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Friday, April 3, 2015

Seven Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 12:07 PM

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3

The Suffers


On this 10-piece Houston outfit’s debut EP, it’s clear from the first notes that they mean business. Gripping the neo-soul scene with all the force of a groovy hurricane, The Suffers have already established a gotta-have-it jazzy ensemble vibe. The slinky “Make Some Room” will get anyone with a pulsing dancing (dig those tabla beats), and “Giver” will accent any set with its laid-back, contemplative lounge trip. They’re sure to be mainstays on the festival circuit after doing time at joints like the Voodoo Music and Arts Festival and South by Southwest, so keep a look out for 'em. (Eric Sandy), 8 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


Big Data

2.0, the new album from producer extraordinaire Big Data (Alan Wilkis), features guest appearances from Twin Shadow, Rivers Cuomo, White Sea, Kimbra, Jamie Lidell, and many more. The “paranoid electronic” artist saw major success in 2014 with his hit single “Dangerous (feat. Joywave),” which claimed the No. 1 spot on the Alternative chart at Billboard. The song features a beefy guitar riff, handclaps and falsetto vocals. It sounds like the Bee Gees on steroids. It was one of the longest charting songs of 2014 and is just impacting at Top 40. And the video, which features two buxom female runners in an off-the-wall sneakers’ ad, is pretty cool too. (Jeff Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $15. Grog Shop.

Jimmy Buffett Tribute

Tom Watt "The Buffettman" & the Fruitcakes: Not many artists have been able to emulate the success that Jimmy Buffett has had. It’s kind of funny to think such a seemingly laid-back guy was such a brilliant businessman as well. He single-handedly developed Margaritaville Cafe, named after one of his songs, which has expanded to restaurants all across the country. He also created the widely consumed LandShark Lager in 2006, and his brand continues to grow. Buffett, originally from Mississippi, moved to Key West in the early 70s when he began developing the easy-going beach-bum persona he’s fondly known for. Accompanied by the Coral Reefer Band he continued to produce hit after hit like “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Come Monday.” Rejoyce parrotheads. The Buffettman & The Fruitcakes are coming to Music Box Supper Club tonight to play all those cheesy(burger) songs you love. (Kaitlin Siegel), 8 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

The Steepwater Band

With an emphasis relentlessly good times in mind and a keen sense of bitchin’ grooves, The Steepwater Band has kept on serving up killer music since 1998. In 2011, the band released Clava, which serves well to highlight the band’s throwback rock ’n’ roll roots. Jeff Massey lays down some seriously dynamic vocal work throughout the album and his guitar washes rinse the music nicely in feedback and flange. Each song on the album, in fact, lets those elements play out patiently and properly. Tod Bowers’s percussive throwdown steadies the rhythm as Joe Winters modulates the background with his basslines. Dig “Vanishing Girl” for the desert rock vibes that you’re sure to find strewn about the disc. (Sandy), 10 p.m., $10. Musica.

Matthew E. White

After releasing his first solo album, 2012’s Big Inner, the accolades started to accumulate for singer-songwriter Matthew E. White. Rolling Stone magazine anointed him an “artist to watch” and other music magazines heaped equal amounts of praise on the disc. His soulful voice and expansive arrangements distinguish him from other neo-soul acts who try to evoke the sounds of a bygone era. With his new album Fresh Blood, White set out to “improve upon” the template he created with Big Inner. “There was one thing I didn’t want to do,” he says. “Beck has his country album or his funky album or his dark album or that kind of thing. I didn’t want to get into that. I wanted to take the vocabulary I had started and add to it and continue to develop my own voice and dig deeper into those ideas. I was wary of not going down that path. I didn’t want to do make an acoustic guitar and make this other record. That’s not who I am. The process is owed more respect than that.” 8:30 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

The Smithereens


Way back in the late '80s and early '90s, the Smithereens broke big out of their native New Jersey. Songs such as "Only a Memory," "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You" effectively channel '60s pop; their catchy choruses and sharp hooks helped the songs crossover from college to commercial radio. The band's track record in the '00s has been spotty at best. At one point, singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio held down a gig on the Vegas Strip where he performed "Confessions of a Rock Star," a show that featured songs and stories from throughout his life. The band doesn't have a new album to push but it'll undoubtedly draw fans who remember it from the days when MTV actually helped break new bands. (Niesel), 7 p.m., $30 ADV, $35 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Feufollet


The Louisiana act Feufollet has shaped its sound into something it calls "Cajun swamp-pop" on its terrific new album Two Universes. On it, the group explores a melting pot sound that meshes Cajun, classic country, indie rock, swamp pop and Americana. Some tunes even sound like '60s pop. Given that original singer Anna Laura Edmiston, who joined the band when she was only 16, left the group a few years ago, it’s all the more impressive that the band has been able to rally behind new vocalist Kelli Jones-Savoy. 7:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


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