Weekend Music Ideas: February 1, 2019

Dawes, Eric Church, Jon Spencer, Hot Stove Cool Music, Lulu Wiles and more.


Super Bowl weekend’s spinning with music that’s not just in Atlanta. Country star Eric Church settles in to TD Garden both Friday and Saturday, stirring up emotive, soulful tunes from his smash album Desperate Man. Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, who forged his rep with his two-handed tapping technique, plays the Regattabar on Friday. Allston rocks the same night, with garage-punk mainstay Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore) revving up his new band the Hitmakers at Great Scott, while hard-grooving jamband Tauk returns to Brighton Music Hall. And local hip-hop heroes STL GLD return to A.R.T.’s sleek Oberon space on Friday to toast the just-released The New Normal, an album that takes Moe Pope and his crew to new heights, with broad cameos from Will Dailey and Julia Easterlin to Oompa and Cliff Notez.

Dawes (pictured) continues to build a following with streamlined, California-kissed folk-rock, all the way to the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Saturday. Nashville alt-country tunesmith Rayland Baxter holds court at the Sinclair the same night, while World Music presents South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Sanders Theatre. And the rock and baseball worlds mix when Hot Stove Cool Music takes over the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday; this year’s locally rooted lineup sports Buffalo Tom as well as Will Dailey, Barrence Whitfield and the all-star outfit Band of Their Own, with Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood (both of Belly), and Jen Trynin. Finally, if you aren’t busy with football on Sunday night, consider Oberon again, as the local all-female trio Lulu Wiles celebrates its Smithsonian Folkways debut What Will We Do. One thing that the New England Patriots will not do is make any of these shows.

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