Thursday, May 07, 2009

This week's cool shows: Bowerbirds, Love Language, Roman Candle and more!



Wednesday, May 6: Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Humble Pie
Also on May 20.

Thursday, May 7:
Hearts & Daggers, Pour House
Outlaw country

Thursday, May 7: Embarrassing Fruits, Tir na Nog

Thursday, May 7: The Pneumonics, Sea Cow, Pinhook

Friday, May 8: Battle Rockets with Gray Young, Slim's

Friday, May 8: Regina Hexaphone, City Tap, Pittsboro

Friday, May 8: Bowerbirds with La Strada and Wes Phillips, Local 506
Get a sneak peak at the new Bowerbirds CD on Friday. They'll be previewing new material from their upcoming CD, "Upper Air," set for release on June 7.

Saturday, May 9: Antiseen, Volume 11 Tavern
It's kind of weird to call this band "venerable" but after 25 years, I think they deserve the term.

Saturday, May 9: Red Collar, Local 506

Saturday, May 9: The Love Language and Whatever Brains, Pour House
Check out my Five Questions interview with the Love Language's Stu McLamb on New Raleigh!

Saturday, May 9: Grappling Hook, Minor Stars and Le Weekend, Pinhook

Saturday, May 9: Roman Candle, Cat's Cradle
The delimma of the evening: Whether to catch The Love Language at Pour House or Roman Candle at the Cradle. Since the Love Langueage is playing around a good bit, you might be better off to check out the always-entertaining Roman Candle. But if you haven't yet seen The Love Language, you really should catch them before they're too big for the clubs.

Sunday, May 10: Mommie at Tookie's Toys/Moxie Kids, Cameron Village
Mommie is an all-star local kids' music band, who will be playing a Mother's Day show at 4 p.m. at a toy store in Cameron Village. This is a good, free, kid-friendly show of interest not only to hip parents, but to fans of guitarist Bo Taylor (Motorolla/Motorcaster, Bandway), who is apparently playing organ for this particular show. Bring a chair.

Sunday, May 10: Dash Rip Rock, Pour House

Monday, May 11: Ghost, Local 506
Japanese psychedelic freak rock.


Wednesday, May 13: Durham Rangers Old Time String Band, Pinhook

Wednesday, May 13: Snoop Dogg, Lincoln Theatre

Thursday, May 14, Matthew Barber, Milltown

Thursday, May 14: Sorry About Dresden with Dirty Little Heaters, Tir na Nog

Friday, May 15: Holidays for Quince block party, Nightlight
With Screaming Females, Bellafea, Caltrop, The Curtains of Night, In the Year of the Pig, Liza Kate (cd release), Mount Moriah, and The Moaners. More bands and details TBA.

Friday, May 15: Old Habits, Pour House

Friday, May 15: Countdown Quartet, Seaboard Cafe

Friday, May 15: Let's Get Small!: Ukulele Challenge and Benefit Concert, Pinhook
According to the Pinhook Website: Proceeds of Show (asking for suggested minimum donations of $5) go to Ukulele's for Peace.

Friday, May 15: KIFF with Dead Kings, Dive Bar

Saturday, May 16: Kreator with Exodus, Volume 11 Tavern

Saturday, May 16: Chatham County Line, Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, Cary
3 p.m. show. Free

From the PineCone press release:

Formed in Raleigh 10 years ago, the home-grown Chatham County Line has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning awards in the bluegrass world and the singer-songwriter world. Dave Wilson, the band's lead singer and guitarist, does most of the group's songwriting. John Teer (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, back-up vocals), Chandler Holt (banjo, dobro, guitar), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel guitar, back-up vocals) provide the foundation for Wilson's creations while adding harmony and texture that make the music shine.

Saturday, May 16: Insplosure, so check that out as well.

Sunday, May 17: Carolina Bluegrass Festival, Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Sunday, May 17: Rebusfest
This year's fest includes The Loners, Dirty Little Heaters, Kenny Roby's Mercy Filter, The Magic Babies, Tin Star and DJ Midnight Cowboy.

Tuesday, May 19: Goes Cube, Slim's
Metal from Brooklyn with a local angle: New bass player Matt Tyson is a former Raleighite who founded the influential Ear Farm music Web site. Read more here.

Tuesday, May 19: Wizardry, The Reservoir
Brooklyn's Wizardry has songs with titles like "Drink from Thy Chalice" and "The Falconer" so you know I'll be at this one.


Wednesday, May 20: Coalition to Unchain Dogs benefit, Pinhook

Wednesday, May 20: Clutch with Wino's Band, Cat's Cradle
I truly couldn't care less about Clutch, but Wino (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan) is a doom-metal legend. If you're into heavy music at all, you absolutely need to see this show.
UPDATE: Due to the recent death of his bass player, Wino is going to continue the tour acoustic. I don't know how in the world that's going to work, but it sounds interesting.

Friday, May 22: Colossus with Blackholicus and Gollum, Reservoir Bar
I think it would be really funny, for fans of both bands, to put Gollum and Bombadil on the same bill.

Friday, May 23: the Old Ceremony with The Love Language.

Saturday, May 24: Hark the Sound, an Eve Carson benefit, Pour House

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