Ignoring this writer's preferences toward R&B for a moment, the Rialto Theatre has been announcing shows all this week (Local Natives, the Festival en el Barrio, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Soul Asylum and a few others) and if you're a music fan, you should be very, very excited for the lineup of shows coming to our town in the next few months.
Today, they announced that Rodriguez is coming to town on April 19. Now, you might not have heard of Rodriguez a year ago, but riding the success of Searching for Sugar Man, a 2012 documentary covering his strange music career, including his sudden, massive fame in South Africa, the Detroit native has been covered on NPR, 60 Minutes and performed on the late night talk show circuit.
That show will be an amazing opportunity on its own, but HOLY CRAP JEFF MANGUM IS COMING TO TOWN.
Formerly the frontman of Neutral Milk Hotel and now doing seemingly whatever he pleases, floating in and out of the spotlight, Mangum's masterpiece, In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, is one of the best indie-rock albums of all time. Weird, compelling and brilliant, it's one of the albums I go back to over and over again. Who knows what Mangum is going to do, what he'll play, but I'm in when tickets go sale next Wednesday the 23rd.