1. Man Man
, Thursday, April 23, Revolution. Just a couple weeks after they release their third album (and first for Anti-), Philly weirdos Man Man return to Little Rock. They've played, packed and made folks go buck wild at White Water and Downtown Music several times in recent years. It'll be interesting to see how they're Tom Waits-ish circus music translates at the Rev. I'm betting it'll be packed. Tickets are $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
2. Those Darlins
, Friday, April 24, White Water. This Murfreesboro trio comes blog-approved and with a considered schtick. By which I mean: A) They play a ramshackle kind of folk-rock. B) They're good lookin', usually wear short shorts and vamp a lot. C) They sing about drinking, loving crazy women and eating chicken ("I got drunk and I ate a chicken / I ate a chicken I found in my kitchen / Not just a leg and not just a wing / I'd like to let you know that I ate the whole damn thing"). D) They apparently tell ribald jokes. That WWT favs Glossary
opens shouldn't hurt things.
3. Snoop Dogg
, Monday, May 4. Village. He's been performing shows for two decades. Surely, he's at least competent onstage. And this is in a space that's as intimate as you'll see him anywhere. Plus, Somalian rapper K'Naan
, who's pretty awesome, opens. Tickets, for $40, are on-sale now
4. Richard Buckner
, Wednesday, May 6, Vino's. Yes! I've had my finger's crossed for this gig for years. Buckner has too. I saw him at the Austin City Limits festival four or five years back, and he said he'd always wanted to play here, that he had family here, but no one would book him. So bravo, I imagine, to Buckner fan Erin Hurley to Vino's Samantha Allen for working it out. For those in the dark, Merge is giving away several mp3s
from three recent re-releases, "Bloomed," "The Hill" and "Impasse," all of which are way worth having. "Bloomed" is the twang-y debut recorded with legendary Texas session man Lloyd Maines (Natalie's dad). "The Hill," originally released as one track, but divided now into individual songs, is based on characters of Masters' "Spoon River Anthology." Lately, he's been doing more, almost post-punk sounding stuff. One constant — outstanding songwriting. Go to this show.