Alexi Murdoch at Plan 9
If you consider that Nick Drake was, back in the 1970s, creating a sort of haunted folk that didn't seem to fit the context of that era, then Alexi Murdoch is right on time, bringing that sound into modern day. Comparisons are inevitable, as both breathe their songs into your ear, these sleepy romances carried up from an opium dream. Murdoch's songs are kept in motion by a single agile acoustic guitar, the only thing keeping him from stalling out and carrying us all down, down, down. The Scot is touring independent record stores to promote his self-produced album called, appropriately enough, "Time Without Consequences." He comes to Plan 9 in Carytown Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. Free. 353-9996.
The Gospel Chicken House Is 33
Which means a lot of Saturdays of harmonizing, homemade desserts and happy bluegrass. This Saturday, June 24, looks to be no different, with performances by ChurchYard Grass, Blood Connected, Sonrise, The Gospel Chicken House Ramblers and others, starting at noon. $5. 883-6487.
Keller Williams at Groovin' in the Garden
Speaking of bluegrass, Keller Williams comes to Lewis Ginter with a backpack of new and off-kilter tunes like those recorded with flat-picker Larry Keel and bass-playing wife, Jenny Keel, in an acoustic and slightly silly romp called "Grass." Get a spot on the hill Thursday, June 22, by 8 p.m. Doors at 5:30 p.m. $15-$20. Call 262-9887 or visit www.richmondconcerts.net.
Travis Morrison Hellfighters at Nanci Raygun,
Did the dancing stop when D.C.'s The Dismemberment Plan broke up in 2003? For many fans of that unpredictable, three-ring rock sound, the answer was yes. And they hung their best penny loafers on a peg. But front man Morrison called people back to the dance floor with 2004's "Republic of Travistan" and does it again with the Hellfighters, due to release a new album any day now. So Morrison's quirky pop tunes will find some new loafers. Morrison and the Hellfighters play with C-ville's Cataract Camp and Richmond's Josh Small and A Roman Holiday Friday, June 23, at 10 p.m. $5. 353-4263.
Paul Curreri at Ashland Coffee and Tea
There's a certain kind of meandering that doesn't come off as aimless. That's sort of close to explaining the kind of music Curreri makes: a collection of thoughts and guitar chords that stumbles ambles, maybe down the road, stopping in at the folk outlet, the blues shop, the swing jazz emporium. With the coming of his new album, "Are You Going to Paul Curreri," he teams up with recording pals Spencer Lathrop and Randall Pharr and strides boldly into yes! the electric company. Curreri says some of the folkie fans may gasp at the wattage produced, but there are many of us happy to wander along with him. He and his amigos play Friday, June 23, at 8 p.m. $10. 798-1702. SClick here for more Calendar Events