Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa perform Saturday at Siberia.
A friend recently accused me of waiting until the last minute to invite people to concerts. I’m definitely guilty – guilty of assuming that everyone plans their social calendars around concert dates, instead of the other way around. So there won’t be any more surprises, here’s four shows I’m most looking forward to during the second half of November.
Thelma & the Sleaze with Yelephants
Their band name indicates the women of Thelma and the Sleaze as children of the ’90s, but these Nashville grunge-blues rockers’ sound owes a debt to everyone from Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Judas Priest. The trio is known for their irreverent attitude, bawdy sense of humor and a hyper-kinetic live show that often finds lead singer Lauren “L.G.” Gilbert on the ground in front of the stage. Despite almost three years as a band, the Sleaze have yet to release a full-length album. Their latest EP, Heart Like a Fist
, came out in September from Wiener Records (the aptly named subsidiary of cult garage rock label Burger). New Orleans lo-fi indie rockers Yelephants open.
Nov. 21, 10 p.m. at Dragon’s Den, 435 Esplanade Ave.
COURTESY WINDISH AGENCY
Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, performs with Jessy Lanza on Friday at One Eyed Jacks.
Caribou with Jessy Lanza
Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, and Jessy Lanza have a lot in common. They’re both from the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Each has a serious talent that’s seemingly unrelated to their current projects: Lanza is a trained jazz musician, while Snaith has a PhD in math. They’re best known as electronic artists, and their joint tour already sold out its New York dates. Snaith’s sound has shifted over the years, but October’s Our Love
saw him settle decisively into the warm-hued half of the spectrum between house music and pop. Lanza’s 2013 debut, Pull My Hair Back
, balanced coolly ethereal vocals against minimalist, hip hop-inspired production. Lanza is featured as a vocalist on Our Love
, so expect to hear some collaboration beyond the usual mutual namecheck.
Nov. 21, 9 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks, 615 To
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa with Open Fields, The Gotobeds and Woozy
Dustin Wong is remembered in the U.S. as a guitarist for the Baltimore-based art rock band Ponytail, which disbanded in 2011. Takako Minekawa is less recognized here, but she’s known in her native Japan for off-kilter pop compositions that reimagine French ye-ye pop with vintage synthesizers and adorably absurd lyrics. Wong and Minekawa recently released their second collaborative album, Savage Imagination
. The rest of this lineup has almost as much going on: Open Fields of Little Rock, Arkansas makes Beatles-inspired psych pop a la Tame Impala, while Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds plays fast-paced indie rock with one foot in postpunk. Local shoegaze-prog band Woozy get things started off.
Nov. 22, 9 p.m. at Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Ave.
COURTESY REQUIEM MEDIA
British singer FKA Twigs performs Nov. 29 at Republic.
FKA Twigs and Boots
British musician Tahliah Barnett, who goes by FKA Twigs, is a breakout star of the internet age. She started in the music industry as a backup dancer, appearing in videos behind pop stars like Kylie Minogue and Jessie J. In December 2012, she self-released her first EP on Bandcamp, earning passionate accolades for bringing a lithe, cold-burning sensuality to the once-disdained genre of trip hop. Her August debut, LP1
, is sure to land on some year-end lists next month. Until then, Twigs continues to make tabloid headlines for her relationship with Twilight
star Robert Pattinson. Opening the show is American rapper and producer Boots, aka Jordan Asher, who found sudden fame last year for his work on Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album.
Nov. 29, 8 p.m. at Republic, 828 S. Peters St.