Weekend's best live bets: Fitz & the Tantrums, Machine Head and more
For whatever reason, you'll notice that this Saturday night, aside from the second night of STS9's two-night stand at the Fillmore, there aren't too many must-see shows. This is mere speculation on our part, but we're guessing that might have something to do with a certain sporting event taking place tomorrow evening. The rest of the weekend, meanwhile, is jam-packed with shows, including Mansions on the Moon, Fitz & the Tantrums, Machine Head, Jackie Green, Nurses, Cowboy Mouth and more. Page down for the full rundown.
Catch Fitz & the Tantrums this Sunday, January 15, at the Ogden Theatre, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and American Tomahawk.
Inspired by the Mayan calendar's succession, STS9 has developed a one-of-a-kind musical experience in the form of a tour dubbed the Great Cycle Spectacles, a presentation of art, imagination and music performed by one of the most sought-after psychedelic jam-rock bands going right now. After a successful tour following bassist David Murphy's brain-tumor surgery last year, STS9 headlined festivals alongside Ghostland Observatory, Pretty Lights, Rusko and Snoop Dogg, culminating in a tour-ending sell-out show at Red Rocks. With more than a decade in the scene and eleven studio albums under its belt, STS9 has more than fulfilled its stated mission to "make electronic music relevant again," and the Great Cycle Spectacles tour should further cement that notion.
Mansions on the Moon holds the rare distinction of being able to say that it's been backed by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Shay Haley and also opened for Wiz Khalifa. Few indie acts can make that kind of claim. Such opportunities undoubtedly came about because of Mansions on the Moon's lush songwriting, which has obvious roots in early-'80s R&B and soul while not trying too hard to cop some vibe from yesteryear. Based in Los Angeles, the act should appeal to fans of bands like Cut Copy, who will surely appreciate the trio's forays into deep melodic atmospheres. Mansions on the Moon's 2010 mixtape, Paradise Falls, included remix contributions largely from hip-hop artists like Diplo and Chiddy Bang. This year, the group is touring in support of its latest EP, Lightyears.