality made manifest via performance. Witnessing NYMPH at peak power is akin to witnessing ritual.
6. Heatwarmer and Post Sixty Five, Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, March 20, 8:30pm
Heatwarmer is a five-guy music combo — love jazz/classical/theorem kinda coffee shop vibe for a while now hit the big time with pure full-body sound over an hour of live music garner critical acclaim from many specialists.
Post Sixty Five found its sound in a mixture of Leonard Cohen-inspired imagery and the sounds of more indie rock acts such as The National or even the iconic Morrissey. The band relies on evocative and textural instrumental parts to elegantly blend with the darker and more introspective lyrics written by frontman, Hicham Benhallam.
7. Chamomile & Whiskey and David Wax Museum, Jefferson Theater, Mar. 21, 8pm
Chamomile and Whiskey has been tearing up the Blue Ridge and beyond for over 2 years. The band’s ferocious mixture of americana and rock with gypsy, irish, and old-time music is captivating and invigorating. Koda Kerl’s smooth and soulful singing goes with his deep and poignant lyrics like whiskey poured over ice. Ryan Lavin’s innovative banjo solos and imaginative song-writing is more like a straight shot… Marie Borgman’s versatile fiddle playing serves as the band’s main lead, with a pulsating rhythm section following each swing of the bow. On stage the band lights up with energy and passion, leading crowds in a boot-stomping frenzy. The group has quickly become one of the hottest up and coming band’s in central Virginia, representing the fire and lust of the Blue Ridge.
When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together they fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies” and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker).
8. Kap Slap, Jefferson Theater, Mar. 22, 9pm
Jared Lucas is a 24 year old DJ/Producer based outside of New York City. Initially recognized for his signature EDM/top 40 bootlegs that tailor to the college scene, Kap Slap now begins a new chapter of his career. Now that he has graduated from Lehigh University, Jared has the time and resources needed to pursue his dream and create his own original productions. His substantial fan base gained through mashups anxiously await his debut single, which is sure to exceed expectations.
Having a younger sister with cerebral palsy and mother with breast cancer caused Jared to mature at an early age. He turned to music as an outlet for his creativity, mastering the guitar, bass, and drums and recording songs in his basement. Due to space limitations while pursuing his Integrated Business & Engineering degree at Lehigh University however, he was forced to bring this musical passion to the virtual world.
9. Psychobilly Cadillac, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Mar. 29, 8pm
These guys are a blast. If you are a fan of great beards, scissor kicks and straight-ahead, gritty rock and roll than you are already a fan of Psychobilly Cadillac. Enjoy them next month at Wild Wolf Brewing Company as this fun trio provides raucous funky licks to bang your head to.
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