Tonight’s show at the Magnolia house should be really fun; the headliner is the constantly-touring, multi-talented Jeffrey Lewis, and the bands supporting him should make for an interesting bill.
It’s hard to know where to start when explaining Jeffrey Lewis to those who don’t know him already; his songs are in folksy, straightforward Jonathan Richman-ish territory, and they often involve a lot of storytelling and humor. His work sort of touches on everything — from comic books about being a touring musician, to explanations of why he doesn’t do Acid anymore, to his entire album of acoustic Crass covers — but my favorite thing of his is probably The Complete History of Punk Rock and its Development on the Lower East Side, 1950-1975:
He’s playing tonight with his current backing band, The Junkyard.
Sharing the bill is Charlottesville’s greatest songwriter and most inconsistent performer, David Benson of DBB Plays Cups. Reportedly they’ve got a “crisp 30 minute set” worked out, and tonight’s backing band I believe features half of the Caninos (in fact, Gary was just reminiscing about how he first met David when he opened for Jeffrey Lewis at the Tea Bazaar back in ’08… and initially hated the band that he is now performing in).
Another local act called The Fire Tapes are also playing; I’ve been hearing good things about them for a few months now, but have yet to actually successfully hear one of their shows, so I’m looking forward to hearing them tonight; and initially, Male Model were on the bill as well… but it now looks like they’re not. Is there any truth to the rumor that last week’s Tea House gig was their last show? That would be too bad (although every member of that band is also in two other great Cville bands, so perhaps the net value will just be absorbed elsewhere…)
Speaking of the Tea House, I’ve also just heard that something called Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, initially scheduled to play there tonight, have been moved over to the Magnolia bill, which is probably all for the best. Somebody named Rich Aucoin is now on the bill as well… and you may have heard rumors of this show happening elsewhere, but it is now definitely and irrevocably happening at Magnolia (ask around for directions, it’s a house show).
So come check it out tonight; Rich at 9, Terror Pigeon at 10, Fire Tapes at 10:30, DBB at 11 and Jeffrey Lewis at 11:30! Bring $$$ for the bands who are on tour.