Tonight, on this glorious Good Friday, it may just be the time to listen to some folky singer-songwriters. At the Bartlett, John Craigie (you’ll want to hear his “Naked Skype” above) headlines and Mama Doll and Bart Budwig open. The show starts at 8 pm and is $10. Over at the Baby Bar, Feral Anthem and Jacob Jones play at 10 pm for free.
4/19 is Record Store Day. Not only can you buy limited-edition vinyl, some record stores are also bringing in live music to make the day even more special.
Shovels & Rope’s Bartlett show is technically sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be offered at the door. It’s always fascinating watching two people unabashedly in love play music together on stage. In the case of married couple Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope they keep their stage persona raw and engaging, never making their audience feel like unwanted Peeping Toms. A ragtag duo if there ever was one, the South Carolina-based band plays their haunting folk melodies on instruments they literally scrounged from trash heaps. Hearst’s voice elevates the band above all those other acoustic-couple duos — her voice is one of the best out there (see below). It’s soulful, throaty and glorious. Listening to it will give you chills every time. The show starts at 8 pm and Parker Millsap opens.
Saturday, Switchfoot plays at the Fox with thankfully healed frontman Jon Foreman. Their Fading West tour was nearly delayed after a surfing accident meant nearly 30 stitches to put his face back together. The show is $28-38 and starts at 7 p m. The Royal Concept will open.
The Red Room Lounge hosts the Seattle duo Iska Dhaaf, which is also playing Sasquatch! later this year. The new Spokane band Ouija Bored opens. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 9 pm.
She combines opera, blues and jazz into one original package. Check out Madeline McNeill along with the Converters at the Baby Bar Saturday.
The Still Burnin’ 420 Show held at the Lincoln Center features more activities than you probably want to imagine. Expect two rooms of live music from acts like the Nadis Warriors and Kalya Scintilla and many more, but also things like live painting, belly dancers, breakdancers, and live improvised EDM. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels. Must be 18+ to attend.
Calypsos Coffee, an all-ages venue, brings in the Savannah, Ga., band Circle Takes the Square Sunday for a crazy, head-banging show. Openers include Hooves, A God or an Other, The Hallowd Ground and Blacktracks. The show is $7 with doors opening at 6:30 pm. Do arrive early to secure a spot as space is limited.