Wednesday: Shonen Knife
Since their humble DIY beginnings in 1981, Osaka, Japan's Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of rock enthusiasts and alternative rock elite, their relentless journey securing the band's place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage. The rock and roll dreams of three young office girls blossomed into a reality and the trio continues now into its 35th year of international touring and recording with their 16th release Adventure recorded on Osaka in late 2015.
Sounds like: The 5,6,7,8's, The Muffs, Cibo Matto, Bikini Kill, Guitar Wolf
Thursday: Jamestown Revival - SOLD OUT
Jamestown Revival is made up of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance, childhood friends turned bandmates. By 2014 they released their debut album UTAH (which included the hit single ‘California’), built a committed fan base with countless road shows, and received critical acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal. Jamestown Revival's most recent album is said to musically remain loyal to their indie rock/alt country aesthetic, while also reaching into new creative territory.
Friday: Temples - SOLD OUT
Looking like a West Coast psych band, Temples bear all the hallmarks of cosmic travelers. There's the band name, for starters, there are track titles that sound like JG Ballard novels and there's the fact that they take incense sticks on the road with them. The Kettering four-piece's music is a mix of scuzzy glam stomp, dreamy, 12-string-drenched folk-rock, droning psych and more – all given a 2013 spin. Retro is a dirty word.
Saturday: Cass McCombs Band
Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that has twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. Diverse, cryptic, vital and refreshingly rebellious — just when you think you have him pinned down, you find you’re on the wrong track. However, Mangy Love, his Anti Records debut, is McCombs at his most blunt: tackling sociopolitical issues through his uniquely cracked lens of lyrical wit and singular insight.
Sounds like: Kurt Vile, Woods, Bill Callahan, Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn
Sunday morning jazz with a side of French toast? We thought it was a good idea, too. The James Buckley Trio take the stage so you can bebop your way through breakfast. The Turf Club opens for bunch at 10:00am (All Ages event | No Cover).
Sunday: Tall Heights
Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston progressive-folk duo Tall Heights. Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright know where they’ve been, and where they want to go. They’ve reached their biggest junction so far — Neptune, released August 19, is Tall Heights’ first album for Sony Music Masterworks, and the latest step in the ongoing evolution of their sound and style.
Monday: The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers’ new album Life in the Dark, released June 24 on Yep Roc, is classic American music. At once plainspoken and deeply literate, the band’s latest features nine new songs that capture the hopes and fears, the yearning and resignation, of a rootless, restless nation at a time of change. Life in the Dark also coincides with The Felice Brothers’ 10th anniversary as a band.
Sounds like: Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Justin Townes Earle, A.A. Bondy, The Low Anthem
Blog by Ellie Moonen