Weekend Picks (2/21 – 2/23)

Thursday, February 21

Maserati / Glories
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“This instrumental quartet cite ’70s cosmic rock from Germany as the model for their iridescent guitars and precisely calibrated hypnorhythms. What they actually sound like, though, is as non-obscure as imaginable – the world-conquering U2 of The Joshua Tree.”
— Blender Magazine

Alpha Vigilant / The Wheeler Boys
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“The Wheeler Boys write songs about what they know: working-class struggle, politics and weed. It’s a far cry from the star-studded image that defines Atlanta’s mainstream hip-hop, but in a weary underground scene that’s building up as the tide of trap music recedes, the rise of a group like the Wheeler Boys is a sign that the times are changing.”
— Chad Radford (Creative Loafing)

Friday, February 22

Menomena / Guards
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“In the roaring salvo, one was left with a feeling that Menomena is indeed miscategorized as an “experimental” band; they’re an honest-to-gosh indie rock band, filled with all the lyrical wit, musical risk-taking, and instrumental orgies that implies.”
— Ben Kaye (Consequence of Sound)

Holly Williams / Logan Brill
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Holly Williams is the kind of poetic songwriter country music once embraced. These days, the powerfully sensitive songs featured on her new album…are relegated to the independent Americana genre that exists outside of the arena-rock formulas of country radio.”
— Michael McCall (Associated Press)

Grown Up Avenger Stuff / Goodbye June / Kris Bell
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“Angular rhythms, unpredictable art-rock leaning arrangements that don’t sacrifice catchiness, heavy riffs, subtle dynamics, and a demonstrative female vocalist who sometimes dons a superhero costume and whose voice swells from demure and kittenish to a commanding wail, as if Jello Biafra and PJ Harvey raised a daughter on riot grrrl.”
— Courtney Devores (The Charlotte Observer)

Saturday, February 23

Kid Rock
BJCC | 7:30 p.m.

“While he became a star in the late 1990s by trafficking a profane blend of heavy metal, country and hip-hop, Rock, 42, has become a progressively more refined artist. His best songs were once incendiary bursts of braggadocio. The highlights of Rock’s recent albums resemble the softer side of his fellow Detroit rocker Bob Seger. As a wag recently suggested on Twitter, Kid Rock might consider changing his name to Adult Contemporary.
Bill Brownlee (The Kansas City Star)

Randall Bramblett Band
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Randall is in my opinion the most gifted & talented southern singer-songwriter musicians of the past several decades.”
— Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers)

FroSkull / The Great American Breakdown / Culture Switch / Snow
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“How awesome is this? A band from Nashville that doesn’t play country. [FroSkull] play progressive technical rock and do it in such a fashion that my ears just went HELL YEAH! And not a country style hell yeah either…”
— The Truth Reviews

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.