Weekend Picks (2/14 – 2/16)

Thursday, February 14

Emancipator / Random Rab / Tor
Zydeco | 9:30 p.m.

While many attempts to merge classical melodicism with dance music sound awkward and gimmicky — slumming with last year’s beat or just trying to make something the kids will buy — Emancipator has found a balance. He knows when to luxuriate in a melody and when to move along. No part of his fusion is forced.”
— Jon Pareles (New York Times)

Wild Feathers / Taylor Hollingsworth
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“The Wild Feathers are a brand new Nashville rock band on the rise consisting of four dexterous musicians, all of whom have fronted bands of their own…everything you’d expect from a group of guys with a burning affinity for Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Rolling Stones: it’s both explosive and cohesive, causing harmonica and tambourine to sound as intense and necessary as the drums and guitars.
— Filter Magazine

Delnora Reed
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“While steeped in old-time country and bluegrass, Delnora is considerably more contemporary… [splitting] the difference between Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, with hushed sincerity and gutsy delivery.”
— K. Oliver (Columbia City Paper)

Will Downing
BJCC | 8 p.m.

“Few male singers over the last quarter century have maintained the consistency of Will Downing. The charming stylist has built a devoted legion of followers since 1988 with a steady stream of conceptual albums that blend the best of smooth soul with light jazz nuances.”
— Justin Kantor (Soul Tracks)

Friday, February 15

Man Man / Murder By Death / Damion Suomi
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“Man Man keeps on keeping on, filling the blankness with their weird/beautiful, esoteric/heart-rending, profound/hilarious sounds. There is so much lovely commotion to be made, Man Man famously does not break between songs during their live shows, but rather moves, revolving-door fashion, from one song to another, commandeering and discarding any of number of the instruments lying at their feet as the mood strikes and the music dictates.”
— Union Transfer

Saturday, February 16


Green Seed / Shaheed & DJ Supreme / Red Harp
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“Like their heroes, A Tribe Called Quest, The Green Seed aims to create hip-hop that’s smart and infectious, exuding a positive vibe. No angry street rants, no gangsta anthems, no sexist screeds.”
— Mary Colurso (AL.com)

Husky Raver / Twinside / GT
The Nick | 10 p.m.

Two dudes playing rambunctious, loud rock music. We like beer, Mexican food, outer space, skateboarding and the 1970′s. Get rad with us. All the time.
— from Husky Raver bio

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.