From now until the end of time, we'll be asking you to Get Off Your Ass with monthly concert picks. We're taking a look at the top shows we want to see in L.A., Nashville, and New York.
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks (Mleo, the Nova Darlings, the Cabin Fever) // February 6 // The Mint // Tickets
Country meets swing for a rockabilly dance party piloted by retro Miss Tess on vocals.
The Brothers Comatose (The Alpine Camp, Patrolled by Radar) // February 18 // The Mint // Tickets
The Morrison brothers took inspiration from their mother’s folk quartet harmonies and created a pure Americana string band powered by rough country vocals.
Aoife O’Donovan (Robert Sarazin Blake) // February 24 // The Largo // Tickets
There’s no excuse to miss this pro performer and moving songwriter fresh with a new batch of songs with the release of her album, In the Magic Hour.
The Infamous Stringdusters feat. Nicki Bluhm (Della Mae) // February 25 // The Troubadour // Tickets
A masterful balance of classic bluegrass and indie-jam grass, the Infamous Stringdusters (especially with the layer of Bluhm’s vocals) are one of the pillars of modern bluegrass on the scene.
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper // February 28 // Pickwick Gardens // Tickets
There definitely should be a flamekeeper kept around when this group plays, given the lightning fast and impressively dexterous bluegrass playing that trails Cleveland’s 10-year run as IBMA’s elected Fiddle Performer of the Year.
The Grascals // February 6 // The Station Inn // Tickets
Not only has this group toured with Dolly Parton, but they also performed for recent presidential inaugural balls — this modern bluegrass group is finding the right balance of tradition and contemporary sound.
Graham Nash // February 6 & 7 // City Winery Nashville // Tickets
Got plans? Change them. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see this legend in the cozy winery setting as he embarks on promoting his newest album, This Path Tonight.
Darin and Brooke Aldridge & Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers // February 13 // Cumberland Caverns // Tickets
Enter the depths of this unique venue in the Volcano Room to hear the Aldridges' North Carolina twang and full gospel/a cappella harmony bluegrass of Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.
Valentine’s Day with Sam Bush // February 14 // City Winery Nashville // Tickets
Feel the love and join the King of Telluride and Newgrass for an evening of musical nimbleness over a bottle of wine on this very special occasion.
Trick Pony // February 14 // Bluebird Cafe // Tickets
Amped-up electric country duo with a fiery lead in Heidi Newfield who pushes out melodies that will definitely get stuck in your head.
Hey Marseilles // February 17 // Exit/In // Tickets
Temper Trap meets the Decemberists meets Semisonic — this group creates a dreamy wonderland of West Coast beach drive tunes.
Ryan Bingham // February 5 // Irving Plaza // Tickets
Bingham’s former rodeo days inform his Texas Americana sound and undeniable talent (he performed and co-wrote music with T Bone Burnett for the film Crazy Heart) that will have you dreaming of taking to the open road for a dusty drive.
Chamomile & Whiskey // February 18 // Rockwood Stage 1 // Free
Born out of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this group blends Irish folk with drum-led rock.
The Cactus Blossoms // February 18 & 23 // Mercury Lounge // Tickets
A couple of brothers from Minneapolis pull out the romantic drawls of mid-20th century country songs and make them their own. (Oh, and their first album was produced by JD McPherson.)
Jason Isbell (with Shovels & Rope) // February 25 & 26 // Beacon Theater // Tickets
A power-packed double bill: Isbell’s fire continues to burn off of the raw songwriting on Something More Than Free, and this evening marks the return of magnetic duo Shovels & Rope promoting their delightfully original Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1.
The Shadowboxers // February 26 & 27 // Bowery Ballroom & Rough Trade // Tickets
This Nashville-based group throws out major soul, vocal chops, and inventive covers with influences ranging from D’Angelo to '70s folk.