WAMM Recommends: Week of June 20

Each week, the team at WAMM sifts through all of the week’s upcoming shows to pick some of our favorites!

Mempho Presents The Punch Brothers

7:30 p.m, Wednesday, June 22nd

Germantown Performing Arts Center

$45-$67

The Punch Brothers call themselves and American band, and while I get the need to not be granular– I suppose we should narrow it down a bit. Punch Brothers: file under bluegrass, acoustic folk, indie americana, etc, etc. If you are struck by string instrument virtuosos, and honestly it’s hard not to be once you’re watching them, then this is a show for you. The five piece string band from Brooklyn is still fresh off of a 2019 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and the full length record Hell on Church Street, released this year. Lead vocalist, mandolinist, and band leader Chris Thile is also known for being a member of the acclaimed acoustic Americana band Nickel Creek. Re: this is a total treat for fans of the high lonesome sound of mid Appalachia.

Kishi Bashi: 151A 10th Anniversary Tour w/ Tall Tall Trees

9:00 P.M., Friday, June 24

The Hi-Tone (Big Room – Upstairs)

$25

Kishi Bashi’s music has always been a study in complementary, rather than contradictory, dualities. First and foremost, Bashi’s a classically-trained student of film scoring who nonetheless ended up a fixture in the legendary Athens, Georgia DIY scene of the late 90s and early 2000s, even joining the glammed-out theatrical indie-dance troupe Of Montreal for a time. Bashi’s 2012 debut full-length, 151a, holds up as a fine example of Pet Sounds-indebted indie-pop, where headphone-friendly production meets raw-nerve emotion and bombast, and Bashi’s appearance at the Hi-Tone this Friday is part of an ongoing commemoration of that album’s release. Joining him is the thrilling experimental banjo-pop of Tall Tall Trees, a pitch-perfect compliment of an opening act for these proceedings. If you’re in the mood to relive American indie’s crossover days, this is where you need to be on Friday.

Tropical Vertigo Ft. Edwin Adams & Cole Wheeler

10:00 P.M., Friday, June 24

Floyd Alley (339 Madison Ave.)

We’ll be honest here…we don’t know much about this event, but the mystery is a large part of the appeal. From the Miami-esque promotional graphics to the location (an alleyway behind the Vance Rubber Stamps building) to the 4 a.m. end time, everything about this event is shrouded in an intriguing enigma. That said, what we do know is that Edwin Adams and Cole Wheeler are two very fine DJs who should be more than up to the task of keeping the party rocking all night, so we say take a leap into the unknown and be prepared for a strange and exhilarating evening.

Kraftwerk 3-D

8:00 P.M., Saturday, June 25

Crosstown Theater @ Crosstown Arts

$50

What can be said about the mighty Kraftwerk that hasn’t already been said? The long-running German experimental institution made “kraut-rock” a critical darling sub-genre and something close to a household name, and their 1974 electro-pop masterpiece Autobahn, remains as stirringly-alive as it is inspirational, utterly refusing to be consigned to history as some dusty museum artifact. Crosstown Theater is the perfect setting to take in their wondrous and acclaimed traveling multimedia series Kraftwerk 3D. If you’re a longtime follower, you’ve likely already snagged your ticket well in advance, but if you’ve never before experienced Kraftwerk on any level, this is a fine chance to discover how, and why, these robot-loving Germans changed popular music forever. 

Faux Killas

9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 25th

Bar DKDC

$10

Pre- pandemic Bar DKDC was often crammed tighter than a tuna can with rowdy rock n roll fans. The intimate venue makes it ideal for crowd participation and often the band members extend into the crowd. Because Faux Killas are easily one of the rowdiest live Rock N Roll bands in the city, the venue and the band are hand and glove. The four, sometimes five piece traditional rock n roll band released the full length record titled Raw Sugar in 2020. With the heavy elements of west coast punk and Memphis garage— the record is a perfect summer listen. I recommend learning the words before Saturday, for maximum crowd participation!

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