TUESDAY: DE LUX (Free Show)
L.A.’s De Lux are a post-disco dance-punk DIY duo that sound like they could have come out of 1979 or 1982 just as easily as 2013. Founders and multi-instrumentalists Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco didn’t meet so much as simply appear to each other, sometime before high school ended and after learning to correctly fall off skateboards began. Sean had been writing songs since he was 15 and had spent recent years recording and re-recording his own songs. And Isaac had been on a strict diet of classic and obscure disco and boogie music since he too was 15, figuring out the original source of hip-hop’s greatest samples thanks to an older brother with a DJ sideline and an enviable collection. On their debut album Voyage, the duo roars through Psychedelic Furs or Duran Duran-style pop, delivers shouts and whispers like James Murphy at his most frantic, sinks into Eno-esque moments of bliss, and rockets through the agit-funk David Byrne-style rave-ups.
Sounds like: Classixx, Holy Ghost!, Cut Copy, Poolside
WEDNESDAY: SALLIE FORD and CROOKED FINGERS
Portland rock outfit Sallie Ford will be gracing the stage of the Turf Club Wednesday night. Not to be confused with Sallie Ford’s previous project, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, an acclaimed indie rock group boasting a 1950’s raw rock n roll sonic palette. She’s now former her own group, touring under her name, in an effort to play more guitar. Fueled by raw vocal emotions and classic guitar riffs, Sallie Ford is not to be reckoned with guitar-wise. Alongside of Sallie will be N.C. band Crooked Fingers, who has managed to get by with no label since 2008, self-releasing the most recent of frontman Eric Bachmann’s tunes to the world on his own. With a little help from the same sound engineer the Pixies worked with, Bachman’s guitars were very dense for his most recent effort, and his vocals able to carry his organic yet complex melodies.
Sounds like: JD McPherson, Nick Waterhouse, Shovels & Rope
Any Current listener will be very familiar with the name of this show, as it shares a title with Bill DeVille’s Sunday morning radio show. This lineup highlights local bluegrass and indie folk rock, with the ever-lonely Frankie Lee headlining, playing his tunes of heavy sorrow and heartache, also being joined by rising bluegrass star Israel Nash. A show of this stature and local music stars will surely bring out some special guests, so make sure to be at the Turf this Thursday!
Sounds like: The Pines, Pert Near Sandstone, Sonny Rhodes
FRIDAY: CHARLIE PARR
Some people define the word authentic, using the name Charlie Parr. As a self-taught guitarist and banjo player with no television as a kid, Charlie has had no problem becoming a folk blues aficionado here in Minnesota, growing up in Austin. His frequent collaborators include members of Low and his wife Emily Parr. He has most recent come into becoming a celebrity in the country of Australia since he was featured in a commercial down under, and is now credited with being one of the most famous roots and bluegrass artists there. If you are up for seeing one of the most purebred guitar and banjo players around, don’t miss Charlie Parr, Friday night at the Turf.
Sounds like: Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth
SATURDAY: HORSESHOES & HAND GRENADES
Open mic nights in rural Wisconsin eventually led to the culmination of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. This group of boys would play any possible show on weekends while still attending classes, paying homage to old-time bluegrass and folk rock with their vibrant sets. They’ve since gained a notable following, touring with other Midwest folk stars such as Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, and countless others from the area. The quintet is surely to get some feet stomping in the Turf, make sure to be there to see them on Saturday.
Sounds like: Pert Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr, Yonder Mountain String Band