Posted by: Necci – Oct 02, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 10 p.m.
New Orleans Bounce Invades Richmond featuring Nicky Da B, DJ Rusty Lazer, Beat Down the Kid @ Strange Matter – price at door/18+
Oh, those wackos at Strange Matter. Mark and the gang just continue to deliver the coveted freak nights we remember from here to infinity. New Orleans has a sound: New Orleans has Bounce. When starting to explore the newest forms of Bounce music, it is demanded that you start with Nicky Da B.
Nicky Da B’s Bounce rap is a smoother, more unique version of past Bounce performers. However, you never stop moving when listening to the intense dance vibes Nicky Da B sets forth with his rapid movement marvels. Think everything from dancehall reggae to--do I dare say it?--Gabba music. Underneath Nicky Da B’s rap and DJ Rusty Lazer’s music is a plate of soul served with delicious grooves and the intertwining of bass and extra bass. Then there’s bass after that.
Your head is running at a cool 95 miles-per-hour, but your sweat kills your inability to just lean against the wall. Get out on the dance floor, Richmond, and bounce like a rubber ball. Richmond needs more bounce--oh, do we ever--and if you enjoyed the Big Freedia shows last year, then this show will certainly suffice.
Damnnnn, that girl sure has a fly booty!
Wednesday, October 3, 9 p. m.
The Ataris, Flatfoot 56, Red City Radio, Hold Tight! @ The Camel
Pop punk has a giant of a rabblerousing showcase tonight brought to us by the good folks at the Paper + Plastick label. It centers on the high energy Ataris out of Indiana. Ataris vocalist and guitarist Kris Roe is a king in the pop punk genre, and always brings everything, including the kitchen sink. to every live performance. The Camel will be showcasing much tom foolery for sure this evening, so see you there.
Flatfoot 56 might just sweep this show from out under the rug, as they tear it up with their Celtic punk from Chicago - Finally a Celtic punk band not from Boston. Red City Radio is another jumping bean of a punk band from Oklahoma. These guys will be more powerful than the musical Oklahoma; I’m sure of it. Richmond’s version of out-of-control glory, Hold Tight!, open this barnstorming of thrust.
Thursday, October 4, 8 p.m.
Machine Gun Mustache, The Ian Thomas Band, Jordan Tarrant/Russell Lacy @ The Camel – Price at door/18+
DC’s experimental indie folk band Machine Gun Mustache has been touring incessantly of late, making Richmond a go-to. I’ve had my eye on this fine band for a bit now. Everybody seems to be making experimental folk music these days, but MGM has the ‘It’ factor. So much, in fact, that a Thursday night at the Camel would be a great idea.
Folk music with the crooning of fine singer-songwriters is supplied to the hungry ear with the bewildering styling’s of Ian Thomas, Jordan Tarrant, and Russell Lacy. Acoustic guitars have never sounded more bulls on parade than these rose petals and pasteurized greatness.
Friday, October 5, 10 p. m.
Anousheh Khalili, The Garbers, The Snowy Owls @ Strange Matter - $5/18+
Anousheh Khalili finally has a new album out and word on the street is that it’s above decibel levels from previous works. It’s only rock and roll, and Anousheh Khalili likes it.
Khalili has the makings to be a superstar. Many giants in the music industry want to work with her--and some have, but when she will break out is the question. Well, her new album, The Trouble I Find, can already be described as a treasure, and is sure to rocket her into the stars. Thanks to Triple Stamp Records, Richmond has Anousheh Khalili, and now it’s time to show her love by not only going to this show, but lending support to an artist that has been to hell and back, yet has found the time to put together music that is both mesmerizing and a masterpiece. Come to think about it, with her defining vocals and illuminating soul, it just might be time to call Anousheh Khalili the best songstress in Richmond.
This show, featuring indie music supreme thanks to the Garbers and Snowy Owls, could possibly be a Show of the Year candidate.
Saturday, October 6, 12-7 p.m.
HOGTOBER featuring live music by Long Arms (pictured above), River City Band, Chrome Daddy Disco, Andy Vaughn & the Driveline @ Libby Hill Park – Church Hill – Free/All Ages
A few years back, there was a backyard party that turned into a party in Libby Park. This party, which became THE event up in Church Hill, was known as High-On-the-Hog. Well, I guess the organizers outgrew it, or just felt it wasn’t feasible to do this annual autumn event anymore. What started out as a cool concept for that neighborhood, featuring food, booze, and bands, just got too big, perhaps. So big, in fact, that local political candidates used to attend it prostituting votes. Yes, it turned into one of those things.
Well, flash forward to last year, and Hogtober was conjured up. This event is a more improved version of High-On-the-Hog, but with, I’m happy to say, much better--and I do mean MUCH better--bands. Hogtober is an event for everybody, and while I hope it keeps the genesis of what this event was originally all about, I do champion the new spirit of this event. Let’s be honest, is there a better place on Earth than Libby Park? Hell no, and having this lovely festival with some darn good food, booze, and music only makes it more heavenly. Now, if we could only get Hogtober’s main sponsor to present Richmond’s music scene in an honest light.
Sunday, October 7, 8 p.m.
Sleigh Bells, AraabMUZIK @ The National - $20 Adv – ticketmaster.com / $25 Door / All Ages
No, it's not Christmas, but this Sunday, Sleigh Bells can be heard at the corner of 7th and Broad St. Unless you've been living under the Manchester Bridge, Sleigh Bells is THE band. This noisy-dance-pop-punk duo out of Brooklyn is a memorable encounter between your ears and eyes. Touring in support of their sophomore LP, Reign of Terror, this is a band for dancing. Two left feet? It doesn’t matter. Sleigh Bells best trait is the fact that their music is completely universal and caters to everyone. Richmond needs a good time, and after listening to a bit of Reign of Terror, you'll see that this show cannot be missed. This music is riot loud and a ballet of flowers experiencing electronically.
