Thursday, October 23, 2008

This week's cool shows: Monotonix, Future Islands and more!


(Monotonix, Pour House, Monday)

THIS WEEK'S SHOWS

Thursday, Oct. 23: Hearts & Daggers, Tir na Nog
Hearts & Daggers play fine tragic outlaw country, the kind where someone's barn burns down or mule gets shot and everyone, including the mule, gets hammered off bad moonshine.

Thursday, Oct. 23: Future Islands with EAR PWR, Berkeley Cafe
check out my video of Future Islands from their super-packed show at Slim's in March. This show is in celebration of artist/Jackpot bartender Bart Tomlin's birthday, and apparently also includes a burlesque show and a DJ. Ear Pwr are from Asheville.



Friday, Oct. 24: Caltrop with Blag'ard and In the Year of the Pig, Local 506

Caltrop and In the Year of the Pig are two of the absolute heaviest bands around here, and this is a repeat of an amazing double bill I witnessed at Nightlight back in May.

Friday, Oct. 24: Opeth with High on Fire, Lincoln Theatre
Not local, but sure to be the heaviest show you'll see this week.


Friday, Oct. 24: Steep Canyon Rangers, The Pour House
Also at Cat's Cradle on Dec. 5
Fine bluegrass from Asheville


Saturday, Oct. 25: Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cat's Cradle
Mid-'90s hitmakers reform, but without Tom Maxwell, the voice behind their biggest hit, "Hell."


Saturday, Oct. 25: The Barrister's Ball, Downtown Music Center
OK, this isn't a show, but if you've ever been to a Barrister's Ball, which spent several decadent years at Kings, you'll probably be glad to see this party's return. As always, attendees need to dress as either a cop, a robber, a catholic schoolgirl, a hooker or pimp. And, as always, there will probably be an after party that makes the actual ball seem mighty tame.

Sunday, Oct. 26: Benefit with The Dry Heathens and Black River, the Pour House
Benefit for Stephen Campbell


SHOW OF THE WEEK!
Monday, Oct. 27: Monotonix, with Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Sir Arthur & the Royal Knightsthe Pour House
This crazy Israeli trio puts on a show that just has to be seen to be believed. And you can see it in the video I shot of them back in April! I know almost nothing about Polar Bear, Polar Bear, except that at least two people have told me they are good. I remember being told that they were so-and-so's new band, but I can't remember who that particular so-and-so is. OK, I know that doesn't help one bit. I know for a fact that Sir Arthur rocks, and is worth the price of admission alone -- but when in the hell are they going to put up a myspace so I don't have to keep linking back to my original blog post on them???




NEXT WEEK'S SHOWS

Friday, Oct. 31: Halloween Party with Straight 8's, Tremors and Killer Filler, Slim's

Straight 8's and Killer Filler are both rockabilly/surf bands from Hillsborough. The Tremors are from Greensboro.

Friday, Oct. 31: The Avett Brothers, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro
Once again, the Avetts are putting on a sold out show. Next thing you know, they'll be in the actual Greensboro Coliseum, not the auditorium beside it.


Nov. 1: Bowerbirds, Slim's

Raleigh acoustic folkies return to Slim's after an extended European tour.

Saturday, Nov. 1: Chip Robinson & the Heavy Outfit with The T's and The Loners the Pour House
Singer/songwriter and former Backslider Robinson returns with two of the rockinest bands in Raleigh opening.



Sunday, Nov. 2: Leadfoot with Bad Checks, The Pour House

Straight up rock. Bad Checks are one of my long-time favorite local bands (and no, I'm not related to members Robin and Cliff Mann), and they are responsible for one of THE classic local records, "Graveyard Tramp," which was re-released a while back on CD.


Mon, Nov. 3: Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady, Lincoln Theatre



UPCOMING IN GENERAL
Wednesday, Nov. 5: the Mountain Goats, and Kaki King Cat's Cradle
"Present: the last happy hour of your life."



Saturday, Nov. 8: the Black Crowes, Lincoln Theatre
Apparently this is an outdoor show, so bundle up.


Nov. 8: The T's Slim's

Party for bass player Lutie Cain's sister, Lisa.



Tuesday, Nov. 11: Diplo with Abe Vigoda, Cat's Cradle
Diplo is the DJ/boyfriend of MIA, and is also responsible for bringing Brazilian baile funk to the hipster masses with his "Favela on Blast" CD.


Nov. 21: Double Negative with Rocket Cottage Slim's

Raleigh's hardcore kings, soon to be heading to Europe and playing ATP.



Nov. 23: Karen Mann's Birthday Bash with Sir Arthur & the Royal Knights and Dirty Little Heaters Slim's

Come out and help yours truly celebrate the fine, Nuggets-style rock of Sir Arthur, and the angry-female rawk of Dirty Little Heaters.


Nov. 29: The Loners with Pinche Gringo, Slim's




Dec. 6: Death Metal Fest, Volume 11

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