• The Black Crowes have broken up about as many times as they’ve referenced angels in their songs. But this time could really be it, and — if last year’s Asheville concert is anything to go by — the band has hit its stride. The Robinson brothers serve up Southern rock with a side of LA cool; Chris Robison is likely to rock a poncho as well.
Catch the farewell tour at the Asheville Civic Center on Sunday, Sept. 19. 8 p.m., $41.50.
Seems like it wasn’t so long ago that Portland’s Blitzen Trapper was headlining the Grey Eagle and a little known band called Fleet Foxes was opening the show. Tickets for this show (opener TBA: Anyone want to throw their hat into the ring for that kind of mojo?) go on sale Friday, Aug. 16 at noon.
Watch “Black River Killer” here:
• Primus seemed to leap, larger-than-life, from the late ‘80s/early ‘90s monotony of neo folk and faded grunge. The kinetic rush of songs like “John the Fisherman” and “Tommy the Cat” introduced Les Claypool to the world. Earlier this year, original Primus drummer Jay Lane — who had been touring with hippy band Further — rejoined Claypool and company for a tour that includes opening acts Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, and The Dead Kenny Gs.
Primus will be at the Asheville Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 6. 8 p.m., $36.50. Gogol Bordello opens.
• Social Distortion has been around since 1978. (Probably longer than Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley has been alive.) The California-based punk band has only released a half-dozen albums in its three-plus decades, but they have a lot of rocker cred, what with time off for drug addiction, troubles with the law and band member death. But frontman Mike Ness, now pushing 50 and looking good for it, too, has been with the band the whole time. Press states, “On April 16, 2009 Ness joined Springsteen and the E Street Band on stage at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Songs played included Social Distortion’s ‘Bad Luck’ and Springsteen’s ‘The Rising.’ On May 18, 2009 Mike Ness and Social Distortion played a benefit show at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California called ‘Rock to Recovery’ and his son joined him on stage and played lead guitar for the song ‘Ball and Chain.’”
Social Distortion plays the Orange Peel on Monday, Nov. 8. 8 p.m., $33 advance/$35 doors.