Not a bad bunch of shows we have this Monday evening, especially if you like legendary guitarists and cool indie pop.
Jeff Beck and the Imelda May Band at the Verizon Theater
Billed as a "Rock and Roll Party Honoring Les Paul," this revue-type show revolves around the talents of super-guitarist Jeff Beck. Over the course of his extensive history, Beck has often served as musical director with a variety of vocalists. Probably the best Rod Stewart has ever sounded was on Truth and Beck-Ola, the initial releases by the Jeff Beck Group way back in 1968 and '69. Since then, Beck's musical output has been pretty hit and miss. Perhaps due to a restless spirit that has produced dubious efforts such as the rockabilly-tinged Crazy Legs in 1993, Beck has certainly shown a willingness to try new styles. Tonight's performance features Imelda May, a singer from Ireland who specializes in jazz, blues and rockabilly.
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Papercuts and Banjo or Freakout at The Loft
Once described as sounding like "a marching band on Quaaludes," San Francisco's Papercuts are masterminded by one Jason Quever, a guy who doesn't mind slowing things down. While previous efforts found Quever flirting dangerously close to comatose, the recently issued Fading Parade features a bit of a pulse that does songs like "Do You Really Want to Know" and "Wait Till I'm Dead" a world of good. Melancholy and fragile in the extreme -- even with a beat -- this is not music to listen to while you're depressed. Of course, if that's your problem, you probably find solace in this kind of stuff.
Chris Johnson at Bar Belmont
Part of yet another series of free weekday shows at the Oak Cliff hotspot, this new set of 8 o'clock, Monday night offerings features a performance tonight from Telegraph Canyon frontman Chris Johnson, a man who surely knows his way around a song. Currently, Johnson is spending the bulk of his time in New Orleans, penning songs for an upcoming Telegraph Canyon release and for his new project, Pelicanstate. Always a great performer, especially in intimate settings like this, tonight's set from Johnson should prove quite the treat -- as should upcoming Monday night performances from the likes of John Lefler, Ryan Thomas Becker and Danny Balis as part of this series.
Smells Like Green, Hail!, Gusto! and Snatch Punch at Hailey's
Another FUnkNUg Records showcase, this ragtag bill is headlined by Smells Like Green, an industrial/experimental rock act that splits time between Denton and El Paso. The band recently issued Cold, Quiet and Distorted, a pretty damn solid ode to Trent Reznor. The record is basically a collection of b-sides and alternate recordings of songs from Smell Like Green's 2010 debut, The Suicide Machine Anthems. Dark and decidedly depressed, the music of Jasper Ozzy Jones is engaging and almost scary. Opening tonight's show will be Snatch Punk, a punk outfit that has roots in both Denton and Dallas. Predictably chaotic and unrehearsed, Snatch Punk will at least make you smile once in a while.