One of the best music videos to come out this month is for “Virginia Slim,” a track off Athens alt-country group Futurebirds’ forthcoming Baba Yaga. Simple, effective and really touching. They’ll pay a visit to the Blind Tiger on Wednesday with support from clean-cut House of Fools offshoot the Joel Henry Band. All Them Witches dip their quills in the ink of Austin psych and Delta Blues, and they’ll preside at the Garage noisy locals Bosnian Pyramids, and Cactus Black.
There’ll be an Abe Reid sighting on Thursday, as the reclusive blues rocker joins Bryon McMurry of Acoustic Syndicate for SongCraft Live at High Rock Outfitters. Hit-or-miss Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly visits Ziggy’s with Glueazy. The similarities between Heather Luttrell and Bonnie Raitt go beyond the red hair, and the former will play the Flatiron. Brushfire Stankgrass take mountain music in the Dirty South at the Blind Tiger with the Deluge, and the forever joined-at-the-hip a Light Divided, Vanisher, Madrone and Intertwyned come to the Garage.
Harrison Barrow’s solo debut Eat Worms is a smartly executed, catchy, piano-pop gem, and he’ll play it at the Flatiron with support from emcee Daily Planet, the Slowdrivers and Black Squares/White Islands. Joey Barnes’ pop-rock outfit Luna Arcade has a new one on the way as well, and they’ll hold forth with the Patrick Rock Band at the Blind Tiger. There’s more from Bosnian Pyramids at Krankies with the Critters and Old Quarter, and the Fair and the Foul fill Turntable’s listening room with sweet, sonorous folk.
Wax is a mad-dog emcee who came up big on YouTube, and he’ll have bars for days when he hits the Greene Street Club stage on Saturday with Ed E. Ruger and Big Whiskey, while the Ace Money Gang and J. Stone debut at the Flatiron. The Mantras have their big to-do for the new album at Ziggy’s with support from Dopapod, while Bruce Piephoff and Scott Sawyer defend that Best New Band crown at High Rock Outfitters.
Spike Lee created School Daze so he could create a dance. It’s called “Da Butt.” The band is Experience Unlimited, the original twerk team still featuring DC go-go pioneer Sugarbear on bass Sunday at Ziggy’s. On Tuesday, dance-rock crew Imperial Blend begin their April residency at the Blind Tiger with support from Push/Pull.