Featured Shows of the Week! July 16
Tuesday July 17 2012
Neko Case @ Rams Head Live!
Equally well-regarded in the indie rock and alt-country worlds, Neko Case has built a career defined by both strong will and musical versatility. Her chief attribute is her astonishing, siren-like voice, which she applies to songs that are simultaneously rugged and heartbreaking.
Wednesday July 18 2012
Wilco @ Wolf Trap
Wilco leapt from the grave of Uncle Tupelo, the Illinois roots outfit that almost single-handedly wrote the New Testament of alt-country. Like his former Uncle Tupelo partner Jay Farrar, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was smitten with Gram Parsons, Doug Sahm, Roger McGuinn, and other icons of hippie twang. But unlike Farrar, Tweedy had a yen to broaden his music’s stylistic reach, and with Wilco, he’s incorporated everything from Beach Boys harmonies to kraut rock rhythms to postpunk distortion flares.
Thursday July 19 2012
Henry Wolfe @ IOTA
In an era of dwindling attention spans, it is something of a shock to discover a musician who doesn’t want to shock, who doesn’t want to drive a dagger into the heart of modern music for fifteen megabytes of fame, who simply wants to write beautiful, timeless songs. But that’s precisely what you hear when you listen to Henry Wolfe’s refreshingly tasteful new album Linda Vista. A loose, dressed down affair, it captures the sound of real people in a room, playing together in real time. In making the record, Wolfe and producers Nico Aglietti and Aaron Older (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) abided by the approach used to make their favorite classic albums: get out of the way and let the songs and performances speak for themselves. The result is an assuredly understated full-length debut. Inspired by the past, and informed by the present, the tunes on Linda Vista have a swing, a swagger and, most of all, a soul.
Chromatics @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Chromatics are a band from Portland, Oregon, whose current lineup features singer Ruth Radelet, guitarist Adam Miller, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel. The band originally featured a trademark sound indebted to punk and lo-fi and described as “noisy” and “chaotic”. After numerous lineup changes, which left guitarist Adam Miller as the sole original member, the band signed to the Italians Do It Better record label and pursued an Italo Disco sound.
Friday July 20 2012
Black Light Dinner Party @ DC9
Black Light Dinner Partyʼs first release of 2012, Leave It All, sheds new light on their sound – Saturated basslines, vintage electronics and thick, off-kilter beats paired with glowing harmonics, breathing vocals and elegant, heartfelt arrangements. Their first release since 2011′s breakout trio of Older Together, Small Boxes and Gold Chain, Leave It All sees the band stepping out of their shell.
Saturday July 21 2012
Justin Jones @ DC9
“I grew up in Rawley Springs, VA. Ten miles west of Harrisonburg, in a old stone house on Dry River. Rawley Springs isn’t even a town. Just a collection of cabins, trailers, and camps in the mountains just east of the West Virginia border. When I was 8 years old or so my family had a get together and a bluegrass band came by. They played a lonesome version, more so than the original Band recording, of “the night they drove old Dixie down” that had me in tears. The whole room singing along. My Mom gave me Big Pink shortly after. I fell in love with The Band. From there music became my obsession, and its one I carry with me still.” – Justin Jones
The Broadcast @ Bayou
Music lovers can dance the night away with the soul driven rock and roll sounds of The Broadcast. Fronted by platinum blonde siren Caitlin Krisko, The Broadcast has grown into a full time nationally touring band known for their high energy live shows.