Legendary music icons Three Dog Night claim some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than they did. Their hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures -- songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.
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.