This week is shaping up to be an unusually indie week for shows in Burlington…a nice change of pace from the usual concert booking trends around here. Out with the Birkenstocks and hemp necklaces, in with the berets and skinny jeans? Who knows. But hipsters, those too hip to be hipsters, and people who are simply into slightly experimental, outside-the-mainstream music have quite the week ahead of them.
It all starts tonight with Death Vessel and Barbacoa at The Monkey House in Winooski tonight. This show is being put on by Angioplasty Media, who’ve been booking quite a few nifty little shows of late.
Tuesday is going to be huge, as indie legends Yo La Tengo hit up Higher Ground in support of their newly released 12th album, Popular Songs. Amazingly, tickets are only $20 (that’s less than a dollar for every year this band’s been in existence). If there’s only one show you check out this week, make it this one; bands on the level of Yo La Tengo don’t make it up to Vermont very often.
On Thursday night, Here We Go Magic play Club Metronome with support from local artists The Vacant Lots and DJ Disco Phantom. Here We Go Magic have accrued quite a bit of hype this year, but their self-titled album is worth it–reminds me of Sung Tongs-era Animal Collective, which is a very good thing.
Rounding out the week, next Sunday the 20th, The Decemberists play the Flynn Center. They’ll be playing their new album The Hazards of Love in its entirety, followed by a second set of older material. Opening act Laura Veirs is the female vocalist in the Decemberists duet “Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then”, so maybe that will make an appearance…?
The indiefication of Burlington’s music scene doesn’t stop this week, thankfully, with Andrew Bird, Matt & Kim, Great Lake Swimmers, Amanda Palmer, and lots more great acts coming to town this fall.