WAMM Recommends: Week of June 13

Durand Jones & the Indicators

7:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 15 (Free at Central Station)

7:30 P.M., Thursday, June 16 ($45 at Overton Park Shell)

Since 2016, Durand Jones and the Indicators have been on a meteoric rise to stardom that is notable for its atypicality. While their retro-soul and funk sound may have never fully gone out of vogue, it’s not necessarily your typical formula for international stardom in 2022 either. That said, once you listen to (or better yet, experience) their music, it’s not hard to understand why they’ve become such a phenomenon.

This week, Memphians will be blesses with not one but TWO opportunities to catch the group in all of their retro glory. On Wednesday, the band will be kicking in at Central Station for a night of DJ sets before headlining this season’s Shell Yeah! Benefit Concert at the Overton Park Shell. Having the option is great, but we’d suggest you go ahead and double dip on Durand Jones and the Indicators.

 

Ponce, Ben Ricketts, Rachel Maxann

9:00 P.M., Thursday, June 16

The Hi-Tone (Small Room – Downstairs)

$8

Last week tossed us quite the curveball if one is a dedicated Memphis music lover. The abrupt demise of Reigning Sound, one of the most quintessentially Memphis bands of all hallowed local garage-punk combos, was a strange and anticlimactic end to their legendary multi-decade run, thankfully topped off with one last hurrah at the Overton Park Shell. Now Memphis music might figuratively find itself reckoning with where we go from here. Good news is that they don’t come more ‘beloved local heroes’ than our old pals Ben Ricketts and Rachel Maxann. They’ll be at The Hi-Tone this Thursday, supporting visiting Nashville outfit Ponce, who mix swooning War On Drugs-like indie-pop with a smattering of their home base’s gaudy rhinestone indulgences. As for the Memphians, Ricketts radiates feel-good indie-pop survival vibes bejeweled with some 80s-era synth sparkle, while Ms. Maxann comes equipped with full-throated baroque-pop spectacle and melodrama. These two are frankly made for each other, and the next generation of Memphis noisemakers will be just fine.

Adam Goodwin, MPX, Window

8:00 P.M., Friday, June 17

Black Lodge Video

$10

The description for Friday night’s offerings at Black Lodge is modest and almost archly far-reaching: simply, the flyer invites us to partake of an evening of ‘Experimental & Electronic Music’. Now, to a certain sort of listener, that might conjure up some very specific and not entirely-pleasant stereotypes, but those cautious listeners will be relieved to hear that Friday’s lineup offers far more sonic diversity and intrigue than its epic understatement of an elevator pitch implies. The celebrated Texan double bassist Adam Goodwin drops by from his current home base of Berlin, and the vast scope implied by such widely-removed locales ought to lend one some insight into Goodwin’s hyperactively inter-disciplinary artistic pursuit. A serial collaborator across all flavors of visual, sound, and dance artists,

Goodwin’s never gonna be accused of standing still for too long. And if that description alone doesn’t strike you as the highly-caffeinated hook required to get y’all in the door, consider that Memphian scene regular Etrus Hunt, who performs these days under the name MPX, incorporates aural influences as diverse as hip-hop, video game music, and good ol’ fashioned techno. At least the other Memphian joining these festivities, Window, keeps it short and to the point, dubbing themselves an ‘emotional twinkle pop beep bop god’. It’s statistically impossible to attend this show and not find something to like. Take advantage of all this chimerical magic and explore some fun new wormholes.

Memphis Harvest: A Neil Young Tribute

8:00 p.m. , Saturday, June 18th

Wiseacre Brewing

Fifty years ago this year, Neil Young released his fourth studio album, Harvest, and it grew to become one of the most influential and celebrated albums of all time. This weekend Wiseacre Brewing presents some of Memphis’ most influential musicians paying tribute to Young’s masterpiece.

The bill features legendary Memphis blues women Susan Marshall and Reba Russell, alongside musicians John Whittemore, Rick Steff, and more. Given this crew’s reputation, they are likely to do this album justice– and Wiseacre’s spacious downtown brewery sets the scene for a family friendly concert for all. 

Tone’s Juneteenth Family Reunion

2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 19th

Orange Mound Tower

We recently wrote about Tone’s annual Juneteenth weekend here, in our “5 Outdoor Concerts Not To Miss In June” write-up, but since then Tone has announced their music lineup for the main event at Orange Mound Tower and they did not disappoint. If last year’s inaugural event was any indication, it will be and unforgettable and electric day, the way it always goes when Tone throws the show. Performers include Duke Deuce, Lukah, HITKIDD, Texaswarehouse, Talibah Safiya, Bodywerk, Monté, and Myai Drumline.

 

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