It looks like the new album by Monsters of Folk (featuring Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis) is being released on Shangri-La Music, the home of Amazing Baby, The Pretenders and Band of Skulls, among others. According to Wikipedia, Shangri-La is owned by Steve Bing, the 44-year-old multi-millionaire playboy entrepreneur, who’s past projects included financing the films “Get Carter,” “The Polar Express” and “Beowulf” (Bing, btw, inherited his wealth from grandpa Leo S. Bing, a New York real estate mogul). While not listed on the label’s artist page, Shangri-La’s news page prominently features the band. I’m still waiting for an official announcement, though we do know that the record is coming out on Sept. 22.
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Lots of stuff going on this weekend, so let’s get right to it.
Tonight The Waiting Room is holding a virtual Slumber Party Records label showcase with Bear Country, Capgun Coup, Conchance and Darren Keen. Capgun crushed O’Leaver’s last week. Let’s see if they can bring the crowd across town. $7, 9 p.m.
Just down the street at PS Collective, another Slumber Party band, Talking Mountain, is playing a show with Electric Needle Room, Mammoth Life (Lawrence, KS) and Coax from Chuckanut (St. Paul, Minn.). This may be your last chance to see Talking Mountain for a few months. $5, 9 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at O’Leaver’s, you’re looking at The Curtain Calls, Denver’s The Still City and Cat Island. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday starts early with Snow Patrol doing an instore at Homer’s in the Old Market at 2 p.m. The band is in town opening for Coldplay at the Qwest. This should be a madhouse.
Later that evening, Dillinger Four headlines a show at The Waiting Room with crazy noise masters Japanther, The Brokedowns, and Speed! Nebraska band The Wagon Blasters. $12, 9 p.m.
O’Leaver’s is hosting a singer/songwriter night with Midwest Dilemma, Brad Hoshaw, Kyle Harvey, Cody Wynne Cox and Reagan Roeder. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at The Saddle Creek Bar, it’s the return of The Upsets with Thad Sands One Man Band. $5, 9 p.m.
One of the most interesting shows of the weekend is Sunday night — Digital Leather with Private Dancer and Leisure Birds. As I mentioned before, Digital Leather is Shawn Foree, a labelmate of Box Elders on Goner Records, who records songs himself and tours with a band, which this time is comprised of members of Shanks/Dinks/Ric Rhythm. Foree has been involved with bands that included current garage-rock phenom Jay Reatard. I’m also told that Foree just signed with Fat Possum for his next record. $5, 9:30 p.m.
Don’t forget to look for band-order information from the shows I attend via my Twitter feed.
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