Savannah Stopover 2018 Spotlight – Bat Fangs

Photo by Soleil Konkel

Sometimes, given the pedigree of a band’s members, you know exactly what you’re in for when you give their record that initial spin. That’s exactly the case with Bat Fangs, and it’s definitely high praise considering the duo’s background. Hailing from D.C. and Carrboro, NC, Bat Fangs is comprised of Betsy Wright and Laura King. If those names don’t sound familiar, let’s delve back a bit. Betsy Wright has been killing the rock scene for a good minute now, most recently with Ex Hex which paired her with Laura Harris and Mary Timony (yes, that Timony of Helium fame). While Wright was shredding bass for Ex Hex, she’s now switched back to guitar and vocals for Bat Fangs. Next, we’ve got Laura King who’s been a staple of the NC scene, pounding away on drums with bands like Speed Stick and Flesh Wounds.

Fresh off a tour with Superchunk and a couple of sold out NYC dates, Bat Fangs will be bringing their 80’s inspired, hard rock to the marshes of Savannah for the first time at this year’s Stopover. Expect some killer riffs and a bit of glam rock inspiration as well. Oh, and don’t forget a fair share of spookiness too. With track titles like “Wolfbite” and “Rock the Reaper”, would you expect anything else? If you’re a fan of early 90’s rock like Sleater-Kinney or Superchunk, you’ll want to see Bat Fangs at The Jinx on Saturday, March 10th at 11:00pm. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates from the rest of the crew on Stopover artists!

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 2/22/18 – 2/28/18

Hey everybody,
This weekend looks about as good as I have seen in a while.  The weather will be pleasant and there should be at least a show or two every night that interests you.  And if you can’t find one downtown, ride over to one of the good shows at The Roasting Room in Bluffton this weekend.  I am really looking forward to the return of the Hypnotics at Molly’s on Friday.  I am also going to make sure to catch Faux Ferocious at El-Rocko that night, if they are really playing (I couldn’t find a 2nd verification of this show).  Saturday looks like a good night to wander around City Market and catch a little of everything.  I hope to see some of you around this weekend.

Thursday – 2/22
Shaun Peace Band – Wormhole
Little Birds Album Release – El-Rocko
Ben Keiser Band – Barrelhouse South

Friday – 2/23
Blue Öyster Cult – Stage On Bay (8p)
Train Wrecks, Alexa Rose – Roasting Room (8p)
Faux Ferocious, Old Money – El-Rocko (not sure about this one)
Eric Culberson Band – Congress Street Social Club
CDBD, Bonnie Blue – Barrelhouse South
Hypnotics – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday – 2/24
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Eric Culberson Band – Roasting Room (8p)
Charlie Fog, SANTI – El-Rocko
Get Right Band, Wood & Steel – Barrelhouse South
The Head – Congress Street Social Club
Hotplate, Wailin’ Storms, Vincas – Jinx
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday – 2/25
Valore, Dinnertime – Sentient Bean (8p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday – 2/26
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday – 2/27
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday – 2/28
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 2/15/18 – 2/22/18

Thursday 2/15
Hollow Roots – Wormhole
Balkun Brothers – Barrelhouse South
Silversel – Jinx
Eric Culberson BandBayou Cafe

Friday 2/16
AURA Fest Pre-Show w/ Bask, Hotplate, Sins of Godless Men, Dead Hand – El-Rocko (7:30, $5)
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – Randy Woods Guitars (8p)
The Mercers, Hollow Roots – Sentient Bean (8p)
Wrong Way Sublime Tribute, Crane – Barrelhouse South
Danielle Hicks Band – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 2/17
Aura Fest – Ships Of The Sea (12:30p)
Dope KNife, Bero Bero – House Of Strut (5p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Mipso – Southbound Brewery (7:30, $10/15)
Wood Chickens – Sentient Bean
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
CC Witt – Edgar’s Proof and Provision (9p)
Daas Underground – El-Rocko
Voodoo Soup – Prohibition (9:30p)
Bella’s Bartok – Congress Street Social Club
EarthKry, I-Resolution – Barrelhouse South
The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 2/18
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 2/19
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 2/20
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 2/21
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Southern Culture On The Skids,  Wooly Bushmen – Jinx

Thursday 2/22
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7p)
Little Bird Album Release – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe

Bummerville, Gino and The Goons, Greta O. and The Toxic Shock, COEDS at The Jinx – photos

Daniel Brady Lynch’s Bummerville has a great new record out on the mighty Graveface Records and stopped at The Jinx a few Fridays ago for a great night of music, drinking and familiar faces. The songs work well live, and the band was pretty damn tight with some shows already under their belts by the time they got to Savannah. Definitely check out Bottom Feeder, it’s available now everywhere it should be.

