WAMM Recommends: Week of November 1

From the We Are Memphis Music team, here’s a mix of live music picks we think you can’t afford to miss out on this week.

The Appleseed Cast/The Ellie Badge
8 p.m., Tuesday November 2, Hi-Tone
$13 TICKETS

The Appleseed Cast’s evolution from late 90s Midwestern emo purveyors to atmospheric prog-indie forerunners has been fascinating to behold, and along the way they’ve cleverly gathered loose elements of post-rock and shoegaze to round out their soaring dynamics. A regular favorite in Memphis, they’ll be at the Hi-Tone with local kindred spirit Ellie Badge on Tuesday. Jeremiah Matthews’ plaintive, electronics-tinged guitar latticework and yearning lyrics meshes nicely with the visiting Kansans. The spectral embers of Halloween are cooling now, but there’s still plenty of unearthly phantoms lingering around The Hi-Tone midweek – seek them in the Hi-Tone Small Room.

Frog Squad Plays Erik Satie
7:30 p.m., Thursday November 4, Green Room At Crosstown Arts
$10 TICKETS

Frog Squad is an adventurous collective of Memphian sound artists who match their aural frontier-seeking with daring interpretations of classic works by the likes of Horace Silver, Thelonius Monk, and beloved French composer Erik Satie, incorporating elements from jazz, avant-garde, and psychedelic music traditions. On Thursday, they’re bringing their inscrutable vision of Satie’s music to The Green Room At Crosstown Arts, making for another fine selection from CA’s always eclectic and engrossing calendar. The Memphis Flyer blessed a 2019 Squad composition as “one of the most incredible pieces of music that came across our threshold this year”, so if you’re down for the unorthodox and the envelope-pushing, t’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy your visit to Planet Frog Squad later this week.

Arlo McKinley at Henando’s Hide-A-Way
8 p.m., Thursday November 4 and Friday November 5, Hernando’s Hideaway
$20 TICKETS

Although hailing from Ohio, soulful country singer-songwriter Arlo McKinley had made Memphis something of a second home. For his recent debut solo album “Die Midwestern,” the artist turned to Memphis producer Matt Ross-Spang and a team of local industry veterans at Sam Phillips Recording Studio to create a collection of gritty and heart-wrenching tunes that are reminiscent of John Prine (who, coincidentally, signed Arlo to his label Oh Boy before passing away last year). McKinley will be performing at Hernando’s Hide-A-Way both Thursday and Friday night, and will also be making a brief appearance at River City Records at 4pm on Friday for a small performance and record signing.

River Series Presents: Impala and Turnstyles
2 p.m., Saturday November 6 at Harbor Town Amphitheater
$10 at the door

While there are many things to love about autumn, the sad fact is that many live outdoor concert events will be packing up until the spring. Thankfully, there are still a few great opportunities to catch some music outdoors before the long slog of winter begins, starting with this Saturday’s return of the River Series at Harbor Town. This month will feature headliners Impala, the esteemed Memphis instrumental band that has been rocking for the better part of three decades. Whether you’re a fan of classic Memphis soul acts such as the Mar-Keys and Booker T. and the MGs or early surf rock from the likes of Link Wray, Impala has got you covered. They’ll be joined by the high-energy duo Turnstyles, who have an uncanny ability to make two people sound like a a full rock band.

 

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