Yet another Friday with many, many musical options.

April 23rd, 2010 · 7 Comments · By

Plenty of assorted musical entertainments to choose from this evening; it’s a little late in the day so I’ll make this short & sweet:

At 7:30pm at The Garage, there’s a Baltimore act called Small Sur, who play “ethereal indie-folk;” local singer/songwriter Chris Campanelli is the opener, and they’ll be passing a hat and asking for $5 (although the show does take place in a public park; still, touring musicians deserve compensation for the music that you enjoy!) If you ask me, it’s a pretty lovely day to spend an evening hearing music outdoors.

Also from Baltimore is an act called Future Islands, playing at the Tea Bazaar tonight; they’re affiliated with the Wham City! collective, responsible for many excellent entertainments in the past half-decade (to be honest I’m not very familiar with that particular band, although I remember their name from one of my favorite posters from recent years); they’ll be on at 11:00. Just before that, c. 10pm, is Charlottesville-based keyboard / loop pedal wizard Rhythm Bandit; starting things off at 9pm is Olivia Mancini, whose band features a few members of Donny Hue / Nethers etc. The cover for that one is $7.

For my money the most promising show tonight may be Sarah White and the Pearls; her new line-up (which features Ted Pitney and a former member of GWAR) is pretty kick-ass; apparently they’re working on a new record as well! That’s at the Southern tonight; Doors are at 8, the openers starting at 9 are Red Rattles and Pompadour (whose impressive and not-at-all-bad set I finally caught last week), and the Pearls are up at 10:30. Cover is $8.

…. aaaand there’s a free show later on tonight at The Southern; the Cinnamon Band are having a CD release party at midnight! So if yr at the Pearls show it’ll be worthwhile to stick around; or if you’re elsewhere, that might make a perfect nightcap.

Oh, and Sons of Bill are playing at the Jefferson; plus there’s some guys named the Duck Brothers DJing at R2. See? Like I said, plenty to do tonight. There’s no excuse to stay in!


{However, might I remind you that tomorrow is both the Dogwood Parade and Foxfield; as usual I strongly strongly advise against trying to drive anywhere tomorrow, and unless you’re planning on watching a parade — or getting date-raped by a future congressman — it’s a pretty good day to stay at home. It’s supposed to rain anyway. But there’s some cool events downtown tomorrow evening; more on that soon.}

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TomT // Apr 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I only know one song by Future Islands, but it’s a killer. “Little Dreamer” was described by Yancey Strickler thusly, and I think he nails it:

    The song is this preposterously gorgeous ballad: organ, a slight beat and then this incredibly performative vocal line that’s part Bobby Darin, part Peter Laughner (Pere Ubu). It goes so many layers deep, from the perfect echo on the vocals to the seeping guitar feedback to the patient bass line to “When I was just a child/ A lonely boy/ I held onto my dreams/ Like they would run from me.” I mean what else is there to say beyond that? It’s so sincere. So sincere. I can’t recommend this song highly enough.

  • 2 Jacob // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, a lot of good stuff tonight!

    Wanted to do a big writeup for Future Islands but was busy wielding a staplegun at Foxfields for a little one off day-job, instead of using a Nailgun. Get it? Get it?


    Anyway, that should be a great show! I’ve also heard good things about Small Sur. Cinnamon Band will be great (and free, which I like!). And of course on another night I would certainly not miss Sarah White playing with her full band. Good stuff!

  • 3 (the other) Sarah // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Also, OLIO is happening at CCDC around 7-7:30, as part of Architecture Week!

  • 4 Jacob // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    By the way, still a lot of lively and interesting (and mostly good-natured) discussion, on a range of topics, happening in some of the posts further down. Have a look and/or jump in if you haven’t already!

  • 5 Jacob // Apr 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    And in general, I’m pretty thrilled with the vast increase in comments around here. Nailgun is starting to feel a lot more like an ongoing conversation between a lot of people — dare I say an ‘online community’ even? — than a place where us contributors are simply talking at people. Keep it up!

  • 6 NICO ESPECTACULAR! // Apr 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    In regards to Foxfields, has anyone seen the movie “Zoo”?

  • 7 Chris T. // Apr 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    We tried getting that movie for offscreen this season, but somehow things fell apart with securing it. BUT i heard it doesn’t include the infamous mr.hands video (which, for the record, i have not seen, thank very much). Instead its some soft-hearted (?!?) documentary of these farms that open their ranches to people with that kind of fetish. psuedo-anthropological maybe. and last time i checked, the whole movie is on youtube.