Hopefully you didn’t blow your concert-going wad at the Life Is Beautiful festival, because there are so many intriguing live-music possibilities this week:
Andrew Jackson Jihad wages sonic holy war at 9 p.m. November 7 at Triple B. The Phoenix folk-punk effort is comprised of singer-guitarist Sean Bonnette and bassist Ben Gallaty, and they sound like a caffeinated Decemberists or a manic Neutral Milk Hotel. By turns genuinely heartfelt and sneeringly anti-capitalist, Andrew Jackson Jihad’s most recent disc is the politically charged 2011’s Knife Man, among the rowdiest acoustic-based song collections I’ve heard in a long while. And when the band plugs in and goes electric on “Skate Park,” you’ll want to, as Bonnette sings, break my bones and feel the pain of self-improvement, too. Chicago folk-punk band The Gunshy opens.
Heard of fado music? Sometimes called the Portuguese blues, it’s a smoldering, passionate style of balladeering powered by 12-string Lisbon guitars and a haunting voice. Fado dates back to the early 19th century, and among its most popular practitioners today is Mozambique-born Mariza. The gorgeous 39-year-old chanteuse will sing mournfully and beautifully about love’s fleeting spell at 7:30 p.m. November 11 in Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center. Reviews of her live performances are raves, so this should be a remarkable evening of breezy, samba-kissed, gypsy-flavored music.
Self-professed “bacon-powered pirate metal” ensemble Alestorm bellies up to the stage at 10 p.m. November 13 at LVCS. These hardcore-drinking Scots make no qualms about their buccaneer-themed novelty, brewing boisterous, parrot-in-cheek sing-alongs with titles such as “Death Throes of the Terrorsquid” and “Captain Morgan’s Revenge.” If you want to feel as if you’re trapped aboard the Jolly Roger, this’ll certainly stiffen your wooden plank. Also on the bill: Norwegian folk-metal juggernaut Trollfest, California boogie-metal quartet Gypsyhawk, San Francisco black-metal group Leviathan, plus local nu-metal acts Sicocis, Vile Child and Sinnfull Servent.
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