Next Week Today is a selection of our picks from the upcoming week’s events, published every Sunday at 11 a.m. We’ll give you juuuuuust enough detail to whet your whistle, and then let you do the digging. In other words, these are the events we recommend giving a second, perhaps even third glance as you wend your way along the path to entertainment.
It’s even quieter this week than last. Guess we’re all gearing up for the start of the World Games next week by taking it easy in the here and now. That said, there are still some gems worth mining. Find the sparkle!
The mewithoutYou Farewell Tour | ‘68 (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — The pandemic has put wrenches in so many plans, and that includes plans to end it all. Case in point: post-hardcore band mewithoutYou, who announced in October of 2019 that year 2020 would be their “last as an active band.” Now we’re cresting the center of 2022 and just getting their “Farewell” tour. This is probably still their final hurrah, but you never know! Best to come out to Saturn and catch the show, just to be sure.
Daddy’s Beemer with Dinner Time and Think Sanity (The Nick, 9 p.m.) — Charleston, SC indie-rock lads got together while they were attending Clemson, and put out their first two EPs as part of their schoolwork there. Denmark, their most recent album, was released in the fertile creative ground of cursed 2020 and is an evolution of their earlier university-generated sound. Oh, and according to their bio, they are occasionally visited by The Ghost of David Bowie. Heeeeeey, Ziggy!
Ghost Food | Silica Gel / Wax Fur / A.M. Radio (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Three of these artists (Ghost Food, Silica Gel and A.M. Radio) are connected with the Sweet Wreath collective, a Birmingham-based group of “visual and sonic artists dedicated to experimentation and pursuing visionary ideas.” And aurally, experimental is right on the money, as far as descriptors go. Flashes of normalcy quickly devolve/evolve into twisted and fractured soundscapes, or sublime into clouds of heady miasma. Check out the Ghost Food video in the YouTube playlist below, it was directed and edited by Birmingham’s own Paul Cordes Wilm.
The Yellow Dandies (Zydeco, 9 p.m.) — Next up in Zydeco’s Fam Jam summer concert series are The Yellow Dandies, a Birmingham bluegrass act who self-describe as an “absurdist string band” and use their serious instrumental chops to create chuckle-generating and highly whimsical tunes.
Bad Movie Night (Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 8:30 p.m.) — Time for another round of terribly wonderful (or is that wonderfully terrible) cinema from the celluloid nerds over at Sidewalk. They never divulge what you’re in for, but they always deliver something truly horrendous for you to enjoy.
Tears for the Dying / Death Church / Come to Ruin / Soft Ceremony (The Firehouse Community Arts Center, 8 p.m.) — It’s deathrock night at The Firehouse, with Athens, GA band Tears for the Dying joining NOLA acts Death Church and Come to Ruin. Come for the moody riffs, stay for Soft Ceremony’s ambient noodling.