Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Toots and the Maytals to The Trocadero, XPN Welcomes The Mavericks to The Keswick Theatre, XPN Welcomes Alejandro Escovedo to World Cafe Live

ESEternal Summers start off the show tonight at Union Transfer.  The Virginia trio continues to tour in support of its 2012 LP Correct Behaviour, although a new album may be in the works judging by the fact that the shoegazey punk band played several unreleased songs last time they were in Philly.  Despite their carefree name, Eternal Summers ventured into some darker waters on Behaviour with vocalist / guitarist Nicole Yun’s scratchy guitar riffs and drummer Daniel Cundiff’s manic beat-keeping, though Yun’s airy vocals keep things untethered on most tracks.  Tickets and information for their set tonight with The Presidents of The United States of America and You Scream I Scream can be found here.  Below, watch Eternal Summers perform “You Kill” live at MACRoCk 2012.

XPN welcomes legendary reggae band Toots and the Maytals to The Trocadero tonight.  Known for their contributions to the ska and rocksteady genres, The Maytals have released 28 studio albums over the course of their 50 year career.  Like their countrymen Bob Marley and The Wailers, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and his band signed a record deal with Island Records after establishing themselves as one of Jamaica’s most popular music groups, leading to international recognition fronted by the success of 1969′s “Monkey Man.”  The band has stayed active in recent years, recording an album of best hits called True Love with special guests in 2004 (among them No Doubt, Trey Anastasio and Keith Richards) and in 2012 releasing their first acoustic album (Unplugged On Strawberry Hill ) in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence Day.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Steppin’ Razor and Spokey Speaky can be found here.  Below, listen to Toots and the Maytals perform “Funky Kingston” with Bootsy Collins and The Roots from True Love.”

XPN welcomes The Mavericks to The Keswick Theater.  Taking eight years off to pursue individual projects (and with out any real thought of getting back together), Raul Malo surprised fans by reuniting his country rock band last year to record a new album.  According to Malo, In Time picks up right where their 2003 self-titled effort left off in terms of universality and genre direction.  The Cuban-American frontman comments that he “… [sees] this as a record everyone’s invited to…. It’s a mix of different rhythms, different places and times.”  Tickets and information for tonight’s show withe Seth Walker can be found here.  Below, watch The Mavericks perform “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.”

XPN welcomes Alejandro Escovedo to World Cafe Live.  The longtime listener-favorite will be performing a special acoustic set with his band The Sensitive Boys.  Continuing to tour in support of his eleventh studio album Big Station (released last June), Escovedo has managed to blend all facets of his music career into a unique, far-reaching sound that carries his early days as a punk rocker into his current country / Americana incarnation.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch Escovedo and his band perform “Man of the World” from Big Station.

  • frankroll

    Mavericks rocked – here’s a review :
    A genre-busting band

    sporting a fat, twangy chord from an echo-drenched country guitar,

    and a lilting strummed Hawaiian uke

    with a peppery Tex-Mex keyboard

    propulsive rhythm section

    Malo’s soaring tenor

    mariachi-spiked Tex-Mex fiesta

    trad honky-tonk twang

    old-school rock & roll swagger

    swoony balladry

    big-band rockabilly hybrid

    juicily thick but detailed arrangement

    swings with finger-snapping verve

    Malo wallows in grand Orbisonesque melancholy

    retro countrypolitan lean and a Cuban-American

    voice that was all silk, muscle and smoke

    staunchly vintage approach to modern saloon country

    trippy guitar chord, the whirling farfisa and the chugging beat

    jagged affairs of the heart effervescent and enthralling

    rico suave appeal

    they understand the plush possibilities of betrayal, lust and yes, orgasm

    guitar tone ranging from barbed wire to spaghetti western, tremolo to classic

    polished supper-club pop tunes

    fine hipster jazz picking.

    Yeah baby !