In his weekly music column Zack Teibloom gives his suggestions on concerts, albums, and happenings around Austin.
I don't really expect people to follow my advice, but it did make me feel a little sad to see tweets coming from Snoop and a couple other stay away shows last week, while I was loving the Bonnaroo stream. Phish played almost four hours, and I caught everyone from Ben Folds to Young the Giant, The Shins, a little Alice Cooper, and Kenny Rogers with Lionel Richie guesting. Speaking of legends, there's some you should definitely see this week:
Buddy Guy & Johnny Lang (Concert) at ACL Live on Wendesday, June 20th for $39:
Everyone should see Buddy Guy at least once in their life. At 75 years old, this blues guitar god is still as electrifying as ever. He'll play with this teeth, behind his head, one handed, and whatever tricks he can think of. He's a true original and the ACL Moody Theater is an ideal venue for him. There's a reason he's playing there two years in a row. There are no bad seats here, so get the cheapest ticket you can and see this legend while you still can.
Lil Kim w/ Phranchyze, Kid Slyce:
Lil’ Kim had to reschedule her last performance, and will finally be gracing Emo’s East on Tuesday night as part of her “Return of the Queen” tour. It's a true return for the "Queen Bee," who has been mostly out of the limelight for years, finally back for a new tour and supposedly a new yet to be titled album. The naughty rapper, who has traded verses with everyone from Biggie and Jay Z, to R. Kelly and Ludacris, will no doubt keep audiences ...titillated. It’s hard to write a Lil’ Kim preview without touching on her consistently wild and inappropriate lyrics. If the word pussy makes you uncomfortable, this is not the show for you. She’ll be constantly telling you how to eat hers. It’s been almost seven years since Lil’ Kim’s last album, but after a couple of track leaks in the last couple months, a new one is supposedly on the way in 2012. Austin should get a sneak preview of what Kim has on the way. You can guess it will be dirty.
Jack White "Freedom at 21" (45 vinyl) for $6.99:
This single was first released on April Fools Day. Kind of. Third Man Records set off 100 balloons with a flexi-disc and only a handful were found. Regardless, you don't have one unless you spent a few thousand for it on eBay. The real reason you're buying this is for the b-side. It's the only way you can hear "Inaccessible Mystery," which has Jack singing and playing acoustic guitar and vibrochime on a track that starts as an acoustic guitar head nodder, and builds into an electric thumper. It's a cut that doesn't quite fit on the album, but is a great stand alone to have. Even if you have Blunderbuss, pick this one up. Waterloo just got a big shipment of them in on Wednesday, and End of an Ear should have theirs in on Friday.
There's a perception that both of these artists peaked a decade ago and are weird, but they're still making some damn good music. I gave each of these a full album listen and want to go back for more of each. The least you can do is give them a free listen. 90's lovers, you would be mad if you didn't.
Buying tickets to September shows at The Backyard:
Passion Pit and Animal Collective tickets go on sale this Friday. Don't buy them. Passion Pit is an OK band live, but nothing to rave about, and Animal Collective is just horrendous. Neither is worth going out of your way to see, and that's what a trip to the Backyard entails. As a friend recently tweeted, "Why (are) so many interesting looking shows being booked at the Backyard? Who was wronged? Did someone cast a curse on Austin?" I don't know the answer, but I do know that not going to these shows could send a message.
Stay cool y'all. Cheers! -Zack Teibloom