Friday Concert Previews - Flying Solo Edition

Today we have a pair of songs from artists who established themselves as members of bands prior to embarking on solo careers. First up is Shana Cleveland, the frontwoman of surf rockers La Luz. "Don't Let Me Sleep" is the second single from Night of the Worm Moon, her second solo album. Dreamy and vibrantly textured, this album of self-described "space lullabies" is a departure from her work with La Luz. "Don't Let Me Sleep" was inspired by a dream Cleveland hand about a nightmarish concert experience—missing or misplaced equipment, a packed house, a looming set time—and a loving ghostly visitation of her recently deceased grandmother.

Photo by Eleanor Petry

Cleveland is opening for tonight's sold out show with The Mountain Goats at the 9:30 Club.

Next up we have John K. Samson, the former frontman of long-running Canadian post-punk band The Weakerthans. Samson has a new split 7" out with Kevin Devine with a recording of "Saturday Night on Utopia Parkway", a song written by Samson's wife Christine Fellows. Samson occupies that strata of erudite and introspective songwriters who don't feel confined by genre. Like Eef Barzelay of Clem Snide, Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, and The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, Samson mines the fertile ground of his life and imagination and reflects on them in his singularly idiosyncratic style.

Samson and Devine will be playing MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park on April 9. You should check them out.