Music News & Reviews

August 20, 2014

Landlady brings pop with jazz freedom

Adam Schatz must thrive on being busy.

It would explain how, aside from fronting his own band Landlady, the New York-based multi-instrumentalist found the time to start a jazz nonprofit, found a pair of annual music festivals and play, record and/or collaborate closely with more than a half dozen other musical projects, including Vampire Weekend (he plays saxophone on the song "Diane Young").

"I've been dedicated to playing with bands since I was 15," says Schatz, who will be in Visalia tonight with Landlady and the Philadelphia experimental band Man Man.

Yes, he plays in that band, too. Though lately Landlady has become his main project. Schatz is finally able to give the band the attention it deserves, after years of waiting and excuses.

"Now it's time to get stuff done," he says.

In July, the band released its second album, "Upright Behavior," and started on a national tour that runs through October.

Landlady plays what's been described as "melodic pop-rock," though done with a freedom and openness that comes from jazz, says Schatz, who studied jazz at the music conservatory at NYU and has deep love for the music.


Landlady, 9:30 p.m. tonight at The Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St., Visalia, with Man Man. Tickets are $13. Details: (559) 636-9463,


9 p.m. Aug. 22 / Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero St. /$3-$10 / (559) 412-7400,

Afrolicious is a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene. The band, which features DJs playing alongside percussionists, MCs and horn players, has had a Thursday night residency at San Francisco's Elbo Room for the past seven years.

The band is on a West Coast tour in support of its album "California Dreaming," a remixed version of which was released in June and features Jamaican dub producer Scientist and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation.

The band plays tonight at Fulton 55.

Bobby Caldwell

8 p.m. Aug. 23 / The Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. / $45-$65 / (559) 485-9050,

Bobby Caldwell is big in Japan. The soul-pop R&B singer, best known in the U.S. for the '70s hit "What You Won't Do For Love," is a platinum-selling star who plays to sell-out crowds and is known as Mister AOR — that's Adult Oriented Rock — in much of Asia.

Caldwell is closing in on 30 years as a singer and songwriter who has penned songs for the likes of Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau.

Leftover at the Painted Table

6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 / The Painted Table, 1211 N. Wishon Ave. / $30-$35 / (559) 443-7199,

While The Painted Table is mostly reserved for private parties, it will open up as a live music venue for a pair of performers over the next two weekends.

First up is the Los Angeles retro-jazz pop band Leftover Cuties, which plays The Painted Table on Sunday. If you are unfamiliar with Leftover Cuties by name, you may have heard their music. The band wrote and performed the theme song for the Showtime series "The Big C" and has songs featured in commercials for Hyundai and Samsung. The Samsung ad aired during the 2012 Olympics.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Fresno's NOCO dance collective.

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