Monday, March 17:
Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St.: Matt Pond PA (8:30 p.m.), Digital Leather (7:30 p.m.).
Plush, 340 E. Sixth St.: The Helio Sequence (11:30 p.m.), Aloha (10:30 p.m.), Headlights (9:30 p.m.), Evangelicals (8:30 p.m.).
Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave.: Mostly Bears (10 p.m.), Hey Willpower (9 p.m.), Drowning Men (8 p.m.).
Tuesday, March 18:
Club Congress: RTX (11:30 p.m.), The Holy Rolling Empire (10:30 p.m.), Iglu and Hartly (9:30 p.m.), The Future of the Ghost (8:30 p.m.).
Plush: Birdmonster (11:30 p.m.), Phosphorescent (10:30 p.m.), Bon Iver (9:30 p.m.), These United States (8:30 p.m.).
The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave.: Luca (11:30 p.m.), Nyles Lannon (10:30 p.m.), Andrew Collberg (9:30 p.m.), Family of Light (8:30 p.m.).
An $8 wristband, available at all participating venues, gets you into all shows on both nights. If you've got questions, here are those digits: Club Congress, 622-8848; Plush, 798-1298; Solar Culture Gallery, 884-0874; The Hut, 623-3200.
While most years call for a Mollys reunion at Boondocks Lounge, 3306 N. First Ave., this year, we'll be treated to something pretty close. Mollys alumni Nancy McCallion, Kevin Schramm, Gary Mackender and Danny Krieger, plus Earl Edmonson (Titan Valley Warheads) will convene to perform Irish music with a hint of Appalachia at Nancy McCallion's Wild Irish Review and Dance Party. Doors open at 7 p.m., and music begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Admission is $8, but you'll want to bring some extra dough to purchase a dinner of corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread. For more information, call 690-0991.
Hotel Congress will be hosting the St. Paddy'O Concert (as opposed to the St. Paddy O'Concert), so deemed because, well, it's taking place on the hotel's patio. For the low, low price of zero dollars, attendees can expect performances from Sunday Afternoon and The Dusty Buskers. A special Irish BBQ featuring corned beef and cabbage plus fixins will be available for purchase. The event begins at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17, with music starting at 5 p.m. Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress St. Call 622-8848 for further details.
The Hut, 305 N. Fourth Ave., will also be hosting a free show, this one featuring Skitn, The Dusty Buskers (who must really love St. Patrick's Day, since they're also playing at Congress) and The Hermit Tree. Things get underway at 5 p.m., just in time to get your post-workday Irish on. For more info, call 623-3200.
And, finally, the big nighttime celebration can be found at the Surly Wench Pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave., which will present a special edition of Black Mondays. In addition to regular Black Mondays DJs Matt McCoy and Dewtron, you can also catch a live performance by L.A. electro dance trio Ultraviolet Sound. For time and cover info, hit 'em up at 882-0009.
Starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 17, the station will count down all 913 selected albums, playing tracks from each, until they reach numero uno, which Randy Peterson, KXCI's director of membership and community outreach, informed me should hit the airwaves at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 21. 580 different bands and artists will be represented.
If you miss an album or 20 (hey, we've all gotta sleep), you can head to kxci.org once the countdown is over to see the entire list.
(Full disclosure: I participated in the polling to a limited degree by turning in a list of my 10 favorites.)
The station is planning to do the same thing again during the summer, but with its listeners picking the Top 913. We'll keep you posted.
Not long after Desert Diamond Casino announced it was bringing The Moody Blues to town on Sunday, March 16, tickets were gone like the wind. To accommodate demand, the casino swiftly booked the British vets for another show the following night (in white satin), Monday, March 17.
Tickets for that second show are still available in advance for $35-$65 at all Ticketmaster locations, the casino box office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 321-1000. They'll be $40-$70 on the day of the show. Expect to hear hits and album cuts from the '60s such as "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock 'n' Roll Band)" and "Nights in White Satin" on up through later hits like "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere." Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Desert Diamond Casino is located at 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, at Interstate 19. For more information, call (866) DDC-WINS.
But, just when it seemed safe to relegate The Bravery to one-hit wonder status, what do you know, they went and scored themselves another hit--"Believe," from their 2007 album The Sun and the Moon (Island).
To be honest, I never cared much for either band, but the first couple of times I heard "Believe," I thought, OK, y'know, this song isn't too bad--that is, until I realized that the only reason I liked it was because it sounded so familiar. And why did it sound so familiar? Because the verses are pretty much exactly the same as those of a song I actually do like, the Meat Puppets' "Plateau."
Lesson: Always go with your first instinct. Turns out I really, really don't like The Bravery after all.
But I'm sure some of you do, and you'll no doubt be pleased to note that the band will perform at an all-ages show next Thursday, March 20, at The Rock, 136 N Park Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Phantom Planet will open. Tickets are $17. For further details, call 629-9211.