New Music Monday – 12/4/17

This week we have new work from:
The Orwells
Ty Segall
The Hold Steady


The Orwells
Chicago, IL
“Vanilla” off the Terrible Human Beings: B-Sides, out now on Canvasback Music.

The Orwells apparently had a couple pretty good songs laying around from recording the last album. Mid tempo, solid power pop…what’s not to like?

Ty Segall
San Francisco, CA
“The Main Pretender”, yet another single out now on Bandcamp.
Try to keep up with Ty Segall. One minute a punk burner, then a pretty T. Rex ballad, maybe some psych….he just keeps putting out killer stuff. This one features sax pretty heavily, a fuzzy and funky bass line, I don’t know, man, just check it out.

Demo (remixed​/​remastered), out now on Bandcamp.
From Bandcamp: “The 1″ 16-track analog master was found in a basement in 2016. J Robbins painstakingly baked and restored the tape before remixing it for improved fidelity. The lo-fi, low-tech charm remains.” Indeed it does. Previously only available on cassettes sold on the original Jawbreaker run. Super cool.

The Hold Steady
Entitlement Crew b​/​w A Snake In The Shower, out now on Bandcamp.
Any new Hold Steady music is always welcome, but 2 new pretty great tracks? Hell, yeah. This stand alone single was released ahead of their yearly NYC residency so “you can sing along at the shows”. Entitlement Crew would be at home on Boys and Girls in America or be one of the standout tracks on the more recent albums, whereas Snake in the Shower is super classic Almost Killed Me or even Lifter Puller talk/singing Craig Finn material. Best lyricist in the game, if you ask me. If you have any clue what any of that means, you definitely want to listen to these songs. Promise.

of Montreal, Wild Child, Larkin Poe among first wave of bands announced for Savannah Stopover 2018

Earlier today, Savannah Stopover announced the first wave of bands for the 3-day festival in March 2018.

of Montreal, who packed Forsyth Park during Savannah Stopover 2013, will return as one of the festival headliners. The iconic Athens-based band will perform at the Ships of the Sea on Saturday, March 10th.

Today’s announcement included two other must-see Athens acts — Pylon Reenactment Society and David Barbe & Inward Dream Ebb — along with about three dozen other bands representing a breadth of genres. This wave accounts for only about half the bands in the final lineup, so stay tuned for more announcements, including around 10 Savannah bands.

Savannah Stopover has established a reputation for snagging some big names before they got big, and that looks to be happening again for 2018 with performers like 20-year old New Yorker Gus Dapperton and the British band Shopping.

The initial lineup includes several stellar bands that played previous Stopovers, including Wild Child and Honduras, but most of the acts on the list will be playing in Savannah for the first time. We’ll have a number of preview posts before the festival and obviously share updates as new bands are added.

For lots more about the initial lineup, check out this piece in Do Savannah by our contributor Joshua Peacock.

Check out the Spotify playlist:

We’ve shot photos of a number of the acts headed to the 2018 version of Stopover, and we look forward to shooting lots of them while they’re in town.

of Montreal at Savannah Stopover 2013

Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at Revival Fest 2017

Pylon Reenactment Society at Bragg Jam 2017

Wild Child at Revival Fest 2013

Illegal Drugs at The Jinx 2016

Okey Dokey at Bragg Jam 2017

The Bones of JR Jones at Savannah Stopover 2017

The Nude Party at The Jinx in 2016

Honduras at Savannah Stopover 2016

Pronoun at Savannah Stopover 2017

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/30/17 – 12/6/17

Hey everybody,
I’d say this looks like a fairly good weekend for music downtown.  Any week that has Black Tusk and The Whores can’t be too bad, right Tom?  This is a quick look at several of the shows I would recommend this week.  I hope you get a chance to catch a couple of them.

I would also like to add that there is a new local band playing at Sulfur Studios on Sunday, The Ramages.  I’m not sure how they’ll sound, but I’m pretty sure the bands after them are gonna be good, so you may as well try to show up.  I am looking forward to it the most this week.

