Las Robertas, Twisty Cats, Sunglow at Sulfur Studios – photos

The production team Dad Joke pulled off quite a coup last Monday. Savannah wasn’t included among Las Robertas‘ original tour dates, but a Monday at Sulfur Studios worked out just fine between gigs in West Palm and Washington, D.C.

Las Robertas is based in Costa Rica and affiliated with Burger Records. The band has opened for Pearl Jam, but their garage rock felt right at home in the intimate gallery at Sulfur. Great stuff.

Savannah’s Twisty Cats (Blake and Peter of Dollhouse Productions) opened with a loud, raucous, electronic-infused set that included a Suicide cover. Sunglow‘s sprawling electronica closed out the night, but I had to take off and didn’t get any photos of his set. I heard later that all the night’s musicians jammed at the gallery until late in the night. Click on through for more photos.

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New Music Monday – 7/25/16

As regular readers know, we started our weekly New Music Monday feature earlier this summer. We’re covering a really broad range of stuff in these posts, and we’re always including embedded music. Enjoy.

Mild High Club
Chicago/Los Angeles
“Skiptracing,” on Skiptracing out 8/26 on Stones Throw Records

The title track from the band’s imminent second album; the sound is warped, lo-fi, you could say jangle pop a la Mac DeMarco, with a jazzy undercurrent. Unexpectedly danceable around the 2-minute mark, at the lyrics “gift that keeps giving,” I realize this song grows on you with a couple of listens. Check out “Homage” too, another track that has me looking forward to the rest of the record. – Elena

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Savannah
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The Hostess City’s best old school, nasty, punk outfit with a confrontational, gimp masked frontman has released a album of speedy, noisey blasts that are absolutely worth checking out if the preceding description hasn’t turned you off. – Tom

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Thee Oh Sees
California
“The Axis” from the upcoming album A Weird Exits, due out 8/12 on Castle Face.

A hazy, keys driven slow build that falls apart toward the end of its 6 minute run time, super prolific John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees unsurprisingly sound in fine form. – Tom

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Sleigh Bells
NYC
“Hyper Dark” off the upcoming album

A little bit different vibe on this new Sleigh Bells track, with the signature overdriven guitars a little further back in the mix. I will forever check out new tracks from the band on the strength of their first release, this song shows definite maturation while still retaining some teeth. I’m hopeful. – Tom

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PWR BTTM
Hudson, NY
“Projection”

PWR BTTM just released their first single since 2015’s acclaimed debut album Ugly Cherries. Those trademark guitar wails are still there but beautifully interspersed with darker lyrics about isolation behind a gorgeous melody. They’ve cemented themselves as one of the most exciting new voices in music; can’t wait for more! – Kayne

Summer Cabaret Series at Lucas Theatre for the Arts – photos

This year I was hired to document the Summer Cabaret Series for Lucas Theatre for the Arts, and while unable to photograph the entire series due to prior commitments, I was on hand to shoot five of the performances. The cabaret set-up is a bit different from normal concerts at the Lucas, in that the audience is actually onstage with the performers and facing towards the grand theatre as the entertainer’s backdrop. The often sold-out crowds are usually a more ‘mature’ audience than a lot of the rock & roll shows that we (hissing lawns) are known for covering, but according to Artistic Director & cabaret performer Natasha Drena, plans are being discussed to bring a wider variety of music to the cabaret shows. I look forward to seeing what those ideas & conversations bring about, as the venue, series, and intimate performances are a unique treasure to have in our city.

Tickets are still available for some of the remaining shows this summer, so click on the highlighted text above to see the schedule. Many thanks to the Lucas staff & entertainers for allowing us to use some of the photos for this post, and also being incredibly supportive of live music in Savannah.

Here are a few photos with more after the jump.

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Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 7/22/16 – 7/27/16

Hey guys,
It looks like there are plenty of good choices for music this weekend, no matter what your tastes may be. I am mostly looking forward to seeing Brother Hawk and Isaac Smith at El-Rocko on Friday and the Prince tribute show at the Jinx on Saturday. But don’t forget about the punk show at the Jinx on Monday and a newer band, Mitch and Nico at Wormhole’s Happy Hour on Tuesday. I have only seen them a few times, but I really enjoyed them. I hope to see you around this weekend.

