This past weekend, we lost one of our finest musicians Justin Hilbun, known to many for his contributions to the Way*High Men, Poor Harvey, Elsah, Polly Pry, Judge Genius and recently his own band Justin Hilbun & the Homewreckers, but what I will always think of is his congeniality and his enterprising spirit. Hilbun never came across as one to complain about the lack of a music scene, he was instead a guy who put on his boots and forged his own scene. You wish there was such-and-such a band around? Start one. He will be sorely missed by those lucky enough to have known him.
On to the music: Bonnie “Prince” Billy (AKA Will Oldham, the Palace Brothers, etc.) brings the country mysticism that graces his most graceful new CD Beware to an early show at Spanish Moon on Wednesday, and as much as I think Oldham is one of the most compelling musical personalities going, I’m just as excited to see the opening band The Howling Hex, the idiosyncratic band helmed by former Royal Trux mastermind Neal Haggerty. The Howling Hex mix African highlife guitar, new wave syncopation and art-punk inventiveness into a spellbinding, boogiefied gumbo.
Thursday night, Louisiana legend Zachary Richard will share the Manship stage with New Orleans jazz pianist and host of WWOZ’s The Blues Ball David Torkanowsky and New Orleans guitar whiz Shane Theriot who has played with everyone from The Neville Brothers to Willie Nelson.
Monday night, Cambridge electro pop darlings Passion Pit with drop in to the Spanish Moon to fill it with bubbles and summer joy. Lil Dave Thompson with tear yet another hole in the space-time-blues continuum out at Teddy’s on Friday.
Wednesday, June 3
Bonnie Prince Billy & The Howling Hex at Spanish Moon (early show)
Thursday, June 4
Zachary Richard, David Torkanowsky, and Shane Theriot at the Manship Theatre
Corvina and Maven at The Varsity
Friday, June 5
Passion Pit at Spanish Moon
American Aquarium at Chelsea’s
Matt Kayda, Marcus Elizondo, and Stephen Cochran at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s
Letters in Red at Click’s
Furr at the Caterie
Lil Dave Thompson at Teddy’s Juke Joint
Saturday, June 6
Thou at Spanish Moon
The Bedlamville Triflers and The Unnaturals at Chelsea’s
Pyledtriver and Axes of Evil at North Gate Tavern
Marcus Elizondo and The Dre Zaunbrecher band at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s
Lucid (CD Release party) and Here is Why at Click’s
Meriwether at The Caterie
Country Fried at Phil Brady’s
Troy Turner at Teddy’s Juke Joint
Sunday, June 7
Elvin Killerbee at Teddy’s Juke Joint
Monday, June 8
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses at Chelsea’s