It's the weekend, the sun's past the yard arm, so let's get rocking ...
All-you-can eat over at Appel Farms Arts and Music Festival on Saturday, when the South Jersey fields welcome Richard Thompson, Fountains of Wayne, Duncan Shiek, The Klezmatics, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Janis Ian, Danielia Cotton, Slo-Mo, James Hunter, Crooked Still, David Jacobs-Strain, Birdie Bush and Cabin Dogs. So much to choose from. I pick Thompson, and in honor of CBS's nice try whittling down its FCC indecency fine, "Dear Janet Jackson," from the great one's Web site. (Not safe for various commissioners.)
I don't know what good writing about Radiohead is, since their two gigs at the Tower Theatre, Thursday and Friday, have been long sold out. They're opening the American tour here. But if I were searching for what they're sounding like these days, I might go here, to a site they link on their official Web place. Ability to read French not necessary.
Robert Hazard rides the Tin Angel Friday. Looked for a Kosher copy of "Escalator of Life" and failed, but here's a blogger named The Record Robot who spent the 80s listening to WMMR and remembers the day you couldn't escape hearing this song.
I can't believe who's at the Tin Angel the next night. My early '80s (note the apostrophe) were spent in Norfolk, Va., dancing to this shades-wearing cat from Pittsburgh named Billy Price, who played some soulful R & B. He'd been the singer on that Roy Buchanan cover of "Can I Change My Mind."Paid his dues playing frat parties at Penn State. His Web site generously offers Mp3 of two songs that send me back to sailor city -- "Eldorado Cafe" and "Hold Back The Night." I might want to invite Mrs. Blinq to this one.
Nice to spend Sunday night with your Wolfmother. The '70s-sounding Aussie trio play a make-up date at the TLA, and that's an opportunity to send you to their site, where you're serenaded by "The White Unicorn." These boys achieve some serious heaviosity.