9 Concerts to Catch This Weekend



Friday, Sept. 12

Gov’t Mule

Originally birthed as a side project of the Allman Brothers Band by guitarist and singer Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule maintains that long-standing Southern rock tradition and filters it through improv-friendly jam band sensibilities. Over 10 studio albums and hundred of shows, band members have proven their chops. Shout!, a double album from 2013, features each song twice (once with Haynes on vocals, once with a guest like Elvis Costello or Dr. John) and picks up the mantle of Mule’s high-intensity jam-based songwriting. Going back in the discography a bit, Dose stands out as another terrific entry point to the band. Much of that album is dirty groove-based rock ’n’ roll (“Game Face,” “Thelonius Beck”). There’s also a great cover of “She Said, She Said” on that one. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connor Palace. $30. (Eric Sandy)

Mineral/Into It. Over It.
Texas was something of a hotbed for hardcore and emo music in the 1990s, both of which fused soft-and-loud dynamics with reflective lyrics. Mineral, which disbanded in 1997 and reunited mere months ago, recorded music at the forefront of this scene. The band’s two albums, The Power of Failing and EndSerenading, showcased musicians intent on crafting fine yarns. The dual guitars of Gabriel Wiley and Chris Simpson wound ’round each other in spidery melodies against steady drums and bass lines. Both albums play exceptionally well, even with more than a decade of time wearing away at them. There’s plenty of beauty in angst and darkness, and Mineral certainly takes a most nostalgic approach to that. The band plays at 8 and 11:30 p.m. at the Grog Shop. $18. (Sandy)

The Quickening CD Release
Prior to this
year, local indie rockers the Quickening hadn’t booked a gig in six years. But the band — singer-guitarist James Isom, drummer Patrick Ginley and bassist Darren Irwin — recently reunited and played a show at Mahall’s earlier this year. Recorded with Bill Korecky (Mushroomhead) at his Mars Recording, the band's new EP picks up where the emo-ish alt-rockers left off. Opening track, “I Used To,” features quivering vocals and a brittle guitar riff, and sounds a bit like Kings of Leon as Isom ponders, “What the hell are you working for?” With its deep, rumbling vocals and dramatic guitar flourishes, the somber, moody title track recalls Live. Dynamic guitar work distinguishes the album’s two other songs, “3.21” and “Bullets.” All in all, this marks a welcomed return to the local scene. So Long, Albatross and the Universe Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Joshua Jesty open at 10 p.m. at the Happy Dog. $5. (Jeff Niesel)

X Performing ‘More Fun in the New World’ 
Punk veterans X finish a three-night stand at the Music Box Supper Club by performing 1983’s More Fun in the New World in its entirety. The band sounded great on the opening night of this stand during which it’s playing its first four albums in their entirety. Singer-bassist John Doe and singer Exene Cervenka’s vocal harmonies have never sounded sharper and original members Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, on guitar and drums respectively, are in good form too. 8:30 p.m., $35 ADV, $40 DOS. (Niesel)

Saturday, Sept. 13

Brent Kirby

A terrific local musician who’s played in several bands and helped develop several other local bands, singer-songwriter Brent Kirby debuts his new outfit, His Luck, tonight at the Music Box Supper Club. “I have these different catalogs of music with the different bands, and was only able to touch on one of those catalogs whenever I played,” Kirby says in a press release. “Sometimes I left feeling unfulfilled, so I wanted a diverse band that combines all of those elements and I can feel free to dig into whatever tunes I’m feeling at a given moment.” His new band features keyboardist Chris Hanna, bassist Kevin Johnson, guitarist Ben Nieves and drummer Travis Payton. Expect Kirby to play his old songs and introduce some new ones as well when he performs tonight at 10. (Niesel)

Bambi Kino
Taking their name after the Bambi Cinema where the Beatles stayed after playing their first gigs in Hamburg, Germany, Bambi Kino, an indie rock super group of sorts that features Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), Doug Gillard (Ex-Guided By Voices), Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) — formed in 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Beatles concerts in Hamburg, Germany. The year it formed, the group played the Hamburg Club where the Beatles got their start. The group even played the same songs the Beatles played in their set. Earlier this year, they performed in New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America. Now, they’re taking the show on the road. They play the Beachland Ballroom tonight at 9 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s Cleveland appearance at Public Hall on Sept. 15, 1964. $15. (Niesel)

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle are touring together this September on a jaunt they’ve dubbed “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage.” The show comes through town tonight to the Music Box Supper Club at 8. It promises to be a good one, even though each artist is probably best known for albums that came out over a decade ago. Since Earle can be a bit prickly, Colvin should help smooth out his rough edges with her stories and songs. They’ll swap songs, sing a few duets and share some stories. If previous shows are any indication, expect the whole thing to conclude with Earle’s raucous anthem “Copperhead Road.” 8 p.m., $65 ADV, $75 DOS. (Niesel)

Sunday, Sept. 14

Iron and Wine
Never one to rest on his laurels, Sam Beam took Iron and Wine to yet another degree of dazzling heights on last year’s esoterically dashing Ghost on Ghost. Favoring the jazzy over the circuitous, Beam's songwriting on the album has a very smooth, straightforward sheen to it. "The Desert Babbler" would fit in nicely onstage at some dirtily classy lounge out west. The Motown-ish backup singers add to that sort of vibe that's felt throughout the album. And the brass! Little flourishes of horn play out like a keen compatriot as Beam weaves in and out of his yarns, adding yet another layer of distance from his past works. Expect to hear several tracks from this album at tonight’s show at 8 at the Grog Shop. $30. (Sandy)

Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds
Having just released his latest Haunted Head, garage rock maven Kid Congo is touring again with his Pink Monkey Birds. Tracks off the album feature Congo’s drawling, deep voice over retro sounding guitar riffs, evoking images of pompadours and D-list black-and-white horror films. “Su Su” and title track “Haunted Head” especially show this, with catchy refrains that you’ll find yourself singing along to after the first listen. “Killer Diller” kicks it up a notch, abandoning the surf undertones of the other songs in favor of a straight-up punk sound with Congo’s vocals shouting over distorted guitar and frenetic percussion. “The Rad Lord’s Return” is a gem that walks the line of psychedelic and is entirely instrumental with a screaming guitar leading the way along a path of echoing riffs and drums. If they rock out tonight as much as this album does, then it will be $10 well spent. Shitbox Jimmy and the Torments open at 8 p.m. at Now That’s Class. $10. (Liz Trenholme)


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