Random Row, Califone, Box

October 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments · By

So, firstly, I second James’ sentiment below. We missed a lot last weekend. I chalk that up, personally, to an insanely busy schedule. I’m finally ready to admit that I’ve bit off more than I can chew, so don’t expect quite the volume of output from Holy Smokes in the coming months. I’m really teetering close to burning out. Time to reign it in. That said…

Tonight’s show at Random Row should be really nice. First we have Spider, which reminds me a lot of the solo record from Beth Gibbons (of Portishead) (which was really really great and I haven’t heard in way too long). It’s dark, eerie, folk rock with a really rad female lead vocalist. Argh, my description sounds so generic, but dammit, it’s good! I’m getting worse at this ‘explaining bands’ thing and it’s frustrating the hell out of me. What can I say? Click the link. Interestingly, Jane Herships, who is Spider’s frontwoman, apparently used to be the touring guitarist for Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, who played the Tea Bazaar last night.

Opening up are a group called Magdyn Osh. Can’t say I really know anything about them, but they’re on tour with Spider and are likewise Brooklynites. And starting out the evening is Dave Heumann, frontman of a Baltimore based band called Arbouretum. I don’t know if ya’ll have heard of them, but they rock. Somewhere between Black Mountain and the Black Keys. Awesome drony rock. Hard to know what to expect from a solo show, but I’m looking forward to it. Doors are at 7:30, music at 8. $5 suggested donation. Random Row Books, for those of you still unfamiliar, is across from the Greyhound Station at 315 W. Main Street.

Meanwhile, down at The Southern, Califone are playing a “multi-media event”. For a name that’s so familiar, I can’t say I know very much about that band. I also can’t tell you what to expect from the multi-media aspect of this show. I’m sure there are, at the very least, projections involved. Doors are apparently at 7PM, tickets are $10.

Lastly, after those other things are done, there’s a show at The Box tonight. Locals Tyger & The Lamb and Graboids play with a group from Portland, Oregon called Caught in Motion. No cover, starts around 10PM.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andy // Oct 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Califone will be playing a live score to front man Tim Rutili’s film, “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers.”

    The film is approx. 90 minutes and then they said they’ll be playing about 30 minutes more after the film ends.

    Should be a very, very cool night!

  • 2 Mss. // Oct 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah honey, Califone are hep with the elder-statesman types. Used to be Red Red Meat. Saw them in OH around ’01. 2 drummers and a rhodes! Go See Them.

  • 3 Sarah // Oct 26, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Saw some Brent Green films at The Gravity Lounge during film fest 2007. Green scores several of his movies with Califone’s songs. They’re pretty pleasant, recommended to fans of Iron and Wine. I personally think they are better than Iron and Wine.

  • 4 baconfat // Oct 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    does anyone have a report on the warpaint set on sunday? i just love the idea of barely-legal fashionista hotties from los angeles invading the tea bazaar. kind of wish i had gone but busy recovering from a cold. also: i’m broke.

  • 5 Jacob // Oct 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Warpaint played a good set. Extreme reverb. It was a really sparse turnout though, so I imagine it’s a bit of a different experience with the full crowd in effect.