The Suspect: Mount Kimbie
After releasing two well-received EPs in 2009, this duo from London came out with a full-length album Crooks & Loverson the Hot Flush label last summer. The band comes at its ambient trip-hop from a dubstep perspective and is possibly even the first band in the “post-dubstep” genre. Pitchfork says Mount Kimbie’s “headphone” music’s effect “creates a sonic space somewhere between Stars of the Lid and Burial.”
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, April 8.
RIYD (Recommended If You Dig): Caribou, James Blake.
You Should Go If: Your favorite weather is fog; you and your girlfriend share jeans; the only parts of you that ever sweat are your palms; you’re using your tax refund to buy … oops, you’re still being claimed as a dependent.
The Suspect: Fair to Midland
This alternative metal band from Texas is touring in support of its upcoming release, Arrows and Anchors, the band’s fourth studio album. A van accident last year left the group shaken and with much of its equipment destroyed, but the band made the best out of the experience with the release of a short video of post-accident footage along with a demo snippet of a new song.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, April 9.
RIYD: Deftones, Evanescence.
You Should Go If: You were your preschool’s thought leader when it came to eating things that aren’t actually food; you go to the Roller Derby for the music; you are emphatic to the point of scaring people; you’re using your tax refund to buy … your own smoke machine.
The Suspect: Citizen Cope
Memphis-born Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) had difficulty finding a label that fit as he bounced from Capitol to Dreamworks to Artista to RCA, until finally founding RainWater Recordings. Though he hasn’t experienced the commercial success those labels expected, he’s had 19 songs featured in commercials, television shows and movies. Expect a mellow vibe for this solo acoustic performance on the final third of a massive international tour.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, April 10.
RIYD: Easy All-Stars, G. Love, Jack Johnson.
You Should Go If: You have a visceral reaction to the Energizer Bunny; Locks of Love turned down your hair; even though you never exercise, your resting heart-rate rivals Lance Armstrong’s; you’re using your tax refund to buy … hemp necklaces, hemp necklaces and more hemp necklaces.
The Suspect: Toad the Wet Sprocket
Formed in 1986, the band is known for its ‘90s hits, “Walk on the Ocean” and “All I Want.” When the band split in 1998, front man Glen Phillips pursued a solo career; he’s released three albums on his own and opened for Brett Dennen earlier this year. TTWS began touring as a band again in 2006 and working on material for what would be its first studio album in almost 15 years.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday, April 12.
RIYD: Gin Blossoms, Counting Crows.
You Should Go If: You send group texts to acknowledge major holidays, “this day in history” and really pretty full moons; your co-workers torture you by rearranging objects on your desk while you’re in the bathroom; Harrison Ford is your celebrity lay; you’re using your tax refund to buy … the 18 things you circled in the SkyMall catalog after visiting your parents in Florida.