Thursday 11/30
Jason Bible – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
Matt Eckstine Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Sb the Moor, Cunabear, Valore, Bravewun, Katalac – Space Cat Books (8p, $5)

Friday 12/1
Daniel Malone – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
Brittany Moses Toledo – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7-10p)
Little Roy and Lizzy Long – Randy Woods Guitars (8p)
Matt Eckstine Band – Molly MacPherson’s
Black Tusk, Crud, A.M. Rodriguez, Abe Partridge – Jinx ($10)
Kenny George Band – Barrelhouse South
Kwame Binea Shakedown – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 12/2
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour and Late Set
Eclipse 6 – Mars Theater (8p, $30)
N.W. Izzard, NewRock Soul – Barrelhouse South
Young Americans- Molly MacPherson’s
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
DJ Basik Lee – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 12/3
Maggie and Jackson Trio – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Xulu Jones, Abe Partridge, John Cranford – Savannah Songwriter Series at Sentient Bean (7p)
Dark Thoughts, Poison Boys, Negative Graves, The Ramages, Tourist Trap – Sulfur Studios (7p, $7)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 12/4
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 12/5
Velvet Caravan – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Whores, Hotplate, Alistair Hennessy – Jinx ($10/12)

Wednesday 12/6
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/27/17

This week we’re listening to new work from:

  • Keith Baudry
  • Bummerville
  • Anna Kramer
  • King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard

Keith Baudry
Savannah, GA
How Do You Do It?

Another bit of local talent that’s flying subtly under the radar here, Keith Baudry has been around the music scene for a while now transitioning from projects on and off again. This time, he’s set down his electric guitar in favor of a bit of acoustic guitar work. Drawing influence from the likes of The Mountain Goats and Sufjan Stevens, Keith’s latest (presumably self recorded) album is a bit lo-fi, but shows a ton of heart and promise. ~ Petey

Chicago, IL
Promotional Tool

We may have lost one half of the Lynch brothers to the land of pizza and hot dogs (maybe I made that moniker up for Chicago, but it’s a lot better than The Windy City, right?) but that doesn’t mean we’re done hearing from Daniel Lynch by a long shot. The brains behind Sunglow and The Lipschitz has been busy with his latest project, Bummerville. Equal parts groove heavy indie rock and lo-fi garage rock, if you’re a fan of either of the previously mentioned projects, you’re sure to enjoy this one. ~ Petey

Anna Kramer
Atlanta, Ga.
‘Living on the Road’

From one of the Atlanta scene’s longtime stalwarts, known for her band Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause, plus recent touring/performing with Shantih Shantih, comes this melodic & roadworthy, dark tune. Check it out…. – Jon Waits

King Gizzard and The Wizard Lizard
Polygondwanaland album out now.

Okay, so this is the fourth full length album these Aussie weirdos have put out this year, and it’s pretty much exactly what you would guess at this point…trippy psych, prog, noodling, flashes of genius, some filler, basically music that should be popular in Colorado, Alaska, etc. (and D.C.), but here’s the thing, they put out this album for free. As in, do what you want with it. If you want to press it to vinyl and sell it, they’re okay with that! Burn a million CDs (do people still do that?) and give them away? Sure, why not? Post the YouTube link on a music blog? Uhhh….

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/22/17 – 11/29/17

Hey everyone,
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This week looks like a fairly good week to try to catch some music downtown. There are some pretty good shows going on around town and the crowds may not be as big, since SCAD is out this week. It looks like there should be just enough music going on to find a show you can enjoy somewhere.  I don’t think you would go wrong with any of these shows.

Wednesday 11/22
Junkyard Angel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Whiskey & Wine – Barrelhouse South
Loi Loi, DIP – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

Thursday – 11/23
Whiskey Dick and Dagger – Jinx
Bottles & Cans – Bayou Cafe

Friday – 11/24
Joe Wilson (4p), Ben Keiser Band (10p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Anders Thomsen TrioRail Pub (7p)
Train Wrecks – Jazz’d (9p)
Kick the Robot, Taller Trees – Barrelhouse South
Anders Thomsen Trio – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday – 11/25
Matt Eckstine – Southbound Brewery (2p)
Will Massey – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
Ike Stubblefield and Friends – Barrelhouse South
Beneath Trees, Hotplate – El-Rocko

Sunday – 11/26
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday – 11/27
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday – 11/28
Clouds and Satellites- Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ray Lundy – Jazz’d (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday – 11/29
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/20/17

Just three songs in this week’s edition of New Music Monday, so take a moment to listen all the way through. Cheers.

Lyn Avenue
Savannah, Georgia
‘Kentucky Bourbon’

It might be a li’l bit self-serving since I have a cameo in this brand new video from Lyn Avenue, but they continue to crank out the solid tunes, and keep their country audiences shuffling their shitkickers across the dance floors. This dose of new-school old-school was recorded at Savannah’s award-winning Dollhouse Productions. – Jon

West End Motel
“Tiny Man” from Bad with Names, Good with Faces, due out in December

New stuff from the Atlanta musical collective featuring dudes from Mastodon, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, and basically every other band ever from Atlanta. Actually, don’t worry about who’s in the band, just know that they are a very, very good melodic rock band that you should listen to…and see, at The Jinx on December 29. Seriously. – Tom

Anders Thomsen
Savannah, Georgia
“Mrs. Johnson” – newly released video by Volition Studios

"Mrs. Johnson" by Anders Thomsen (Guitar Build) from VOLITION STUDIOS on Vimeo.

