Friday, February 27, 2009
My man Roberto forgot to include what bodes to be a lumbering, textured Southern rockshow when Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit take the stage at Club Cafe at 10:30 on Saturday.
His most recent voyage post-Truckers sounds good on album and will very likely sound good live, too. This town loves the Truckers so I expect the Cafe to brim it’s capacity, warmly welcoming Isbell back to the ‘Burgh.
It should also be noted that Lawrenceville’s own Good Night, States (WYEP’s 2008 Pick for Top Local Artist) is playing the early show (7:30) at Club Cafe. Not a bad double-bill. Except that you’ll have to buy separate tickets to see both shows.
Good insights about his creative process and nice acoustica from Isbell here:
I complain a lot about Pittsburgh getting passed over on tours I’d love to see, or about how all the good shows are on Mondays or other random weekdays. But I have to say that this winter/spring is seeing a pretty solid lineup. In fact, so solid that there are serious dilemmas on the horizon… Kweller with the Watson Twins or Tokyo Police Club? Josh Ritter or Heartless Bastards and Gaslight Anthem? Those are tough questions, kids. And on Saturdays, no less!
Anyway, my personal recommendation for this Saturday goes to Ben Kweller and the Watsons, if only because it’s a great double-bill. Mr. Kweller’s new CD, Changing Horses, has gone more than a little bit country, and successfully. You can still expect plenty of high-energy pop to fill out his live set, though. And with the saccharine tones of the Watson Twins to warm Diesel’s clubby heart, it should be a feelgood night all around.
In fact, given that Diesel tends to shut shows down early on the weekends to make room for the meatheads, and that TPC are the headliners over in Millvale, you can probably catch both shows, all of which should make for a nice little Saturday.
I think they played the Rex last year. I’m suddenly sorry I missed it.
The Proclaimers – “500 Miles” (Mediafire link)
Thursday, February 26, 2009