Live Tonight: Week of February 16th – February 22nd: It’s Award Season!
Has the hype of the Grammy’s finally died down? Is Beck seen as an artist by Kanye West yet? Has Sam Smith released another song? Is Beyonce overrated? These questions may never be answered (except that last one – yes.) but we have yet another awards show to prepare for this week – the Oscars! Does anyone even know what’s nominated this year? I think the Lego Movie got snubbed. The last movie I saw in theaters was that godawful remake of Oldboy. Anyway – here’s some sweet shows to take your mind off yet another week full of predictions, red carpet fashion and stupid manufactured controversies.
Monday, February 16th
Anvil with Lord Dying, Sunlord, Meatshank, Bleed The Victim at Riot Room 8 PM $18
Anvil had moderate success back in the 80s and toured with many prolific bands, including Metallica, Whitesnake and other. But, like many of the other heavy metal bands in the 80s, they faded into obscurity after a few years. However, with the release of the “Anvil! The Story Of Anvil” documentary in 2008, there’s a renewed interest in the band. These guys are probably the closest we’ll ever get to a real-life Spinal Tap, so it’s awesome to still see them around. Support comes from the ultra-heavy Lord Dying, Sunlord, Meatshank and Bleed The Victim.
Adriana Nikole with Amanda Hughey, Erica McKinzie at Record Bar 10 PM $7
Tuesday, February 17th
Jason Isbell with Damien Jurado at Uptown Theater 8 PM $25
Jason Isbell, once a member of Drive-By Truckers, has been making a name for himself in the realm of alt. country ever since his exit from the band in 2007. A bit dark and a bit emotional, Isbell’s take on country is instantly chill-inducing and it’s plain to see why he’s got all the popularity he has.
Hellyeah with Devour The Day, Like A Storm, Archer at The Midland 8 PM $26
Victor & Penny with The Young Novelist, John Calvin Abney at Record Bar 9:30 PM $7
Wednesday, February 18th
Houston Zissa with Quannum Supply, TK, 9 Deuce at Record Bar 10 PM $8
Jamaican Queens with Heavenly Beat, Human Traffic, Casey Guest at Riot Room 8:30 PM $10
The Wood Brothers with Kristina Train at The Bottleneck 8 PM $21
Thursday, February 19th
1349 with Origin, Abysmal Dawn, Wolvhammer, Hossferatu at Riot Room 8 PM $20
Are you ready to summon the Devil? Or maybe summon an intergalactic being from another dimension? No? Well okay, how about just getting your face blasted into a thousand tiny pieces? One of the heaviest and eclectic metal tours in recent memory. Norway’s 1349 is one of the premier Norwegian black metal bands around today, Kansas’ very own Origin are at the top of their game and are known the world over as maybe the best live band in existence, Abysmal Dawn from Los Angeles who may have just released the best album in their short-yet-amazing career, and Wolvhammer who is one of the best up-and-coming extreme metal bands right now. My eardrums are already ringing.
Catfish and the Bottlemen with Wild Party at Record Bar 9:30 PM $15
Turnpike Troubadours at The Granada 8 PM $25
Sphynx with White Girl at The Bottleneck 9 PM
Friday, February 20th
Blackberry Smoke with The Temperance Movement, Ben Miller Band at Uptown Theater 8 PM $25
Celtic Thunder at The Midland 7:30 PM $50
Saturday, February 21st
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys with the Howlin Brothers at The Bottleneck 7 PM $15
Martin Sexton at The Granada 8 PM $25
Outsides with Hembree at Record Bar 10 PM $10
JayRock 10 feat. Max Frost at Uptown Theater 8:30 PM $15
Sunday, February 22nd
Motion City Soundtrack with William Beckett, Brick & Mortar at The Granada 7:30 PM $20
A blast from the (pop punk) past! Motion City Soundtrack were one of those bands that caught the end of the pop punk wave back in the 00′s and they’ve had an eclectic career since then, but on this particular tour, the Minneapolis band is revisiting their 2005 opus “Commit This To Memory.” I, along with probably a ton of people, blasted “Everything Is Alright” whenever it came on MTV2. Don’t lie – just come have a good time!
Hundred Waters with Moses Sumney at Record Bar 7:30 PM $12