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Intern Matthew’s Weekend Picks: Acoustic Guitars and The Dubstep Violin Chick.

September 20, 2012

Every week, intern Matthew Albasi brings you all the shows he wishes he could go to.

I’m wearing pants. That might not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to me. Not to say I normally walk around with my nether regions totally exposed, but I am wear pants, like, not shorts. I hate shorts. But when the sun is beating down, I don’t have much choice. With the temperatures finally dipping down into the low-60s at night I’m free to cover up my hairy calves and dress like a real boy again.

Diatribe on shorts aside, these cool nights are making me wish I was sitting around a campfire, staying warm and listening to someone belt out tunes on an acoustic guitar. Since the city tends to frown upon me starting fires in my backyard I have to settle for a weekend full of amazing singer-songwriters. With that said, let’s jump on in.

FRIDAY

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Sean Rowe at Tin Angel

The Tin Angel is a haven for hearing singer-songwriters. It’s small, intimate and sounds amazing. Friday night Nicki Bluhm will be playing her country/folk tunes. Sean Rowe, a burly, bearded, survivalist will shake the walls with his simple songs and gorgeously deep voice. Whenever I hear him sing I just want to crawl into his beard and take a nap.

Norwegian Arms, Laser Background at Double Deuce

These guys are in the midst of an interesting string of shows across the city. Each week Norwegian Arms and Laser Background will reside in a different show house in the city. In each house they will write as much music as they can and at least one song written will be performed. This week the guys are making a couch fort at Double Deuce and playing Friday night. Check it out.

SATURDAY

Steve Forbert at World Cafe Live

Seriously, what can I say about Steve Forbert that hasn’t been said before? The guy has been doing this forever. He was amazing in 1979 when he wrote Romeo’s Tune and he’s still awesome today.

SUNDAY

Ed Sheeran at River Stage at Great Plaza

Ed Sheeran is one of those guys that makes me feel like crap. At the tender age of 21, he has become one of the most startlingly talented musicians I have ever heard. It’s pop-folk, surely, but the British ginger will show you a good time.

Lindsey Stirling at World Cafe Live

Have you ever been listening to a violin concerto and thought to yourself, “Damn, if only this had some dubstep in it.” Yeah, me either, but once you hear Lindsey Stirling you’ll get it. Ok, maybe a dancing violinist with crazy geek cred doesn’t fit into the singer-songwriter theme, but don’t judge me. I’ve got a crush. Can you blame me?

There you have it, folks. Enjoy your weekend of acoustic guitars and girls that dress like Link.

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