Benni Hemm Hemm, Adam Franklin, Samba Mapangala -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Monday, July 16

Benni Hemm Hemm, 9 at Bottom of the Hill. $8.
"The seemingly ceaseless flow of quality music from Scandinavia continues unabated - I'm From Barcelona, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Jens Lekman. Recorded in Sundlaugin, the studio of the mercurial Sigur Ros, "kajak" is a gem of an album from Benni Hemm Hemm, their second. On their sophomore effort, the band's eleven members have created a joyous and meandering cacophony, thirteen tracks in length. Warm and welcoming vibrations abound as the listener discertains kettledrums, trumpets, trombones, guitars and a glockenspiel. Emotional, insistent, shimmering and deep. This album is the soundtrack to the perfect summer's evening that always seems just out of our grasp." -- The New(ish) Journalism

Adam Franklin, 9 at Cafe Du Nord. $12.
"Fans of shoegaze, rock, and all points in-between, mark June 26 in your diary and rejoice! The songwriting force behind one of the most underrated bands of the nineties – that’s Swervedriver, and yes you should run along and buy up their entire catalogue straight away – has shelved his ambient pop project Toshack Highway and returned to the guitar driven sound of his heyday to deliver what is arguably his strongest offering of the decade." -- NoRipcord

Samba Mapangala, 10 at Yoshi's. $12.
"Although originally from Congo and a purveyor of the dominant rumba Lingala, Mapangala migrated eastward to Kenya and began incorporating elements of the local pop music and language to create a melange that became a distinctly East African sound. The big hit from that collection, "Malako," was all rapid feet-on-fire bass, chattering teeth hi-hat, muted guitar, up-front sax, and airy vocals floating over the stripped down instrumental assemblage. No synth wash or hardly even a snare or tom-tom run to fill the empty sonic spaces between the polyphonic lines. It was a minimalist approach that distinguished it from other rumba-derived music coming out at the time." -- RootsWorld


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