Northwest pop-pop outfit the Posies (pictured) celebrate their 30th anniversary of making music together with the re-release of their ’90s albums and a tour that brings principals Jon Auer (guitar, vocals) and Ken Stringfellow (vocals, guitar, keys) to City Winery as a duo on Friday. It’s a chance to dig into Posies originals like “Solar Sister” and “Golden Blunders” as well as a Big Star cover or two (the pair played in a late edition of that band before Alex Chilton’s death, on top of Stringfellow’s multi-tour work with R.E.M.).
String bands are all the rage and riding the first wave from the past decade are the Infamous Stringdusters, a grooving Berklee-bred bluegrass outfit that rolls into the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, while the same night brings the ragged physicality of country-soul rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business to Royale. More to the blues side of broad, rocking roots, Texas guitar hotshot Ian Moore–another artist who gained notoriety in the ’90s–hits Once Ballroom on Saturday.
The Grammy Awards take over the television on Sunday (with performances from Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, U2, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, SZA and many others), but country singer/songwriter Brandy Clark (nominated for Best New Artist in 2015 among award nods in recent years) won’t be there. Clark will be busy gracing the stage of City Winery with her smart, observant songwriting. Sunday also finds New Zealand pop singer Kimbra, another talented upstart who hasn’t quite found widespread fame (beyond her “Somebody That I Used to Know” duet with Gotye), bringing her multi-octave friskiness and more electronics-steeped staging to the Paradise Rock Club, along with Arc Iris. Finally, another band marking its own 30th year of making music, bluesy jam-band survivors Big Head Todd and the Monsters (fronted by guitarist/singer Todd Park Mohr) crank it up at the Wilbur Theatre in support of their latest album New World Arisin.’