Friday 7/22
Josh Brannon Band, Ashes Of Old WaysBarrelhouse South
Ben Keiser BandMolly MacPherson’s
Matt Parker and the Deacons, Christy Alan BandWild Wing Cafe
My Maiden Name, Marytree, Kerry Walsh, Dope KNifeWormhole
Train Wrecks, Savannah Sweet TeaseJinx
The NormCongress Street Social Club
Brother Hawk, Isaac SmithEl-Rocko

Saturday 7/23
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Della MaeRandy Wood Guitars ($38)
Randall BramblettTybee Post Theater ($25)
SUSTO, The WhigsService Brewery (SOLD OUT, $45 inc food and beer tastings)
HypnoticsRoasting Room  ($10, 9-11p)
Chuck Courtenay, Brendan RobertsBarrelhouse South
Blouses (Prince Tribute) – Jinx
HitmanMolly MacPherson’s
Get Right BandCongress Street Social Club

Sunday 7/24
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday 7/25
Craig Tanner and Mr. Williams Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln
Memory Loss, Greta O. & Toxic Shock, HotplateJinx

Tuesday 7/26
Clouds and SatellitesFoxy Loxy Cafe (7-10p)
Mitch and NicoWormhole Happy Hour
Harbor Pilots Open MicMolly MacPherson’s
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues

Wednesday 7/27
Anders Thomsen BandEl-Rocko

NOTS, Muuy Biien, Cray Bags at The Jinx – photos

OK, we’re not quick, but we’re thorough. Tom and I took a ton of photos back on 7/9 at The Jinx at the MusicFile Productions gig with NOTS (Memphis), Muuy Biien (Athens), and Cray Bags (Savannah).

It was a night of punk, with all three bands performing crazy good sets. Thanks to Igor Fiksman, who responded to our pleas for light by bringing several portable LEDs that the bands routinely moved around. So if this doesn’t look like The Jinx, that’s the reason. You’ll find a shit ton of pictures after the jump.

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New Music Monday – 7/18/16

The sultry Savannah summer continues, and we’ve got some especially steamy new music this week. Enjoy.

Against Me!
Gainesville, FL
“333” off Shape Shift With Me, due from the band’s label Total Treble on 9/16

What the world needs now is a new album from Against Me! “All the devils that you don’t know can all come along for the ride.” – bill

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Triathalon
Savannah
“I Want It” off the upcoming EP Cold Shower due out 9/16

Some addictive new beats from the understated outfit that arose from the DIY scene here in Savannah. – bill

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Lydia Loveless
Coshocton, Ohio
“Longer” off Real due 8/19 on Bloodshot Records

Tarot cards, cheese balls, bad art, a secret lover, vintage paperbacks — what more could one want in this video for a catchy new love song from Lydia Loveless, who obviously has no reason to get out of bed. I can’t wait to hear the whole record. – bill

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Angel Olsen
Asheville, NC
“Shut Up Kiss Me” off My Woman coming 9/2 on Jagjagwar

I like flawed indie pop, and something about the chorus of this otherwise pretty tune strikes me as rushed and slightly off, pretty much ensuring that I’ll dig it, and dig it I do. – Tom

Plan Your Road Trip To Macon’s Bragg Jam Music Festival – July 30th

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If you haven’t stood by the side of the stage with a cold beer in your hand listening to some blistering southern rock or blues at Grant’s Lounge in Macon, you’ve missed one of the great music spots in all of the south. It’s old school in the best possible way and it’s time to hit Grant’s Lounge and 19 other venues in Macon in just a few short weeks!

Bragg Jam Music Fest in Macon, GA is Saturday, July 30th featuring 95 performances across 20 stages; by far the biggest lineup in the festival’s 15+ year history.

We’re all over this and not just because it’s The Year of Georgia Music. We love cross pollinating with our Georgia music-mates all the time and so for the 3rd year, Savannah Stopover is taking a bus-load of music lovers from Savannah to Macon for the fest. Sort of a reverse Stopover!

The festival has just released its full schedule with performance times by stage so it’s time to start planning your day to see great acts like Shakey Graves, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, The Weeks and many other Stopover faves like Alanna Royale, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Susto, Great Peacock… and that’s just for starters. Stopover will have it’s own stage at Bragg Jam located at Fresh Produce. It’s a vinyl record shop which also sells fresh produce (yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) and several of your favorite Savannah bands will be playing there including Triathalon, DIP, and Sunglow. You can download the schedule here

Trae Gurley & Jared Hall at Jazz’d – photos

After an evening of shooting concert photography for the Summer Cabaret Series at Lucas Theatre for the Arts I strolled a few blocks down the alley to catch the talented Trae Gurley and Velvet Caravan pianist Jared Hall performing at Jazz’d Tapas Bar. I will admit that I haven’t been to Jazz’d more than a handful of times, but regular performers there include Ray Lundy of Bottles & Cans, Danielle Hicks, and James Lee of Main Street Trio.

