The Suspect: Blind PilotThis indie band from Portland did a West Coast bicycle tour in 2008, even carting their own instruments on bike trailers.They’ve opened for Gomez, the Hold Steady and the Decemberists, and last September released their second studio album, We Are the Tide.
Can Be Found, The Grey Eagle, Wednesday, Feb. 22.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Fanfarlo, Beirut.
You Should Go If: Nothing can separate you and your messenger bag; you thought you were the only one who “put a bird on it”; you’re not letting this winter’s 55 degree days get in the way of rocking your Siberia hat and leg warmers; you celebrated Valentine’s Day with your sweetie by … cataloging the freaky parallels between your relationship and Seal and Heidi Klum’s.
The Suspect: Dark Star OrchestraThis Grateful Dead tribute band plays complete shows from the 2,000-plus concerts that the Dead played. In 2009 one of the founders, John Kadlecik, joined Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in their band, Furthur, and was replaced by Jeff Mattson of the Zen Tricksters.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday, Feb. 22.
RIYD: The Grateful Dead
You Should Go If: Your car is held together with bumper stickers; watching you dance makes people dizzy; you have a shrine to Wavy Gravy in your living room; you celebrated Valentine’s Day with your sweetie by … hitting Papas and Beer sporting matching headband braids.
The Suspect: Keller Williams
No relation to the national real-estate company, Williams is a one-man jam band who’s been performing since the early ‘90s. His most recent album, Bass, is a reggae- and funk-tinged affair. During a tour last month, Williams said, “I’ll be playing my normal, looping, solo-acoustic dance-music set.”
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, Feb. 18.
RIYD: Umphrey’s McGee, moe.
You Should Go If: You don’t think Adam Sandler has ever made a career misstep; your mom frequently expresses remorse for not insisting you wear a bike helmet; using your turn signals sucks the spontaneity out of driving; you celebrated Valentine’s Day with your sweetie by … making her your signature heart-shaped hemp pancakes.