A rough week of first-job and second-job and third-volunteer-job duties behind me, I find myself looking forward to a weekend of chillin', grillin', illin' and doing nothing that seems remotely like work. But before I do that, I have to tell you about shows that are happening. Some of them are shows at which you will perhaps find me, if you know what to look for.
My bet for tonight, for me, is Brillobox for Meeting of Important People, Tarlton (from Minneapolis), and Delicious Pastries (perhaps the one band in Pittsburgh that sounds most like you would expect it to sound based on its name). Also worth noting tonight: Aussie one-man band Richard Perso at Howlers in Bloomfield.
Tomorrow is Saturday, and the two things I have on tap for you: again at Howlers, an "oddball rock 'n roll party" presented by Oddball Entertainment. It's a mix: The Lions Rampant, Temperance League, The Devilz In the Detailz, and The Ceiling Stares. DJ Fernando spins, and it's all $8. The other thing: Title Town, the soul and funk party at Shadow Lounge. In addition to residents J. Malls and Gordy, Michigander Brad Hales is in town for this one -- 9 p.m., $5, 18 and over.
And Monday, if you're not busy with parades and barbeque, the Trib Total Domination Market Saturation Amphitheatre at Station Square plays host to Fallen Not Forgotten 2, a huge bash benefiting the families of local police officers killed on duty. This year's benefits the families of Michael Crawshaw and Paul Richey, and features a list of performers too long to be named here in the finite space of the Internet, but which includes Joe Grushecky, Steel Hollow, Abby Abbondanza, Identity X, Gramsci Melodic, Punchline, Bill Deasy, and Triggers.
Watch out for bears out there!
Apparently Lady Gaga's appearance at the Consol Energy Center in the fall won't be the first concert there -- the venue just announced that it's holding a contest in which participants guess who the first show will be. It's slated for August and is being characterized by the venue as: "huge."
Ideas? I'm thinking it would be the perfect time to reveal that Consol faked Michael Jackson's death in order to trot him out for a comeback at the new arena ("Jacko's back and Big Coal's not dead either!"). Barring that, probably Girl Talk, right?
Last month it was Eyjafjallajokull, this time it's the untimely death of Dio that caused the cancellation of Budgie's U.S. tour.
I wrote in this past week's paper about the Welsh metal band; as of this weekend, the show that article tied into on Thursday was cancelled. The members, according to the Allentown Morning Call, had to cancel the tour in order to attend a memorial for Ronnie James Dio on the west coast.
Elko Concerts as of now says another Budgie show is in the works for November and all tickets for the previous cancelled shows will be honored then. Contact Elko for more information.
Peter Wolf is 64 years old. But watching him perform live from a distance, you'd think he's closer to 24. Wednesday night, Peter Wolf and his band brought tons of energy and great music to Mr. Small's Theatre, playing music from his new album for well over an hour to a crowd of middle-aged fans.
Like a lot of older singers in the business, Wolf knew to back himself with an impressive band of experienced musicians, who he praised and shared the spotlight with, letting them take long solos and play some of their own music. Though Wolf dropped his New Orleans accent and persona once or twice between songs, he brought a lot of energy to the show and got the crowd cheering, moving and staying out past its bedtime.
Here's a thing for you: David Dondero is kind of a big deal. And not because he used to play in This Bike Is a Pipe Bomb, and also Sunbrain, though he did do those two things. More because he's a pretty great songwriter. The Texas-based musician, working mostly within a folky rock idiom, writes great character pieces -- sort of cinematic songs. He did a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, so do yourself a favor and when the boss takes off to play golf for the rest of the afternoon, click the link and crank that shit. Then check him out tonight at Garfield Artworks in a show put on by frequent CP contributor, Wire reader and turkey sandwich eater Manny Theiner.
Okay, sure, these two things are completely unrelated. But bear with me.
First, got the press release this afternoon telling us that Devo is playing the Trib Total Media Amphitheatre of World Domination Parking Lot at Station Square on July 9. Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon; your usual Ticketmaster outlets apply. Most exciting summer concert announcement yet? Possibly. Come yell "Auto Modown!" with me.
Second, a new Donora vid appeared today; these kids have "adorable" down to a science. Check it:
Yo ninjas. It's Monday and it's cloudy and rainy and you need some rock 'n roll, stat. That's what The Ceiling Stares, or, (The ceiling stares.) or whatever, are here for.
Why do you know that name? Perhaps because I wrote about them a couple months back, and you read everything I write and take it to heart because you like me that much. Or because you know somebody who knows somebody who's in the band, because there's five of them and they've all been in five other bands. Either way.
This is one of my favorite songs of theirs -- it perfectly sums up their combination of airy '60s psyche rock and sensible, distortiony '80s/'90s indie rock. Download it and let it make you feel a little better about this ugly day.
It's Friday and that means if I'm paying attention and I'm not too busy I tell you about some things that are going on this weekend that I might recommend even if I couldn't get them in the newspaper!
Chief amongst things that didn't make the paper this week is tomorrow night's show at the Rex Theatre, a Jeff Buckley tribute. Tribute shows seem a dime a dozen these days, but this one's Kind Of a Big Deal. And I'm not just saying that because my esteemed colleague, Aaron Jentzen, is performing.
Jeff Buckley: An Adulation, organized by local spoken word type Jason Kirin, features a number of local indie rock heavy hitters -- Justin Andrew, Ben Hardt, The Wreckids -- plus some big names from the international scene: David J of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets, Tommy Brunett, once of Modern English.
It's the premiere Jeff Buckley event of the moment, and Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, will be present to say a few words. For a full lineup, check out the description on the Jeff Buckley website.
And tonight at the BBT, Unholy Monkey Conspiracy unleashes its debut album along with ATS.
As always, for more choices check our online music listings, available whenever you want 'em!
As you kick back with your brand new copy of City Paper today, please note a crucial listings correction:
This Saturday, the 15th, The New Yinzer is throwing a sock hop. It is, as the promotional material notes, not unlike the type of dance that Porky Chedwick or Mad Mike used to throw. Back in the day. However, Porky Chedwick and Mad Mike will not, in fact, be playing records at this event. That would, of course, be a big deal. Not that the New Yinzer party isn't a big deal, but Porky and Mad Mike spinning at the same event, at the Brillobox, would be something quite notable. That is not happening.
Our listing erroneously states that it is. Wires were crossed, mistakes were made, things were glossed over in proofing, mea culpa.
The rest of the listing is correct: local garagey rockers The Whips, Thee Starry Eyes, The Dirty Charms, and Moldies & Monsters are playing live, and Zombo, DJ Sinister, Electric Slim and Miscellaneous G all spin records. As far as we know, Pork Torkington will not. But you can always hold out hope.
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, featured in last week's City Paper, will be performing here tomorrow night -- but not at Garfield Artworks, as previously indicated. The show has been moved to the Rex Theater on the South Side, in part to accommodate Jóhannsson's string quartet, and starts at 9 p.m., an hour later.
Here are the new show details:
Jóhann Jóhannsson with Mike Tamburo. 9 p.m. Thu., May 6. Rex Theater, 1602 E Carson St., South Side. $10/$12. All ages.