Weekend Picks (2/7 – 2/9)

Thursday, February 7

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

California Guitar Trio
Alys Stephens Center | 7 p.m.

“How refreshing – here’s a modern, highly listenable progressive rock effort with a disproportionate amount of acoustic instrumentation that’s anchored by solid and dedicated musicianship … and there ain’t a hint of the pretentiousness that is almost invariably found within the genre.”
– Vintage Guitar

Friday, February 8

Belle Adair / Barton Carroll / Terry Ohms & Them / Through the Sparks
Bottletree | 8:30 p.m.

“The bearded Americana bandwagon got crowded, so Belle Adair invented something so fresh it defies categorization…they released a six-song EP and every track unfolds in glorious colors with stellar vocal harmonies. “
— Relix

The Delta Saints / The Vegabonds
Zydeco | 9:30 p.m.

“…with a whip-smart, harp-and-dobro driven take on the blues, the Delta Saints are throwing down a raucous and righteous sound that more than lives up to their adopted name.”
— Peter Cronin (SESAC Magazine)

Sexual Side Effects / Justin Turberville
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“[I]f you haven’t jumped on board the Sexual Side Effects bandwagon yet, now’s the time. The hard-touring band’s been busy gaining fans on the East Coast and on a recent jaunt to Texas, where things got so fiery that a club had to be evacuated.”
— Shane Harrison (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Saturday, February 9

The Magic Math / Delicate Cutters / Brad Armstrong (of 13ghosts) / Vulture Whale
Bottletree | 8:30 p.m.

“At times reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, the Monkees, and other proud purveyors of unabashed pop music that had old-time-y leanings without new-time-y pretensions, the Magic Math is not above having a sense of humor…but it’s not so focused on having a good time that everything else falls apart…Down home, homespun fun.”
— Jedd Beaudoin (PopMatters)

Shovels and Rope / Andrew Combs
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Shovels & Rope songs are songs about loving through poverty, when people are all torn up and stressed to the maximum, when “it was all we could do to keep a nail in the floor.” It’s virtuous love and resilience, and it’s fashioned after the way those in Nashville used to write ballads and duets – where there was just as much pain as there was happiness. They are songs filled with mercy, mistakes, fire and the sort of genuine compassion that cannot be swept away or buried.”
— Daytrotter

CADDLE / Craig Wayne Boyd
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

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.