Athens, Ga., has a serious indie-rock pedigree, one that includes everyone from R.E.M. and the B-52s to Pylon and the Woggles, so it's no surprise that a band Rolling Stone hailed as evocative of "the neo-roots rock vibe of My Morning Jacket, the cool minimalism of the Strokes and the perfectly constructed pop of the early '60s" hails from the relatively tiny burgh.
The Whigs might be most casually cast as an alt-country outfit, but really, the trio's members -- Parker Gispert, Julian Dorio and Tim Deaux -- are indie-rockers to the bone. Check the new effort "Mission Control" -- not due until early '08, but represented by a few tunes on the band's MySpace page at present -- for a statement of the Whigs' intent. It's smart, melodic rock 'n' roll, played with the raw urgency of punk and the dedication of the true believer.
The Redwalls, a quartet of Chicago natives barely out of high school when their first album came out, commenced life as dedicated followers of the British beat fashion before maturing into a serious power-pop band with an edge honed through opening slots on tours with the likes of Ryan Adams, OK Go, Hot Hot Heat and Oasis.
Together, these two bands represent the cream of the current indie-rock crop. Happily, they've paired for a tour of the Northeast, which will bring them to Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., at 9 p.m. Saturday. Call the club at 855-3931 for more information.
I strongly suggest that you visit www.lwiii.com and read Loudon Wainwright III's self-penned artist's bio. It's absolutely hilarious and will tell you far more about the man than I'll be able to in this space.
This, after all, is a column dedicated to letting you know which concerts taking place in our general region this week might be of interest to you -- the ones that might be worth your time, your money and the potential damage to your hearing. So I will quite comfortably go on the record presently, suggesting you grab yourself a ticket to see Wainwright the third when he plays the Tralf at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20, through the Tralf or Ticketmaster.
There. I've done my duty.
Donna the Buffalo plays the Town Ballroom at 7 tonight. Visit www.townballroom.com for ticket info.
Los Lobos hits the Tralf at 8 p.m. Monday.
Hammell on Trial returns to Nietzsche's at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Tinsley Ellis plays Chicago blues in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., next Friday. The guitarist will perform at 9 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. One price covers both sets. Ann Philippone opens the evening's events at 8 p.m. Call the club at 886-8539 for admission prices.