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Thursday 8th
Ese, Wave SlavesJinx ($5)

Friday 9th
RosiesOrdinary Pub
Big Big Extra Face, RoshambeauxBarrelhouse South
Brian Robert and the Winter SoundCongress Street Social Club
Kylesa, Indian Handcrafts, Inter Arma IrataJinx
Psych Night w/ Go!ZillaDollhouse Studios ($5)

Saturday 10th
Epic Cycle – Warehouse
Insane Clown PosseMusic Vault ($30)
Baby BabyCongress Street Social Club
Ben Lewis, Kellen PowersBarrelhouse South
Flying Bacon CheeseburgersHuc-A-Poo’s
King DudeJinx ($10)
Matt Parker & The DeaconsWild Wing
Nowhere Child, Street Clothes, Any Otherwise,  CharlatanWormhole

Sunday 11th
Pretend SweetheartsFoxy Loxy Cafe (12-3)

Tuesday 13th
Jason BibleFoxy Loxy Cafe (7p)

Kylesa performed on opening night of The Jinx, and the Savannah-based metal/rock/hard-to-pigeonhole band will play The Jinx’s 12th anniversary on October 9th as they tour in support of their new album Exhausting Fire.

Click here to stream Exhausting Fire and to buy the new album on clear vinyl, cassette, or CD.

You can read Do Savannah’s coverage of Exhausting Fire here and here. And click here for Connect Savannah’s interview with Kylesa’s Laura Pleasants (one of the band’s three core members along with Phillip Cope and Carl McGinley), who says this about the new album:

I feel that it’s definitely a sum of all of our parts. All the strong elements we’ve ever used are there: from the old-school, the heavy drop-tune guitar, a lot of the heavy riffs are back that were maybe not present on the other. The icy, gothic tones are there, the psychedelic meanderings are there: all of the things that make Kylesa Kylesa are there. It’s maybe a bit more sophisticated and focused.

From Spin (with an allusion to Kylesa’s up-and-coming Retro Futurist label):
Exhausting Fire is far more alt-rock than metal (and still more stoner-rock than it is crust-punk); the grungy vibe works for the trio, and pulling back from doom gives them more space to get weird. While their earlier output was often lumped into a crowded geographic scene, Kylesa’s always been a different beast than the vintage rockers in Mastodon or prog-loving Baroness. With this new album, they finally sever those last few ties, and forge ahead into the retro future.

From Metal Injection:
As consistent and of-a-piece as the album is as a whole, though, I find myself coming back to those two instant classics, “Growing Roots” and “Night Drive”, either one of which should immediately qualify as encore material in the band’s setlist.

From Consequence of Sound:
On the outfit’s seventh album, Kylesa again reinvent themselves as a music box of stoner psych and alt metal dabbling. 2013’s Ultraviolet was a hesitant test run, a toe in the pool as opposed to the total submergence found here, as Kylesa surrender themselves to weirder songwriting tics, prismatic genre-blending, and spiritual concession.

From Noisey:
By now, the band really seems to have grown into itself, and Kylesa’s new album, Exhausting Fire (out 10/2 on Season of Mist) is the sum of all their myriad influences, from swampy sludge to icy goth, crystallized and refined into perfection. This is the album that finally sees Kylesa achieve their lofty potential; it’s the most focused and interesting release in their long discography, and may well signify a watershed moment in their career. They’ve never sounded better, or more ready to take things to the next level.

Exhausting Fire feels like an ethereal trip — sometimes you’re spinning drunkenly in the open air; sometimes you’re running ecstatically, crazily, under a blackened sky; sometimes you’re diffidently questioning the reality of everything around you; sometimes you just give yourself over to the driving beat.

Click here for details on the Savannah show, which includes openers Inter Arma, Indian Handcrafts, and Irata.

Last week brought an all-star performance from some of Savannah’s best known, and heaviest hitters at Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Blues Trinity: A Tribute to the 3 Kings (Albert, Freddie, and B.B. King) featured so many notable performers that quite frankly it would be hard to name them all, but the highlighted musician of the night was B.B. King‘s longtime drummer and friend Tony Coleman, who not only kept time with the stage full of players, but also regaled the audience with a few stories and memories of playing with one of the night’s featured Kings.

Here are a few photos with more after the jump.

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When he first takes the stage, Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks approaches the microphone with a seeming reluctance. He often looks down, and sort of shuffles along, with a certain self-deprecating air.

But then Jason attacks the guitar and his slightly raspy voice takes command of the room.

The last time I saw Jason Bible perform solo was at a private party for a mutual friend. He was so good in that setting that I knew I had to see his recent gig at the Gingerbread House, where he released his wonderful new solo CD. I feared at first that the setting would feel too formal, but Bible and his Train Wrecks’ bandmate Jeremy Hammons clearly put some real thought into the venue. The room, which easily held the audience of over 100, sounded great.

The show was billed as a night of storytelling and music, and Jason is for sure a wonderful storyteller, in part because of that modest presence. His stories were short and moving — a revelation at Hank Williams’ grave, the inspiration that he finds in the life of a deceased friend. Such stories dotted the show, which included both Jason’s originals and some masterful covers.

Payne Bridges, a really solid singer-songwriter, opened the show. This was my first time hearing Bridges, and I’ll be sure to check her out again.

