We were spoiled for choice last weekend with many acts en-route to SXSW, but now it seems like every band on the planet is in Texas, what have we been left with? Fortunately, there was no reason to worry about a vacuum being created.
5) Bent Shapes, Kindling, Night Powers, Decorum The Gutter
I really like seeing shows at The Gutter, which just makes me wish they had more of them. It’s a dive bar/bowling alley with a good beer selection. Boston’s Bent Shapes headline a solid night that also includes the gothic tones of Decorum, the soaring dreampop of Kindling and the organ-led psych of Night Powers. Saturday 8:45pm
4) Microwaves, Stern, Opening Bell at Cake Shop
Microwaves are featured in this week’s Over the Counter column, and you’d do well to catch their show at Cake Shop tonight. The three-piece will give your brain a real workout trying to keep up with what’s going on onstage with their genre-defying antics. Thursday 8pm. Alternatively you can hit up Muchmores on Saturday for a show that also includes Child Abuse, Bbigpig and Radio Shock.
3) Modest Mouse at Webster Hall
Isaac Brock and co returned this year with Strangers to Ourselves, their first record in 8 years. Not surprisingly this show had sold out pretty quickly, even at $50 a pop. However, Webster Hall just tweeted that some tickets just became available, so maybe you’ll be in luck if you missed out originally. Thursday 8pm
2) Grant Hart, Forever House, Tinmouth, Funcrusher Cake Shop
Former Husker Du drummer/singer Grant Hart hasn’t had the smoothest of lives, but 2013’s The Argument was a fine record that picked up some deserved acclaim. He also breaks out plenty of Husker Du songs for good measure. Sautrday 8pm
1) Kaki King at John King Merkin Concert Hall – Ecstatic Music Festival
I was fortunate enough to see Kaki’s The Neck is a Bridge to the Body performed at BRIC House last year (the featured image above is one of my favourite photos that I’ve taken). She’s on tour performing that again which you can see at Rough Trade in May, but she’s taking a break from that to perform at the Ecstatic Music Festival, collaborating with string quartet, Ethel and John King. It’s an absolute joy to watch Kaki King play guitar, and it seems a bit of a cliche when someone is described as being “at one” with their instrument, but there’s something about the way she plays that really does seem like an extension of herself. Saturday 7:30pm