Upcoming shows you should check out
What do you want, a happy ending?
It’s an odd thing when the book on a particular musician suddenly flips to a blank page, followed by another, and another. Brooklynforged, Concord-based neo-folk songwriter Paleface was full speed ahead after signing with Ramseur Records following a period where he essentially put his life back together after he nearly killed himself from drinking. He toured intensely with drummer Monica Samlot and released the wonderful One Big Party, but the story stopped progressing shortly thereafter. He’s still on the road a lot and he’s added another guitarist to his formerly two-piece lineup, but the same things continue to be said about him. He roomed with Beck 20 years ago. He learned songwriting from Daniel Johnston. He went through a really bad spell that cost him everything. It’s like reading The Magus. It almost feels like he’s an outsider in that he’s not generating interest because his music to too off the beaten path, too esoteric. But it’s not. He’s an immensely talented performer and writer, having worked with the Avett Brothers on three records, who puts on one of the best live shows with so little pretense. He visits to the Blind Tiger on Thursday for a repeat of his January show with Matty Sheets & the Blockheads, who have moved their story forward with the welcome release of their debut album Sea Legs. It’s an at times exigent deliberation on ambiguity, helplessness and impulsiveness that pulls together all of the chapters of Sheets’ at times ponderous creative vision into one tidy and absorbing novella. Tickets to the show at $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
Songs of Water added a second show at Mack and Mack
Anyone who’s heard the last album by Greensboro world-folk group Songs of Water, Chiaroscuro, knows the band is a talented bunch, but it doesn’t end at music. Frontman Stephen Roach released a rather excellent bit of kid lit with a book that didn’t exactly begin as such. “Satchel Willoughby and the Realm of Lost Things” simply began as an outlet for a story idea that he only later realized would make a fine children’s book. Not to spoil the plot — it’s really, really cool — but it’s as layered and thoughtful as the music he makes with the ever-evolving ensemble Songs of Water, which is currently being brought to (home) cinema thanks to the group’s moderately successful Indiegogo campaign to fund their third album and accompanying documentary. Naturally, there’s some local excitement around it. The group’s emfFringe performance this Saturday at Mack & Mack quickly sold out, but also necessitated a second performance be added on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, but this one will likely sell out as well.
Mobb Deep’s 20 th anniversary tour comes to Greene
Street As outdated a concept as the hip-hop duo is, one of the longest tenured also happens to be one of the most widely-acclaimed hip-hop acts ever and thusly, one whose punk card has been pulled the most. Not since Marlo Stanfield lifted those Dum-Dums has someone been called out as vigorously as when Jay Z threw up images of Prodigy from Mobb Deep as a dancing, dorky little kid on the Summer Jam jumbotron in 2001. That was the beginning of the end of the Mobb Deep that arguably had the strongest three-album run of any hip-hop act of the ’90s, period. The 2000s were a lost decade for Mobb Deep: Their G-Unit Records stint was unanimously panned, Prodigy had essentially lost the ability to rhyme two sentences and then went to prison on one of the credrebuilding gun charges that were all the rage at the time. Once he was released, he and Havoc split up for a year, but the pair reunited earlier this spring, just in time for their 20 th anniversary and reportedly with a new album close to completion. Mobb Deep are on the road right now to bury those demons, and their tour will bring them to Greene Street Club next Wednesday, Aug. 21, and they’re promising the deepest of classic cuts alongside the bangers and a handful of new bars. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.