Who to listen to for live music and where to find their performances.
March 6 — Coolio Fly Trap Music Hall,
514 E. Second St.,
Sung to the tune of “Gangsta’s Paradise”: “You’re spending some of your check; watchin’ Coolio pay the rent.” That’s right — Coolio will be kickin’ it old school at the Fly Trap. No word yet if Michelle Pfeiffer will be pulling up a chair and sitting in it backward to watch him rap. Along with Coolio, Tone Loc and Shock-G will be there as well.
While this writer is not well-versed in the verbal exaltations of the wordsmith Shock-G, I have the fondest of remembrances of upside-down malted beverage consumption perched upon a reservoir of several gallons more in the beautiful island of South Padre, celebrating vernal rights of passage with the rhythmic beats and lyrical stylings of Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” in the autumn of the 1980s.
March 7 — The Frontier Brothers Soundpony Lounge, 409 N. Main St., www.myspace.com/soundponylounge
This trio hails from the galaxy Nubnar X-17. In this distant locale, they play soaring melodies while singing their hearts out about life upon Nubnar X-17 — which looks a lot like Austin, Texas. Their music is catchy at first impression and all over the place: pop, punk, electro, folk, rock. If the video for their song “Jump Around” is any indication (see: http://vimeo.com/2925475), catch The Frontier Brothers before their mother ship calls them home. Find out more at www.thefrontierbrothers.com.
March 9 — New Kids on the Block BOK Center, 200 N. Denver Ave., www.bokcenter.com
New Kids on the Block, or NKOTB, as they are known on the streets, started in Boston in 1984. The members — Jonathan Knight; his brother, Jordan Knight; Donnie Wahlberg; Joey McIntyre; and Danny Wood — are touring in support of their latest album, “The Block.” God speed.
March 14 — Ghosts and Bogart and the Addictives
The Collective, 3148 E. 11th St.,
The Collective has been the site of some incredible nights of music in its relatively short life span. And tonight will be no exception. Ghosts will open for Bogart and the Addictives (or vise versa). Hailing from Toulouse, France, Bogart and the Addictives’ recent showcase at South by Southwest will still be dripping from their equipment like Phelpsian gold.
Meanwhile, Ghosts are, perhaps, the smartest thing going in T-Town. The January channeling of Billy Joel at The Collective was brilliant, and now they are back for more.
See more at www.myspace.com/ghosts2002 and www.myspace.com/bogartandtheaddictives.
March 17 — Andrew Bird Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., www.cainsballroom.com
Andrew Bird is as varied and imaginative as any artist who has taken the stage at the Cain’s. Bird is touring for his new release, “Noble Beast.” I went to see Wilco in Kansas City not too long ago. He opened for them. Bird played a violin, a Gibson guitar, an intricate set of filters, stompboxes and something called a Janus Horn — it was a speaker that rotates like a turboprop and is adjusted with a foot pedal. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and the crowd watched in almost reverential silence. This time, he is with his band. Although Billy Joel and Elton John are playing the same night, this is the one to see. For more, visit www.andrewbird.net.
March 24 — She Rides The Monolith, 2428 E. Admiral Blvd., www.myspace.com/monolithtulsa
The Monolith features She Rides on its “45 Days of Fun” Tour. The band will have just played at South by Southwest Music Festival for five straight days and will be looking for a respite from hipsters and A&R cyborgs. This is not the show to show off your new designer jeans. This really is not the time to pop your pastel collar(s). And do not, whatever you do, talk ad naseum about the regatta in a fortnight. This band is about sticking its music in your head and tearing up the joint. Some She Rides songs: “Tore Up From the Floor Up” and “Party in the Pi** Kitchen.” They are on the Stillborn Record label. These. Guys. Are. Serious.