Words by Brendan
We’re fully in the midst of autumn now, with beautiful leaves and cool days and pumpkin spices in the air. (It can’t be just me, right? Is my nose just wishfully smelling?) What better way to warm up on a cold weekend evening than to head to a local watering hole, order up a fall seasonal brew, and enjoy some awesome live music? This weekend, there are several excellent opportunities to do just that: Goldenboy and the aptly-named Cold Weather at the Brillobox tonight, Crushed Out (née Boom Chick) at Garfield Artworks tomorrow night, and Blessed Feathers at Howlers on Sunday night. Read on for a bit more about the bands and the shows!
Goldenboy + Household Stories + Cold Weather / Brillobox / Friday 10.12 / 10:00 / $8
Goldenboy is a nickname given to Shon Sullivan by Elliot Smith, whose band Sullivan played in for years. The moniker stuck as Sullivan’s band name, and he’s been touring and playing with all manner of awesome bands for many years, also joining to play in Eels and Craig Finn‘s band, among others. You can check out the band’s new album streaming at Spinner this week. Household Stories is a Pittsburgh band with a new EP, Blueprints. Their songs are catchy and lyrics-focused, but there’s something about those guitar melodies that really grab my ear, as well. Cold Weather is another Pittsburgh band (also with a new EP out) who I happened to catch opening for Wye Oak a few weeks back. I was pleasantly surprised by their mellow but inviting sound, piecing together acoustic guitars and soft vocals and perfectly-timed percussion. All in all, a night of solid pop/rock music. Recommended.
Crushed Out + The Hounds Below + White Like Fire / Garfield Artworks / Saturday 10.13 / 8:00 / $7
We’ve raved about Boom Chick many times here, and for good reason: their honky-tonky, funky, surfy, rock ‘n roll tunes are just oh so good. The only difference now is a new name: Crushed Out. They played an excellent show at the Thunderbird only a few months ago, and their back again for another show and a new album, Want To Give, set to be released on November 6. Frank & Moselle are very nice people and they just love playing music, so get on down to this show and share their infectious energy. Dance a little. Sing along. It’ll be fun! Post-punk band The Hounds Below features former Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsmeier, and they also have a new album out now that you can stream via the AV Club. Pittsburgh band White Like Fire play some catchy garage pop, and I’m looking forward to seeing them live for the first time.
Blessed Feathers + Way Yes + André Costello & The Cool Minors / Howlers / Sunday 10.14 / 9:00 / $5
DUL faves and pals Blessed Feathers are tried and true folk artists. Their songs are bursting with Americana imagery and strummed guitars and banjos, but they’re not exactly road-trip-long-drive tunes; rather, they feel like the songs you’d want to sit around and sing with friends around a campfire (or in a smoky barroom) while on a stopover. That’s exactly what they’ll do this weekend: bring their excellent music to the intimate back room of Howlers. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Sunday night than standing up close to the stage and soaking up the music. The band is touring with Way Yes, a Columbus, OH indie pop band on Lefse Records. They have some stirring percussion and sweet vocal melodies; check out some releases on their website and you’ll see what I mean. Folk-rockers André Costello & The Cool Minors hail from Pittsburgh; I saw them play a great set at the 31st St. Pub awhile back, and I’m psyched to see them again.
Blessed Feathers on the web: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Soundcloud
Way Yes on the web: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Bandcamp
André Costello on the web: Website / Facebook / Bandcamp
Those are our recommendations for this weekend! Perhaps we’ll see yinz out there? We sure hope so. Say hi!
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