From Denver in Colorado, traveling troubadour A. Tom Collins hits Soda Bar with Stick & Poke, “a boozy, moody record of stomp-and-wrangle-worthy anthems for the Now Times.” According to the barsite, Collins is a frontman taking cues from Tom Waits, Cab Calloway, and Sam Cooke, delivering, and I quote, “one hell of a live show.” Flowerthief and Mayfield Affair also play, as do the Niners and the Washington...shh, rhymes with headspins.
Been a long time since Dan the Automator, Del tha Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala first joined forces as the Comicon-y Deltron 3030. The hip-hop supergroup appears, after 13 years, at House of Blues behind Event 2 on Tuesday. Event 2, according to real-life rap writers, is a “dark,” “deflated,” “downer” of a follow-up to their apparently genius “dystopian rap-opera” debut. I really wouldn’t know.... Hibou (pronounced eee-boooo) is a Seattle songsmith who specializes in “ethereal surf poppy love.” He plays the Ché Café with local young bisons Big Bad Buffalo...and Sinead O’Connor’s American Kindness Tour stops at Belly Up. I don’t why it’s called that. She’s probably being ironical...or hopeful. Miley Cyrus opens the show. No, she doesn’t, but I would totally go to that and be all Fight! Fight! Fight! Yes, I am a shiny brass knob, thank you for noticing.
Humpnight hits like this: from always sunny Philadelphia (love that show), Secretly Canadian recording artist Dave Hartley, aka Nightlands, delivers his “robot soft-rock” record Oak Island to Soda Bar. Stag and Jeans Wilder set the stage...Chicago’s female-fronted heavy-metal export Hëssler hits Brick by Brick after Dive Bomber and Hundred Caliber...right ’round the bend, pop-rock pinup Ryan Cabrera’s at the Griffin with rock ’n’ soul soloist Keaton Simons...and your mom’s crush Chris Isaak drops his Christmas show down the chimney at Belly Up. What a wicked gift you give...