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EMA IS UNBELIEVABLE
Erika M. Andersen’s colossal stage presence isn’t predicated so much on her six-foot frame and stark blonde hair so much as it is the way she wields emotional tension the way her infamous Viking ancestor Eric Bloodaxe swung his namesake arms. On her solo debut album Past Life Martyred Saints, she spares no quarter. Born from the ashes of her previous band, Gowns, as the group’s break-up marked the end of her relationship with band mate Ezra Buchla. It in turn fueled the raw, picked-over feelings that seep out of every track on the record, and Andersen channels them through brute physicality; throwing mic stands, blood-curdling shrieks from nowhere, etc. All that, while quoting “Camptown Races” and Bo Diddley. She comes to the Blind Tiger this Sunday, presented by WQFS, in a tour that will eventually find her at Coachella and the Bonnaroo Music Festival later this summer. The music starts at 10 p.m. and ticket prices are TBA.
ST. PATTY’S WITH NATTY’S
There are bands whose energy and enthusiasm in their live performances will have you reeling for days afterwards, and then there’s the Washington, DC gypsy-celt-rock outfit Scythian. Picture a crowd packed so densely against rhythms so overpowering that adrenaline flows like sweat and every movement happens as a mass collective of bodies swaying as one. That’s what a Scythian show is like. Funk, bluegrass, klezmer and Celtic collide in atomic-level collisions over fiddle, mandolin, banjo, accordion, bass and drums, and they’ll be doing it in a free St. Patty’s Day show outside of Natty Greene’s this Saturday. Boone Carolincanians Possum Jenkins will open the show at 5 p.m., followed by Greg Humphrey’s Chapel Hill funk-soul group Hobex before Scythian takes the stage.
NOT THE SAME AS THE OLD BOSS
The sax solo on track 10, “Land of Hopes and Dreams”, of Bruce Springsteen’s 17th album Wrecking Ball is vintage Clarence Clemons. Understated, but commanding, it weaves in and out of the Boss’s impassion refrains, shooting out like a roman candle on the Fourth of July. There might be an entire vault’s worth of Big Man solos stashed away in a vault located in the bowels of Asbury Park, but there’s also the possibility that it might be his last solo to appear on a Springsteen record. It’s fitting, also, that it be such a fine complementary piece, an anchor, but not a scene stealer. That was Clemons in a nutshell. Clarence can never really be replaced in the E Street Band, so when Bruce and the band come to the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday, March 19 in the second stop on their Wrecking Ball tour, the gaping sonic void he left behind will be filled by a cast of Seeger Session sax man Eddie Manion and Clarence’s nephew Jake Clemons. Replacing the onstage chemistry between he and Bruce, however, won’t be quite so simple. Tickets for the show are $35, $68 and $98 before fees, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.