The 36th Annual Hyde Park Street Fair happens Friday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 20, and three days of browsing an array of artisans' booths, and eating and drinking are followed by nights filled with top-notch local music—and eating and drinking. The musical headliners this year include The David Andrews Band on Friday, and Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia on Sunday. On Saturday, Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will light up the night.
Hopper, one of Idaho's and Alaska's favorite sons, spent time this summer in The Last Frontier state, "on tour and having a blast hiking and whatnot." He was also putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album, Grand Ole Hopry, a lush collection of country-western tunes highlighting Hopper's enviable ability to equally deliver raspy vocals and sweet falsetto.
In other local release news, Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats have a new album, Bless My Soul, on the way, too. The title track, in particular, finds Warren exploring a stripped-down Gothic sound well suited to the gravel in his voice. The track is haunting both in tone and in the way it sticks around, with verses rolling through your mind long after the song has stopped playing. J Dub and the BGs will celebrate the release of Bless My Soul—appropriately—on Friday, Nov. 13 at Visual Arts Collective. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.
In non-local but will-be-in-town news, popsters Telekinesis and Say Hi are hitting the road together this fall, each supporting a new release. Telekinesis' Ad Infinitum (Merge Records) hits shelves Friday, Sept. 18. It's an album The A.V. Club described as "full of delightfully dated synth sounds, like a bleep-bloopier version of the same pop genius [Michael Benjamin Lerner]'s been doing for years." The new album, Bleeders Digest (Barsuk Records) from Say Hi's synth-pop master Eric Elbogen also comes out Friday, Sept. 18, and it's all about vampires. Sweet. See them both at Flying M Coffeegarage on Thursday, Nov. 5.