Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges left Louisiana as a young man with a wealth of personal blues history and a one-way ticket to Paris. His dad, blues legend Hideaway Slim, gave Eugene his first guitar at age 4 in 1969. Three years later he was already on his second band. In his teens he played gospel with his father, who had largely abandoned the blues for sacred music. In Europe, he played with B.B. King bassist Big Joe Turner and through that became a blues ambassador across Europe. His style ranges from the acoustic folk blues fingerpicking on his self-titled album, horn-laden soul songs on Man Without a Home and searing boogie fretwork on Jump the Joint. Living in Australia now, Bridges will make a rare Louisiana appearance at Teddy's Juke Joint this Friday. Don't miss it.
Dr. Dog wowed everyone that heard their 2008 album Fate with its classic songwriting density. It is unavoidable to hear the Beatles, the Byrds, the Beach Boys in their songs, their contemporary take on that classic sound and their affable charm. Come keep the dream alive this Thursday at Chelsea's.
Speaking of keeping the dream alive, members of the Myrtles, Cars & Girls and others will be reliving the purple haze of the 80's as Dirty Mime, an excellently-titled Prince tribute act, at the Red Star on Friday. Toadies, who had a 1994 hit with their loosely-coiled modern rock ditty "Possum Kingdom', will be hitting the Varsity Stage on Wednesday with the Myrtles and Elsah opening.
The Avett Brothers' I & Love & You came out this week to deserved rabid acclaim after a protracted wait, and as if it is a gift for our patience, they are playing the River Center Performing Arts Theatre this Saturday.
Durham, NC indie folk trio Megafaun jump off their tour with Bon Iver to play an intimate show at the Red Star on Monday before heading out with The Dodos and Akron/Family. Post-everything rock monsters These Arms are Snakes will be laying waste to the Spanish Moon stage that Monday as well, with Toronto electro-punk band DD/MM/YYYY in tow.