Concert Calendar: Umphree’s McGee, Jónsi, Matt Costa

Umphrey’s McGee

Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 9:30 Club ($25), doors at 10 p.m.

In the mood for some late-1990s prog rock?

Umphrey’s McGee, an improvising band with songs that often trail past the ten-minute mark, is known for its unique concerts. (The band often asks for track recommendations from the crowd, for example.) In the tradition of Phish and the Grateful Dead—while drawing influences heavy metal, jazz, bluegrass, and country—Umphrey’s McGee adds a unique twist to traditional jam band fare.

Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) w/ Mountain Man

Monday and Tuesday, November 8 and 9, 9:30 Club ($15), doors at 7 p.m.

Jónsi, the Sigur Rós frontman and Icelandic musical extraordinaire, produces a sound unlike any other. His unique vocal manipulations, coupled with a creative use of wind instruments and drums, are on full-display on Go, his first solo album.

Last April, the Voice lauded the album, writing, “Go [is] a real treat, a reminder of the beauty we can only find by living and embracing the present.”

Expect Go‘s positive and ethereal tracks to translate well in live performances.

Matt Costa w/ Everest

Sunday, November 7, Black Cat ($15), 8 p.m.

Huntington Beach skateboarder-turned-singer-songwriter Matt Costa has a folky, alternative rock sound; he keeps his music simple and beautiful.

With the use of an acoustic guitar and harmonica, Costa has recently progressed to include more purpose in his laid-back style. Acoustic fans take note—Matt Costa puts on a performance not to be missed.

Bonobo w/ Tokimonsta

Wednesday, November 10, 9:30 Club ($10), doors at 6 p.m.

Bonobo, a British producer, musician, and DJ, combines music samples with complex bass lines and percussion. He specializes in creating a spacey, experimental sound on the turntables. Don’t expect to see Bonobo alone on stage, however; his sets include a keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, drummer, and strings section.

The Joy Formidable, Grouplove, the Dig

Thursday, November 11, Black Cat ($10), doors at 9 p.m.

The Joy Formidable is a three-piece band from North Wales, rising stars in the indie rock scene. Their sound is a pop-grunge mix, similar to Arcade Fire or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The Joy Formidably employ big impactful vocals, basslines, and drumwork complemented by punk and goth textures.

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