We first heard “Mrs. Johnson” two years ago with the release of Anders Thomsen with The Downtown Sheiks, but wow it’s good to hear it again, especially in the context of this finely crafted video by Devin Smith of Volition Studios. A rollicking tune from one of Savannah’s best songwriters, performers, and guitarists. – bill

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/16/17 – 11/22/17

Thursday 11/16
Aaron Zimmer – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
General Patton and the Heads of State – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Forsaken Profit$, The Commonwealth of American Natives, Pussy Launcher – Jinx
Universal Sigh – Barrelhouse South
Offsides, Solo Collection – El Rocko

Friday 11/17
Susanna Dyar (4-8p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Johnny Octane – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Mother’s Finest w/ Thomas Claxton – Stage On Bay (8p)
GTA, LaGoons – Barrelhouse South
Bahamacide, Xulu Prophet, The Night Shift – El-Rocko
Anders Thomsen Trio – Jinx
Goodfires, Cougar Sweat, McLeods – Wormhole

Saturday 11/18
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
American Hologram – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Empire Strikes Brass – Southbound Brewery (8p)
Michael Beke, Ezer – Sentient Bean (8p)
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
TreeHouse – Barrelhouse South
Choir of Babble, Machine Dreams, Ember City – El-Rocko
Bumpin Uglies – Congress Street Social Club
Pee Wee Moore – Jinx

Sunday 11/19
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club
The Movement, New Kingston – Barrelhouse South

Monday 11/20
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/21
The Lark & The Loon – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Bottles & Cans Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/22
Junkyard Angel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Loi Loi, DIP – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/13/17

This week we have new work from:

Angel Olsen
Drive-By Truckers
Wavves + Culture Abuse collaboration

As always, enjoy.

Chapel Hill, NC
“What A Time To Be Alive” off of the album of the same name due out on February 16, 2018

Superchunk has cranking out indie rock jams quite literally for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s kind of surreal to think that after 28 years, they’ve managed to pump out 11 albums and each one sounds sounds fresh and new. And if their stellar set at The Fest just a little over two weeks ago was any indication, they don’t plan on settling down any time soon which is more than alright in my book. ~ Petey

New York by way of Savannah, GA
“This Message Will Self Destruct”

Like garage rock? Or punk rock? How about super fun tracks with infectious guitar riffs and boogey-inducing grooves? If you answered no to all of those, well, go ahead and skip this killer track from KEWL. If you answered yes, get ready to throw on a pair of comfy socks and do that whole “dancing on top of your bed” deal that was all the rage for a minute. ~ Petey

Angel Olsen
Asheville, NC
“Special” from Phases out now on Jagjaguwar

Indie songstress and all around cool artist Angel Olsen just released an album of demos, b-sides and covers this weekend. I’m just starting to work through it, and if you like stuff that doesn’t suck, you should too. Available now on whatever platform you consume music on.

Drive-By Truckers
Athens, GA
“The Perilous Night” 7″ benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center, out Dec. 15.

What’s that you say? You don’t like your Southern/roots/americana rock political? Well, you better stay the hell away from this one… Patterson Hood and the boys are singing what they’re feeling, and they’re not feeling great about what’s going on currently.

Wavves/Culture Abuse
“Upside Down” collab single out now.

Do you like your indie surf(ish) rock fun and kinda dumb, like Fidlar, Orwells, or King Tuff? Well… you go.

Deep Roots Festival: review + photos

I headed down to Milledgeville a few weeks ago for my first/the fourteenth annual Deep Roots Festival. I was really impressed with the lineup–for the low, low price of $8, you got to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Drivin N Cryin, Muddy Magnolias, & Trae Pierce. I think the promoters kind of outdid themselves with the great lineup, as there really wasn’t enough room for everyone by the end of the night, but the festival seemed well run overall. Food & drink prices were not outlandish & the sets were each around 45 minutes–long enough to get a good feel for the artists, not so short that it felt like anyone was being rushed off stage.
I arrived in time for the second set, Trae Pierce & the T-Stone Band, & was able to grab a great spot on the rail. This was my second time seeing them & I was again impressed. They play with such joy & energy, it’s readily apparent they love what they do. In an era of hearing the same old thing on the radio day after day, their variety is refreshing. They played several originals, but it was their phenomenal assortment of covers that was the highlight of the set. Jumping effortlessly from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song to The Beatles to Rage Against the Machine to Michael Jackson, each opening guitar riff brought out a new opportunity to guess what song would be coming up next.
Next up was Drivin N Cryin. A great many people were at the festival just to see them, & the crowd got noticeably thicker as the veteran Southern rockers appeared on stage. They sang all their hits in celebration of the re-release of 1989’s Mystery Road. Many crowd members got extremely emotional & there was a great deal of singing along, especially on Straight to Hell (lead singer Kevn Kinney described it as “being about Romeo & Juliet if they had grown up in Milledgeville”).

