Saturday, October 07, 2006

Hot Spot Saturday and Tuesday


This week the Club Crawl is happening and it's a time to catch more local talent than you can shake a bucket of sticks at. It's happening Saturday night Downtown with a slew of venues indoor and out. There are far too many cool acts to list here but I will point out one of the few out of townees, Jonah Smith. Jonah is an electric piano playing singer songwriter based in New York City. Reminds me of Van Morrison, he's got a soulful voice and songs and a great band to back him up. Full details on the Club Crawl can be found in this week's Tucson Weekly. Let's hope some of the folks that make it out to Club Crawl, will decide they want to go see live local music more than once or twice a year.

Not into Club Crawl? Well there is another killer show Saturday night, Bobby Bare Jr. at Plush. Billed as a CD release party for his brand new album, The Longest Meow, on Bloodshot Records, this triple bill also includes local stalwarts Loveland and the Jon Rauhouse Trio (another Bloodshot artist). Bobby Bare Jr.'s music is a great blend of alt-country, blue eyed soul, and reckless rock n' roll, topped off with Bobby's trademark yelp. Think of the intimacy of Gram Parsons mixed with showmanship of Little Richard.

Tuesday is a doozey too as there are three great shows to choose from.
-James McMurtry at Club Congress. The longtime KXCI favorite and songwriter extraordinaire has some great new national recognition. In September the Americana Music Association named his latest release, Childish Things, the album of the year. He also received song of the year honors with "We Can't Make It Here".

-Mosquitos
play Solar Culture. Their brand of indie lounge and Brazilian pop has been a favorite on the Music Mix. Touring in support of their third release, expect mellow grooves, female Brazilian vocals and lots of aural ear candy.

-Asobi Seksu
and Subtle at Plush. Asobi Seksu features a Japanese female vocalist ad-mist swirling psychedelic rock and Subtle is odd and ambient underground hip hop. Subtle's brand new CD is out on Astralwerks and members include the likes of Dose One and Jel, from themselves and cLOUDHEAD on the acclaimed underground hip hop label Anticon.

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