A.Dd+, Brain Gang Blue, -Topic, Tunk Saturday, January 26, at Granada Theater, $12-$35 Dallas hip-hop duo A.Dd+ are starting off 2013 by releasing a new mixtape and headlining their first show at Granada. Listen to the first single, "Suitcases," off their upcoming DiveHiFlyLo release for a little taste of what you're in for. Then get your ass to the show on Saturday for the show's local hip-hop openers Brain Gang Blue, -topic and Tunk, who will have try hard not to blow the roof off of Granada too badly before A.Dd+ hits the stage. -- Rachel WattsCat Power Friday, January 25, at South Side Music Hall, $30-$35
Some called Cat Power's return to the scene in 2012 a comeback. And it made some sense: as some fans grew tired of the public meltdowns and inconsistent live performances there was a collective agreement that the larger Chan Marshall narrative was a tormented, if talented tale. Still, like her complicated sisters in music, there was never the sense that her fans were any less loyal because she was willing to so publicly deal with her demons, in the music and on the stage. If we set her 2008 album of covers aside, it has been over five years since any new material had been set to sea, and Marshall's August releaseSun
, was like that old friend with whom you can always start where you left off, no matter how much time has passed. She was working in a more traditional pop medium, but even synths and auto-tune cannot blur what makes Cat Power singular. Through a new lens we find our old friend sharing deeply personal tales with a newfound confidence. If this is any indication of this tour, her 2013 show may be your very favorite of the year. Good things, they say, are often worth the wait.
Local folk-pop group Air Review first picked up steam in 2009, and has since opened for heavy-hitters like Flaming Lips, Portugal. The Man, Grimes and School of Seven Bells. This weekend, the band will release its newest full-length,Low Wishes
.Get a first listen
of the album via local radio station KXT 91.7. The station has long supported Air Review, including asking them to play KXT's Summer Cut concert in 2012.-- Rachel Watts Ty Segall, Ex-Cult, The Atomic Tanlines, Endless Thoughts Saturday, January 26, at Dada, $10-$13
It is going to be pretty hard for Ty Segall to top the year he had in 2012. The California native released three full length albums, a 7", a tour split, appeared on a compilation, and toured as a member of band mate/collaborator Mikal Cronin's solo effort. Add in the considerable critical praise, along with his late night debut onConan
, and it becomes no surprise that 2012 was the year Segall grabbed the "King of lo-fi" crown, and ran away with it. Touring on the strength of his late in the year solo release,Twins
, Segall brings his special blend of energy and disillusionment to Club Dada on Saturday. Ex Cult, The Atomic Tanlines, and Endless Thoughts provide support. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $13 day of show.-- Jaime-Paul Falcon Punch Brothers, Anais Mitchell Sunday, January 27, at Granada Theater, $29-$48
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This past October, Punch Brothers mandolin player and vocalist Chris Thile received a $500,000 "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, bolstering the notion fans of roots music already understood to be true. While Thile has been a closely-watched prodigy since childhood, it's his current gig that has him stretching the boundaries of string-band music in-front of those who might typically prefer a more straight-forward bluegrass style. The band's 2012Who's Feeling Young Now?
is a loose, jazz-inflected album that pleasingly boasts an accessible experimentation. Of course, it's not boasting if a genius is the one creating such a sound, is it?-- Kelly Dearmore