We love everything
Some people routinely tee off on critic’s darlings, assuming—erroneously—that any act beloved by hordes of people in thick-framed Mr. Science glasses and ironic Girl Scout T-shirts is best avoided like the plague. We disagree. Case in point is a tour featuring outsider-art folkies Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart along with the band Vetiver, which touches down at Old Ironsides, at 1901 10th Street, on Saturday, July 10. The 21-and-over show, put on by the Short Bus folks, starts at 9 p.m. and will set you back $8. The night before, local prog gods Mister Metaphor, the marvelous Red Tyger Church and Playing to the Grandstand grace the same stage starting at 9 p.m., with a $7 cover charge. And, speaking of emo, the Vans Warped Tour may feature as many bands as it does corporate sponsors; we’ve been fending off calls from their feature-hungry publicists for weeks. That show is Thursday, July 8, at Sleep Train Amphitheatre near Marysville. Showtime is noon, and it should be wrapping up around mid-next week given the number of acts (70, including at least two named after days of the week) listed on the tour’s Web site. Oh, and tickets are $28.50 plus service charges.