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.
I think we’re finally kicking summer to the curb, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a loaded week for you to get fun with. Come see what’s in store.
Zeta / Edhochuli / Moxiebeat / KC Wren / Selim Sivad (The Firehouse Community Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.) — The Firehouse are hosting an exceptional lineup for today’s show, eclectic in both genre and origin. Featuring bands from such disparate places as Venezuela, California, Pittsburgh and New Orleans, there’s a little punk flavor for everyone to enjoy. Of particular interest is Zeta, an art collective known primarily for the atmospheric psych-punk music that they make, from a tiny town on the coast of the Caribbean in Venezuela.
Black Midi / Black Country, New Road (Saturn, 9 p.m.) — British band Black Midi are carrying the prog-rock banner proudly forward with a fevered intensity that almost overwhelms the angular precision with which they craft their tunes but never completely obscures the undercurrent of “wink wink nudge nudge” tomfoolery. This is serious fun, in which the seriousness and the fun are two sides of a glittering rock coin.
Croce Plays Croce (Alys Stephens Center, 7:30 p.m.) — A.J. Croce, son of singer-songwriter Jim Croce — who died in a plane crash in 1973 at the height of his popularity — will be taking the ASC stage to perform classic songs by his late father, as well as some of his own tunes. A.J. Croce has had a long career himself, including nine studio albums.
Charley Crockett / Emily Nenni (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Charley Crockett sits at an interesting intersection of blues and country-western honky-tonk and he’s pouring out music from that intersection as quickly as he can, releasing 10 records in six years after a long road to musicianship that led from busking on the streets of New York, to harvesting illegal pot fields in the Northwest, through two felony convictions and finally to the musical trajectory he’s on now. Oh, and if this isn’t enough Charley Crockett for you, make sure to stop by Seasick Records at 6 p.m. before the show for an in-store performance and signing.
Southern Circuit – Refuge (Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema, 7 p.m.) — Sidewalk is serving as a screening venue for the 2022 Southern Circuit, which works to “connect independent documentary filmmakers with communities across the Southeast to present screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking.” Refuge, which documents how interaction with a Muslim community changes the mind and heart of the former leader of a white nationalist hate group, is the first of many Southern Circuit showings over the coming months.
Dinosaur Jr. / Ryley Walker (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Good luck finding a ticket to this show, but if you happen to snag one, you’re in for a treat. The Dinosaur Jr. of today has reverted to the original lineup of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph that made this progenitor of the ’90s alternative-rock scene such a success, and they have since continued to make good on their signature sound.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Avondale Park, 6 p.m.) — Come catch this ’80s classic in the Amphitheater at Avondale Park. Bring the kiddos for some pre-movie entertainment and vittles from a food truck or two (although if those kiddos are on the youngish side, be aware that Temple of Doom is surprisingly gory for a PG film and was one the reasons the MPAA created the PG-13 rating).
Billy Wayne Davis (Avondale Brewing Company, 8 p.m.) — Comedian Billy Wayne Davis brings his laid-back Southern sense of humor to the Sour Room at Avondale. Originally from Nashville, he’s performed with the likes of Colin Quinn, Louis C.K. and Mitch Hedberg.
Thundercat (Iron City, 7 p.m.) — Thundercat is the alias of Grammy Award-winning bassist and Suicidal Tendencies member Stephen Bruner. He’s known as much for the amazing people he’s worked with as he is for his own R&B output, having partnered with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Herbie Hancock, Childish Gambino and so many more.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Alys Stephens Center, 7 p.m.) — Kenny Wayne Shepherd is no longer the young up-and-comer he was when making his name in the mid-’90s, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost the fire and musicianship that made his name synonymous with blues-rock and the Fender Strat sound he’s been been crafting all these years.
Built to Spill / The French Tips / Orua (Saturn, 8:30 p.m.) — Built to Spill were integral to the ’90s indie-rock scene, and their core member Doug Martsch was considered one of the better guitarists of the era (he was majorly influenced by J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr, by the way; fun that they’re gracing the same stage only days apart).
Oktoberfest (Cahaba Brewing Company, 12 p.m.) — It’s October in September at Cahaba’s annual Oktoberfest celebration! There will be food trucks, live music, a stein-hoisting competition, a vendor craft show and, of course, beer for days.
Earth Libraries presents Phantom Limb / GT / Damion / The Roof Dogs / Emby Alexander (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — Birmingham hosts a number of excellent record labels, and tonight there’s a good opportunity to catch some acts from one of them, Earth Libraries. There’s a few Bham favorites in the lineup, as well as some interesting bands from Bloomington, Chicago and Phoenix. Come support!
PUP / Palehound / The OBGMs (Saturn, 8 p.m.) — PUP (short for Pathetic Use of Potential) is a Toronto-based punk band. Their latest album, The Unraveling of PUPTheBand, was recorded in an isolated, bat-filled mansion, which gave them plenty of room to develop a more expanded sonic palette than previous PUP efforts, though there is still plenty of driving, jagged fuzz-punk for you to dig into.