COEDS opened the show, and, well, COEDS rock. There were a few speedy new tunes in the set, with a surprising amount of guitar shredding in them, ummmmm, hell yeah, this is a trend I heartily support.

Last time Tampa’s Gino and The Goons came through town I bought every record they had for sale, and they were just as good this time. You probably missed them, and that’s just dumb really. No excuses next time, okay?

Greta O. and The Toxic Shock closed out the night, and it was great to get to see them again. Word on the street is that there is a new project brewing, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking that out, too.

Anyway, between bullshitting, drinking, and headbanging (sorta, you know, it was like that fast punk rock head nod thing, really), I took some pictures. Check them out.

Savannah Stopover 2018 Spotlight – Graveface Presents: The Night Before Stopover

Here it is. In just a few short weeks, one of the largest music festivals of the year will descend upon Savannah, and with it comes a slew of awesome bands and good times.

But before things kickoff, this year’s Stopover will feature a special event co-hosted by Stopover and Savannah’s own Graveface Records. Taking place on Desoto Row, just around the corner from the physical shop, Graveface will be bringing several of their signed artists to town for a free, all ages event in celebration of several upcoming releases as well Stopover’s upcoming festival. Keep reading for bit of info on each band and be sure to keep an eye here for our upcoming coverage on Stopover including tons of info on artists as well as other things to check out during the festival.

Graveface Presents: The Night Before Stopover
Kid Dakota
The musical alias of Minneapolis’s Darren Jackson, Kid Dakota has been recording and producing music for a little under two decades. Touring in support of his fifth album, Denervation, out now on Graveface Records, Kid Dakota runs much in the same vein of 90’s rock acts like Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith.

Kid Dakota “Stars” Music Video from Todd Cobery on Vimeo.

Hailing from Los Angeles by way of Oregon, Whispertown is the creation of Morgan Nadler. While Nadler’s list of co-writes and appearances boasts some impressive names such as Jenny Lewis, HAIM, and Rilo Kiley, don’t let take away from what Whispertown’s managed to do on it’s own. Fusing a bit of indie rock, country, and folk, Whispertown has become one of the heavy hitters on the west coast when it comes to the modern rock scene.

High Up
High Up’s fusion of indie and soul brings a modern twist to a classic genre. Hailing from Omaha, NE, High Up features members who have played with the likes of Bright Eyes and The Faint along with the indomitable stage presence and energy of Christine Fink, this set is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

To quote Ryan himself, Dreamend is his “depressing project” which often features “various friends/enemies”. If that’s not a recipe for great music, I don’t know what is. If you enjoy deeply layered guitar work and a bit of surprise (we do know that this set will feature Ryan being accompanied by Kid Dakota, however, not much else), this is the set you don’t want to miss.

New Music Monday – 2/12/18

This week we have new work from:

Hockey Dad
Bat Fangs
Dashboard Confessional
Titus Andronicus
Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks
King Tuff

As always, enjoy!

King Tuff
“Psycho Star” from The Other, due out April 13, 2018

I was surprised last week by King Tuff’s new song, The Other, brilliant, but brooding and in no hurry to get where it was going. This one is closer to the King Tuff I know, catchy and upbeat, but still not the punky, economical, garage rock of the past couple albums. Dare I say this one veers toward pop? Whatever, still sounds good to me.

Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks
Portland, OR
“Middle America” from a surely upcoming album.

Pavement master mind Stephen Malkmus is back at it with a fairly laid back, kinda country, kinda jammy, definitely catchy indie rock single in his singular style. If you like the more mellow side of Pavement or Malkmus’ previous output, I’d guess you’ll dig this, too.

