Out Every Night: The Best Shows From November 19 to 25
Future Of The Left
Fri., 8:30 p.m. November 23
w/ The Humanoids, The Livers
@ Cicero's - $10/$12
By Jaime Lees
Though celebrated as the modern equivalent of the Fall, Future of the Left is slightly less geometric and far more invitingly schizophrenic. Its songs are unpredictable, veering from clunky, sneering mania into refined alterna-noise, all while maintaining hooks and a dark sense of humor. The lyrics can be cuttingly honest and wry but sharply observant, earning Future of the Left high praise as the "Bill Hicks" of bands. Featuring members of Million Dead, Strange News From Another Star and underground indie-hero Mclusky, the Cardiff-based quartet tours the States every few years, bringing with it a commandingly loud and tight show. Bonus: The opening bands are local favorites the Humanoids and the Livers.
Sat., 6:00 p.m. November 24
w/ Fat Tramp Food Stamp, Brown Bottle Fever, ClusterPluck, Elemental Shakedown
@ Crack Fox - $5
By Allison Babka
If songs about cult sci-fi action heroes gets you going, you'll want to check out the Browncoats. The local band became a bit internet-famous in 2009 with its first video, "The Hero of Canton," an homage to mercenary character "Jayne Cobb" of Joss Whedon's prematurely cancelled 2002 TV show Firefly. While the Browncoats won't win any awards for its simple brand of punk-lite, the band certainly will make you nudge your friend knowingly as you bask in all the not-so-veiled geek references in the lyrics. We Aim to Misbehave: This show doubles as the Crack Fox's third anniversary party and features a rowdy lineup of local talent.
Rickie Lee Jones
Sat., 8:00 p.m. November 24
@ Wildey Theatre - $57-$67
By Roy Kasten
Withering, estranged and so close to the end of her rope that the singer, Rickie Lee Jones that is, sounds like she's a total goner: That's the sound of The Devil You Know, the 58-year-old hipster-jazz-folk queen's latest album, a collection of familiar rock and pop covers played so quietly and nakedly that it all sounds like the soundtrack to dying alone in the coldest, darkest place on Earth. Jones isn't just deconstructing "Sympathy for the Devil," "The Weight" and "St. James Infirmary"; she's torturing them. But it's still somehow brilliant and mystifying, as she almost always is. Small But Mighty: Jones is currently touring as a trio, with heavy hitters Jeff Pevar (former guitarist for Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett) and Ed Willett (a world-class cellist) backing up her piano and guitar work.s this city offers for a band that marries conservatory smarts into its pop songs.
Sun., 8:00 p.m. November 25
w/ Grace Basement, Joe Kile
@ Off Broadway - $12/$15
By Roy Kasten
From this 2008 show preview: On the classic 1995 album Dog Days, the Oxford, Mississippi, trio Blue Mountain distilled the supremely unalienated bliss of rivers, back roads, mountain girls, cheap weed and pitch-perfect blues and country-based Southern rock. The band also intimated the risks of a rural, carpe diem ethos. On Midnight in Mississippi, Blue Mountain's first album since its 2002 split, the utopian themes and sounds return, drenched in '60s soul melodies, sliding and stinging guitars, unerring backbeats, and the sweet, instantly recognizable harmonies of ex-spouses Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt. Like Tupelo Honey-era Van Morrison, Hudson and his band remain unrepentant romantics, buoyed by the joy of rock 'n' soul, and willing to take the risk of surrendering to -- and celebrating -- life's simplest pleasures.
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