Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This week's cool shows: Bleeding Hearts, RebusFest and the Sword!

Wednesday, May 14: Thrones with Caltrop at Nightlight
Thrones is Joe Preston, whom you probably remember from his stint in The Melvins. Caltrop is super-heavy sludge from Chapel Hill. They have an awesome new song up on their Myspace, so check it out.

Thursday, May 15: Helmet with ASG and Caltrop, Volume 11
Honestly, I couldn't care less about Helmet these days, but if you miss Caltrop with Thrones the night before, you might want to check this show out, especially since Wilmington's ASG is also opening.

Show of the week! TIE!
Friday, May 16: Bleeding Hearts CD-release party, with The Magic Babies and Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights, The Pour House
The new Bleeding Hearts CD sounds awesome (go here for my review and a download), so you should absolutely check out this show. The Magic Babies include Galen and Charles from The Weather, and based on the two songs I've heard from them, they remind me of a groovier Faces. Sir Arthur is coming off their opening slot for Polvo. I understand Arthur came out wearing a football helmet with a tambourine attached and shook his head in time to the music. Let's hope he reprises that act on Friday.

Gray Young and Citified, Slim's
I was stymied in my last attempt to see Citified, who remind me a whole lot of The Connells with some Smiths thrown in. But everyone who saw them that night made sure to tell me what I'd missed.

Show of the week! TIE!
Sunday, May 18: RebusFest, Rebusworks in Raleigh
Here's info sent out by Rebus gallery in Raleigh: RebusFest, a one-day event featuring art, music, and food, will be held on Sunday, May 18. Bands include The Loners, Kickin' Grass, Starmount, Monologue Bombs, The T's, and Edmund II. Participating artists include Julie Armbruster, Casey Porn, Betty McKim, Staci Sawyer, Clifton May and Lauren Turner. Artist spaces are still available, if interested, please call 919-754-8452.
We are also looking for volunteers, if you'd like to help for a shift (11:30 until 3:30 or 3:30 until 7:30), please let us know by email or phone.

And here's the final schedule:
12:30/The Monologue Bombs
1:30/Kickin' Grass
3:30/Edmund II
4:30/The T's
5:30/The Loners

Tuesday, May 20: The Sword with Stinking Lizaveta
Austin's The Sword are one of my favorite heavy bands, though I admit their new CD is a bit over the top with Stonehenge/gnome imagery. watch the video for "Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians" (see what I mean?) off Gods Of the Earth here.

I saw Stiking Lizaveta waaaaay back in 2003 and thought they were absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see them again.

Thursday - Monday, May 22 - 26: WE Fest, Wilmington
Since this is Memorial Day, there's a good chance some of you folks could be down at the beach. If you're in Wilmington, hit up the WE Fest, which is going on 12 years! This year's festival includes Red Collar, Hammer No More the Fingers, Clang Quartet and much more, and tickets are only $1 per day!

Saturday, May 24: Dropsonic with The Needles, Slim's
From Atlanta. I don't know much about them but I'm liking what I've heard so far. However I DO know The Needles, and I know they're awesome, Hellacopters-style RAWK. Could be a great show.


Thursday, May 29: The Trousers at Tir na nOg
I love this band so much, and they hardly ever play out, maybe because drummer Stephen Gardner is mighty busy with his duties as singer/guitarist with The T's. This band is fine British blues rock, and singer-guitarist Jim Pendergast plays with an understated elegance that must be heard live to be appreciated.

Saturday, May 31: Trekky Record Music Fest, Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro
Damn! What a line-up! This is a daylong festival with great bands and local vendors to benefit the Trekky Music collective. According to the press release, they're having it at Piedmont Biofuels because it's apparently a really cool place that has a giant chess board. I haven't been there so I can't vouch for that.
Show starts at 2 p.m.; $10 suggested donation
The line up:

The Never
Endless Mic
Embarrassing Fruits
Hammer No More the Fingers
The Future Kings of Nowhere
Wil Donegan and the Americans
Vibrant Green
Sweet By and By

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