Wednesday, March 11, 2009

[The Record Crate] On the House

About a week ago I caught a house show in the Garden District, and it made me realize once again what fertile creative soil we have in Baton Rouge, all it takes is for some seeds to get planted. My Brother the Wind is a Sun Ra influenced jazz-rock combination -- I hesitate to call it fusion because that implies a melding of styles, whereas My Brother the Wind pushed jazz improve up against a heavy rock riff and let the two duke it out. Following them were Mysterious Stain, whose throbbing keyboard and guitar minimalism was accompanied by an equally hypnotic video. Each group was excitingly fresh for our frequently aggressively provincial scene. They both had their indulgences that detracted from the final product, but that is what a scene is for -- trying things out, seeing what works, pushing it. Unfortunately, I had to duck out before percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, guitarist Rob Cambre and bassist Bill Hunsinger took the impulse of creativity and reportedly demonstrated the magic that can happen when it is conjured by seasoned performers.

House shows are essential to developing a really interesting sonic environment. It allows less profitable ideas to flourish without having to sweat the door. I highly commend the folks at Spanish Moon, North Gate Tavern, Red Star and Chelsea’s for bringing in music that might not think to stop here, but the other end of this bargain is cultivating our own unique sonic identity, and adding to the fray. As I’m made aware of house shows in the area I’ll post them on this humble forum -- check out the Sunday afternoon and evening offerings below -- but if you want one listed, drop me a line.

Wednesday, March 11

Arlo Guthrie at the Manship Theatre

The Randy Rogers Band at The Varsity

Thursday, March 12

Arlo Guthrie at the Manship Theatre

Perpetual Groove at The Varsity

Friday, March 13

Ten out of Tennessee featuring Griffin House at Chelsea’s

Sunshines, Panthalassa, and The Living Room at Spanish Moon

Nothing More (CD Release) and Robert Fortune band at Click’s

Better than Ezra at The Varsity

Diddley Squat at Teddy’s Juke Joint

Jared Perck and Country Fried at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s

John Lisi at Phil Brady’s

Saturday, March 14

Anathallo and Sam Adion at Spanish Moon

Trust Company and The Dreaming of Eve to Adam at Click’s

Larry Garner at Teddy’s Juke Joint

Big Al & the Heavyweights at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s

Sundanze (1:30 after the parade), Murphy’s Law (3:30) and Rev. Rob (9:30) at Phil Brady’s

Sunday, March 15

Beck (from Turboslut), Pygmy Lash and Hurray for the Riff Raff (2pm) at 3322 Carlotta

Turboslut, Pygmy Lush, Big Baby, Man + Building, and Thank God at 380 College Hill Dr.

John Lisi at Teddy’s Juke Joint

Monday, March 16

Thou, Howl, Forest, She Rides at North Gate Tavern

Dancer vs. Politican and Hope for Agoldensummer at Red Star

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Titus Andronicus, Harlem Shakes & The Subjects at Spanish Moon

Tuesday, March 17

The Love Language and The Generationals at Red Star

These Arms Are Snakes, Young Widows & Maserati at Spanish Moon

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