If you're in the mood for live music this weekend, here are some gigs to consider getting your ass to.
Ghost in Light, the Stella Link and This Alibi at the Record Bar
Sorry, other bars in the area. I really don't love the Record Bar more than anyone else (except my own grandmother); I just wanted to relay some infopinionage from my pal in St. Louis, Riverfront Times music editor Annie Zaleski, on the band Ghost in Light. Here's what ol' Annie says:
Ghost in Light
The deal: An indie quartet that crafts soothing, mid-tempo tunes for overcast fall days and rainy afternoons spent curled up on the couch. Driven by vocalist Jason House's delicate-as-lace crooning, Ghost in Light's woozy guitars conjure the floating, eerie calm of outer space or march along like ants on a mission on the full-length Dead Eyes and a Traveling Mind; a stripped-back Idaho or a less-rustic Red House Painters are atmospheric touchstones.
Worth checking out? Definitely. Rare is the band that can make slowcore tunes not function like a dose of Tylenol PM -- and sustain emotional gravitas all the while.
Since this is This Alibi's CD release party, you'll want to stick around for them, too. They're a local trio that crafts dramatic, instrumental music along the lines of Godspeed! You Black Emperor and the Antarcticans http://www.theantarcticans.com/. Sounds like the Stella Link will be the most straight-ahead group on the bill, for a change.
Superstars of Jazz Fusion at Rhythm and Ribs
The deal: Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws, Bobbi Humphrey, Wayne Henderson, John Lucien and Lonnie Liston Smith. And who the fuck are they, you ask? Well, to be honest, I only recognize a couple names, but there's been a lot of buzz about this show among younger people I know who listen to jazz, so I assume it'll be one of those gigs that's actually pretty incredible to witness, especially if you make like the musicians and get high before the show.
Worth checking out? Only if you think watching some really amazing jazz being spontaneously created by insanely talented musicians will do your soul good.
Icon the Mic King, Dos Noun, EMC, DJ Aether, and DJ Konsept at the Gaslight Tavern in Lawrence
So I got this email from .downplay productions, the Lawrence promotions company that's been going forever, helmed by Edwin Morales (who is really...dunh duhn daaa! DJ Konsept!) and Alison Olewnik (who is really...Shanna the She-Devil!), and they really didn't tell me anything about it. In fact, I could totally pimpslap .downplay for having no Internet presence to speak of and for not keeping me in the loop, but they do manage to bring good hip-hop and DJ shows to town, so I'll let them alone this time. This show tonight is part of the Fish Can't Carry Guns Tour, headlined by Icon, a sharp-tongued Philadelphia MC who takes his words and DIY ethics seriously. Don't expect booty or gangsta music, but do expect to get down.
For other shows this weekend, ask the Sad Dog.
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