- Acid Mothers Temple (Photo: Licorice Medusa via Flickr)
D.C. has a rich local music scene with strong roots in go-go and hardcore punk. Every once in a while, though, it's nice to escape to a faraway land of different tastes — even if just for a few hours. Here are a few musical escapes that won't require a passport:
Acid Mothers Temple
Friday, May 4 at the Red Palace, $10 advance/$12 day of show
Japanese psychedelic collective Acid Mothers Temple initially formed in 1995 and has released copious albums, all under slightly varying names (Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO, Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno, Acid Mothers Temple & the Incredible Strange Band, and so on), in the time since. Founding guitarist Kawabata Makoto started the group with a vision of creating trippy music influenced by prog and krautrock. Kawabata seems to be the only (fairly) central member of AMT, appearing in almost all of the group's incarnations surrounded by members of the collective's ever-rotating cast of collaborators.
Yacht Rock Revue
Friday, May 4 at the Hamilton, $20
The members of Atlanta's Yacht Rock Revue hail from a faraway land where leisure suits and tussled hair are the norm and bands like Hall & Oates and Steely Dan rule the airwaves. This tribute band fully embraces '70s soft-rock fare — their biography on Facebook describes them as "the music you listen to at the dentist's office while getting your teeth cleaned" — but we know you know all the words. So wake me up before you go-go; that summer breeze on the love boat to Africa is but a careless whisper of how sweet it is that love will keep us together. (Yes, that's enough earworms to last you 'til next month. You're welcome.)
CANCELED - Ane Brun
Saturday, May 5 at the Hamilton, $19.50
THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED: Ane Brun is from Norway but has spent the last decade living in Sweden, where she recorded her latest album, It All Starts With One, with Swedish producer/songwriter Tobias Fröberg. The Scandinavian folkie was recently featured on Peter Gabriel's latest album, New Blood; when she's not behind the microphone, she's busy running her own record label, which she started with Ellekari Larsson, pianist from the band The Tiny.
UK ("Night After Night Tour 2012") featuring Eddie Jobson, John Wetton, and Terry Bozzio
Sunday, May 6 at the Baltimore SoundStage, $50
British prog-rock supergroup UK is reuniting for this one-off tour and performing in the US for the first time in over 30 years. This lineup will feature keyboardist/electric-violinist Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music, Frank Zappa), vocalist/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson), and drummer Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa). The tour was originally scheduled to stop at D.C.'s Howard Theatre on Monday night, but that show has unfortunately been cancelled, so your only chance to catch this legendary reunion tour locally is with a drive up to Baltimore. Watch a video here.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.