On this evening in particular I watched two consummate professionals do their thing, and the bar crowd in the stylish, basement-level venue enjoyed every second of what was essentially a lounge act. Playing to the appreciative audience, Trae & Jared covered Sinatra tunes & jazz standards, interspersed with witty banter that kept everyone entertained. If you ever have a chance to catch these two together, you’ll quickly see that they not only work well together, but enjoy each other’s company.

We write about a lot of popular music & venues at hissing lawns, but often the smaller gigs don’t get as much coverage. Those of us living in Savannah, Georgia are fortunate to have a thriving nightlife, and every single evening of the week this town has live music going on in a variety of places. Amongst the musicians a lot of the ‘stages’ we play are commonly referred to as ‘menu-venues’, in that most folks are coming for the food & drinks, but are also able to hear bands & music while dining. As a musician, it sort of cuts two ways. It’s a unique thing to be able to make a regular income at performing music, but quite often we are regarded more as ambience than the main attraction. This also puts local performers in a difficult position of having a hard time attracting the public to shows when there is a door fee. That being said, most of the players that I count amongst my circle know how to work a room, and play to the crowd according to the venue. I’ve found that if you’re an actual ‘working musician’ in Savannah you get free, on-the-job lessons in how to be a better industry professional, in pretty short order. I digress…on with the show!

Here are a few photos from tonight’s gig, with more after the jump.

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Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 7/14/16 – 7/20/16

Hey guys,
It looks like another pretty good week downtown ahead.  There are several good shows coming up at Sulfur Studios almost every day through Wednesday.  As usual, it will be another good weekend at the Jinx, with a (increasingly rare) show from Waits & Co and the debut of the Britt Scott Band and (near debut of) Anna Chandler’s new band, Best.  And there are plenty of other shows listed, everywhere from Tybee to Bluffton.  I think you will be happy with whatever you end up seeing this weekend.

Thursday 14th
Crazy Man Crazy (Sav’h rockabilly) – Huc-A-Poo’s  (9p)
Matt Eckstine (Accomplices frontman) – Molly MacPherson’s
Ben Keiser Band Barrelhouse South

Friday 15th
Hotplate (Sav’h math rock), Trees On Mars (SC), Bear Fight (Sav’h heavy rock) – Sulfur Studios  (7-11p, $5)
Cold Heart Canyon, Pine Box Boys (CA alternative bluegrass), Waits & Co (Sav’h Americana) – Jinx
Charlie Fog Band (Sav’h Grateful Dead covers) – Barrelhouse South
General Patton and the Heads of State (Sav’h rock) – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 16th
Nostradogmass, Nutter, The Hippie & The Punk (Sav’h) – Sentient Bean  (8p, $5)
Accomplices (Sav’h lowcountry string band) – Roasting Room  (9p, $10)
Train Wrecks (Sav’h Americana), Britt Scott Band (Sav’h rock), Best (Sav’h rock) – Jinx
Kota Mundi (Sav’h reggae-rock) – Congress Street Social Club
Roger Drawdy – Molly MacPherson’s
Psychedelic Monks (FL cosmic fiesta funk), Flat Land (OK blues rock) – Barrelhouse South
Fuzzlers (FL goof punk), Gumps (Sav’h fraggle-punk), LINDA, Tommy TechnoSulfur Studios  (7p, $5)
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Sunday 17th
Northbound (FL emo-punk), Lost Boy (Augusta shoegaze), Kinder Than Wolves (FL indie), Snowfort (Sav’h neo-surf), Kennedy Curse (Sav’h emocore) – Sulfur Studios (6:30, $8/10)
Ray Tomasino (Sav’h rock), Nightingale News (Sav’h), Stan Ray (Accomplices drummer) – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $15)
Voodoo Soup (Sav’h rock covers) – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 18th
Las Roberts, Twisty Cats (Sav’h), Sunglow (Sav’h electronica) – Sulfur Studios  (7-11p, $6)
Craig Tanner & Mr Williams Open MicAbe’s on Lincoln

