M. Ward
Another big show at one of the newest hosting sites, Oakland’s Fox Theater, goes down on Saturday May 16: it’s M. Ward with fellow Portlanders Richmond Fontaine (8pm, $29.50). This could be a free event for a lucky pair of site visitors; all there is to do is email contest@thebaybridged.com with your favorite magic trick (don’t feel obligated to say “disappear”) by noon on Thursday May 14th.

[audio:http://cdn.stereogum.com/mp3/M%20Ward%20-%20Never%20Had%20Nobody%20Like%20You.mp3] M. Ward – Never Had Nobody Like You

Hold Time (Merge, Feb. 2009) is still fresh on the tongue of Matt Ward, who’s got a bunch of new, catchy ballads to get crowds dancing to (see above and tell me you’re not dancing). Did you know that in addition to Zooey Deschanel contributing vocals on the album (will she be at the Fox, is the real question), there are also the voices of Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle (on “To Save Me”) and Lucinda Williams (on “Oh Lonesome Me”)? Liner notes, they’re key to the listening experience.