If you’re like me, you are probably anxious to get out of the house this weekend because you spent all of last weekend moving into a new apartment.
OK, I’m probably in a small minority of people who moved this past weekend but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good events to get you out of the house for the night. Moreover, my calendar is fast filling up with holiday events (and a few birthdays) and this is the only weekend I’ll have open until Christmas. Here’s what I’m excited for this week:
H is for Hellgate CD release at the High Dive, Friday, December 5
I enjoyed H is for Hellgate’s first, self-titled album a bit but it was more revealing in its potential. There were great moments in there but it was obvious that this is a band that could make a truly excellent follow up. And a year and a half later, they did.
This show celebrates the release of their brand new record Come for the Peaks, Stay for the Valleys. It is a personal but still excellent and rocking record. Everything that the first album did right: well-written songs with unexpected time shifts and driving guitar parts, the second album does better. Lead Hellgate Jamie Henkensiefken has grown incredibly as a songwriter between records. Another point for H is for Hellgate: they wrote a love letter song to Tina Fey before the rest of America caught on.
Amanda Palmer and the Danger Ensemble at the Showbox at the Market, Thursday, December 11
I’ve been a fan of Palmer’s band, The Dresden Dolls, for several years now and I do enjoy her debut solo record, Who Killed Amanda Palmer?, so this show would be an easy recommendation anyway but Palmer has found herself being discussed considerably on blogs in the previous week or two. Apparently, her label, Roadrunner Records, thought she looked “fat” in the video to her single “Leeds United”. That was never an adjective I’d use to describe her (who I always thought bordered on being “too” thin).
That’s neither here nor there, though. Going to see a performer because they were unfairly maligned by their record label is not the best idea (lest we all become Kelly Clarkson fans) but see Palmer because she’s a terrific songwriter and compelling performer with a unique stage presence.
The Builders and Butchers are also on the bill and they’re very good, as well.
See you out and about,
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