The word legend gets thrown around a lot, but March brings more than a few to town. Boogie piano icon Pinetop Perkins visits Glen Echo, sax great Maceo Parker will make the State Theatre funky and a couple of underground rock heroes, Bob Mould and Stephen Malkmus, visit the 9:30 club. Download tracks from all of them and more on this month's mixtape.
"Sober Driver" - Dengue Fever (March 1, Black Cat)
As I like to do once a month (more if I'm feeling especially lazy), I'll let the band's own descriptor stand on its own, since it works so well: "a Cambodian pop rock psychedelic dance party." This tune leans more toward the "pop rock dance party."
"Do You Love Me?" - Maceo Parker (March 1, State Theatre)
This song comes from an album called "Funk Overload," which is a perfect way to describe the work of the saxman who led James Brown's horn section during its most dynamite years.
"Don't Touch My [Expletive]" - The Coathangers (March 6, The Red & the Black)
These young punks from Atlanta are all nervous, manic energy, bringing to mind a righteous combo of the Slits and Le Tigre.
"Tandem Bikes" - The LK (March 8, House of Sweden)
The Swedish indie-pop maestros serve up delectable, danceable treats, and their appearance at the House of Sweden wins this month's award for Most Appropriate Venue.
"Pinetop's New Boogie Woogie" - Pinetop Perkins (March 15, Glen Echo Spanish Ballroom)
His name is synonomous with boogie-woogie piano, and even into his 90s he can still tickle the ivories with the best of them.
"Expired Planet" - Make a Rising (March 24, Velvet Lounge)
This Philly collective will tackle any genre out there -- classical, jazz, prog, folk, whatever -- and always manages to make something exciting and listenable.
"Oliver James" - Fleet Foxes (March 25, Black Cat)
My Morning Jacket fans should take note of this acoustic track featuring the same kind of confident, soaring vocals and smart melodies favored by MMJ singer Jim James.
"Mossy Nethers" - Mass Shivers (March 26, The Red & the Black)
This Chicago band has a sound that recalls some of the frenzied punk/noise/jazz experiments of old beginning-of-the-decade D.C. bands Black Eyes and Q and Not U.
"Baltimore" - Stephen Malkmus (March 28, 9:30 club)
The former Pavement frontman shows off his ever-impressive guitar skills on this noisy prog rock jam. New drummer Janet Weiss (ex-Sleater-Kinney) almost steals the show with her fluid playing.
| February 29, 2008; 6:46 PM ET
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