WAMM Recommends: Week of August 1

Each week, the team at We Are Memphis Music brings you the best upcoming live shows for the next seven days. Here’s our picks for the first week of August.

Cobra Man & Worble / Snooper

8 PM Monday August 1 at The Hi Tone – Big Room Upstairs

$20

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The good folks at Goner Records & Wiseacre Brewing have joined forces to present a little throwback charm and churn at the Hi-Tone’s big room Monday evening. L.A.’s Cobra Man have appointed themselves purveyors of ‘power disco’, and that genre designation tells you all you need to know about their 70s-worshipping, glammed-out sizzle. They share a hometown with some beguiling openers as well, the post-punk troublemakers of Snooper, who marry compact Greg Sage-worthy hooks with bratty riot grrl zeal and swagger. There’s no better way to kick off summer’s last full month.

 

 

SPACEFACE

7 PM Thursday August 4 at Young Avenue Deli

No Cover

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Though SPACEFACE may have won a wider audience through the sharing of a few of their members with heroic Oklahoma City psych-rockers The Flaming Lips, the long-running outfit is a Memphis institution to the core, and no one else from this corner of the map has ever really challenged their crown as peak local sonic tinkerers and trip-guides. Even as their work has gradually morphed from acid-washed sixties delirium to a streamlined electro-disco take on everything otherworldly, they’ve remained a compelling and adventurous band that’s always well worth checking out for yourself. 

Harlan T Bobo

6 PM Friday August 5 at Goner Records

No Cover

Despite the fact that he now lives in Perpignan, France, Harlan T. Bobo, the enigmatic Memphis songwriter known for his deeply confessional tunes, still casts a long shadow over the local music scene. Beginning with 2006’s Too Much Love, Bobo emerged as one of the city’s most intriguing and celebrated singer-songwriters, baring his soul with excellently crafted songs about the darker sides of life and love. In contrast to the radical openness of his songs, Bobo’s history largely remains shrouded in mystery and it is not uncommon for him to perform a concert with his face concealed by make-up or masks. This dichotomy is at the center of his captivating personae and one of the many reasons why his absence from Memphis has been felt so accurately by many music fans. All of this, plus the fact that he hasn’t performed live in Memphis in years, makes this Friday’s album release show at Goner Records one of my most anticipated live performances of 2022 so far. Nothing in this world is ever promised, which feels doubly true for the opportunity to see Harlan T. Bobo live, so don’t miss this opportunity. 

 

Chinese Connection Dub Embassy x Yubu & Friends

8 PM Friday August 5 at B-Side

$10

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If you’re like me then your musical tastes largely shift with the seasons in an attempt to match your tunes with the vibes provided by mother nature. For me, this summer has been filled with the music of tropical climates, from the reggaeton of Puerto Rico to the zamrock of Zambia and reggae of Jamaica. Unfortunately, most of this music has largely been experienced through the speakers of my phone, which I plan to remedy this Friday as B-Side hosts the two finest reggae groups the region has to offer. Both CCDE and Yubu excel in performing classic reggae with a modern twist, offering their own stylish originals alongside unique covers. So while you probably want to save your trip to the Caribbean for when gas prices are a little lower, you can still get a taste of the island life from the comfy confines of Midtown.

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