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.
9 p.m., Wednesday October 6, Hi-Tone (Big Room)
The freshest incarnation of The Hi-Tone just keeps on winning, and Wednesday night’s triple offering upstairs in their big room is certainly no exception. Celebrated Chicago art-rock crew OHMME headline the evening, sure to bewitch even the most stoic of folded-arm hipsters with their singular brew of liquid funk churn, eerie Stax-invoking harmonies, and a gleeful disregard for pesky normie-core concessions like ‘genres’. What’s more, acclaimed hometown pals Deeper tag along, and where OHMME spellbind and enchant like latter-day sirens, the fine folks in Deeper swing for heart-rending post-punk fences, vulnerable and fearless beneath beguiling layers of kraut-rock throb and heavenly chorused guitar confections. And as if all that weren’t enough, fiery Memphis blues-psych heroes Sunweight open with requisite thunder. You heard it here first – the new Hi-Tone’s a sure bet for your adventurous midweek music fix.
Daikaiju/Risky Whispers/Lipstick Stains
8 p.m., Wednesday October 6, Growler’s
A real reverb-soaked treat’s in store for heads of the surf-rock persuasion Wednesday, as Growler’s welcomes Huntsville’s legendary kaiju-themed guitar-slingers Daikaiju. A global touring concern since the days of Y2K panic and Napster, this anonymous kabuki-masked crew marry evergreen Chantays genre hallmarks with intriguing glimpses of theatrical prog and metal (and be forewarned – they’ve been known to literally set their instruments aflame if the spirit moves them). Local noise-punk acolytes Risky Whispers hop on the bill in a gutter trash/math fever dream of shredded-larynx howls and sly 90s-loving garage hooks, while fellow Memphian favorites Lipstick Stains conjure the triumphant ghosts of Japandroids past with their fiercely-defiant singalongs
and inspiringly-catchy dive-bar anthems. Shoot that Fender-twang curl, get sleazy and profoundly weird, and crawl through the broken glass redemption of a hangover dawn, all at Growler’s this Wednesday.
The Memphis Country Blues Festival
5 p.m., Thursday October 7, Levitt Shell
The Memphis Country Blues Festival is back at its original home 55 years after the original festival served as a coming out party for Memphis’ counterculture. (To learn more about those zeitgeist-shifting original tests, check out Robert Gordon’s seminal book “It Came From Memphis.”) This year’s festival includes Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Cedric Burnside, and Alvin Youngblood Hart, three of the most electrifying blues artists on earth.
5:30 p.m., Thursday October 7, The Grove at GPAC
If you haven’t checked out GPAC’s gorgeous, still-pretty-new outdoor venue The Grove, this is the perfect time to do it – October has arrived, the temps are dipping and Loveland Duren are releasing their new album Any Such Thing and celebrating it with a live show on Thursday night! The combo of powerhouse rock-soul vocalist Vicki Loveland and power-pop legend Van Duren is one of our favorites, and we’ve been waiting for new music from them since 2016’s Next. Bring the whole fam for this one, because kids under 17 are free and adults are just $5!