The drone metal propagated by Earth on ninth LP Full Upon Her Burning Lips doesn’t lend itself to live performance seemingly. And yet the Seattle combo’s performances blissfully rattle all rafters with low-end instrumental riffery. Fellow Pacific Northwesterners Helms Alee rage first with the psych/post-punk/metal of fifth platter Noctiluca.
In 2013, Henri Herbert – then a member of fiery UK garage rockers Jim Jones Revue – went viral with a video playing lightning fast and complex boogie-woogie on a piano at a London train station. Since moving to Austin in March, the French-born, English-reared pianist and singer has wowed locals playing solo, leading a trio, and sitting in with acts like Big Foot Chester and LeRoi Brothers.
Four years between albums isn’t atypical unless you’re John Hiatt. The Indiana songwriter’s 23rd LP, The Eclipse Sessions, arrives behind his longest stretch between releases since the Seventies as an eclectic, easy-grooving mix. Touring acoustic, Hiatt, 66, strips down his incomparable catalogue for an intimate evening. Ramsay Midwood choogles out from Sam’s Town Point to open.