Tonight Tonight in Music
posted by October 17 at 9:30 AMon
Lucero, Bobby Bare Jr., Whiskey & Co.
(Crocodile) I really hope it’s raining today. I hope it’s cold, I hope my alarm doesn’t go off, I hope I get splashed by a car driving through a mud puddle while I wait for the bus, I hope I get dumped by my boyfriend, and I hope I lose my job. I want to be as pathetic as possible by the time the Lucero show comes around, because only after your heart has been broken and your spirit has been torn to pieces can you truly revel in Ben Nichols’s worn-and-weary vocals and Lucero’s sweet, sad country guitars. Clearly inspired by artists like Springsteen, the Memphis quartet does dismal damn well, swirling it around with the bitter taste of whiskey and subtle romantic tinges of Americana. They also do an amazing version of Jawbreaker’s “Kiss the Bottle.” Thankfully, the imagery in their originals is so vivid that, even if you’re not currently crushed, you’ll still experience every ache and pain in their songs, which is probably better than hoping to live the worst day of your whole life. MEGAN SELING
Also, the Pogues are playing the first night of two at the Showbox SODO. This week’s Turn You On is dedicated to them. Here’s what Jonathan Zwickel had to say about the band:
The Pogues you will see at the Showbox Sodo are not the Pogues you ought to know. That’s not a discouragementófor God’s sake, catch the band play with singer Shane MacGowan while you have the chance. But know that MacGowan is a toothless, doddering shade of the garrulous poet-philosopher he once was. During a concert last fall in San Francisco, he had to be helped onstage, where he draped himself over the microphone stand like it was the only thing holding him up. (The show was still a beer-swinging, line-kicking, shout-along throwdown.)
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