Last week Barclaycard announced their Album of Year shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize. It surprised no one that London-based singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka was one of the names on that list, nominated for his debut full-length Tell Me a Tale. Though he’s only 25, the BBC Sound of 2012 winner’s music is unequivocally inspired by the soul and folk musicians of the sixties and seventies. Kiwanuka plays The Trocadero tonight, along with fellow British folk singer Marcus Foster and Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby. Doors are at 7:00 for the all ages show, and tickets are $16.50 here. Below, watch the video for “I’m Getting Ready”.
A bit farther north, another musician from across the pond is playing Union Transfer. Glen Hansard may be better known as one half of Irish folk/rock duo The Swell Season (alongside Marketa Irglova) or as the founder of Irish rock stalwarts The Frames, but he proved that his solo material is just as honest and moving with 2012’s Rhythm & Repose. A little bit Van Morrison and a little bit Ray LaMontagne, Hansard’s songs are saturated with emotion and personal reflection while still being hopeful. Glen Hansard will perform at Union Transfer tonight with Liverpool natives The Lost Brothers. The show is all ages, and tickets can be purchased here for $30. Doors are at 7:00pm, music begins at 8:00pm. Watch the video for the single “Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting Below”.
If September 7th’s Free at Noon with Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs didn’t satisfy your need for bushy-bearded men playing good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll want to be at Johnny Brenda’s tonight to catch another set. The band has been racking up accolades left and right over the past couple of years, including winning the grand prize in Rolling Stone’s “Choose the Cover” contest, three Juno Awards and three CASBY awards. Tonight, the Sheepdogs are supported by The Black Box Revelation. Tickets for the 21+ show can be purchased here, and doors open at 8:00pm. Below, watch the video for “The Way it Is”.