Live Around Town This Week

The Dodos (photo by Mark Holthusen)

Monday, April 4

THE DODOS with Reading Rainbow @ Neumos

Bay Area indie rockers The Dodos will kick off the week at Neumos. Their music plays is folky, tribal, tom-heavy, and African-inspired and has been all the rage around KEXP as of late. They’ll be playing a live in-studio set at noon on the day of the show. Here’s “Black Night,” off their recently released album No Color, which was recently KEXP’s Song of the Day:

The Dodos - Black Night

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(8 pm, $15, 21+)

BAND OF HEATHENS with Jack Wilson @ Tractor Tavern

Austin band…Band of Heathens play twangy country that, unlike several local bands springing up lately, does not have an indie or folksy slant to it; their music is straight up Southern country, through and through. It’s no surprise that this show will be taking place under the boots at the Tractor, and any Texas ex-pats in attendance will think they’re right back in Austin. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

Tuesday, April 5

THE BASEBALL PROJECT with The Minus 5, Steve Wynn @ Tractor Tavern

You’d probably assume that The Baseball Project would fall in line with indie bands like Sports, Tennis, Tennis Pro, and Modern Athletics in that their sports-related name really has nothing to do with the music they play. You would assume wrong, however, as The Baseball Project actually sing songs about baseball. The project of Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey, The Baseball Project’s songs focus on the likes of Willie Mays, Harvey Haddix, and other elements from baseball’s storied history. It’s odd to hear a mixture of sports and music that is actually GOOD and not just a cheesy novelty, but it’s hard not to appreciate what Wynn and MCCaughey are doing, especially if you’re a fan of the game. If you’re still skeptical, they’ll be playing live in-studio on KEXP at 3pm on the day of the show. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS @ Jazz Alley

Tuesday will be the first of a three-night stay at Jazz Alley for Cuban band Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars. If wandering what Cuban music is, think Buena Vista Social Club. If you’re still confused, look it up. Or you can tune into the Best Ambiance with Jon Kertzer on Monday night to hear an interview with Juan de Marcos at 7:00 pm. ($35)

Wednesday, April 6

THE ENGLISH BEAT @ Showbox at the Market

Read about the band and see pictures from their 2010 performance at the KEXP Bumbershoot Music Lounge by clicking here. (7 pm, $21-$25, 21+)

HENRY ROLLINS @ The Triple Door

Henry Rollins takes on some hipsters...I’m not sure who wins.

(8 pm, $35)

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS @ Jazz Alley

Night 2.

Thursday, April 7

THEE SATISFACTION with Helladope, OC Notes @ The Crocodile - (8 pm, $8, 21+)

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS @ Jazz Alley

Night 3.

RAVENNA WOODS with Drew Grow & The Pastor’s Wives, Big Sur @ Neumos

If you haven’t been keeping up, photographer and KEXP contributor James Bailey went on the road with Ravenna Woods as they toured their way down to Austin for SXSW. Not only did he accompany the local acoustic trio, he took a ton of great photos and retold the tales of the road for the KEXP Blog. Here are James’s recaps: DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4 & 5, DAY 6, DAY 7, DAY 8 & 9, DAY 10, 11, 12, & 13. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

Friday, April 8

MOON DUO with Young Prisms, Diminished Men, Airport @ Fun House

Adept psychedelic trace from the Bay Area to go along with an A+ band name. (9:30 pm, $8, 21+)

Moon Duo (photo by Brtittney Bush Bollay)

DON’T TALK TO THE COPS! With Night Fox, Kung Foo Grip @ High Dive - (9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

ROY LONELY AND THE LONGSHOTS with The Tripwires, The Fucking Eagles @ Sunset Tavern

The Fucking Eagles with Cheryl Waters (photo by Allie Bishop Pasquier)

(9:30 pm, $10, 21+)

JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER with Mimicking Birds, Eugene Wendell & the Demon Rind @ Tractor Tavern - (9:30 pm, $10, 21+)

Saturday, April 9

VIRGIN ISLANDS with Wow & Flutter, Princess @ Comet Tavern

High octane local rockers the Virgin Islands will be at the Comet Saturday night to warm fans up for the release of their debut full-length album Ernie Chambers v. God, which is set to be released May 10.

MODERN ATHLETICS with Motopony, The Solvents @ High Dive

While the release of the Virgin Islands debut full-length is still a month away, fellow local band Modern Athletics will be celebrating the release of their debut full-length Give Us A Shove Saturday at the High Dive. To read an interview with the band and listen to a song from the soon-to-be-released album, click here. (9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

THE PHARMACY with Ononos, Stickers, Ziskis @ Fun House - (9:30 pm, $6, 21+)

WHAT WHAT NOW with The Spinning Whips, Gladiators Eat Fire, Blood Orange Paradise @ Blue Moon

BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS with Those Darlins @ The Crocodile

“C’mon everybody! Won’t you take me to booty city?” leads off “Booty City” the third song off Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears’ 2011 release, appropriately titled Scandalous. The album is full of soulful, salacious, good-time funk that will make for a perfect occasion to get down. Tennessee all-female three-some Those Darlins are worth getting there early for. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Sunday, April 10

TITUS ANDRONICUS @ Vera Project

If you can’t catch them Sunday, they’ll be back through town on June 18 when they’ll be opening for Okkervil River at the Neptune Theater. (7:30 pm, $12)

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE with Lord Huron, Land Of Pines @ The Tractor Tavern

The Royal Alberta Advantage will playing live in-studio Friday, April 8 at noon. Here’s the video for their song “In The Summertime”:

(8 pm, $10, 21+)

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