Yup, it’s that time of year again when Lazy-i takes a week off to enjoy some well-deserved R&R. What will you do without me? Anyway, here’s what I’ll be missing (but hopefully you won’t be) in my absence:
— Tonight and tomorrow is the continuation of the Mavradio Benson Local Music Festival. Tonight at The Foundry it’s Tea Ceremony, Scott Severin, Mike Harvat and Goodbye Sunday. $2, 7 p.m. While over at PS Collective it’s Talkin Mountain, Electric Needle Room and Family Unit. $5, 9 p.m. The festival’s highlight comes Saturday night. First, at Barley Street Tavern, it’s Ric Rhythm and the Revengers, Reagan and the Rayguns, and the Southpaw Blues Band. $2, 8 p.m. and then at The Waiting Room, the long-awaited return of Son, Ambulance. Chatting with Joe Knapp last weekend at Slowdown, it sounds like they’ll be playing some stuff off Key and maybe some new material. This isn’t just a one-off reunion. Knapp sounds ready to put the Ambulance back on the road. I’m sorry I’m going to miss this one. Also on the bill is Ladyfinger and Little Brazil. $5, 9 p.m.
— Also tonight, Satchel Grande opens for The Balance at The Waiting Room. SG is one of the funnest (and best) bands going these days. Should be a riot (if they can get people to loosen up and dance). $7, 9 p.m.
— Monday night, Box Elders (that’s Dave Goldberg and them McIntyre brothers) open for Quintron and Miss Pussycat at The Waiting Room. $8, 9 p.m.
— Wednesday, of course is the big Built to Spill show at Slowdown with The Boggs. Tickets are still available for $17. I figured this show would sell out fairly quickly, but BTS didn’t sell out the last time they came through until the night of the show, and this venue is a bit bigger than Sokol Underground. Will it be a jam-band fiesta or just a solid rock show? I think it’ll be the latter. It’ll certainly be something you won’t want to miss. Show starts at 9.
— Thursday, No Blood Orphan and Capgun Coup open for Drakkar Sauna at The Waiting Room. NBO’s new album, Robertson Park, is a solid effort, and Capgun Coup continues to be dead-set on world domination. Also the bill, Dim Light. $7, 9 p.m.
— Friday, the second big show at Slowdown this week that I’ve been dying to see but will, alas, miss. Tokyo Police Club plays with Dappled Cities. TPC is a favorite of the Saddle Creek Records crew. They play pretty, peppy indie punk, lively and fun. Imagine Cursive with hand-claps and you’re starting to get the picture. $10, 8 p.m.
See you when I see you.
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