Vetiver and their unintentionally horrifying press photo.
No need for introductory paragraphs. Here’s a quick rundown of seven buzzyshows in the upcoming months. Attendance is manditory. Let’s boogie.
Wed., March 3, $2.
Who? They’re part of the cream that rose to the top after the freak folk genre du jour became passé. Devendra Banhart and Vashti Bunyan count themselves as fans and collaborators, to boot.
Why should I see this? Look at how much it costs. There’s really no excuse to not go to this.
Lookit: Vetiver doing “Been So Long” in studio with Adem, Juana Molita and Mrs. Bunyan.
Who? You know who. The legend. He’s back in town and he’s gonna drink a million whiskeys, bed your old lady better than she’s ever been bedded before and, to quote the man, “remember you sorry fuckers how it's done."
Why should I see this? Because you’re a sorry fucker that needs to get remembered how it’s done.
Lookit: T being T on a KEXP morning show.
Tue., March 9, $10.
Who? The prolific avant-pop band whose songs would soundtrack every good television commercial if not for singer Jamie Stewart’s unsettling Conor Oberst by way of Jandek warbling. Also, the correct answer to “what band did a cover of Joy Division/New Order’s ‘Ceremony’ that was better than the original?”
Why should I see this? Not to beat a tired cliché, but this show’s a perfect example of voting with your wallet.
Lookit: “Crank Heart” on, I dunno, something Brazilian.
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Mon., March 22 , $8 adv./$10 d.o.s.
Who? A self-proclaimed alcoholic Brooklyn troubadour who wrote one of the best debuts of the decade (his eponymous 2005 album) while homeless in New York City.
Why should I see this? The guy’s not just a compelling back story. He’s the real deal with the chops and wordplay to back his ambition.
Lookit: “The Debtor” in a bathroom.
Fri., April 23, $10
Who? A Glasgow-based band that’s hogging all the acclaim. No need for music journalist words; they make big, good, triumphant indie rock music to get all dreamy to.
Why should I see this? So you can say you saw them before they break big time this year after they release their new album.
Lookit: “The Modern Leper” on some Scottish BBC music show.
Tue., May 4, $10
Who? A dangerously likeable alt-country outfit that toes the line between Neutral Milk Hotel and Lucero. A perfect example of overnight success, they went from playing a house show in Conway to being interviewed by Brian Williams in something like six months.
Why should I see this? Because they’re the best Little Rock band not from Little Rock.
Lookit: The guys put the hurt on Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.”