Weekend Picks (4/4 – 4/6)

The Grenadines play Bottletree on Friday, April 5.

The Grenadines have an album release show at Bottletree on Friday, April 5.

Thursday, April 4

Caveman / Pure Bathing Culture
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“Through a shroud of hazy harmonies, Caveman offers a dose of wistfulness… The relative newcomers sound like they’ve stepped out from the mellow, folk-rock shadow of yesterday but with some prominent, tribal-like drumming… vocals fit for a lullaby… and a smirking, lazy-day vibe.”

— Brittany Flynn (Consequence of Sound)

Bart Crow / Southern By Grace
Zydeco | 8:30 p.m.

“Blessed with an identifiable voice, Bart Crow has been able to ascend in the tough Texas Dancehall and Honky Tonk scene, where going out and enjoying music on Saturday night rivals the passion for Football under the Friday Night Lights.”

— Matt Bjorke (Rough Stock)

Dirk Hamilton / The Howlin’ Brothers
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“Tennessee trio The Howlin’ Brothers offer a distinctly bluegrass take on the blues, adding upright bass, fiddle and banjo to covers of greats such as Muddy Waters, as well as pumping out original foot stompers”.

— Time Out Chicago

Feather Canyon and DJ Rashid
Architecture Works (Every Drop Benefit) | 5:30 p.m.

“Based in Birmingham, AL, Feather Canyon is a five-piece band who’s sound is influenced by old school soul and rock n’ roll. Gadsden, AL natives Clay Jones and Kristi Houk started Feather Canyon in their living room in the early 2000′s and gradually incorporated fellow band mates: Tonya West on drums and vocals, Jeanna Cobb on lead guitar and Beth Ragland on bass and vocals. Clay Jones on guitar and lead vocals. Kristi Houk on lead vocals.”

— from Feather Canyon bio

Friday, April 5

Marcus Foster / The Lone Bellow / Ruston Kelly
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Foster… comes off as the real deal. On his new mini-album The Last House, which inhabits much of the same folk pop territory as Bright Eyes, Foster smiles wearily like a red-blooded citizen of the South. His voice is young and gruff with a low bite and a saxophone’s vibrato; his band is tentative and rich; his lyrics both precocious and simple.

— Elliah Heifetz (Music OMH)

Grenadines / Abby Go Go / Paloma
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

“The Grenadines music could be described as a psychedelic rock and roll trip. It’s sometimes slow and droning and sometimes upbeat.”


Nathan Angelo / Lauren-Michael Sellers
Zydeco | 9 p.m.

“No doubt fans of Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw’s modern approach to blue-eyed soul will jive to Angelo’s piano-laden affections. ”

— K. Foster (Free Times)

Allie Farris / Robby Hecht
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“With a voice that’s both commanding and gentle, he puts you in a place of contemplation and perhaps even amorousness. The oft-made comparison to James Taylor is apt; he’s a fingerstyle guitarist who writes shapely melodies and delivers them with a comfortable confidence.”

— Craig Havighurst (Music City Roots)

Saturday, April 6

Holly Waxwing / KV / Fatplastik
Bottletree | 9 p.m.

Bottletree is bringing in bands from nearby Montevallo for an evening of (slightly) out-of-town music. Check it!

— You Hear This

Glory! / McPherson Struts / Hellhead / Trading Faces / Crappy Dracula
The Nick | 10 p.m.

“There are two kinds of stupidity—intentional and unintentional—and it actually takes quite a bit of smarts to pull off the former without being completely unbearable. Milwaukee punk-rock trio Crappy Dracula pulls off the trick perfectly on last year’s excellent Fantastic Dracula!, which gleefully tackles such pressing subjects as blimp heists, computers that watch television, and funeral homes equipped with free Wi-Fi.”

— The Onion A.V. Club

Webb Wilder / Sara Petite
Moonlight on the Mountain | 7:30 p.m.

“Webb Wilder, Nashville’s wildest, weirdest export, is actually kind of normal. Kind of. He has a deep Mississippi accent that cuts thru psychedelic power chords, singing with the kind of charisma that makes listeners want to buy whatever he’s selling. One of a kind? Hell, this guy is a rock music Sasquatch. Only he’s real.”

— Nashville Scene

Over the Rhine / Ben Sollee
Workplay | 8 p.m.

“Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, the husband and wife from Cincinnati, Ohio, who make up the dark, folk outfit Over The Rhine, present to us the full complexity, not just of love, but more so the people who stick their noses into it and get destroyed (nicely or messily) by it. The complexities are endless and they’re frightening when they’re explored in the sweet and insightful ways that these two songwriters dig into them.”

— Sean Moeller (Daytrotter)

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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.