Whats up with the 4 band nights? Why do venues book 4 good bands in a row? Do they not realize its very hard for an audience to stand there and listen to all 4 bands in row?
There are several great shows coming up. Yes, they happen to be booked very heavily, but these two shows contain great music that is not to be missed.
Nov 16: Matt Pond PA, Straylight Run, Street to Nowhere and Kevin Devine at the Roxy
Matt Pond PA is great. While every other indie rock act got a female to play the keyboards, he went ahead and got one to play the cello. Also, the last time I saw them (granted it was more than a year ago), they did a cover of R. Kelly's Sex in the Kitchen. Kevin Devine is a NYer who plays all the time. He is a great songwriter who should be written about a lot more.
Dec 2: Sea Wolf, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Ferraby Lionheart, Patrick Park at the Troubadour
This was ranking up there to be a great LA show, but then they went ahead and added Austin's What Made Milaukee Famous and now, its just a great show. If you missed Sea Wolf during their Spaceland residency, don't miss them here. Ferraby Lionheart is a fantastic combination of Rufus Wainwright and Jon Brion. We will look past the fact that his band is made up of teenagers. Patrick Park is one of the best singer-songwriters in this town. Wear comfortable shoes.
Also of note:
Lets Go Sailing start their November residency at Spaceland. Based on what has happened to the last couple of Spaceland residents (The Little Ones signed to Astralwerks, Sea Wolf was immediately booked at the Troubadour), great things should come of this band too.
The Pernice Brothers / Elvis Perkins show on Nov 22nd at Spaceland will be a great show. If you haven't seen Elvis Perkins yet, don't miss out. He is great. Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite albums of the year.
I am currently very into James Hunter's People Gonna Talk. Its not of this era and its wonderful. Its Van Morrison. Its early Ray Charles. Its a white guy doing soul like he was playing 40 years ago. He is playing the Roxy this Thursday, Nov. 2.