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Friday, April 8, 2016

4 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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James McMurtry

Produced by John Mellencamp, singer-songwriter James McMurtry's 1989 debut, Too Long in the Wasteland, couldn’t be classified as bluegrass, but it did have a certain twang to it. And it announced that McMurtry, the son of writer Larry McMurtry, had a good knack for words. McMurtry has nurtured that sensibility ever since. His literary talents distinguish the songs on last year's Complicated Game. The album commences with the twangy “Copper Canteen,” a song about hunting season that features McMurtry’s signature sneer and a plodding drumbeat. It sets the tone for the album, yet another solid effort from McMurtry, who has said the new album is mostly about relationships. (Jeff Niesel), 8 p.m., $22 ADV, $25 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.


The members of the Los Angeles-based electro trio Autolux took a traditional approach when it came to assembling the songs on their new album Pussy’s Dead, which is produced by BOOTS (Beyoncé, Run the Jewels). They paid careful attention to sequencing and enlisted Aussie artist Anthony Lister to make sure the album cover art matched the music. “Soft Scene,” a song that pairs Portishead-like trip-hop with noisy guitars and metallic-sounding percussion while “Change My Head” mixes Beatles harmonies with Nirvana-inspired vocals. The tunes suggest the group’s singular approach. (Niesel), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Having carved out a nice, funky name for themselves on the regional jam band circuit, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brings a terrific level of fun to their shows. Anyone who’s been paying attention knows this to be the case. Their latest album, Pleasure, dropped just last week, and throughout the collection of tunes we see the band doubling down on the danceable funk. Opener “Live It Up” refracts a bass-heavy groove as disco light, and drummer Dan Schwartz keeps the whole thing moving at a steady, dive-in-headfirst pace. These guys adroitly drift into improv, as well, so be sure to tune in. (Eric Sandy), 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom.


Joe Satriani From Surfing to Shockwave

Dubbed Surfing to Shockwave, guitarist Joe Satriania’s current tour offers a 30-year career retrospective of the man’s back catalogue, though he promises set list will also include some “gems” pulled from the Satriani Songbook which may not have ever been performed live, or in some cases, for a very long time. Expect to hear hard rock instrumentals such as “Big Bad Moon,” “Friends,” “Crystal Planet,” “Not of this Earth,” “Luminous Flesh Giants” and “If I Could Fly.” (Niesel), 7:30 p.m., $36.50-$65. Hard Rock Rocksino.

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