Good Friday: Peaches, Viva Voce, Malford Milligan, David Byrne, International Waters, Oliver's Army, Airline, Jonathan Byrd, The Phuss, Gaelic Storm, Todd Sarvies
First off the shows that were already covered in print or online.
Tonight's a full plate to be sure: The Peaches/Drums of Death show at The Granada should prove to be an ear- and an eyeful; up in Denton, the triple-bill of Viva Voce/Cut Off Your Hands/Robert Gomez should keep a person occupied well past midnight.
And, on Sunday, former Talking Head main man David Byrne brings his multi-cultural, dance theater experience to the haughty confines of the Majestic Theater.
There's tons more, though. So let's jump!
International Waters, Wine and Revolution
Friday, June 12, at The Cavern
Hailing out of Austin, Mitch Calvert and the rest of the spry quartet known as International Waters have only a solitary single under its belt, but the "Flashes" 7-inch is a snappy amalgam of brit-pop and alt-rock. This is definitely a band worth getting into before all the critical kudos start rolling in. Another anglophile-inspired unit out of Austin, Wine and Revolution, open up what should be a pleasant experience for all involved.
King Bucks, Airline, Here in Arms
Friday, June 12, at City Tavern
Danny Balis' country outfit, The King Bucks, just seems to be getting better and better each week, but Airline may well be the hidden gem on this bill as well as in our local scene. The band is working on a follow-up to last year's excellent Farewell Republica and its brand of alt-country incorporates some shoegazing properties making for a truly unusual sound. Here in Arms, meanwhile, kicks things into more of a Springsteen realm. The one thing tying all these bands together, though? Drummer Chris Carmichael, who plays in all three of the acts, and put together this bill of his bands as a way to celebrate his birthday, which took place yesterday.
Friday, June 12, at Uncle Calvin's Coffee House
North Carolina's Jonathan Byrd plays country/folk of the old school variety. Most discussions of Byrd's sturdy songs usually begin with Haggard and ends with Cash. Byrd's the real Americana deal, and an intimate venue like Uncle Calvin's is sure to bring out the best in him and his top notch band.
Friday, June 12, at Lee Harvey's
Cover/tribute bands are certainly not uncommon to our area, but this long-running combo diverges from the path of most by digging deep into its particular subject. Spanning nearly everything that Costello has released (and that's a hell of a lot), this bunch of locals could well be the top plagiarizers in a crowded field.
Friday, June 12, at Skillman Street Pub
This relatively new local duo caught my attention a few weeks back. Like the White Stripes and Black Keys, The Phuss make a whole hell of a racket for just two people. The band just finished up its debut EP and this is as good a time as any for folks to check out a band taking baby steps.
Saturday, June 13 at The Prophet Bar
Now living in Milwaukee, Malford Milligan gained most of his reputation fronting Austin's noted Storyville back in the '80s. Having worked with the likes of Eric Johnson and Alejandro Escovedo, Milligan's soulful vocals and dynamic stage presence set him apart, from, well, just about everyone. At 50, he's lost none of what made him great back in the day.
Sunday, June 14, at House of Blues
This highly regarded Celtic band from California seems to make its way to our area a couple of times a year, but that's not a bad thing at all. Those yearning for some fast paced jigs and reels will find plenty during what ought to be a feisty Sabbath night performance
Sunday, June 14, at Club Dada
This singer/songwriter from St. Louis looks all sensitive, but has more in his bag of tricks than moody looks and a well-trimmed beard. As the frontman for John Boy's Courage, Sarvies has gained renown in the Midwest for his novelist-like narratives and passionate vocal delivery. Performing in Dada's Listening Room, Sarvies should be able to channel some serious karma.
And, as always, if you've got more shows worth looking into, post them in the comments below