Show me, don’t tell me
While most of us are attempting to digest the last of our holiday meals and settle into a month of well-deserved hibernation, several music venues in the Electric and Diamond cities are pumping up the volume.

  • The River Street Jazz Café, 667 North River St., Plains, is keeping the jams alive with acts such as The Village Idiots, (Jan. 10), Sonic Spank, (Jan. 11), and the aptly titled Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (Jan. 12). The Jazz will also host Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root for a special show on Wednesday, Jan. 16. According to the Rusted Root website, Glabicki will perform some new material while out on this four date trek.
  • The Crimson Lion Hookah Lounge, 37 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre, will host Waxahatchee, Three Man Cannon, Petal and These Elk Forever on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Waxahatchee is a solo project of songwriter Katie Crutchfield formed after the breakup of her former band P.S. Eliot, which also featured her twin sister, Alison. Her single “Be Good” was voted one of the best 50 songs of 2011 by National Public Radio. The show is for those 18 and older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is at 7 p.m. Check out the bands at www.waxahatchee.bandcamp.com and www.stuckinthevalley.bandcamp.com.
  • New Visions Studio & Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton, has quite a busy January planned starting with a show this Saturday featuring the debut of The Atomiqs (www.facebook.com/theatomiqs) featuring talented keytarist James Phillips formally of the Ions. Days In Transit (www.facebook.com/daysintransit), Trust Us We’re Doctors (www.facebook.com/pages/trust-us-were-doctors) and Binghamton’s Atlas Arrows (www.facebook.com/atlasarrows) are also set to perform. The show starts at 8 p.m. with a $7 cover  at the door. New Visions is also teaming up with The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Roller Radicals for a Party/Music Show/Fundraiser Auction on Friday, Jan. 18. Money raised at the event will go to the roller derby teams. This event is open to the public and B.Y.O.B. for those age 21 and over. Featured bands for the event are Those Clever Foxes (www.facebook.com/thosecleverfoxespa), To Hell With This (www.facebook.com/tohellwiththisnepa) and Ric Spandex. Yes! Ric Spandex! Auctions will be held throughout the night and will include custom art and craft pieces made by the derby girls themselves. The party kicks off at 8 p.m. For more information, call 878-3970 or visit www.newvisionsstudio.com.
  • The Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., Scranton, has three shows scheduled in the coming weeks as well. Instead of Sleeping, Those Clever Foxes and Katie Kelly will be the featured acts on Friday, Jan. 11. All three acts walk the wire between sultry folk and indie rock. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $6. There is a Singer Songwriter Evening set for Jan. 18 and a performance by Full Marine Petrels, Honeybear Forest and These Elk Forever on Jan. 25.

The Thin White Duke Returns
Not only did David Bowie celebrate birthday #66 earlier this week, it was announced that he will be releasing a new studio album in 2013, his first since 2003’s Reality. The new album is titled The Next Day and is scheduled to be released on March 12, and the record’s first single “Where Are We Now?” already has a “very Bowie” new video.

Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Sam Cooke Love and Let Love (jazz2jazz) 2012

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