The lighting and sight lines weren’t necessarily ideal for photography, but the overall effect fit the mood of the night.




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Have y’all listened to King Dude? I’ll admit it, his music was a little spooky to me at first. His shit can’t be described as anything other than sinister. His voice is so low, so croaky, that it evokes this spiritual presence, and listening to it makes me feel like I should create witchcraft. Even just from looking at his album cover – a portrait of himself in sort of a vampire-like form: straight-faced, with a foggy background and a skull of an animal lying next to him – it is seriously dark (like, in a totally satanic way).

But after talking to King Dude, whose real name is TJ Cowgill, he’s really not that scary after all. Here are some fun facts about this artist to put you at ease (just in case you were too scared to see his October 10th show at the Jinx):

1. Last time he was in Savannah, about fifteen years ago, he crashed with some of the guys from Kylesa, and discovered his distaste for palmetto bugs, and even more than that – the spiders that eat palmetto bugs.

2. He is quite the fashionista – he has his own clothing company called Actual Pain, selling everything from tops to socks. Right now, he says he is too busy to put men’s jeans back into production, but that might change in 2016 (just in case you were interested).

3. When he seldom DJs, he doesn’t like doing it. He says it’s because he can’t please everyone in the crowd when he jumps between Harry Nilsson and Migos tracks, but also, he thinks playing his own music is way more fun.

Listen to King Dude’s newest album Songs of Flesh & Blood, in the Key of Light below – and buy a ticket for his Savannah show on 10/10 at The Jinx before it sells out.

Hey guys,
It looks like this will be more good music this weekend at a variety of venues around downtown. The biggest show for the week will be Thursday’s show at the Lucas, Blues Trinity: A Tribute To The Three Kings. It appears similar to the format of last year’s excellent The Band Tribute Show at the Lucas, with many local artists rotating through various songs. This show promises to be an exciting, unique evening of electric blues. By the way, the 3 Kings are BB, Freddie, and Albert. If you didn’t know that, you probably need to go to the show.

Friday has several good choices for music, but I would recommend trying to make it for at least a bit of People’s Blues Of Richmond at the Social Club, I don’t think you will be sorry. Saturday has several good choices also. I am most looking forward to seeing Eric Sommer at the Sentient Bean (my runner-up for best show of the week). If you haven’t seen him before, do yourself a favor and catch some of his hard-edge blues and excellent guitar playing. If you have never seen a show at the Bean, they have excellent acoustics. And they can now sell beer. As always, I hope to see some of you around downtown this weekend. And if you like the music, remember to drop a couple of bucks in the bucket, I know the musicians really appreciate it.

Thursday 1st
Blues Trinity: A Tribute To The 3 KingsLucas Theater ($21, 7:30)
Meadows Ever Bleeding (Swedish indie folk duo) – Sentient Bean (8p, $5 donation)
Eric Britt (Sav’h singer-songwriter) – Molly MacPherson’s
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Baltimore psychedelic funk) – Barrelhouse South

Friday 2nd
Clouds & Satellites ( Sav’h rock), Hypnotics (Sav’h garage rock) – Jinx ($5)
Magenta Sunshine (Ashville indie-folk-soul) – Barrelhouse South
Orange Constant (Statesboro jam-rock) – Molly MacPherson’s
People’s Blues Of Richmond (Richmond heavy pschedelia) – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 3rd
Eric Sommer (TX blues) – Sentient Bean (8p)
AJ CroceDollhouse Studios (8p, $25/35)
BBXF (Sav’h hard rock) – Molly MacPherson’s
Crazy Man Crazy (Sav’h rockabilly) – Jinx
Rachael Shaner (Sav’h singer-songwriter) – Barrelhouse South
Royal NoiseCongress Street Social Club

Tuesday 6th
City Hotel (Sav’h bluegrass) – Wyld Dock Bar
Ray Lundy (Bottles & Cans frontman) – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)

I should know better at this point. Every year, probably due to being around so many caring, giving, and unselfish people, coupled with the unprotected hugs, hand shaking, and conversations, I catch a nasty case of the feels at Statts Fest. Every damn year.

When I walked into The lvet Elvis Lounge Jinx at 4:30 to find a (probably contagious) healthy crowd of friends, familiar faces, and positive attitudes, I immediately felt the first symptoms grab me…stupid smile on my face?…Check…Open wallet?…Check. Ughh. Sure enough, here come the feels. What to do, what to do? Well, a bottomless (not literally, that would just be dumb) cup of cold PBR seemed like a reasonable place to start. Every year.

Yeah, it was all there again. The amazing group of volunteers. Feels. The funky, cool, and sometimes-just-weird donated art and silent auction items. More feels. The communal feeling. Yep, feels again. Jason Statts himself, looking well and surrounded by friends. Mega feels. The whole damn shebang. And, oh yeah, the music.

This year’s lineup was, as usual, stellar and a testament to just how rich and diverse our little Savannah scene is currently. Maybe it was just another symptom of the feels, but, man, I swear every single act on stage that night sounded just a little better than usual. From Joe Nelson opening the day through to the final notes of Black Tusk….warm and fuzzy sensations. It wasn’t the PBR. See you next year.



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