Titus Andronicus
Glen Rock, NJ
“Above The Bodega (Local Business)” off of the upcoming A Productive Cough due out March 2nd on Merge Records

As we inch closer to the release of Titus Andronicus’s latest album, Stickles and his band have hit us with another banger of a single. Much more subdued than the tracks Titus Andronicus was known for in their earlier days, “Above The Bodega” draws more on classic rock and roll, paying tribute acts like The Band. Unexpected, yet certainly a pleasant surprise. ~ Petey

Dashboard Confessional
Boca Raton, FL
“Catch You” off of Crooked Shadows out now on Fueled By Ramen Records

Dashboard Confessional’s come a long way since the days of “Screaming Infidelities” and “Hands Down”. Carrabba now sports a bit more gruff in his older age but the world weary lyricism of his early days still carries through. A curious change for sure that certainly warrants giving their latest record a spin whether you’re a long time fan or a new comer to their material. ~ Petey

Bat Fangs
Carrboro, North Carolina
Bat Fangs on Don Giovanni Records

Ex Ex-hex (say it fast three times) guitarist Betsy Wright and former Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King just released their eponymous debut album. Loaded with ass-kicking, 80s hard-rock riffs, Bat Fangs is oodles of rock ’n’ roll fun. Good thing they are playing Savannah Stopover Music Festival in a few weeks. Don’t sleep on that show. —Joshua

Hockey Dad
Windang, Australia
“Blend Inn”

2017 Savannah Stopover alums Hockey Dad released their sophomore effort last week. The surf-pop duo mellowed out a bit on the new album, but without losing any of the playful dynamic that made their debut, “Boronia,” a blast. Good indie-pop/rock for your earholes. —Joshua

Boston, MA
“Tonight I’m Wearing Silk”

New releases from Stopover ‘18 bands are dropping like gumballs over the next few weeks but my favorite from last week is Vundabar’s ‘reimagination’ of Mission of Burma’s 1981 classic punk track “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver.” Lyrically and musically it feels like a wonderful passing of the torch among Boston greats. The V’bar version is messy and fuzzed out and I can’t wait to hear it live. The rest of Vundabar’s album Smell Smoke drops on 2/23.- Kayne

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 2/8/18 – 2/14/18

Thursday 2/8
Leaders of the Shift, All Poets and Heroes, West King Street Band – Wormhole
Sondorblue, Sound Experiment, Square One – El-Rocko
Of Good Nature, Set Sail – Barrelhouse South

Friday 2/9
Winded, Bruck Jonkson, Road to Fossil – Sentient Bean (7:30p)
Edgar Loudermilk Band w/ Jeff Autry – Randy Wood Guitars (8p, $23)
Lyn Avenue’s EP Release Party – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $15 includes CD)
Mac Arnold, Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Stage On Bay (8p, $15)
Prime Real Estate – Dub’s (8p)
Charlie Fog Band – Molly MacPherson’s
Dontfeedthemodels – El Rocko
Machine Kid, Josh Brannon Band – Barrelhouse South
Red Mouth, Brandon Nelson McCoy – Jinx

Saturday 2/10
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Dark Desert Highway Band: The Music of the Eagles – Mars Theater (3p and 8p, $20-25)
City Hotel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Carrie Brown, Tyler Goforth – Sentient Bean (7p)
Missionary Blues – Tybee Island Social Club (8p)
Contour, Kudzu, Pajahm, CLVLND – El-Rocko
Jon Lee’s Apparitions – Molly MacPherson’s
Machine Funk Widespread Panic Tribute – Barrelhouse South
On The Cinder – Jinx
Trae Pierce & The T-Stones – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 2/11
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 2/12
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 2/13
Blues Traveler – Stage On Bay (8p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 2/14
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 2/5/18

We have some great new music to feature again this week. Artists include:

Hot Snakes
Isla June
Hop Along
Car Seat Headrest
King Tuff
of Montreal

Hot Snakes
San Diego, California
“Six Wave Hold-Down” from Jericho Sirens due in March

New single from Hot Snakes! I repeat. New. Single. Hot. Snakes. What a time to be alive! “Six Wave Hold Down” doesn’t disappoint. It’s full of that signature sound Hot Snakes is known for. A sound that’s just as handsome as it is dangerous. For fans of Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From The Crypt.

Isla June
Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Maranga started off singing solo with just a guitar, but now has four additional musicians and they fill things out nicely. I’m not really sure how to describe them, other than some of the playing borders on a little downtempo funk but might also be called a ballad. Either way I’m digging her voice and what they’re doing. – Jason

Hop Along
Philadelphia, PA
“How Simple” off of the upcoming album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, due out on April 6th, 2018 via Saddle Creek Records

It always seems like far too much time passes between each Hop Along album release. It’s been a little less than 2 years since the release of their last album, Painted Shut, and the band’s latest single shows that the time has bee well spent. Pop inspired guitar lines coupled with Quinlan’s signature slightly raspy voice and incredible lyricism show why Hop Along may just be the top indie rock band on the scene today. ~ Petey

Car Seat Headrest
Seattle, WA
“Cute Thing” from the re-recorded Twin Fantasy out Feb. 16 on Matador Records.

