No rest for the wicked, plenty of great shows coming up this week that are worth checking out.


I saw Delta Spirit at Lollapalooza in 2011 and thought they were like the Texas version of Mumford and Sons with guitars instead of banjos. Is that a ringing endorsement? Depends on your opinion of M&S but they were one of my favorite acts that day. Between Delta Spirit albums, singer Matthew Logan Vasquez cleaned out his songwriting closet and released a  rambling-n-rolling solo album (Solicitor Returns) earlier this year. Solo album doesn’t mean a live show will be one guy on stage with an acoustic guitar – no sir, expect Vasquez to show up full band in tow when he takes The Basement stage. Reverend Baron (skateboarder Danny Garcia’s band) and Dave Buker and The Historians open. Doors at 7. $12.



Kiefer Sutherland is the latest actor-turned-musician, his country-soaked debut album, Down in a Hole, comes out this summer. Check out the first single, “Not Enough Whiskey“, to get an idea of what to expect at his show at the A&R Music Bar. $20 advance, $22 day of show.


  • Dawes and Hiss Golden Messenger at the Newport
  • Into It. Over It. / The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die / The Sidekicks / Pinegrove at Ace of Cups
  • Johnnyswim at Skully’s


I don’t know much about Brooklyn’s Small Black other than that I dig the bobbing-and-weaving dance groove of “Boys Life” – feels like very chic NYC club rock to me and I can’t stop tapping my foot to this song. Locals Fine Animal open the show at The Basement. $10 advance, $12 at the door.


  • Coasts / Knox Hamilton / Symmetry at A&R Music Bar


Austin’s White Denim is hard to pigeonhole – there’s some bluesy-rock, some garage rock, some psychedelic rock. When I was asking for current bands that have a ’70s classic rock vibe, White Denim was recommended and while I don’t think it’s 1974 when I listen to them, I definitely pick up influences from the decade of my birth. Early show alert: Skully’s doors open at 6:30. $15 in advance, $18 day of show.


  • Municipal Waste at Ace of Cups
  • Escape the Fate / Get Scared / American Wolves at Park Street Saloon


Yup, the strangest act in Columbus this week is Buckethead, a world-renowned guitar virtuoso whose celebrity status shot up when he joined Guns N’ Roses (2000-2004). His true identity is pretty easy to find thanks to the internet though photos of the guitarist without the KFC bucket on his head are virtually non-existent. I have no idea how a guy with 250+ releases picks out a setlist but undoubtedly his gig at Woodlands Tavern will be one to remember. Tickets for the show are $25.


  • Bully / Kizzy Hall at Ace of Cups
  • True Widow /Drab Majesty / Black Antler at Double Happiness
  • Little Green Cars / John Mark Nelson at A&R Music Bar