Listen Up: 10 Bands to See in April 2012
The nice thing about living in a music city is that we get a ton of great live shows every single month. The tough thing, however, is deciding which bands to see. With that in mind, here are 10 recommendations for shows you won't want to miss this month:
I'm not sure that I would ever buy an Electric 6 album, but I will definitely see them live every time I can. The Detroit-based band's garage-y synth-pop gems are fun to dance to, and their live shows are like big, sweaty parties.
Memphis' hardest working band is releasing a brand new seven inch on April 7th at the Cove. Richard James and the Special Riders are garage rock perfection (and their shows tend to last until the wee hours of the morning). Gasoline Grace and Fresh Flesh will open.
Arizona band Digital Leather is coming to the Poplar Lounge to play a rock'n'roll show with Memphis' River City Tanlines and Norway's Ilya Twins. Take a listen to the River City Tanlines, then mark the date on your calendar:
If big productions are your thing, you'll want to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the FedExForum on April 12th. The band has been putting out records since the early 80s and they're part of the 2012 class of Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame inductees, so expect a very big show.
5. Rock'n'Romp, Mud Island River Park, April 14, 2 p.m., all ages, kids free, adults $5
Rock'n'Romp has grown from small, occasional backyard shows into giant outdoor shows packed with kids and their parents. Mark Edgar Stewart will play this season's inaugural show, and if it's anything like Rock'n'Romps past, there will be activities, free food and cheap beer for the adults. Since this show is on Mud Island, you may want to pack a swim suit – there's a fountain to play in.
Sunny Canadian indie pop band Plants and Animals made a new record (called "The End of That") and they're going to play some of it at the Hi-Tone on April 14th. If you're into the Shins, Beach House and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, you'll probably like this show.
Diana Ross is a legitimate legend – she was part of the Supremes, she's sold more than 100 million records and she's won just about every industry award available. She's also the biggest act coming to Memphis in April. Tickets are pricey, but how often do you get the chance to see someone this incredible live?
I ollove Guitar Wf. They're a Japanese band that dresses in head-to-toe leather (even at the Hi-Tone, even in May) and plays fast, straight-ahead punk rock. Plus, they've got a hype man whose sole job is to stand on the stage and look cool while combing his hair. Guitar Wolf comes through Memphis about once a year, so this might be your only chance to see them for a while.
Bristerfest has one of the most diverse line-ups of any local festival. There's hip hop (Knowledge Nick, Artistik Approach), folk (Michaela Caitlin), jam bands (Freeworld, Agori Tribe), bluegrass (Devil Train), Mariachi (Los Cantadores) and more in the two-day festival's line up. The main shows are outside at the Levitt Shell and there's a Saturday night after party at the Hi-Tone Cafe.
Memphsi rapper Teflon Don is having an "Old School Meets New School" show at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street with Chilly Bill and Frank Phillips. Teflon Don (who has worked with the Grizzlies) has a new record out called "God, the Government and the Game Part 2".
These are by no means the only shows going on in Memphis this month. There are plenty more listed on the blog's calendar. If you've got a show you'd like to recommend, leave the details in the comments section.