Weekend Music listings, Nov. 15-18

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Saraya Brewer


tadoo lounge session featuring Oh My Me Smiley Pete, 434 Old Vine St., 6 p.m., All Ages, Free. The second of a new series of monthly events in support of Lexington’s newest resource for arts and entertainment news and events. This month, Duane Lundy brings bands and solo artists (including lauded local garage soul-psych maidens Oh My Me) to the offices of Smiley Pete, in conjunction with the November release of the 10 in 20 album. Food truck for the night: Fork in the Road.

Stoop Life Live Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $5.

James McMurtry Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, 8 p.m., $20. From the venue website: “McMurtry has long been lauded by critics, peers and music aficionados as being among the strongest songwriters of his generation. His works, which range from atmospheric ballads to no-holds-barred rockers, are populated by world-weary souls often longing for something different, if no better, than what they’re now enduring. Perhaps in part because of his powerful reputation as a lyricist, coupled with his stirring vocal style, McMurtry is often not given his due as a guitarist. Though not one to stoop to flash just for the sake of effect, he can rip forth with a flurry of fat-toned notes when the material demands it. In the next breath, he’ll frame a tender composition with poignant lead lines. He tends to travel with half a dozen or so guitars, which offers him a wide palate of tones and tunings from which to choose.”

Matuto Willie’s Locally Known, 805 North Broadway Road, 7 p.m. Employing renowned musicians across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells.)


Wax Fang / Old Baby / The Nativity Singers Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $10. The Lexington album release show for the repeatedly-endorsed-by-My-Morning-Jacket Louisville indie rockers’ most recent EP, “Mirror Mirror,” which has been dubbed a “foray into the darker portals of Wax Fang’s musical imagination, where aural feeds visual and vice versa until the two are intertwined,” out now via Louisville’s formidable label Karate Body records. Effortlessly honoring the time-tested formula of paying tribute to the gods of classic rock while constantly seeking new and higher grounds of aural probing, Wax Fang push the bounds of Kentucky sounds, continuing to surface as one of the region’s premiere live (and recorded) acts.

Devine Carama presents Brown Sugar Hip-Hop Showcase Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone, 10 p.m.

Benanthrope and To Light A Fire Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 21+

The Johnson Brothers Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $10, 9 p.m. The one-and-only Johnson Brothers bring their rock n’ roll repertory orchestra back down to the Bistro for a night of “Tablecloth Rock n’ Roll”, playing the best in classic rock hits.

Flashback Secret Bar & Grill, 841 Lane Allen Rd., 9 p.m., no cover.

Rebel Without A Cause and Mark Knight Music Willie’s Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 7 p.m., All Ages


Chris Isaak Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St, 7:30 p.m., All Ages, $37-$55. Isaak returns to Singletary with a new record in his discography – Beyond the Sun, which is truly a labor of love. As a child spinning his parents 45′s in their California home, this deeply committed artist has been obsessed with the glory days of Sun Studios in Memphis and the visionary artists who got their start there – including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by these greats at Sun Records druing the 50s, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity.”

Eliot Lipp Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $10. Indie experimental electro-pop artist and DJ.

Beth Bombara, Ancient Warfare and Palisades Green Lantern, 497 W. Third St., 10 p.m., 21+, $5

David Daniell & Douglas / MV & EE / Jovontaes Land of Tomorrow Gallery, 523 E. 3rd St, 9 p.m., 21+. MV&EE are a Vermont-based folk group centering on the lovely croonings of Matt Valentine and Erika Elder. The list of folks with whom experimental guitarist and composer David Daniell and Douglas McCombs (best known as the bass player of Tortoise) have collectively collaborated and played with is essentially a “who’s who” in the indie rock and experimental music world — Rhys Chatham, Christian Fennesz, Will Oldham, Yo La Tengo. On their latest LP, Versions, the duo’s ongoing collaboration has produced sounds that range from “brutally raw to delicate to practically inaudible” according to label Thrill Jockey. Local psychedelic favorites Jovontaes open.

Bridge 19 Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $10, 10 p.m. From the venue website: Equal parts pop and folk, the arrangements of Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil of Bridge 19 creep into Americana as they harmonize like siblings.With songs that expose the twisted, the angry, the desperate, and the paranoid, Bridge 19 transcends genres.

Flashback Secret Bar & Grill, 841 Lane Allen Rd., 9 p.m., no cover.

The Other Brothers Willie’s Locally Known, 805 N. Broadway, 9 p.m.


Corrosion of Conformity / Zoroaster / Royal Thunder Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. 10 p.m., 18+, $10.

Lexington Music Academy: Beyond Doubt & HammerMil Natasha’s, 112 Esplanade, $5, 2 p.m. From the venue website: “The Lexington Music Academy proudly presents a future all-stars concert featuring two of Kentucky’s hottest youth bands, HammerMil and Beyond Doubt. HammerMil headlines and Beyond Doubt opens the show.”

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