Friday, May 6th
Tuneyards and Here We Go Magic at the Jackpot Saloon in Lawrence
I love seeing bands that I’ve never heard (or really even heard of) before, but that come highly recommended by others in the know. This show is one of these. Unfortunately, I’m already committed to something else, so please go and drink one for me.
Tuneyards is an interesting project of Merrill Garbus that incorporates impromptu drum loops, ukulele, and other odd instrumentation. She is touring on her recently release album, whokill, which has received critical praise including an 8.8 rating and “best new music” stamp from Pitchfork.
Don’t take it from me- take it from Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead. After seeing Here We Go Magic in the summer of 2010 at the Glastonbury Festival in England he tagged them as his “favorite act of the festival.” If it’s good enough for Thom, it’s good enough for me.
MerleJam featuring Chuck Meade and others at Knuckleheads in KC
Former Lawrence resident Chuck Meade of BR5-49 fame is lending his considerable country chops to this show, proceeds of which go to heart transplant patients and their families. The show starts early at 6:30 and also features Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders, the Lone jack Band, and others.
Meade is also playing Saturday night at the Bottleneck, which will likely turn into a sort of homecoming party as it usually does.
Saturday, May 7th
Of Montreal at Liberty Hall in Lawrence
Of Montreal are known for their elaborate costumes, theatrical performances, and eclectic music sensibilities. Part psychedelic, part pop, part glam, this Athens, Georgia band has a reputation for their odd and anything-goes live shows. Certainly, Of Montreal are nothing if not adventurous, and their purposeful weirdness can sometimes get in the way of the vast musical concepts that are played out on stage.
But then again, sometimes it works perfectly.