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Well done everyone. An early Monday night show, a venue change, all-ages, all of these things can make for a tough turnout, but an excellent bill and hard work made for a stellar, well attended, Dad Joke production. I unfortunately missed Forced Entry (again), but every band in the lineup turned in great, if brief, performances, particularly the frenetic Downtown Boys. Their sax driven, political punk really hit it out of the park, or at least out of Sulfur Studios, an outstanding venue. Cool stuff all around. I battled technical issues and my own idiocy to capture these images. Check them out, a bunch more after the jump.

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Man, I’m getting behind on my posting! Okay, here goes….going to this show was pretty much a no brainer for me. Hotplate is possibly my current favorite Savannah band, as I am a total sucker for the type of experimental/math/complex rock in which they deal. If there’s any genre that gets my blood pumping more than math rock, it’s noise rock, and Philly’s excellent Bardus is a shining example of why. A great set from the grunge worshiping Pretty Please was icing on the cake.

Before Hotplate’s set a plastic dropcloth and ladder were set up on the stage, which, coupled with the fact that most of the band had goggles on, definitely piqued my interest. During their set an artist worked the logoed black tapestry with bleach and a permanent marker (I think), and by the time the music ended a piece of art had emerged. I’m not really doing it justice, suffice it to say it was really cool.

Check the pics, maybe while playing Hotplate’s latest e.p., PLANS ARE BUILT ON THIN ICE, available on Bandcamp. I highly recommend it, and honestly play it on a regular basis. It’s basically one long song, but they’ve split it into four parts, I assume for easier consumption. Personally, I prefer to listen to it straight through. Click on through to Bandcamp for a “name your price” download.

Here’s a band shot video for the song ON.

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Hey guys,
This looks like another slower week downtown, but you can still find a few good shows every night. I’m looking forward to Thursday’s show ay Hang Fire, the Carpet Coats are becoming one of my favorite new bands around town. Friday has an early evening acoustic show from TRAPT, who have almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, so they must be a big deal. Saturday, I plan to catch the Bossa Nova (!) show at the Sentient Bean before heading to the City Market area to catch a few of Savannah’s favorites bands, the Train Wrecks and Damon & The Shitkickers.  And I heard that Wednesday’s show at the Jinx with Weedeater should be excellent. Have fun this weekend and be sure to say “hello” if you see me around this weekend.

Thursday 30th
Matt X (lead singer of the Accomplices) – Molly MacPherson’s
Wasted Wine (Greenville prog rock), Carpet Coats (Sav’h freak-folk lounge rock), Generational Pill (Sav’h grunge-punk) – Hang Fire
Yamadeo (Tallahassee reggae rock) – Barrelhouse South

Friday 31st
Cachabacha (NJ American folk), Norton LucasSentient Bean
TRAPT (alternative rock, 7-10p), Wilder Sons (FL), Lions After DarkBarrelhouse South
General Patton & the Heads of State (Sav’h rock) – Congress Street Social Club
Waits & Co (Sav’h Americana) – World Of Beer
Sweetgrass (formerly John Wendling band)Barrelhouse South
Johnny Octane (Sav’h rockabilly)  – Jinx
Kota Mundi (Sav’h reggae rock) – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 1st
Stopover in the Yard w/ Missionary Blues (Sav’h blues) – The Grey ($21, includes lunch and one drink)
Complicated Animals (indie pop w/ a touch of Bossa Nova) – Sentient Bean
All Night Drug Prowling Wolves (Atl rock), Toxic Shock (Sav’h punk), Wax Tan Body, House of GuntHang Fire
Ben Lewis, Copious JonesBarrelhouse South
Damon and the Shitkickers (Sav’h outlaw country)  – Jinx
Keith & Ross (Pooler alt country emo) – Molly MacPherson’s
Train Wrecks (Sav’h Americana) – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 2nd
Set To Sail (VA), Kennedy Curse (Sav’h emo) – The Foundery (8p)

Wednesday 5th
Weedeater (Wilmington smoke doom), Kings Destroy (Brooklyn stoner rock) – Jinx ($15)

Great news yesterday from Kylesa: the new album Exhausting Fire will be released on Oct. 2 on Season of Mist.

Check out “Lost and Confused”, which seems at first like it could be dipping into some sort of dream pop drone, but this is Kylesa, and the heavy stuff takes over fast:

From PopMatters: “14 years and seven albums into their career, Kylesa keep on evolving. Starting out as crust punk, morphing into more of a sludge metal sound, and finally expanding into a psychedelic heavy rock sound they can truly call their own, the Savannah, Georgia band have come into their own ever since the release of the revelatory Static Tensions album in 2009.”

