Each week, the team at WAMM compiles some of the week’s best upcoming shows. This week features a rock n’ roll heavy line-up of Memphis legends and up-and-comers alike!
Alicja Trout , Miz Stefani
8pm, Wednesday, October 26th
Alicja Trout is what one might call a crucial component of the Memphis music scene’s DNA. As if her legendary work with the late Jay Reatard in Lost Sounds didn’t speak for itself, there’s Mouserocket, Sweet Knives, River City Tanlines, and a wealth of other awesome dalliances to consider. Trout’s brand of tough/catchy garage-punk meet an intriguing match in fellow Memphian Miz Stefani, who calls to mind Stax soul and full-throated blues in her own singular work. As we head into peak Spooky Season here in the Bluff City, come chill at B-Side before the weather does all the chilling for you.
SURFWAX, Joybomb, The Ellie Badge, S P A C E R
8PM, Friday, October 28th
The Hi-Tone (Small room)
Memphis power-pop kingpins Joybomb have been reliably fusing their post-hardcore and garage-punk bonafides with unapologetic power pop gold for awhile now, and with their stellar debut full-length having just dropped (American Cult Candy), it’s the perfect time to acquaint yourselves with their hooky, freewheeling take on life-affirming alt rock. Joining them at Hi-Tone on Friday are another Memphis institution, The Ellie Badge, who offer synth-dazed indie to inspiring effect, the always-captivating punk thrash duo S P A C E R, and visiting Mississippi outfit SURFWAX, who bring seismic shoegaze weaponry with just a dash of classic emo. This is an impeccable four-band lineup you’ll want to witness.
HEELS’ “Pop Songs for a Dying Planet” Album Release
7 PM, Saturday October 29th
For the past decade or so, the local punk duo HEELS, comprised of singer/guitarist Brennan Whalen and singer/drummer Josh McLane, have earned quite the reputation for their raucous live performances and no-holds-barred energy. On Saturday, they will be delivering a new album for the first time since their 2018 debut full length “Good People Even Do Bad Things.” According to the press-release, “Pop Songs for a Dying Planet” will be “a ten song monument to better days. With gritty undertones throughout, each song weaves through punk, Americana, and rock n’ roll. Each will tell a different story and each song will make the author look worse than the last.” Given what we know about the band, this is exactly what we’ve been waiting on.
21st Annual Black Lodge Halloween Masquerade Ball
7:30 PM, Saturday, Oct. 29
By this point it should be common knowledge, but it bears repeating nonetheless: Black Lodge is THE Halloween headquarters for Memphis and the competition ain’t that close. Once again, the video rental store/music venue has put together a killer line-up for their annual Halloween bash, featuring performances from upstart rockers Lavendear, symphonic funkster Louise Page, reggae rebels Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, and post-apocalyptic party band Model Zero. But wait, there’s more! After midnight, a slew of DJs will keep the party rocking into the early morning, ensuring that your hangover will be even scarier than the ghosts and ghouls the promise to be in attendance. It probably goes without saying, but costumes are highly encouraged.