Friday music picks: Beardyman, Ray LaMontagne
Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 31, 2014
Beardyman at Red 7. Not your run of the mill electronica guy, occasionally bearded London artist Darren Foreman is a skilled beatboxer, a reasonably credible singer and a hysterically funny conversationalist. He’s also a technical genius. Peppered with vocal impressions of everything from bumblebees and guns to his own Jewish mother and Elton John, his shows loop together beats, melody clips and random sounds to create an audio patchwork that’s mind-boggling and exhilarating. It’s also hilarious and frequently danceable, unlike anything else you’ll see this summer. Flavor Raid opens. $15. Doors at 9 p.m. 611 E. Seventh St. red7austin.com. — Deborah Sengupta Stith
Ray LaMontagne at Long Center. From his auspicious 2004 debut “Trouble” through the Grammy-winning 2010 disc “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise,” LaMontagne delivered an album of deeply affecting, soulful singer-songwriter music every two years. That regularity was broken in 2012, but he returned this spring with “Supernova,” a fascinating collection that was worth the four-year wait. Recorded in Nashville with red-hot producer Dan Auerbach, the album explores sonic textures that bring to mind the Beatles’ more ambitious pop explorations, especially on the psychedelia-tinged opening track “Lavender.” The Belle Brigade opens, and also serves as LaMontagne’s backing band. Technically sold out. 7 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. — Peter Blackstock
Also: Nick Waterhouse, a retro revivalist with a sound steeped in ‘60s soul, brings his swinging, satisfying blasts of R&B to a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records before his Parish gig at night. … Los Angeles metal band Black Label Society aims to melt faces at Emo’s. … The folks behind Austin Jazz Fest serve up another night of Real Grown Music with neo-soul artist Anthony David at the Brass House. … Western swing fiddler Jason Roberts and his band celebrate the release of their new CD “That’s My Home” at the Broken Spoke. … The Frank Mustard Project plays a release show for its new “Jelly Butter” EP at the Continental Club with Pong. … SubKulture Patriots won’t be at the August First of the Month Smokeout at Flamingo, but they’ve handed the reins over to League of Extraordinary Gz, Sip Sip and Magna Carda. … Teenage rockers the Painted Redstarts play the late show at Strange Brew with Grace Park & the Deer and Amy Sue Berlin. … Body Rock ATX takes a journey to NYC to celebrate hip hop’s roots with The Five Boroughs. … Give a little love to Austin music scene lifers: Bob Schneider plays the Roost, and Two Hoots & a Holler rocks ABGB.