Music: 11 Shows to See in the Next 7 Days
Kurt & Courtney, Snow Tha Product, Tori Amos and more.
Sleepy Limbs @ The Barbary | Wednesday, November 1
So many good bands come from Lancaster. In this case I’m talking about Sleepy Limbs, who make jangly, spangly rock in the “alternative” vein — super catchy, with stressed-out vocals and stop-start guitarwork.
King Azaz @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, November 1
I like the way this Philly duo makes noisy, moody post-punk. Plus they took their name from The Phantom Tollbooth. Give this song a minute to win your heart.
Snow Tha Product @ Fillmore Philly | Wednesday, November 1
This Chicago rapper rhymes so swift, crisp and sweet, it’s mesmerizing.
Imagine Dragons @ Wells Fargo Center | Thursday, November 2
Am I the only one who gets a too-slick, commercially-desperate, Black Eyed Peas vibe from this Vegas band? Maybe it’s just because “Radioactive” gets played at hockey games more than the national anthem. And then there’s this song.
Evanescence @ Tower Theatre | Thursday, November 2
The metal-opera mainstays just released a new record, Synthesis, and they’re lugging around a small orchestra as an opening act (playing Mozart, Elfman, etc.) and backup band. If you ever liked them, you’ll probably like this one. If you never gave a crap, you probably still won’t. They really lay it on thick:
Hamilton Leithauser/Courtney Marie Andrews @ Union Transfer | Thursday, November 2
Ham Leit’s best known for his work with the Walkmen, and his solo work is just as engaging — lots of sweet guitars and strong choruses to sing along to. But make sure you show up on time for Courtney Marie Andrews, a country-ish singer-songwriter from Seattle more people oughta hear.
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Tower Theatre | Friday, November 3
Guitar heroes, unite! Good things happen when Australia’s Courtney Barnett and Philly’s Kurt Vile get together. Specifically, I’m talking about the album Lotta Sea Lice, but also their Intercontinental Mixtape Exchange on Spotify.
Lydia Loveless @ Underground Arts | Saturday, November 4
The Ohio singer-songwriter returns for a solo show. Loveless doesn’t fit neatly into any known subgenre. Her music is indie-ish and country-ish. I won’t say cowpunk; grosses me out for some reason. Alt-country-punk? Honky-tonk-punk? Honky-punk? I’ll stop now. Here’s a song.
Tori Amos @ Tower Theatre | Saturday, November 4
The baroque pop heroine released her 15th record Native Invader in September. The first single, “Cloud Riders,” is classic Tori Amos: spooky, blissful and groovy in a ghostly way. But there’s no video for it, so I get to post this.
Jonwayne/Danny Watts @ Kung Fu Necktie | Sunday, November 5
The L.A. artist rhymes like an MC and looks like a beat poet. He dropped Rap Album Two back in February.
Habib Koite & Bamada @ World Cafe Live | Tuesday, November 7
The West African guitar genius doesn’t overpower you with hot licks; he rocks your heart with gentle, off-kilter melodies.
Joyce Manor @ Union Transfer | Tuesday, November 7
Autumn makes me emo.