WAMM Recommends: Week of March 7

Each week, the team at We Are Memphis Music sifts through the upcoming slate of live shows to choose some of the very best to circle on your calendar.

Eighth Blackbird

7:30 P.M., Tuesday, March 8

Crosstown Theater

$20

Eighth Blackbird boast a resume as intriguing as their name (inspired by a famous Wallace Stevens poem, if you’re hip to American literature). Having formed as a sextet of conservatory students at Oberlin in 1996, they’ve gone on to collaborate with a number of impressive luminaries, from Phillip Glass and Nico Muhly to members of Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, and The National, among many others. MacArthur Grant recipients as well as multiple Grammy winners, their experimental, fresh approach to chamber music has been hailed as ‘vibrant’ and ‘adventurous’. If all of these hosannas and name-drops are enough to pique your interest, then Tuesday night at the lavish Crosstown Theater is where you want to be, as this is definitely not a performance to miss.

Lee Bains and the Glory Fires w/ Mike Hewlett and the Racket Bar DKDC

9:00 p.m, Thursday, March 10th

Bar DKDC

Birmingham’s Lee Bains + The Glory Fires are not easily wrangled into one genre description, but are most certainly a product of their environment: Southern rock, punk rock, bar rock, Alabama rock, the Shoals sound by way of influence through bands like The Drive By Truckers, and more. Mix it all up with a heavy dash of politics and social commentary and serve it in the absolute rowdiest way possible. Be sure to catch the opening act as well, Memphis-based Mike Hewlett and The Racket, who come from a similar influence pools as Bains. See you at DKDC!

Folk All Y’all Presents: Sarah Potenza

7:30 p.m, Saturday, March 12th

The Green Room at Crosstown Arts

Nashville based singer-songwriter Sarah Potenza appeared on both season 8 of The Voice and season 16 of America’s Got Talent, and has since released two studio albums, quickly establishing herself as a core pillar of the Nashville scene. Her latest release, Road To Rome, carries themes of her strength of character and non-conformity in an industry where one may feel pressure to be quieter, thinner, and more of the same-old. Poteza “does her,” as we say.  Don’t miss her bold and beautiful performance at Crosstown Art’s Green Room Saturday, March 12th.

General Labor / Modeling / Data Drums

9 p.m., Saturday, March 12

The Hi-Tone (Small Room-Downstairs)

$10

General Labor aren’t the only Mid-South combo enraptured by the eerie synth-scrawl and grey-skied melodrama of Cold War-era post-punk, but they’re certainly one of the most skilled at recreating that strange era’s suffocating dread – a danceable malaise and a hook-laden uncertainty of the looming, tumultuous future. Catch them this Saturday at Hi-Tone, when they’re joined by retro-tactic Fayetteville synthwave acolytes Modeling and highly-caffeinated Memphis punk upstarts Data Drums. General Labor’s musical touchstones may feel newly relevant (for all sorts of reasons), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drown in the churning gravitational pull of ominous nostalgia, comrades. 

 

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