Jam band people: The planets have finally lined up with your hacky-sacks. Umphrey’s McGee is playing the Varsity, destined to fill the air with righteous vibration, wicked jams and most importantly, good times. The jam band quotient in our music scene has been markedly low since the wise casino accountants decided to close SoGo many moons ago, so commence to swirling.
Indie rock types: Throw Me the Statue’s latest album Creaturesque officially hot the stores last week, but something makes me think you might already know all the words to this one. They are the perfect quiet storm: that laid-back Bon Iver falsetto, cute-ola horn, handclap and drum jangles that remind me of the Cure in their The Head on the Door heyday. The band is charming as hell. Catch their glee up at an early show at Spanish Moon on Wednesday. Brooklyn’s Chairlift deals in noir synthesizer pop upon that languishes in the disaffected vocals of Caroline Polachek, leaving you too spellbound to fuss with your bangs and adjust that 80s outfit of yours. They will be at Chelsea’s on Thursday.
Roots music listeners: The Myrtles are appearing with Happy Talk, fronted by Luke Allen, one of the better singer-songwriters to emerge in the area. Allen’s songs, served lukewarm with his pained rasp seem are what I like to think of as exquisite bummers, the kind of kidney punches that you used to have to go to Tom T. Hall or maybe the Silver Jews for, the kind of gin-soaked anthems that leave you chuckling because, hell, what else you gonna do? Fred Eaglesmith one of the finest country/folk singers in the land, well, in Canada’s land, is playing a sold-out show at the Red Dragon, but I’m suspecting that they might be able to squeeze you in if you ask nice. The Red Dragon is the perfect place to see a show like this where you can feel the clunk of every broken heart, the whoosh of every new dream in his timeworn songs.
Blues people: It is Rudy Richard’s unofficial umpteenth birthday this weekend; come celebrate with the guitarist for Slim Harpo’s King Bees and the hippest cat on the Louisiana blues and zydeco circuit, out at Teddy’s Juke Joint this Saturday. Though they don’t know how it happens, scientists have proven that you become at least 10% cooler having spent time in the presence of Rudy Richard.
NOLA funk enthusiasts: Porter, Batiste, and Stoltz with be offering local refunkification sessions at Bogie’s Bar; they will help you get you wiggle right.
Cool people: Get the new Yo La Tengo album Popular Songs, out this week. It’s chock-full of perfect IKEA furniture-meets-pawn-shop amplifier Yo La Tengo goodness. Let those greedy Beatles wait for your reissue money like you had to wait for them.