WAMM Recommends: Week of October 3

Each week, the team at We Are Memphis Music compiles a list of the week’s best upcoming live music events. Here are our picks for the first week of October!

An Evening with 24-Carat Black

7PM, Thursday October 6

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Free

Generally speaking, I try to reserve these recommendations for strictly live music events, but this week I’m willing to make an exception. First, a quick history lesson…In 1973, as the Stax label was beginning to crumble, a group of young musicians known as 24-Carat Black released their debut album “Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth,” a sprawling operatic soul album that is unlike anything else in popular music. Although it failed to make waves during its release, the album has gone on to be a treasure trove for hip-hop producers and the group’s music has been sampled by everyone from Jay-Z to Nas and Kendrick Lamar. This Thursday, several members of the group will be reuniting at Stax for a panel discussion and listening party that shouldn’t be missed.

The Blackwater Trio with Oakwalker

Thursday, October 5th, 6:30 PM

Crosstown Arts

$20

 The Clarksdale, Mississippi Americana acoustic trio consisting of fiddle, guitar and harmony vocals, are as classically simple as the genre can get. Diverging from a country or indie style vocal, the group retains a smoother, more soulful tone in their melodies. Also on the bill is Memphis based indie group, Oakwalker. Oakwalker’s self-titled EP debuted earlier this year, featuring heavy violin and early 90’s melodies reminiscent of The Cranberries. Both acts together are quite complimentary, and hopefully hint at future collaboration. Catch them Thursday at Crosstown Arts, and get ready to turn down a bit, in the best way possible.

Jeff Hulett w/ Graham Burks

7PM, Friday October 7th

The Hi Tone (Small Room – Downstairs)

Free

Graham Burks makes synth-hazed power pop under the name Loose Opinions, a sort of cosmic, star-gazing psych-punk that has little precedent in Memphis or elsewhere. Jeff Hulett bears the high, reedy voice of a young Dylan, though his plaintive alt-country leanings sometimes tip into noisier, stranger territory, as evidenced by the Loveless walls of fuzz haunting the margins of songs like “High Road”. There’s more than enough cross-pollination between these scene lifers that the prospect of a shared bill makes perfect horse sense and then some. Best of all, this one’s free. Long live the Hi Tone.

Postmodern Jukebox

Friday, October 7th, 8:00 PM

Graceland Live!

$30

Blondie in the style of 1940’s skat jazz, anyone? Billie Eillish in the style of 1960’s teen pop? Vintage and modern collide once again on the Graceland Live! Stage with Postmodern Jukebox. The “Life in The Past Lane” tour is celebrating the greatest musical genres of the 20th century. That is, 100 years of rock, jazz, pop, hip hop, disco, R&B and more, that will no doubt be filtered through a production filter built to intrigue.PMJ brings a teeny bit of musical theater, and a whole lot of thoughtful live musical arrangements to every live show. Be prepared for PMJ to pull out all the stops.

BALTHVS

9PM, Saturday October 8th

B-Side

$10

Any band willing to travel all the way to Memphis from Hawaii probably deserves your attention, but BALTHVS gets a recommendation based on much more than their flight length. The dynamic group blends psych rock, surf, funk, and disco into a blend that is just as fun as it sounds and is guaranteed to fill the dance floor at B-Side. We’ll admit to only discovering the band out of pure curiosity after seeing their flier, so we too are a bit in the dark, but after viewing a few live performances we’re genuinely stoked for Saturday.

Brook Pridemore / Droneroom / whit3corset

9PM, Sunday October 9th

The Hi Tone (Small Room – Downstairs)

$10

Brook Pridemore visits us from Brooklyn, and much of that scene’s mid-aughts indie pinnacle can be found between the lines of his woozy indie-folk, which often draws on synth-rock and dream-pop to compelling and hooky effect. His visit to the Hi Tone makes for an intriguing paring with the night’s other features – Memphian whit3corset continues to gain steam as one of our city’s most kinetic and thrilling live acts, a raw nerve of industrial noise and cathartic serrations, while west Tennessee’s Droneroom brings spaced-out country-tinged post-rock that is as heart wrenching as it is glacially beautiful.

 

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