A few months back I discovered a DJ I really liked. Snagged some of his MP3s, even. The music was unique, funky, emotional, and acute, with a penetrating delivery. I’m talking about the hip hop producer extraordinaire AraabMUSIK. This Rhode Islander is one to pay attention to, and I’m glad he’s in Richmond tonight. I recommend him highly.
Sunday, October 7, 8 p. m.
The Fleshtones, Cashmere Jungle Lords, The Vacant Stairs @ The Camel - $8 Advance / fleshtonesrva.eventbrite.com / $10 Door / 18+
The Eighties and I.R.S Records are back in our lives thanks to this flashback to the fun and purity of rock and roll. If you don’t recall the Fleshtones, and unfortunately most of you probably don’t, you missed out on the New York sound that woke up a nation ready to shimmy, shake, and slam. Well, here’s your chance to crawl back into a time of Reagan and John Hughes films, and see the American beat as it was and should always be.
Touring again with two original members and founders--Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba--along with longtime drummer Bill Milhizer, the Fleshtones are a living museum to the 70s New York sound, which centered around Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. The Fleshtones are fun and intoxicating, but also, don’t forget, this band was one of the forefathers of garage rock and roll, and something tells me that they’ll be as tight as they ever were. This show has all the makings of being another show featuring the past that will only take Richmond to the future.
The party gets juiced up correctly by Richmond’s The Vacant Stairs and Cashmere Jungle Lords.
Sunday, October 7, 10 p.m.
Netherfriends, Flossed In Paradise, Vinegar @ The Nile – Donations/21+
That one man band of circuses and shotgun weddings is back in Richmond from Chicagoland. I’m talking about Netherfriends. If you haven’t seen Shawn Rosenblatt, aka Netherfriends', self-described Mid-fi Psychedelic Pop, then just stay home and watch football highlights with all the other sub-literates. Loud, elaborate and sure fire crispy is Netherfriends.
Flossed in Paradise is my man Alex French of White Laces. Remember? Anyone who witnesses this thrill of a lifetime is a dog that will hunt and a Rockett’s Landing fisherman with class. Go cat go.
Hello Vinegar! Other than on my salad, I want this inprov duo with members of Dumb Waiter and Coald Toast to be tipped poorly, and to drive me to the ACME Appliance Store where I can buy a toaster that works.
Monday, October 8, 10 p.m.
Nervous Ticks, The Blind Shake (pictured above by Jon Behm), Fire Bison, Power-Take-Off, Buck Biloxi & The Fucks @ Strange Matter - $6/18+
Holy smoking deer, this Monday night is a bevy of stomping garage counter-reactions. Does this make sense? Hell no, and yet, you know this show is on the unbelievable docket.
Garage rock and roll is stripped down to the core and devils out the insecurities. I’m shaking like a leaf on a tree just thinking about this hot Monday. Offbeat will lead to off-kilter when Minnesota’s the Blind Shake explode onto us their pinnacle-perplexing garage rock with fancy get-down-stay-down type gyrations that will have you cheering like a hyena for this trio to deliver more, more, more. Expect the scuzz to get carried away when Richmond’s Nervous Ticks get to the beat happening.
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks not only get the best band name award, but they will also take their brand of punk and ride it like a sturgeon to the depths of your sensory. The electrifying Fire Bison is aboard, of course, and Power Take Off plays the part of the noise caboose.
Tuesday, October 9, 8 p.m.
The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White (pictured above) @ The National - $15/All Ages
The indie folk band everybody is talking about, The Mountain Goats, is in town tonight, and is sure to please a bunch of people in the middle of society. Initially formed by singer-songwriter John Darnielle of good ‘ole California, who now resides in North Carolina, The Mountain Goats have skyrocketed to the next level with the additions of musicians Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Owen Pallett.
The Mountain Goats may have found success of late but they no doubt deserve a handshake for their perseverance. Since 1994, The Mountain Goats have paid so many dues, they even added the tip. Let your palate taste a clever mix of songs and storylines, which buttress the marvelous Mountain Goats albums, released on grand indie labels such as 4AD and Merge.
Adding to this night of quality music is the one and only Matthew E. White. Yes, the same Matthew E. White of Richmond, VA that has received stellar reviews from Rolling Stone, SPIN, NPR, and Pitchfork, along with gracing the cover of that local weekly here in Richmond. Getting that cover was a great thing for White because now Henricofielders and white (no pun intended) middle aged lawyers are buying into his music. Contrary to what was stated by the aforementioned local weekly, Matthew E. White did not put Richmond’s music scene on the map. It was already on the map--for decades now, if you think about it. However, White is currently carrying the torch, and I could not think of anyone more deserving to do so.
White’s music is the next big thing. White’s songs and style will certainly steal this show. He is worth the hype. His new album, Big Inner, on Richmond’s Spacebomb Records, is quirky and brilliantly composed, and can best be described as a milestone for not only Richmond music, but American music as well. White’s live shows are even better. His band is comprised of the crème-de-la-crème of local musicians, including bassist Cameron Ralston and drummer Pinson Chanselle, along with a horn section to die for.
This is a quality show, Richmond--show up.
By John Lewis Morgan (onewayrichmond.com)