This is a particularly streamlined edition of TWS. I could say it's because we all need to rest up for next week's Shaky Knees festival, but the truth is that I'm suffering some sort of internet connectivity problem that I can't quite figure out. I can access some sites, like this, quite readily, but I can't get to other URLs, like every venue's website, despite multiple reboots, unplugging and re-plugging of modems, and all manner of other attempted fixes, and had to research most of this post using my iPhone. But, still, there's some good shows this week that still deserve mention despite my problems (it's not about me), culminating in Saturday night's sold-out Animal Collective show at Buckhead Theater.
As always, please keep in mind that musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives and I'm prone to errors, mistakes, typos, and fubars; it's advisable to confirm any of the information below on your own before making plans.
MONDAY, MAY 2
Lupe Fiasco is an acclaimed and uncompromising Chicago rapper whose lyrics take on countless political and social issues.
Led by Dave Mustaine, Megadeath are one of the most popular and important thrash metal bands, with music that contains strong social and political messages.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
The underground psychedelic folk-rockers alternate between pastoral songcraft and otherworldly strangeness.
A darkly distinctive singer/songwriter with nods to electronic, folk, and metal, Wolfe has attaracted an almost cult-like following.
|Chelsea Wolfe at The Earl, January 30, 2013|
Bullet For My Valentine (The Tabernacle)
Welsh metal band who built up a large fan base by blending muscular riffs and emo harmonies.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Chicago-based brother-and-sister duo make folk, dance, and psychedelic-tinged indie pop.
|Wild Belle at Shaky Knees, 2014|
On paper, I should really like this saxophonist who has drawn comparisons to Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and whose connections include Gerald Wilson and Raphael Saadiq, but somehow he just hasn't clicked yet with me. But it's not about me. A crucial part of L.A.'s progressive jazz scene, Washington released the expansive LP The Epic in 2015.
Cope creates a soulful blend of folk-R&B with laid-back reggaefied beats and the occasional hip-hop flourish.
This Seattle quintet constructed a progressive form of heavy metal drawing equally from guitar pyrotechnics and art rock.
Two sold-out shows in one night by popular Georgia funk rock band Mother's Finest.
THURSDAY, MAY 5
Freaked-out psychedelic madness by way of Melbourne, Australia.
Southern roots rockers who formed after the Lovell Sisters called it a day in 2009.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
Loose but lively country-influenced band featuring five musicians who found their groove in New Orleans.
La Luz (Aisle 5)
La Luz are a Seattle-based quartet that mixes up doo wop, surf music, girl group sounds, and indie rock into one smart package.
|La Luz at Bumbershoot, 2014|
Liz Vice (Eddie's Attic)
Elizabeth Lorraine "Liz" Vice is a gospel music recording artist and musician from Portland, whose music career started in 2015 with the studio album, There's a Light.
Popular U.K. metalcore band.
Disturbed are a multi-platinum nü metal band from Chicago, bolstered by their songs' melodic complexity and by swaggering frontman David Draiman. Rob Zombie was the lead vocalist of hard rockers White Zombie who went on to a solo career that blends gore-inspired lyrics with heavy, abrasive rock.
Influenced by 2Pac, Biggie, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, this Midwest rapper came up through the world of Internet downloads and mixtapes.
SATURDAY, MAY 7
Their best LPs are apparently now behind them, but this innovative and acclaimed indie band with a penchant for experimental electronics, childlike campfire folk, and a warped take on Beach Boys harmonies can still be counted on for a wild and interesting live show.
|Animal Collective at tHe Tabernacle, October 2012|
Old 97s, Heartless Bastards (Terminal West)
Led by Rhett Miller, Old 97s are a second-wave alt-country band from Dallas that mixes twang-filled rock and power pop. Heartless Bastards are a smart, scrappy, and muscular roots rock band led by Erika Wennerstrom that fuses blues, hard rock, punk, and country.
|Old 97s (with Nikki Lane), Shaky Knees 2015|
|Heartless Bastards at Shaky Knees, 2015|
This band of young souls plays old-time bluegrass music.
SUNDAY, MAY 8
Secret Sisters are a Muscle Shoals-based country-folk duo.
California Honeydrops (Park Tavern)
Formed in 2007 by playing in the subway stations of Oakland, California, The Honeydrops are a blues and R&B band whose sound is tied to their instrumentation, vocal harmonies, and NOLA style.