The Suspect: Danielson
Frontman Daniel Smith has performed in a 9-foot fruit-bearing tree costume, a nurse’s uniform and in a somber Bible-salesman suit as the leader of this indie-pop gospel group from New Jersey. He just released his first album in five years, The Best of Gloucester County, where he gets a little help from his friends Sufjan Stevens (banjo and vocals) and Jens Lekman.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, April 15.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart.
You Should Go If: Your normal facial expression is one of a person who just walked into their own surprise party; Darn it all! Why can’t a person be a camp counselor when they grow up?!; You and your roommates get into a weekly tussle over who gets to wear the “Free Hugs” T-shirt; thanks to you … Vision Board/candle-making parties are coming back into vogue.
The Suspect: Beats Antique
The world electronica trio’s first album, Tribal Derivations, was created to complement the dance stylings of member Zoe Jakes; she combines belly dancing with tango, break dancing and Indian dance. BA is truly a fusion of genres, and they love to surprise their listeners with, “a marching band groove crash(ing) into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies.”
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, April 16.
RIYD: Bassnectar, Mimosa.
You Should Go If: You’ve ridden an elephant more than once; Rumi poems are kind of your calling card; you hate yourself for loving World Market; thanks to you … people are learning that essential oils truly are essential.
The Suspect: Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers
This guitarist has collaborated with dozens of America’s greatest musicians, including Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Suzanne Vega and Van Dyke Parks. In his latest release (his 29th solo album) he’s joined by Eyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston Royston on drums, in this Americana-tinged improvisational jazz journey.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Sunday, April 17.
RIYD: Les Paul, Wes Montgomery.
You Should Go If: You only read books that have a dog as one of the main characters; you enjoy riding your ginormous touring motorcycle on the parkway at a top speed of 25 miles per hour; you start all your to-do lists with “No. 1: Make List”; thanks to you … people are realizing that blowing your nose into a cloth handkerchief and stuffing it back into your pocket to use later isn’t gross — it’s environmentally sound.
The Suspect: Wanda Jackson
The Queen of Rockabilly got her start in 1958 with a rousing, gravelly voiced version of “Let’s Have a Party,” a song that her ex-boyfriend, Elvis Presley, had already released. Now more than 50 years later, she’s joined forces with former White Stripe Jack White, who produced and arranged her latest effort, The Party Ain’t Over.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, April 17.
RIYD: Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Those Darlins.
You Should Go If: Just because you’re shrinking doesn’t mean your hair has to; you never forget to take your gum out before yelling, “Bingo!” you’ve been calling people darlin’ since you were in the eighth grade; thanks to you … Three Brothers were able to send their kids to college.
who: Tegan and Sara
where: The Orange Peel
when: Monday, Aug. 30 (9 p.m., $28 advance/$30 doors. theorangepeel.net)