There are several huge Car Seat Headrest fans in the hissing lawns fold, and at least this one is pretty damn excited for the “new-ish and improved” version of Twin Fantasy. Originally a Bandcamp release from earlier in Will Toledo’s career, he’s chosen to re-record it with the means, band and technical prowess to fully realize his vision.

King Tuff
“The Other” hopefully from an upcoming album.

I was thinking recently that it was about time for some new King Tuff music. Well, lo and behold, here’s new stuff….but not at all what I was expecting. Not the scrappy, shredding garage rock that King Tuff is known for, but a beautiful, spare, keyboard led, dark, 6 minute ballad. This is stellar stuff, with a video to match. Highly recommended.

of Montreal
Athens, GA
“Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia” from White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, out 3/9.

The singular of Montreal has a new one coming out, and you should start listening to the lead single now so you can sing “You should be fucking with no one else” along with Kevin Barnes at Savannah Stopover this year.

Washington, DC
“Rome Wasn’t Burnt In A Day”

I heard this track on Patrick Carney’s Sirius Boredom radio show which is a weekly rabbit hole of greatness. It’s from Escape-ism, the solo project from Ian Svenonius of Chain and The Gang (and lots of other great bands) and it’s a cover of his own song. But flipped out fantastic. I’m getting a punky Eels vibe, circa Soul-Jacker if there’s any Eels fans out there. High praise. The track came out late fall 2017 on Merge Records. I’m just late. – Kayne

Savannah Stopover releases full schedule for March 7-10

Savannah Stopover has released the schedule for the 2018 festival — three (actually, let’s make it four) days of exciting acts, including many up-and-coming ones making their first stops in Savannah.

Once again, Stopover is using the service Sched, which makes it easy to sort through the schedule by time or by venue. I’ve already started marking a few acts that I will no doubt be seeing. Those picks are publicly visible, so I’ll be able to see what acts my friends are interested in too.

Savannah Stopover is officially a 3-day festival — March 8-10 — but note that Graveface Records will host “The Night Before Stopover!” on March 7th at the shop on 40th Street just off Bull. The event seems like a great collaboration between the label/shop and festival — and a nice way to ease into the manic Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the official event.

The schedule provides some tantalizingly difficult choices, as usual, but I’m seeing fewer dramatic conflicts than in some years. Yes, Colter Wall and Gus Dapperton are playing at precisely the same time — 7:30 p.m. on Saturday — but many of the other acts I’m most excited to see are staggered to some degree, so in theory it will be possible to catch half a set here and half a set there.

The full list of venues includes the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea, Trinity United Methodist Church, The Jinx, El-Rocko, Barrelhouse South, Congress Street Social Club, Club One, B. Matthew’s Eatery, East End Provisions, The Grey, Green Truck Pub, The DeSoto Hotel patio, plus Graveface. A few of those venues will just host one or two special performances or secret shows.

CUSSES is among the Savannah-based bands playing the festival this year. We’ve taken a lot of photos of them through the years, but we’ve shot a few other acts on the schedule too, both at previous Stopovers and in other performances. Here’s a quick collection of pics (if you’re curious, you can hover over each and see the band name in the file name if there isn’t a caption):

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 2/1/18 – 2/7/18

Thursday 2/1
Shehehe, Jeff Two-Names and the Born Agains, The Ramages – Jinx
7 Stone Riot – Wormhole

Friday 2/2
Mathew Mayes (Jupiter Coyote) & Friends All Star Acoustic Jam – Coach’s Corner (8p)
Schema, Standard Justice – El-Rocko
Brady Clampitt – Molly MacPherson’s
Ember City – Totally Awesome Bar
Pussy Launcher Album Fundraiser – Wormhole
Travers Brothership, N.W. Izzard – Barrelhouse South
Zolopht – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 2/3
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Thomas Claxton, Jon Lee and the Hextones – Bayou Cafe
Rare Creatures, Myfever, Youngster, Ryder Ripps – El-Rocko
Voodoo Soup – Prohibition
Boo Hag – Jinx
Roots Of A Rebellion, Hedonistas – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 2/4
Savannah Songwriter Series – Sentient Bean (7p, $5)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 2/5
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln
Everymen, Matty Troubles – Jinx

