The Stateside Presents spring concert calendar is filling up faster than I can possibly ask for all these days off from work.
One of the newest additions surely will please the beard lover in all of us: Megafaun, who won over a packed house at Mesa Arts Center in September as the opener for Bon Iver, is coming back to the Valley for the third time in less than 10 months when they play the Sail Inn in Tempe on April 23. The guys seemed truly appreciative of the attentive crowd in Mesa, so it’s nice to see a return visit as a reward.
My wife swears the Bowerbirds/Megafaun pairing at Rhythm Room in August was the show of the year, and she still hasn’t stopped talking about Megafaun. It’s easy to see why, though: Aside from their kind/grateful on-stage demeanor, the guys put an intriguing experimental spin on their Southern-bred folk picking.
In more concert news, Stateside Presents used Twitter to tease to a major show announcement on Monday:
“Shhh it’s a secret…a huge show will be announced on Monday!!! I’ll give you a hint…they are in Pitchfok’s top 10 albums of 09′! ;)”
That leaves us with nine educated guesses because I think we can logically take Raekwon out of the equation. Our remaining options are: Girls, Fever Ray, Phoenix, Bat for Lashes, Grizzly Bear, The Flaming Lips, The xx, Dirty Projectors or Animal Collective.
I’m going to eliminate Dirty Projectors because they were just here a couple months ago. The Flaming Lips, who performed at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in April, would qualify as a “huge show,” but so, too, would Grizzly Bear, Phoenix or Animal Collective. Both Grizzly Bear and AC played in Tucson in 2009 but not Phoenix (the city). Phoenix (the band) hasn’t been here in at least two or three years. Guess we’ll have to wait til Monday to find out.