The Suspect: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Thanks in part to the success of the New Orleans Saints and the new HBO show, Treme, there has been a renewed appreciation for marching band style brass music. The DDB, along with Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, joined the Dave Matthews Band live on NBC for the NFL Opening Kickoff pre-game concert. The brass ensemble, usually performing with five horns, a sousaphone and two drummers, has been making toe-tapping music for over 25 years.
Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing, Wednesday, Oct. 6.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
You Should Go If: You are always looking for a good excuse to release your inner drum major; Your go-to Halloween outfit is a California Raisin costume; Since The Wire ended you can finally stop pretending to like rap music; You ran away from home for the first time because … All those commercials about being all you could be really spoke to you.
The Suspect: Gogol Bordello
Eugene Hutz, who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenage political refugee from the Ukraine, formed the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello in NYC a little more than 10 years ago. Pitchfork says, “…the band's sweatily democratic live show make it clear that Gogol Bordello wish (is) to foster a massive brotherhood of open-hearted partiers.”
Can Be Found: Asheville Civic Center, Wednesday, Oct. 6 (Opening for Primus).
RIYD: Devotchka, Man Man, Cabaret music.
You Should Go If: You were dressing like Aladdin years before the Disney movie; Driving the LaZoom bus is your dream job; You were an officer in the Young Magicians Club; You ran away from home for the first time because … Your parents ran away first.
The Suspect: Wovenhand
Evangelical Christian and Wovenhand frontman David Eugene Edwards was quoted in a Dutch e-zine earlier this year as saying “Belief and the Bible fulfill people and make them into a reflection of Jesus.” Wanna hear what happens when you combine that faith with a dark theatricality that would make Tom Waits and Nick Cave proud? It’s Christian and it’s creepy, occasionally beautiful and definitely different.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Sunday, Oct.10.
RIYD: 16 Horsepower, Nick Cave.
You Should Go If: You talk about the rapture the same way others talk about the London 2012 Olympics; In high school you were voted “Most Likely to Go Completely Unnoticed” until you built a working squirrel guillotine in wood shop; You are halfway to your goal of memorizing the complete works of Edgar Allen Poe; You ran away from home for the first time because … You gave away all your possessions and this just seemed like the next logical step.
The Suspect: Hank III and Assjack
Hank Williams III just released the CD Rebel Within, and the album marks the end of his very antagonistic relationship with his record label, Curb. (at one point Williams was selling F*ck Curb tee shirts on his website.) Live, Hank III plays the kind of honky-tonk and traditional country music that made his granddaddy and father famous, followed by a howling set of metalcore/hardcore punk. And if you don’t like it, I doubt you’ll complain until you’re safely in your car with the doors locked.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, Oct. 11.
RIYD: Honky Tonk Hank: Hank I, Ernest Tubb; Punk Hank: loud screaming, groups of angry cats fighting
You Should Go If: When you do “Actual Age” quizzes on the Internet it tells you that you’re already dead; Thanks to you and your family, the neighborhood tattoo artist was able to retire comfortably at age 50; Smoking pot helped you discover your playful side; You ran away from home for the first time because … Bedtimes are bullshit!