As one half of the sibling duo the Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger is known primarily as the singer of brother Matt’s songs. The band’s, er, fiery indie-rock always boasted aspects of what music geeks like me enjoy referring to as “AM gold,” a reference to the era of 70s AM radio when pop songs were not required to be absolutely awful in order to become massive smash hits. (See everyone from Carol King to Ambrosia, or if you prefer, Harry Nilsson to the Carpenters.)
This meant, in the Fiery Furnaces case, lots of loveable choruses, good chords, some harmonies, and the like. Of course, the Furnaces also tended to follow whatever whim they felt like following at the time, which meant that, as often as the group indulged in its “AM gold” tendencies, it just as often fostered a willful experimentalism that ensured the group would A) never become a massive commercial concern, and B) never lose its credibility as a genuine positive force in the indie-rock community.
Not that she’s out on her own, for the time being at least, Eleanor Friedberger seems to be completely comfortable channeling her inner Carol King. Which is not to suggest that she is simply reiterating King’s penchant for ebullient, soulful pop music – Friedberger definitely follows her own muse, and if there are aspects of King apparent on her albums “Last Summer” (2011) and “Personal Record” (out this week) so too do the specters of Spector, (Phil, that is) Todd Rundgren and certainly the aforementioned Nilsson stick their heads above the parapet on occasion.
The result is some beautifully orchestrated and lovingly arranged pop music with an indie bent.
Friedberger will celebrate the release of “Personal Record” with a show at the Ninth Ward, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Brooklyn band Teen will open.
Remaining tickets are priced $12 advance, $15 day-of-show, and can be found at the Babeville box office, Rust Belt Books, or through Tickets.com.
Ready to get your death metal on? Perhaps you spent Memorial Day weekend at the infamous Milwaukee Metal Fest, and you simply didn’t get your fill. Or maybe you stayed home and did the nice family hang for the holiday, and now need to feed your inner metal beast. Either way, you’re covered. The Decibel Magazine Tour, featuring Buffalo’s own Cannibal Corpse in the headlining position, takes place tonight at 7 p.m. Napalm Death, Immolation, and Beyond Creation round out the bill. Throw some goat, people! Tickets are $25, through the Town Ballroom or Tickets.com.
Two of the finest jam-bands in the region – maybe even the country – gather tonight for a bill at Nietzsche’s. Fresh from their performances as part of the yearly Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, the mighty Aqueous returns to perform with Universe Shark, gather tonight beginning at 9 p.m. Aqueous will perform two sets, following a 9 p.m. set from Universe Shark. Bring $7 to the door, and you’re good to go.
The Irving Klaws play the Free Music Friday series at the Hard Rock Café, 333 Prospect St. in Niagara Falls, on Friday beginning at 8 p.m.
The first annual BuffaLove Fest takes place at the Buffalo Zoo on Friday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will mark the debut of a Buffalo supergroup, the BuffaLoveBirds, featuring Lance Diamond, Ali Critelli, Eric Crittenden, Vinnie DeRosa, Mike Wagner and Rob Lynch. Now that’s a band! The bil, will also include Andrew J. Reimers, Brad Gower, the Jony James Band, the Albrights, Nelson Starr, and the Steam Donkeys. There will be food trucks and artisan vendors on site as well. Tickets are priced $25 advance, $30 at the door on Friday.They can be purchased through Buffalzoo.org.