Weekend Ideas: November 21, 2014


Touring bands get used to weather, but Interpol got extra when the moody New York rockers’ bus got stuck for days in Buffalo’s man-high snowfall, (UPDATE) now forcing the postponement of Friday’s House of Blues show on top of scuttled gigs in Toronto and Montreal. An intimate alternative the same night, out Route 2 past I-495 at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, would be a solo double bill with dusky-voiced Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde and New Hampshire-born, Montana-based Laurie Sargent, whose earthy voice has graced Twinemen and Orchestra Morphine.

Saturday’s the big night, starting with an early show at the Brighton Music Hall with guitarist/vocalist Daniel Lanois. Best known as a producer for U2, Emmylou Harris (who he recently joined on tour) and Bob Dylan, Lanois spins atmospheric rock akin to his Canadian countryman Neil Young, but with more free-wheeling dynamics. It helps that his trio — currently out in support of Lanois’ impressionistic new album Flesh and Machine — features the tastefully rambunctious jazz drummer Brian Blade.

Funky Colorado ensemble the Motet expands the groove in a late Brighton Music Hall show on Saturday, while the Barr Brothers weave their folk-tinged spell at the Sinclair behind Sleeping Operator. The Montreal group led by lead singer/guitarist Brad and drummer/banjo player Andrew Barr (formerly of jam-conscious band the Slip) has evolved into a textural song-based outfit that includes the classical harp playing of Sarah Page. And this new tune gives the Barr Brothers a hearty live number that taps into African desert blues. Across Harvard Square at the Regattabar, there’s also the acoustic virtuoso fusion of the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio on Saturday. And on Sunday, surprisingly free of loops and playback, German composer Nils Frahm suggests a cross between classical recital and EDM experimentation when he commands his banks of synthesizers and pianos.

Finally, for my Thursday throwback, with Julian Casablancas fronting his solo band at House of Blues next Wednesday, here’s a live TV set of the singer back in 2002 when he burst onto the scene with the Strokes.

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