PopMatters also has Kylesa’s updated tour schedule, which includes a date at The Jinx here in Savannah on October 9th. Click here to pre-order the record from Season of Mist.

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The non-profit Bragg Jam — which was founded in honor of Brax and Tate Bragg as a Macon community event and fundraiser for the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail — has grown dramatically in recent years. The 2015 concert crawl on Saturday began at 2 p.m. and ended at 2 a.m. Over those 12 hours, over 80 bands played in 21 venues, most within walking distance in Macon’s historic, somewhat-resurgent, somewhat-dilapidated downtown.

Considering that day passes sell for as little as $20 and considering the incredible diversity in genres and venues, I can’t recommend Bragg Jam highly enough. I’m already looking forward to next year.

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The sheer scale of Bragg Jam makes it impossible to see more than a fraction of the bands on the schedule. I approached the day with sort-of-a-plan, but left plenty of room for impulse decisions. Most of my friends did the same, so we had the thrill of making “new to us” discoveries as well as revisiting acts that we already loved.

The Cox Capitol Theatre reached capacity for headliner Moon Taxi — it was 1-out, 1-in for a while — but we had no trouble getting into other venues. One of the best spots for music was new to this year’s schedule: the Revival Fest stage at Fresh Produce Records hosted 9 bands for the festival, but sight lines were tricky when the place filled up for acts like Wreckless Eric and Chief Scout.

Macon embraces a Savannah-like to-go cup policy for Bragg Jam, which makes the day even more civilized and inviting.

Here’s a gallery of about 30 photos by Tom and me that gives a taste of the variety of bands and venues. We’ll have a lot more photos soon either in posts here on the blog or in album on the hissing lawns Facebook page (likes appreciated!). By the way, even though lots of Savannahians made the trek to Macon this year, there weren’t any Savannah bands in the impressive 2015 lineup. Lots more photos after the jump:

Cale Tyson at Gallery West:
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Chief Scout at Fresh Produce Records:
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Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls at Grant’s Lounge:
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Niche threw a release party for their new record Heading East on the Retro Futurist label on Friday night at The Jinx. The new material is trippier and more psychedelic than the band’s last album, and takes other risks made possible by Niche’s expanded lineup (Justin Dick and Kris Maedke-Russell on guitar, Mike Redmond on bass, Lee Vallier on drums, and Corey Barhorst on organ).

Vinyl for Heading East will be available in November.

Asheville-based Bask opened with a heavy, high-energy set that sprawled across various rock genres. Highly recommended.

The lights at The Jinx were pretty dim on Friday night — it felt right for the music but made it harder to get a few pics. More after the jump:


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I love the way Savannah is used as a backdrop in this new video for “Time of Grace” from Savannah’s Basik Lee, whose new album Crazy Shit will be released on August 11 on the Dope Sandwich Records & Tapes.

Crazy Shit will be released on August 11th on CD and digital download. Basik Lee will be headlining a Dope Sandwich label showcase August 3rd at Hang Fire. Dope Sandwich has been especially busy over the last year or so, releasing strong work from the likes of Miggs Son Daddy, Dope KNife, Bassdrum Bloodlust, and Cult Cyph.

I’ve posted a lot about last weekend’s Forecastle Festival in Louisville, but this is the last separate gallery I’m editing. The rest of the photos will soon be in an album on the hissing lawns Facebook page.

Diarrhea Planet‘s performance at The Jinx was one of the highlights of Savannah Stopover 2015 (click here for our pics), and the Sunday afternoon Forecastle show on the WFPK stage proved that the band is just as thrilling outside under blazing sunlight as they are after midnight in a crowded bar. Well, almost.

Luckily, all of us here in Savannah will have another chance to experience the four-guitar (the band made the “Guitar Center” joke as they opened their Forecastle set) Diarrhea Planet spectacle. The Nashville-based band will be back at The Jinx on Sept. 17.

With such driving music, with so much happening on stage, and with such expressive faces, Diarrhea Planet is absurdly fun and easy to photograph. Click on through for more.

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Noah Gunderson is based in Seattle and obviously has a big following somewhere. He’s got over 50,000 likes on Facebook, but not a single one of those people is among my 3,400+ friends, a group that includes plenty of musicians, promoters, and music journalists (largely based in the Southeast).

Gunderson and company played a compelling set early on Sunday afternoon at Forecastle Festival in Louisville last weekend. I loved the unironic emotion of the music and the way the folkier sounds quickly descended into something heavy, even dark. You get all of that on this recent video:

I’m looking forward to checking out Noah Gunderson’s new album, which is due out on 8/21. Gunderson is one of the few musicians that I photographed last weekend who can actually rock the dark sunglasses, but the pics would have been even better if he had taken them off. More after the jump.

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