Weekend Picks (1/24 – 1/26)

Thursday, January 24

EMEFE / St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“EMEFE has a unique sound inspired by Afrobeat; a combination of jazz, funk, chanted vocals and African music influences that became popular in the 1960’s…The energy in the room bubbled and burst as each song reached its peak.”
— Alexandra Legend Siegel (Let’s Talk Magazine)

Filligar / Taddy Porter
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Some artists feel this deep-seeded need to reinvent the wheel, to dispel all truths about a certain genre. Chicago’s Filligar shakes these “rules” off and instead keeps it simple: They play rock ‘n’ roll.”
— Michael Roffman (Consequence of Sound)

The Honey Dewdrops / Jesse Payne
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“”[The Honey Dewdrops] sound more authentic than 99.99% of the artists who make up this thing called popular music. Like. Like. Like.”
— Ed Maxin (No Depression)

The Devil Makes Three / Sturgill Simpson
Workplay | 9 p.m.

“The Devil Makes Three doesn’t have a drummer, but the band doesn’t need one. Cooper McBean’s percussive banjo accents and Lucia Turino’s forceful slaps on her bass supply more than enough rhythm. Guitarist and lead singer Pete Bernhard completes the trio with a bluesy vocal style that’s part Louis Prima, part Merle Haggard. The group has been carving a niche since arriving on the scene six years ago, with a sound that combines bluegrass, old-time music, folk, rockabilly, and Piedmont blues and ragtime, all played with a blazing punk-rock attitude.”
— J. Poet (SF Weekly)

Whiskey Myers / The Cadillac Black
Zydeco | 9 p.m.

“It’s no coincidence their initials are TCB. These former American Bang-ers are throwing down lightning bolts of no-nonsense Southern rock punctuated with karate kicks to your wig dome, dude. Heavy as all get out, freaked out, fuzzed out, these dudes traded in their polish for some red clay and a sound that, frankly, we always knew they had in them — The Cadillac Black pummels country, blues and all their bastard progeny into hurricane-force hipster-billy rawk”.
— Sean L. Maloney (Nashville Scene)

Mississippi Shakedown
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“Mississippi Shakedown is a powerhouse indie/garage/rockabilly duo, formed in October 2010. The band tours regularly throughout the Southeastern United States. MS Shakedown released their debut album in December 2011, entitled, “Passer By”. ”
— from Mississippi Shakedown bio

Ellis Paul / Logan Brill
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“Ellis Paul is the consummate acoustic music performer, perhaps because his folk music sounds, as often as not, like stripped-down rock or pop, but more likely because he’s such a singular songwriter who delivers his songs with genuine passion every night.”
— Jay N. Miller (The Patriot Ledger)

Wooden Wand / Grandaddy Ghostlegs / Dillon Hodges
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“[Wooden Wand’s] lyrics are still some of the smartest/funniest/rawest of anyone of his generation and the degree of underground smarts and hard-won knowledge he brings to the table… means even the straightest of pounders are surreptitiously bent. ”
— Volcanic Tongue

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.