Tonight, Tonight: Joanna Newsom at The Granada, Paddy Keenan at Poor David's, A Skylit Drive at The Prophet Bar and Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa at Rubber Gloves

This is, by far, the oddest quartet of shows I've mentioned with this thing.

Joanna Newsom and Ariella Daly at The Granada Theater
Harpist and singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom is an acquired taste in the extreme. Although her vocal inflections have calmed down quite a bit on her most recent release, Have One on Me, Newsom's dense songwriting and pretentious stage demeanor can still be a turn off. Yet critics almost universally praise Newsom's vastly original take on indie folk, and her fans are about as obsessive as they come. Love it or hate it, Newsom's music invites debate -- and that's nearly always a good thing. Fellow Californian Ariella Daly opens this show with a more standard girl-at-her-piano sound that should appeal to fans of Kate Bush and Elizabeth Frasier.

Paddy Keenan and Jed Marum at Poor David's Pub
Paddy Keenan is a fairly legendary figure in Irish music. He hails from Dublin and was a part of The Bothy Band, one of that city's most legendary ensembles. Jed Marum is a transplanted Bostonian who has resided in Dallas for some time now. His blending of Irish music with more traditional strains of American folk make Marum the perfect opener for Keenan's cultured tales of weary and woe.

A Skylit Drive, Motionless in White, For All Those Sleeping, Woe, is Me, Scarlett Ohara and Even Cameras Lie at The Prophet Bar
Six bands on a Wednesday night? And this is not even some energy drink-sponsored festival extravaganza? Oh well. It's still a fairly solid line up of post-hardcore/emo headlined by California's A Skylit Drive, a sextet with fairly good songs and some incredibly great hair. Same goes for Minnesota's For All Those Sleeping, Pennsylvania's Motionless in White and Georgia's Woe, Is Me. Indeed, there may be more hairspray backstage than Gatorade. Even McAllen's Scarlett O'Hara and Rowlett's own Even Cameras Lie are pretty damn fashionable. Be sure to pick out a new outfit at Hot Topic before you go.

Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and Yeahdef at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Sartaj Chowdhury was kind enough to post about this show yesterday and let you know that this was kind of a preview for the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan reunion show at the Granada. What Sartaj didn't mention was the opening slot for local plate spinner Yeahdef. Quite the hip-hop coup for Joey Liechty getting on this happening bill, but he's certainly deserving. And hey, for those who don't want to shell out over sixty bucks to take in the entire Wu-Tang Clan, this could provide a much cheaper alternative.

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