James McMurtry steps on to an unadorned stage at The Birchmere Tuesday night, appropriately understated in his style and unpretentious in his presentation.
Guitarist James McMurtry is in the midst of his 2017 East Coat Stateside Solo Tour, which arrives tonight, March 28, at The Birchmere. Tonight’s show is sold out.
Dinosaur Jr. took the stage in front of a sold-out 9:30 Club on Thursday night. Two hours later, I sat in my car and could hardly hear anything over the ringing in my ears. This is not a bad thing (although I have rethought my stance on wearing ear-plugs) because it was a result of J Mascis’ roaring guitar solos!
J’s Jazzmaster screamed as Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III (drums) and Lou Barlow (bass) provided a heavy and steady rhythm foundation. I had read about J’s ability on the guitar and seeing it for myself backed up everything I read. It’s no surprise Rolling Stone ranked him 86th on their list of 100 greatest guitarists.
For nearly two hours and 45 minutes, Joe Satriani took the rapt Lincoln Theatre audience on a sonic journey of rock guitar riffs and solo jams that mirrored the theme of his newest album, Shockwave Supernova. He styled the tour as From Surfing to Shockwave.
Joe started nicely with the new album’s self-titled song, which fired the crowd up. Days before, I had caught the Living Colour show at the Howard Theatre and between the two shows, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many middle-aged men grinning from ear to ear and moving like they could dance. (They can’t. And fine, don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of women and young people too, but they didn’t grin as big…)
Many of his song titles spark the imagination, describing space-age out-of-this world locations and adventures, like “Crystal Planet”, “If I Could Fly” and “Surfing With the Alien”.
Joe Satriani swoops into Washington, DC on April 2nd, bringing his classic brand of instrumental guitar anthems to the Lincoln Theatre.
Joe’s tour, titled “From Surfing to Shockwave”, is in support of his latest release and 15th full-length album (2015), Shockwave Supernova.
The album and much of his work from 1986 onward, is about listeners being transported to new worlds. Since his songs have no lyrics, those worlds you have to discover for yourself. As the mood strikes you.
The album’s title song, “Shockwave Supernova”, opens the concept album with frenetic urgency, and begins a journey of the titular character (or as Joe describes his alter ego) over 15 bold songs. The video depicts a passage through the cosmos with pulsing sound and light.
“On Peregrine Wings” could be the sweeping score of an epic sword and sorcery film, such as Highlander or Time Bandits. (Or any other strange science fiction movie Sean Connery starred in…)
Although I haven’t kept up with Joe Satriani’s recent releases (he also plays on the band, Chickenfoot), I did play the sheen off of his 1995 self-titled album, Joe Satriani. One of my personal ‘Top 100’ songs of all-time (if such a thing could ever truly exist…), was the 7th song, “Home”. It found its way on many a mixed tape, curated for long road trips.
You don’t want to miss the chance to experience one of the finest guitarists in music (and teacher of many more). Get your tickets here.
Buy and learn more about Shockwave Supernova here.
Saturday, April 2
Doors @ 6:30pm (Show @ 8:00pm)
Jasamine White-Gluz hangs her head over her microphone and looks down at her guitar as her hair shades her eyes from view.
It’s 2015, but Jasamine proceeds to party like it’s 1989, emanating waves of perfectly fuzzed out riffs and catchy hooks in a perfect picture of a classic shoegazer.
As lead vocalist of Montreal shoegazers No Joy, she’s been kicking off their sets with a song from their new album “More Faithful,” released in June via Mexican Summer.
The song, “Remember Nothing,” is a perfect apéritif — light and bubbly — whetting your palette for the rest of what is about to follow. No Joy made for perfect openers for DIIV, another shoegazing group, in a tour stop at the Black Cat on Saturday, Nov. 7. The very full room found plenty to nourish their ears in the sonic assault of vibrant reverb delivered by both bands (and indeed first opener Sunflower Bean).
While Jasamine’s airy voice is light and sweet, her bandmates pound out rhythms that are heavy and strong. Guitarist Laura Lloyd keeps a steely focus on her strings as the thunders through the all-too brief “Remember Nothing.”