9 concerts you shouldn’t miss in August

Aug 2, 2017 at 4:46 pm
Belle & Sebastian

The Coathangers Zanzabar Friday, August 4 With garage rock grit and slick harmonies that form a Black Lips-esque jangly punk sound, The Coathangers make meticulous music that somehow still manages to have an unhinged feel to it. Over the years, they’ve smoothed out their sound, but the core of what worked in the beginning is still there — the straightforward catchy hooks and the cool, direct vocals. They create thick, energetic music without being overly complicated, and they do it well.

Leopold And His Fiction Zanzabar Saturday, Aug. 5 Leopold And His Fiction build big, modern blues rock riffs that are paired with zero-to-sixty vocals, producing something that lands relatively close to The White Stripes, a sound that’s both visceral and clearly created by a student of music history. With a steady wave of guitar blasts and heavy-handed drums, you can hear Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin influences — rock and roll that has a lot of prowess, but also isn’t afraid to let loose.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Iroquois Amphitheater Sunday, Aug. 6 Like John Prine or Joni Mitchell, Lyle Lovett is a songwriter with distinct originality — he has a way of writing that’s really clever, sort of strange and always engaging. Coming through with his Large Band, which consists of him and 13 other musicians on stage, Lovett goals is to make the live show go way beyond his songs: “I try to create moments for everybody at some point during the show,” he recently told The Inlander. “Everybody on stage is a character in this play we're doing, if you look at it like that."

James Taylor & His All-Star Band KFC Yum! Center Saturday, Aug. 6 A mellow, introspective singer-songwriter who has a wild well of experience to draw from, James Taylor continues to tour, as one of the more well-known and renowned folk musicians on the planet. Bonnie Raitt opens.

Procedure Club The Cure Lounge Saturday, Aug. 12 With a dark, industrial, almost Nine Inch Nails-like blanket covering a serene, catchy pop sound, Procedure Club is a noisy shoegaze outfit that is torn and frayed, but inviting in a surreal sort of way. They sound like the soundtrack to the early part of a dream, when you’re not sure if it’s going to end up nosediving into a nightmare or not.

Belle & Sebastian Iroquois Amphitheater Thursday, Aug. 17 Through delicate folk-rock melodies and breezy indie vocals, Belle & Sebastian has the sort of smart and whimsical flashes that seem inspired by the Beatles — a fluid rush of genres and ideas surrounding sharp lyrics.

Seven Sense Festival Swiss Park, Swiss Hall, Zanzabar Friday-Saturday, Aug. 18-19 This is an annual music festival that added an extra day, and changed locations (by only about a block, though). The lineup features Larkin Poe, Diane Coffee, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Lung, Quiet Hollers, Nellie Pearl, Otis Junior & The Jesse Lees and many more.

Waterfront Wednesday Big Four Lawn Wednesday, Aug. 30 Iron & Wine, the indie-folk project of Sam Beam, continues this season’s free Waterfront Wednesday series presented by WFPK. James Lindsey and In Lightning open.

PRFBBQLOU2017 Various Locations Thursday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 3 This year, PRFBBQLOU2017 will be held at Monnik Beer Co. on Thursday; Mag Bar on Friday; and Zanzabar on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s lineup includes GRLwood, Brett Eugene Ralph, Bummer, Cherubs, The Powder Room, Ampline and many more.