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.
Turnover/Widowspeak/Temple Of Angels
7 p.m., Thursday October 28, Growler’s
It’s the spookiest week of the year, but if all this decadent and chilling indulgence in darkness have left you craving something more luminous and ethereal, then boy howdy does Growler’s have you covered this Thursday, with Virginia Beach’s Turnover and Brooklyn’s Widowspeak enshrouding the Bluff City in their gauzy twilight sheen for one ephemeral evening. Turnover have thrillingly evolved from humble emo and pop-punk roots to become one of the country’s foremost purveyors of drifting, atmospheric indie-rock, while Widowspeak remain the quintessential Captured Tracks band, the hazy tendrils of their wispy dream-pop Americana coating the listener’s heart in pleasantly-melancholy amber. If that’s not enough hypnagogic splendor for your Halloween midweek, then the night’s third act, Austin’s Temple Of Angels, ought to do the trick nicely. Their beguiling Gothic shoegaze is both blissfully nostalgic and phantasmagorically haunting, bringing the best of 4AD’s long-ago salad days to mind. There’s no local support for this one, but don’t let that stop your soul from astrally projecting over to Growler’ to share some enchanting liminal space with these folks for a few hours.
Memphis Music on Main Street
5 p.m., Friday October 29, various locations on South Main
In case you didn’t know, October is officially recognized as Memphis Music Month, and boy has it delivered so far. From Mempho to the Tambourine Bash to the Country Blues Fest, the past few weeks have been a shmorgishborg of great local live music, but the fun ain’t over yet. On Friday, the monthly Main Street Trolley Night will be ever rowdier than usual with the unveiling of the inaugural Memphis Music on Main Street festival, a free showcase of some of the city’s best talent. The free event will feature southern rock heroes North Mississippi Allstars, local hip-hop legend Al Kapone, soul revivalists Southern Avenue, funky twin brother duo The PRVLG, and up-and-coming R&B singer Dottie. It’s rare to see this much diverse talent accumulated in one space (especially for a free show!), so come out and end Memphis Music Month with a bang.
The Annual ZARR Halloween Party: Jack Oblivian/Off Peak Arson/Static Static
10 p.m., Saturday October 30, B-SIDE Memphis
$10 at the door
So, are you game for a garage-trash junk-punk three-band freakout and costume contest at B-SIDE Saturday night? That’d be this year’s installment of the long-running ZARR Halloween Party, of course. Let Memphis scene legend Jack Oblivian coax you in, and rest assured, dude’s elder statesman status hasn’t dimmed his furious Stooges-via-Stones sonic inferno in the least. Well up to the task of rounding out the bill are fellow Memphians Off Peak Arson and visiting New Orleans synth-punk futurists Static Static. The spirited Off Peak Arson careen dizzyingly between nifty shout-along Wipers land-speed races and unfurling melodic asides that’ll stick in your head like a kitchen knife coated in corn syrup, while our touring friends in Static Static addictively channel the early gutter slime of Suicide and Tubeway Army…as if they were being beaten with coat hangers in an alley by A Place To Bury Strangers. I trust I have your attention now, and I sincerely hope you turn your own attention to these three electrically-inspiring artists. But remember y’all, there’s a costume contest element at play here, so why not mask up (in a far less depressing meaning of the term) and wile away your Devil’s Night with the sleazy freaks of Growler’s? Devil’s Night is all about mischief, right?
3 p.m., Sunday October 31, Brinson’s Downtown
Few things in life are as unapologetically fun as Halloween and reggae music, so who can say no to the marriage between these two seemingly disparate entities? Not us! On Halloween day, Brinson’s Downtown lounge will be hosting two of Memphis’ finest reggae acts, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and Yubu & the Ancient Youth, for a family friendly day of music, costume contests, and Jamaican jerk chicken. While reggae and Halloween may not be a traditional pairing, we can see this becoming a much-anticipated annual tradition. Bless up!