Tuesday 19th
City Hotel Solo SessionsFoxy Loxy Cafe  (7-10p)
Craig Tanner Open MicMolly MacPherson’s
Ben Keiser Band (Sav’h rock) – Bay St Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Wednesday 20th
Anders Thomsen BandEl-Rocko  (7-10p)
Generation Pill (Sav’h grunge), The Lipschitz (Sav’h garage rock), Today Junior (MA indie rock) – Sulfur Studios ($7 [includes free CD], 7-10p)

Meatwound + Rock and Roll Bingo at The Jinx tonight (7/13)

From the page for the Tampa-based Meatwound at Magic Bullet Records:

“According to news reports, Florida is a human wasteland that doesn’t give a shit about laws or decency. It is a swamp ridden cesspool of crime, drugs, carnies, and mutation. We have contributed much asshole culture and music to the world. Tampa specifically, has given the children Assück, Scrog, Death, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Obituary, Reversal of Man, Combatwoundedveteran, Nasty Savage and more. Seputura and Napalm Death came to record here. Cannibal Corpse moved here to live. The Brass Mug is here. Morrisound is here. There are no rules. We are ugly and primitive and short in the attention span. So, as old men, MEATWOUND comes from all that steaming shit pot of geographical music waste and the sounds of our collective childhoods. We grew up in the late 80s/early 90s on the first Earache bands, the first Relapse records, Tampa death metal, Public Enemy, Dischord shit, Steve Albini rampages, Wax Trax, Crass Records, drugs, skateboarding, horror movies, the usual.”

Word got out a little late about the Meatwound show tonight (Wed., 7/13) at The Jinx, but the gig is worthy of special note because the band has performed with our own Black Tusk (who highly recommend tonight’s show). Meatwound appears to have a busy summer and fall on tap.

Plus, there’s The Jinx’s usual Wednesday night Rock and Roll Bingo.

Check out the Facebook event page.

Reverend Justin Hylton at Foxy Loxy Cafe – photos & video

Last night Atlanta troubadour Reverend Justin Hylton took a full courtyard at Foxy Loxy Print Gallery & Cafe back to the basics, and the cafe’s own roots, by performing sans sound-system. As of late, in an an effort to be heard over the cafe’s required kitchen ventilation system, most acts have been performing at Foxy’s Acoustic Tuesday with at least one PA speaker. Justin strummed & sang through roughly three forty-five minute sets of both his original work, and a broad variety of Roots/Americana music covers. The crowd was appreciative both in applause & the ever-important tip jar, and afterward as I looked through related photos that were posted online it appeared that he’d won over some new fans while in town for this one-off gig.

Justin has been touring extensively for the last few years, and I wrote up a Q & A with him several months ago for hissing lawns which went into more depth about what keeps him out on the sometimes lonely highways, playing different cities every night as a solo artist. He’ll be back in the Lowcountry on July 22nd to share a stage with my own band, Waits & Co., at Bluffton, South Carolina’s newest hot-spot for live music The Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room.

Here are a few photos from last night’s Acoustic Tuesday performance by Reverend Justin Hylton with more after the jump.

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Punk Mess 2 – review + photos

What to say about Punk Mess 2 that’s not right there in the name? Well, I guess I can expand on it a bit. It was indeed the second Punk Mess, and hopefully just one of many to come. It definitely was messy, with the PBR flowing freely (and maybe flying through the air a bit), a slippery, sloppy pit at times and general reports of hangovers throughout the weekend on social media.

But what about the “Punk” part? It was totally punk, from surf rock to the gnarly garage punk that you can find in seedy, beer-stained dives if you’re both brave and lucky enough. Pretty much everything in between, too. The Dad Joke guys book what they like, and they like grimy, snarling, punk rock with its foot on the gas. A really well curated festival, in my opinion.

I took a bunch of photos, but if it looks like I was taking pictures of rapidly moving people in a dimly lit bar while I was drinking, that’s because I was taking pictures of rapidly moving people in a dimly lit bar while I was drinking. Deal with it. Also, there is no correlation between the number of shots of a particular band in the gallery and how much I dug them. It’s more dependent on the light, where I was standing, where the artists were standing, how worried I was that someone was going to slam into me, you know, that kind of thing. Here’s some shots of night 1, then Bill has some words and photos from the Saturday daytime lineup at Sulfur Studios, then I’ve got more photos from night 2 back at The Jinx.

Night 1, The Jinx:

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