Tuesday 2/6
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Too Much, Teen Mortgage, Machine Dreams – El-Rocko

Wednesday 2/7
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

An all-star Savannah lineup paid tribute to Tom Petty, and it was awesome

The Train Wrecks, with an all-star lineup of Savannah musicians, paid tribute to Tom Petty at Southbound Brewing Co. on Jan. 13. That is a loaded sentence. In fact, that was enough of a headline to get me out on a cold night. Apparently, it was enough for the other 359 people as well.

It wasn’t until about half way through the concert I realized that this was a charity event. (Yeah, I know, I should pay more attention to things.) The Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia was the beneficiary of the show. The CCAGA helps protect our coastal marine resources. I personally love to fish and enjoy pretty much any food from the sea, especially locally caught. Icing on the cake.

The Train Wrecks opened the night with Running Down A Dream, and it was tight. So much so, it kind of set me back a bit. Then, I looked around on the stage, and slowly the cognitive connections were made. When you piece together the hardest-gigging band in Savannah with Phillip Reynolds Price (COEDS, An Albatross, and other awesome things) on keys, and Kevin Rose (Elevated Basement) on guitar, there’s a 99 percent chance it will rock.

The ramped up version of The Train Wrecks played through eight tunes, before Matt Eckstine, Jim Reed, and original Train Wrecks bassist Eric Dunn jumped on stage. Current Train Wrecks bassist Colin Motlagh handed off his bass to Dunn, and with Eckstine the newly formed lineup delivered a killer rendition of You Don’t Know How It Feels. Then the stage shrank to just Eckstine, Price, and Dunn for a heartfelt version of Wildflowers.

Through all the lineup changes, Price was the only musician to play the entire show, well over 20 songs. Rock star.

The Train Wrecks reassembled for four more tunes before taking a break. Magic Rocks came in and continued the night with a handful of great songs.

Act two of The Train Wrecks included former American Hologram singer Eric Britt for my favorite portion of the show, which included Breakdown, Refuge, and a punk-speed version of American Girl. Then everyone came on stage for arguably the best three Tom Petty songs, Free Fallin’, Mary Jane’s Last Dance and Swingin’.

As Bible closed out Swingin, he changed up the lyrics, singing “And he went down swinging, like Tom Petty,” to close out the tribute properly.

Tom cool guy Cartmel got some photos — 3 here, with more after the jump:

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 1/25/18 – 1/31/18

Hey everybody,
There are plenty of good shows to find this weekend, you just may have to hunt for some of them. The Jinx show tonight should be very good, I always enjoy Sins Of Godless Men. So should Friday’s show, and I’m looking forward to seeing Daniel Lynch’s new band, Bummerville. If you get a chance on Friday, try to check out the early band at Barrelhouse, Consider The Source. I haven’t seen them in a while, but they are the best Progressive Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion Band you will see, at least on Friday night. There are a few good choices on Saturday, depends on your taste/mood. Of course, you can never go wrong with the Train Wrecks at The Social Club. Se y’all around soon.

Thursday – 1/25
Gypsy Jazz –
Rancho Allegre (7p)
Groove Orient –
Barrelhouse South
Darsombra, Sins Of Godless Men –

Friday – 1/26
Eric Culberson Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Charlie Fog Band – Stage On Bay
Consider The Source, Groove Fetish – Barrelhouse South
CharlieFog Band – Molly MacPherson’s
Greta O. & the Toxic Shock, Gino & the Goons, Bummerville, COEDS – Jinx ($7)
Solo Collective, D Frost – El-Rocko
Bonnie Blue – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday – 1/27
Willie Jackson & the Tybee Blues Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (7p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Valore, Cunabear, Controllerise – Sentient Bean (7p)
Drowning Pool – Stage On Bay
Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute – Mars Theater (8p, $30)
Party Dad – El-Rocko
Street Clothes Album Release Party, The Hearsay – Wormhole ($5)
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
Train Wrecks – Congress Street Social Club
Signal Fire, Them Dirty Roses – Barrelhouse South

Sunday – 1/28
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday – 1/29
Kavoossi, Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln (9p)

Tuesday – 1/30
Adam Nye – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday – 1/31
In For A Penny – Rail Pub (5:30p)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s