There's The Black Crowes and The Black Ox Orkestar, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice and The Teeth, Genghis Tron and Lake Trout, The Adolescents and The Editors - all sorts of acts coming around this weekend that are made for word play. Some we'd even stand in line to hear. It's the weekend already in Kamchatka, so let's drop the needle on our weekend music grab:
Her story could be captioned Exhibit A in the case for the power of musical netroots. Fiona Apple's third album was going nowhere, shelved by Sony, when songs started leaking onto the Web. First two, then all 11. Fans and critics raved. A guerrilla campaign, called Free Fiona, which involved the mass mailing of foam apples, helped win the record's release. And so last October, the label finally released Extraordinary Machines. And it was extraordinary. The emotive waif with the emerald eyes comes to town Friday to play the Tweeter Center. Listen to this feature/interview from NPR upon the CD's October release. This would be a good show if it were Fiona alone. But you get Damien Rice opening for her, and David Garza opening for him. Rice is the Irishman, whose tender "Cold Water" was used to such strong effect in The Girl In The Cafe. It's from 2003's winning O.
(Update: got a fan who hated her recently write into the comment section below. Anyone want to offer an opinion of Friday's show???)
Speaking of big bills - The waterfront will be musically purling once again this weekend, and my pick would be the Black Crowes, Drive-by Truckers and Robert Randolph - mostly because I have never seen the Drive-by Truckers in person, though I've gotten a hold of a few live songs of theirs over the years, and have heard tale of their three-guitars, play-it-all-night-long ethos. For a taste of the Truckers, hell, for a whole show, visit the Live Archive. Might want to start with a January concert back at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga. For download or stream.
Where has Freedy Johnson gone? So begins a recent post at IndieBogHeaven that I can get behind - he had quite the streak about a decade ago, peaking with "Can You Fly," which Robert Christgau once called "a perfect album." He's supporting the release of a new (but old) live CD, and back in town Saturday night at the Tin Angel.
Double bill, at the TLA Saturday finds Lake Trout opening for The Editors. Let's pay attention to the editors first, because editors demand that. Some, such as Kiss Atlanta, have called them a lab-made concoction of Interpol, Joy Division and Bloc Party parts. Others, like me, just find them interesting. I'd hunt down "Munich," the acoustic version, before returning to Kiss Atlanta to hear what it sounds like layered. Lake Trout? Here's a live show/interview for download from WOXY.com. Their MySpace page is well stocked, too.
As a bonus (Mondays aren't the weekend, but this IS a break-up tour) here's something to consider if you're heading to the Starlight Lounge for Sleater-Kinney's Philly farewell. RBally found this God knows where, a live show, posted in its entirely, by Jennings in honor of what he calls the greatest rock band in America.