WAYS TO GO
Great shows all over this week, including Grouplove (we wrote them last week, if you're interested) with the spectacular MS MR opening and the Wild Wild West Fest, Mono, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (all covered elsewhere in this section). But there's more, which is convenient because I have to fill this space with something and I'd rather not write about the Scott Weiland show at the Fair. If that's your thing, best of luck.
SAVE THE PARTY
Eric Swedlund, who writes about music for us and a bunch of other important/interesting places, is a far cooler person than I am (and probably most of you, nothing personal). There are probably a lot of reasons why this is the case, but the fact is he's throwing an incredible show this Sunday full of great bands at Sky Bar to celebrate his birthday. I probably could plan a concert for my birthday next month, but it would be at a ramada at a park near my house featuring a guy with an accordion opening for a Whitesnake tribute band. Back to Eric, the sixth edition of his Swedefest features nine acts, including the Pangs, Big Meridox and Back to the Well, starts at 7 p.m. and is free. What more could you ask for? More info at skybartucson.com or 622-4300.
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND COUNT TO TEN
There are tons of musicians trying to do the retro pre-Beatles music thing complete with vintage instruments, black slicked-back hair and the rhythms of early rock, we've all seen them, but JD McPherson really does a great job of emulating the rhythm of that era without seeming hopelessly derivative and dull. His 2010 album (re-released in 2012), Signs and Signifiers, sounds at times like a modern Charlie Feathers record, rich with elements of R&B and country blues. Thankfully, McPherson has a sharp songwriting touch, so even if you don't want to buy into the retro aesthetic, it's easy to respect his musical talent. Should be a great show. JD McPherson is scheduled to play the Flycatcher (the former Plush, just in case you hadn't heard) on Monday, April 28 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info at Flycatcher's Facebook page (give 'em a like, they just started over on social media after the sale) at facebook.com/pages/The-Flycatcher or 798-1298.
I'M WITH YOU
Trampled With Turtles aren't a straight-ahead bluegrass act, which isn't too surprising, since the Minnesota act started out a side project for a bunch of rock guys. But that's fine, since they do the new-grass thing exceptionally well. The five band members line up across the stage during their exciting live show (as can be seen and heard on their most recent release, Live at First Avenue, available on CD and DVD) playing skillfully fast and utilizing their rich harmonies to create a high energy experience that has impressed audiences across the country and at basically every summer festival you can think of, plus they generally throw an interesting cover into their set (on the album, it's the Pixies "Where Is My Mind?"). A note that was interesting to me, but isn't really relevant to their show Monday night, April 28? Their next album, which is scheduled to come out this summer, was produced by Alan Sparhawk of Low. Spirit Family Reunion will open the $20 in advance/$23 day of show 7 p.m. concert. More info at rialtotheatre.com or 740-1000.
One recent trend in music that hasn't seemingly made it here to Tucson, at least in live music form, is the sensual electronic-heavy take on R&B that has flooded the UK lately. However, Club Congress breaks into that market this week with an appearance by Daley. The Manchester singer-songwriter walks the balance between a connection to Britpop (he appeared on a Gorillaz song and Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is on his new album Days & Nights) and R&B (he toured with Miguel and hangs out with Pharrell) creating a modern sexy sound that falls somewhere between the aesthetics of the aforementioned Miguel and Sade. Bring that special someone and let Daley do the rest. Or go alone. Your call. Daley is scheduled to play Club Congress on Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show. For more information, head to hotelcongress.com or call 622-8848.
NEWS TO ME
Also worth noting, the Rialto announced a bunch of shows this week, so if you're interested in seeing A Great Big World (May 17), The Guitar Gods featuring Yngwie Malmsteen (July 8), 311 (Aug. 2), Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Los Lonely Boys (Aug. 3), the Eli Young Band (Aug. 7) or Maria Bamford (Sept. 6), check out rialtotheatre.com for ticket information.