Indiana University School of Music instructor Randy Albright will be performing at a faculty recital on Thursday. Such events wouldn't normally arouse the interest of the rock music fan, but as anyone who's taken Albright's class can tell you, he's no ordinary teacher.
One of the world's leading authorities on the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, Albright will be playing songs from Hendrix's first two albums at the recital at 7:30 p.m. March 23.
Albright, who will sing and play bass, will be joined by guitarist Sandy Williams and drummer Chad Wells. Williams is an accomplished guitarist who has performed with Ray Boltz and Steve Earle. Williams earned a B.A. in 1982 in jazz studies and ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Wells is a student drummer at IUPUI.
The recital will be held at IUPUI in the ICTC Building, Room 152, in the Auditorium. The ICTC Building is located at 535 W. Michigan St., on the northwest corner of West and Michigan streets.
The Weeds of Eden, last week's IMN/NUVO Artist of the Week, will be performing a show Saturday, March 25 at the Casba with the Malcolm Palmer Band from Chicago. If you know local rock, you know that the husband-and-wife team of Tim and Jennifer Evans produce beautiful, organic sounds together. And Palmer is reminiscent of Everlast, backed by acoustic guitar and using elements of hip-hop combined with passionate lyrics. The Casba needs your support and this is a great way of showing it.
Instead of taking a big, expensive, money-losing show on the road and playing in front of oceans of empty seats, the organizers of Lollapalooza have taken a different route for 2006. Chicago's Grant Park will be the location for the event, which will be held Aug. 4-6. More than 120 artists have already confirmed for the festival, including hometown heroes Kanye West, Common and Wilco, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and many, many more. Tickets are already on sale. Try lollapalooza.com.
Local metal gods Demiricous will be performing at the Emerson Theater on Friday, on an all-star bill that includes Still Remains, Nodes Of Ranvier, If Hope Dies and Eyes Like Knives. Demiricous was recently signed to Metal Blade Records, an industry leader in heavy-as-hell music, and this will be a rare local gig for them. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.
In addition to the John Davis show profiled elsewhere in this section, Radio Radio has a very exciting and entertaining lineup scheduled this week. On Thursday night, it'll be Brief Candles and Luke Doucet performing. Brief Candles is an indie-rock band compared to My Bloody Valentine and Pale Saints. Doucet, of course, is the acclaimed roots-rock songwriter whose lyrics travel every range of human emotion.
On Friday night, Radio Radio will take on an eclectic feel with Barbez, Svetlana and a screening of a documentary on music pioneer Robert Moog. Barbez is an act which utilizes theremin and any other instrument which produces noise, but they're not a noise band, any more than the Residents were. Listen behind the trappins and you'll hear well-written, almost painfully disciplined collages of noise and music. Svetlana is the local shoegaze band with two sex symbols at its helm.
On Saturday night, guitarist Don Ross will perform a variety of acoustic rock, classical and jazz music. Solo bassist Michael Manring will open. Finally, on Sunday night, 19Clark25 and the Detroit punkers The Deadstring Brothers will play.
You have to look pretty hard on the current Web site to find it, but NUVO's streaming radio service is up and active. Powered by our association with the Musical Family Tree posse, the streaming audio features dozens of local artists performing original music. It's worth the search.