Earlimart, Bruce Hornsby, Marilyn Manson -- ASD's Live Music Picks for Thursday, August 23
Earlimart, 9 at Cafe Du Nord. $14.
"Picking up where 2004's "Treble & Tremble" left off, Murray and co-founder Aaron Espinoza celebrate romance in tracks such as "Answers and Questions," but more affecting are such ruminations on vulnerability and heartbreak as the stark, propulsive "Fakey Fake" and the electro-torchy "Never Mind the Phone Calls." The music reinforces the emotional confliction, as Earlimart blends epic pop flourishes à la ELO and latter-day Beatles with the introverted narco-folk of the Velvet Underground." -- Los Angeles Times
Bruce Hornsby, 8 at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. $49.
"The funny thing about roots is that you don’t know how they really look until you shake loose all of the dirt. Who knew that the “popular music” pianist/songwriter/singer, Bruce Hornsby, was a jazz musician at heart? Many may recall the Grammy Award winning artist from his 1986 platinum hit and album of the same title The Way It Is (RCA), marked by new folk sounds, social consciousness lyrics, and unorthodox yet glowing piano playing. Hornsby has sinced crossed the borders of jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass and rock music, to the chagrin of critics who can’t quite put him into a specific category. And here is Camp Meeting , a “Sho' Nuff,” “straight no chaser,”—jazz recording, that is illuminating, inventive, and immersive." -- All About Jazz
Marilyn Manson, 7 at Sleep Train Pavilion. $29/47.
"It's been a while since the Halloween homeboy's combo of freak-show antics and Alice Cooper records scared anybody, and Manson's last few albums -- long on bombastic industrial metal -- were as predictable as a Big Mac. He hasn't exactly overhauled his identity, but with Eat Me, Drink Me, he's at least tweaked his approach a bit. Recorded at a home studio with just one buddy, Eat Me, Drink Me is the closest Manson will ever get to unplugged. It's still plenty dark, with Manson dishing about vampires and mutilation in a horror-ific croak that's rougher than ever. But, for Manson at least, it sounds pretty spare and oddly matter-of-fact without the huge, schlocky choruses and high-gloss production. Forget what you know about this guy and it'll come off like a decent, and rather efficient, little goth-pop record." -- Rolling Stone