This holiday season brings a bevy of shows from prominent local bands. The Reigning Sound could be playing their last show New Year's Eve at the Hi-Tone CafÇ, as band leader Greg Cartwright is moving to North Carolina next year. Arguably the best rock band on the local scene over the past couple of years, the Sound will be joined by garage-rock comrades The Cool Jerks for this week's blowout.
Meanwhile, a few blocks away at Young Avenue Deli, Snowglobe and Vending Machine, along with newbies The Chess Club, will hold court. And down at the New Daisy, longtime colleagues The North Mississippi Allstars and Lucero will join forces for a massive show. Lucero will be warming up for that show by headlining a Christmas party at Young Avenue Deli Saturday, December 27th, with The Love Kill.
Also doing the holiday thing are hard-rockers Saliva, who make a relatively rare local appearance with a two-night stand at their old stomping grounds, the New Daisy, Friday, December 26th, and Saturday, December 27th.
Every time Mr. Quintron has come to town (and he seems to come reasonably often) I have recommended him in this column. And so it ever shall be. Known in New Orleans as "the Wizard of the 9th Ward," Quintron is an eccentric's eccentric and one of the most compelling performers I have ever encountered. The rail-thin musician is a one-man organ-pounding band, and his music runs the gamut from gospel to garage to something you might hear late at night on a haunted carnival midway. In addition to putting out a fistful of fantastic solo recordings, Quintron is the man responsible for the soaring organ riffs that drive the fantastic Oblivians' disc Play Nine Songs. As is always the case, Quintron will be joined by his lovely wife Miss Pussycat, who provides backing vocals, shakes the maracas, and (if you are all good little boys and girls) might just put on one of her famous puppet shows. You can catch the madness Sunday, December 28th, at the Hi-Tone CafÇ, with locals Dearest Darlins and Ecce Homo.
I swear, Tripp Lamkins, onetime bass player for the Grifters, is the Rodney Dangerfield of Memphis musicians. Compared to his fellow Grifters, he just never seems to get the respect he deserves. Over the past several years, Lamkins has been a part of several excellent, if underappreciated, musical projects, such as Jetty Webb, Champ, and the Villains. Lamkins' most recent undertaking is an exciting indie pop group called The Paper Plates, which features Bobby Matthews (of Trusty) on lead guitar and vocals and Joey Pegram on drums. Go give the boys some respect when the Paper Plates play the Hi-Tone on Monday, December 29th, with The Alphabetical Order. --Chris Davis