Wildewood • indie, Americana • Baba • Pawn Drive

Wildewood Flowers and Pawn Stars

Banjo-friendly venue Low Spirits (2823 Second NW) offers a muddy, rain-fucked show headlined by young electric-folk trio Wildewood on Friday. The unpretentiously professional Wildewood rocks beautiful female vocals and features one of the best guitar/pedal steel players in town; if you'd like a pedigree, they've just been added to four of The Handsome Family's American tour dates. Banjo and tuba combo—yes, you read that right—BaBa is comprised of New Mexican mind of note Steven Robert Allen and Mark “Tuba Man” Weaver, founder of The Roost music series. (Tuba Man can also be seen playing, strangely enough, cymbals in The Lone Ranger.) All hail Tuba Man. Rising like a stoned phoenix out of its own ashes, resurrected foursome Pawn Drive features members of Rivet Gang and Selsun Blue. In this writer's opinion, the new Pawn Drive outdoes its predecessors with dependably beautiful, off-kilter, slide-heavy noodling weirdness in the vein of early Fugs/Holy Modal Rounders recordings. This $5 show is one of the more perfect bills Low Spirits has offered lately, and the presence of all three of these fine bands together should produce more musical momentum than might otherwise be possible within the laws of nature, ordinary physics and the limits of outer space. (Geoffrey Plant)

Friday Jul 26, 2013