Weekend's best bet: Emperor X at Golden West Cafe

January 06, 2012|By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun

The Christmas-and-New-Year's hangover can still be felt around the city. Nothing is immune — not even our clubs. So that explains the weaker-than-usual weekend lineup for live music in Baltimore and even D.C. A fun night with a group of friends could be Saturday's Legwarmers show at Rams Head Live, but you better have a ticket already — it sold out on Wednesday. And, of course, there's the Pianos Become the Teeth record release show at Ottobar, which I also recommend, but you knew about that already.

Where does that leave us?

Well, for the cost of a value meal, you can head to Golden West Cafe Friday night for Emperor X. After tax, it's less than $8. Emperor X is really the strange-but-catchy bedroom-pop project of C. R. Methany. He's 32, but Methany's voice has a near-constant youthful exuberance, a boyish quality that could quickly melt away the cold.

To understand Emperor X's off-brand pop and mindset, look at how he released his latest album, October's "Western Teleport": Besides the traditional releases of vinyl, MP3s and CDSs, Methany hid 41 different purple cassettes across the country and posted clues to their locations online. He gives vague hints ("MIDPOINT OF WEST SIDE OF TURTLE POND LOOK IN BUSHES" if you're in Tucson, Ariz.) and GPS coordinates. Some tapes remain unfound. It's fun, low-stakes stuff — the type of twee cuteness that's insufferable in the wrong hands. Methany's are the right ones.

Watch his video for "Sig Alert" at the top of the post.

The show starts at 10 p.m. Other Colors and Amy Reid also perform. Tickets are $6. Click here to purchase tickets.

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