Here we are again, with another completely subjective installment of everything worth seeing in May, according to me. Did I miss anything you’re super excited about? Leave it in the comments!
Amazingly, there are still tickets for Gavin Rossdale at 9:30 Club on Sunday, May 3 ($25). Reasons to see him: he’s pretty sexy and is married to Gwen Stefani, plus even if you’re not a fan of his latest single (“Love Remains the Same”), what if he plays that 90’s staple “Adrenaline”? Ah, that brings me back. Good times.
Has Lady Sovereign’s time come and gone? There was a lot of hype about this British rapper a couple of years ago, including news that Jay-Z was impressed enough to put out her American debut on the Def Jam label, but I haven’t heard anything about her in a while. In any case, she’s got a new album (on her own label) to promote and will be at the 9:30 Club Saturday, May 9 ($20).
Saturday, May 16 at Black Cat is Bike Prom 09: lots of DJs, dancing, and free prom photos ($10). The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Annapolis, MD is also going on that day from 11am to 8pm, featuring Los Lonely Boys and Jonny Lang, among others. Plus, my personal faves Middle Distance Runner will be at Rock and Roll Hotel with Pretty & Nice, Loose Lips, and Drink Up Buttercup ($10).
Her Space Holiday comes to Rock and Roll Hotel Tuesday, May 19 ($10). I have love in my heart for these guys for their ability to try new and interesting things, without cluttering up their sound at all. (Haven’t heard of them? Try their track “You and Me”)
Thursday, May 21 local band Deleted Scenes will be at Black Cat ($8). I haven’t seen these guys yet, but from what I’ve heard it seems like I should. They’ve got that melodic indie-rock sound down, and songs like “Ithaca” remind me of Vampire Weekend a bit (in a good way).
St. Vincent comes to Black Cat ($15) on Friday, May 22, and I am stoked. Her debut CD, Marry Me, has been on my regular rotation for about a year now and she has a new one coming out May 5. Sometimes her songs can seem kind of all over the place, starting out slow and kind of spacey and then a hardcore guitar solo will come out of nowhere, but her lyrics are freaking awesome. Plus, I heard that she had a song or two on Grey’s Anatomy.
Finally, Saturday, May 30 is the M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion, featuring Twisted Sister, Ratt, and Extreme. Sounds rock-tastic.