Savannah Music Festival releases 2018 lineup, including finale with Jason Isbell + 11 other acts

The Savannah Music Festival has just released the lineup for the 17-day fest in 2018. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, 11/10. The new season was announced tonight with a free show by Sammy Miller and The Congregation at the North Garden Assembly Room at the Ships of the Sea Museum.

In addition to the lineup of world-class talent in a variety of traditional genres, the 2018 SMF will feature two new venues, including The Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts at the arts-focused Garrison Elementary.

And the Savannah Music Festival is introducing an exciting new feature for 2018 — an all-day, general admission event on 4/14 utilizing new spaces at Trustees’ Garden. The day will feature 12 acts on three stages, including Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gillian Welch, Marc Broussard, Brent Cobb, Brett Dennen, Septeto Santiaguero, Mipso, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo, Velvet Caravan with Jessica Ann Best, and Stringband Spectacular, the culmination of the SMF’s amazing Acoustic Music Seminar.

You can obviously see the lineup on your own, but a few shows really jump out at me that might be of special interest to readers of this site, including:

  • Benedetto Guitars 50th Anniversary celebration at the Lucas on 3/29
  • Paul Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Lucas on 3/30
  • Margaret Glaspy & Juana Molina in a double bill at Ships of the Sea on 3/30
  • Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at the Lucas on 3/31
  • Etienne Charles and Ranky Tanky in a double bill of Gullah-inspired work at the Morris Center on 4/1
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at Ships on 4/5
  • Audra McDonald at Trustees Theater on 4/7
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions/The James Hunter Six at Ships on 4/7
  • Daniel Hope & Friends: Balkan Roots at Temple Mickve Israel on 4/8
  • Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal at the Lucas on 4/10
  • Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté/Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto at the Lucas on 4/12 (seriously, this will be great)
  • Rhiannon Giddens at the Lucas on 4/13

In some years, the festival also adds some rock/pop dates closer to the festival, so we’ll stay tuned for any news like that.

There are lots more promising shows in other genres, including classical and jazz — far more than I can detail here. So check out the lineup and get your tickets early.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/9/17 – 11/15/17

Hey guys,
This week looks like a better week than last week, as far as the downtown music scene goes.  There are several good choices, it shouldn’t take long to find something you’ll want to see.  This is a list of most of the things I could find going on this weekend.

Thursday 11/9
City Hotel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7p)
Hinder w/ Adelitas Way, Josh Todd and The Conflict, Wayland – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Sammy Miller and the Congregation – Savannah Music Festival Announcement at Ships Of The Sea Museum (7p)
Feather Trade, Sins of Godless Men – El-Rocko
Of Good Nature – Barrelhouse South

Friday 11/10
Voodoo Soup – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Living Colour, Big Mountain – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Charlie Daniels Band – Savannah Civic Center (8p)
The Petty Hearts – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $20)
Cory Chambers (4p), The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Say Brother – El-Rocko
The Grass Is Dead – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 11/11
Painter & The Poet – Stopover In The Yard at The Grey (12nn, $25)
Matt Eckstine – Southbound Brewery (2p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Southern Belles – Barrelhouse South
Captured by Robots!, Eskizo – Jinx
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Palace Doctors – Congress Street Social Club
Plaque Marks (ex Creepoid), VincasEl Rocko

Sunday 11/12
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/13
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/14
City Hotel Solo Sessions – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Furnss, Joy Again, Ryan Jones – El Rocko
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe

Wednesday 11/15
Mile Twelve and City Hotel – Trinity Church (7:30, $20)

Jinx-O-Ween Night 2 – photos

What am I going to do on Halloween night? Stay home and eat entirely too much candy that I’m supposed to be passing out (Bottlecaps for the win, yo), or dress up like a weirdo, go to The Jinx and watch some amazing local musicians cover classic hardcore bands and Outkast? Uhh, both, duh.

Music didn’t start until 10 and the only kids who are still Trick-or-Treating at 9 are the entirely too old to be mooching candy and put no effort whatsoever into a costume, so, you know, screw them.

Seriously, the music was so much fun. Cover sets of Minor Threat, The Muffs, The Misfits, Outkast, and Rudimentary Peni tunes that were a blast from start to finish. I took lots of pictures while trying to keep the Energy Dome on my head. Check them out.