Weekend Picks (1/17 – 1/19)

Thursday, January 17

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers / Seth Walker
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Part Karen Carpenter and part Grace Slick, Bluhm’s voice moves effortlessly between softer, country tinged balladry and retro ’60s/’70s rock.”
— No Depression

Friday, January 18

Matthew Perryman Jones
Red Cat Coffee House | 8 p.m.

“An articulate songwriter with a versatile and gritty tenor voice — a combination that has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley to Leonard Cohen — Matthew Perryman Jones has the touch of a poet and the narrative reach of a short story writer, making the best of his songs deeply resonant.”

— Steve Leggett (Rovi)

The Helio Sequence / Shabazz Palaces
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“The Helio Sequence is Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel. They are musicians. They are artists. Their art is music. Their music is meticulously layered with the airy orchestration and a swift undercurrent of pop sensibilities creating a sound of ambient electronica juxtaposed with singer/songwriter sheen.”
McKibben (Performer Magazine)

Malcolm Holocombe / Shannon LaBrie
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“Malcolm Holcombe is like a myth. A backwoods character in a Southern Gothic novel with a voice filled with a grave-dirt rattle and telling tales of simpler, and harder, times. Times he knows about. Surviving brushes with Nashville big labels, addictions and demons – No less than Steve Earle once famously said of him ‘Malcolm Holcombe is the best songwriter I ever threw out of my recording studio.’ Strong praise from a man that knows a thing or two about demons… Malcolm Holcombe isn’t for everybody. But if you love music with heart and soul. Music that’s been somewhere and seen a thing or two, then he might be just the man for you. ”
— Baron Lane (Twang Nation)

CADDLE / Eric Dodd / The Beaver Brothers Band
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“Simply put, this is music from the bottom of the guitar – down, dirty and just plain loud… And it only gets better from there. Caddle is the band you want playing when you walk in the honky tonk, because they provide the perfect sound track for drowning or good old-fashioned bar fight.”
— Mish Mash Magazine

Saturday, January 19

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Cheap Time
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“…after an eight year layoff, one had to wonder how well Spencer, guitarist Judah Bauer, and drummer Russel Simins preserved their wickedly acidic garage blues style. Fortunately the trio’s set…provided tactile evidence that their as blissfully zonked out as ever. Louder too.”
— Ryan Bray (Consequence of Sound)

Zoogma / Mochipet
Workplay | 9 p.m.

A Zoogma show combines the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the excitement and immediacy of a five piece rock group. Known for their energetic performances and retina pleasing light show, Zoogma consistently dishes out heavy-weight beat-driven dance parties across the nation. Sets are kinetic, combining carefully crafted beats and melodic textures so that one can’t help but get out on the dance-floor.
— From Zoogma bio

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart have been living and musicking together for nigh on twenty years, with an appetite for taking their songs out into the world that is pretty staggering… A lot of these songs feature an old piano that they were given, but whether it’s guitars or piano at the heart of the tune, they have a McCartney-ish gift for building beautiful melodies from the simplest elements.
— John Davy

About Sam George

Sam George is editor-in-chief of You Hear This, and the former editor of r3vrb.com, BHAM.FM, and Birmingham Weekly. He is also a contributing writer at Weld for Birmingham and B-Metro magazine.