Jack Antonoff is set on using music to escape from the demands of music. Fun. guitarist and former Steel Train singer-songwriter told Vulture last year, citing writing’s ability to escape his anxieties by entering other worlds, “If something’s making me crazy, I need to go somewhere else, and I don’t want that thing to be yoga. ... I want it to be music. So to get away from music, I do other music.”
To break away from the demands following Fun.’s rise to the top of pop, Antonoff began writing and recording under the name Bleachers and released his debut last July, which motored to No. 11 on the Billboard 200 behind the hit single “I Wanna Get Better.”
Antonoff extends his use of anthemic indie pop-rock with Bleachers, but finds a relief from his demons and a voice for his own stories in the recipe.
Bleachers will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Joywave and Cruisr. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, $24 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at www.ticketfly.com. Go to www.musicfarm.com for more information.
Following its 2003 debut, “Unclassified,” Robert Randolph and The Family Band was riding high atop a wave of critical and commercial success, finding itself breaking into the Billboard 200 and headlining its first national tour less than two years after forming. It wasn’t a bad start for a funk and blues band from New Jersey, but it was only the beginnings of a career that would thrust its front man, singer and pedal steel guitarist, Robert Randolph, into the spotlight at the behest of his live theatrics and unrivaled pedal steel work.
Randolph’s skill and capable chops for entertaining the masses prompted mentorships from some of music’s most legendary players, including renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton, who took the band on several tours throughout the early 2000s and, along with Dave Matthews, contributed guitar work and vocals to the group’s 2006 sophomore album, “Colorblind.”
Robert Randolph and The Family Band released its fourth studio album, “Lickety Split,” a record that continues the band’s Frankenstein style, affixing its heart of blues and soul and the flailing body of funk to a gospel backbone and preaches testaments of both rock and church from one tongue.
Robert Randolph and The Family Band will perform at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Monday. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at www.the-windjammer.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m.
Corey Baker’s one-man DJ project Kill Paris was more of a stumbling than a decisive beeline to creating one of electronic music’s biggest new acts.
The Indiana-born DJ first started experimenting with music through traditional instruments like the guitar, bass, drums and piano, before the Midwesterner headed to Tampa, Fla., for college. It was there on the strange, neon coastline that Baker began his dive into electronic music and DJing.
He left the coast and headed to Nashville in pursuit of a music career in one form or another. But he grew restless as a country bassist-for-hire and began DJing at a local Bosnian restaurant for nearly no one, ultimately deciding to return to Florida and its more vibrant electronic scene.
Baker returned to Indiana and took a full-time job at a music store before moving to Los Angeles to give DJing and producing a real shot. Beginning in 2012, his free demos started circulating the L.A. scene, earning the reluctant DJ an eventual publishing deal before he joined top acts like GRiZ, Gramatik and K Theory for remixes.
To date, Kill Paris has toured nearly nonstop, with festivals notched in the belt that include Ultra, Coachella, Tomorrowworld, Electric Zoo and others.
Kill Paris will perform at Friday the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Intermixture and Maiki. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at www.ticketfly.com. Go to www.musicfarm.com for more information.