Wye Oak, Future Islands, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Oberhofer, Wild Child, Kylesa join Savannah Stopover lineup

Savannah Stopover today confirmed 84 acts for the 2014 festival. Note, however, that we might yet see some new band added to the list, and we haven’t seen the detailed schedule for March 6-8. [UPDATE: Click here to see the bands by day.]

Four Stopover bands are playing Coachella: Wye Oak, Future Islands, J Roddy Walston & The Business, and Bear Hands. That’s kind of a big deal, especially given the quality and critical reception of those acts.

For its 4th installment, Savannah Stopover features a wider array of music than ever. There’s more music from the South, more from international acts, more heavy stuff, and more of the downright fun.

As previously announced, Stopover IV is also featuring three showcases of Savannah-based record labels.

With so much going on, those $75 3-day passes are looking like a better deal all the time, but I’d recommend the upgrade to the VIP ticket.

Confirmed Lineup — the headliners first with lots more after the jump
*new since 11/21 lineup announcement

Wye Oak*
Small Black
Future Islands*
J. Roddy Walston & The Business*
Speedy Ortiz
Those Darlins
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Wild Child*
The Weeks
Miniature Tigers
Public Service Broadcasting
Caitlin Rose
Bear Hands
Magic Man
Esben & The Witch*
Ex Hex
St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Soft Science’s Record Release Show at Hang Fire – photos

Last week was a killer time for the music scene in Savannah. With 4 days packed full of killer shows, there wasn’t a thing in the world that was going to keep me from checking out as many acts as I could. Kicking the 4 night stretch off was local upstart label Soft Science’s record release show at Hang Fire. The night began with J. Zagers, a one man act that combined intricate synths and sampling with delicate and minimalistic vocals. Following J. Zagers came White Treasure, a hip hop duo combining abrasive beats with even more intimidating lyricism. Next on the bill was Thee Holy Ghosts who picked things up with a bit of surf-rock tinged punk. Rounding out the night was Wet Socks, Savannah’s own garage rock duo who are building up their already strong following with a staggering amount of local shows. Check out a few photos from the night below and hit the jump to see the full set. Also, be sure to check back for more shots from the weekend.

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The Silver Palms opening for Jake Bugg for 4 UK shows

The Silver Palms, a young foursome from the southeast corner of Georgia, will be opening for Jake Bugg for four gigs in the UK in February.

The band had already announced dates with The Orwells on a United Kingdom tour — and this fresh news adds even more momentum to what could be a breakout year for The Silver Palms.

According to The Silver Palms’ Facebook page, they’ll open for Bugg on Feb. 15 & 16 in Newcastle, Feb. 22 in Edinburgh, and Feb. 23 in Manchester.

As I noted in a recent review of their first show at The Jinx here in Savannah, The Silver Palms have an infectious sound that has won them some quick allies in the music biz.

Here’s the one single and video that’s out right now, “Georgia Boy”:

And a couple of shots from that show at The Jinx (click here for more pics):



And if you aren’t following Jake Bugg, then you are definitely missing out.

The Accomplices at Tamp & Tap – photos

Thanks to photographer and musician Jon Waits for submitting these photos of The Accomplices, one of Savannah’s top bands, from their gig a few days ago at Tamp & Tap at PERC Coffee Roasters on East Broad Street.

Click here for Jon’s website.



Perfect Pussy, Crazy Bag Lady, Tonto, and Wet Socks at Hang Fire – photos

Perfect Pussy, the noise/punk/rock band from Syracuse on the Captured Tracks label, headlined Hang Fire on Saturday night.

Meredith Graves pretty much owned the stage:


But more on Perfect Pussy in a bit.

The show started with Wet Socks, an unannounced opener. The duo of Hunter Jayne on guitar and vocals and John Zimmerman on drums just gets tighter and tighter, faster and faster. Wet Socks’ garage rock works in combination with almost any other sort of rock, and the band seems equally at ease warming up the crowd with an early set or finishing the night with a dance party.

Hang Fire now has at least one light in front of the stage, but Wet Socks didn’t have it on:


Whitegold at the Legendary Children exhibit at Dollhouse – photos

Thursday night’s Legendary Children photo exhibit and drag show at Dollhouse offered a unique mixture of artistry that fit right at home here in Savannah. The event included several forms of media including photography, video, and, of course, the expected drag show. What was a bit unexpected for me was getting the chance to catch Atlanta’s own Whitegold perform prior to the night’s event at Dollhouse.


Syracuse noise punk band Perfect Pussy headlining Hang Fire on 1/11

You may not want to try your own internet search, or maybe you do, but Perfect Pussy is headlining at Hang Fire on Whitaker Street tonight. (It’s been quite a weekend for the small club, with the Soft Science label debut party on Thursday and drag on Friday.)

Also on the bill on Saturday are Tonto and Crazy Bag Lady, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another act too.

Rolling Stone chose Perfect Pussy’s EP “I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling” as its top cassette of the year: “The Syracuse punks’ raw four-song demo has a simple liner note: ‘We are dedicated to honoring the sacred in our brothers and sisters.'”

The folks at Hang Fire are crediting Savannah Stopover’s Kayne Lanahan, who is also a contributor to this blog, with sending the Syracuse-based band their way. Stopover isn’t producing the show, but an increasing number of booking agents are reaching out to the festival when charting tours.

Perfect Pussy by Pooneh Ghana

Perfect Pussy by Pooneh Ghana

You can find Perfect Pussy on Tumblr.

Free Sauna Heat Download

Hurry up before it’s over! Sauna Heat is letting fans download two tracks for free until Monday.

Get these freebies while you can and be sure to add them to your Stopover playlist.

Local acts for Savannah Stopover IV include Kylesa, Triathalon, Bear Fight!, The Accomplices, more

Earlier this evening at the Year of the Local party at ThincSavannah, Savannah Stopover announced the local acts performing at the March festival. Here’s the list:

Kylesa- 3/6
Triathalon- 3/6, 3/7
Bear Fight! -3/7
mumbledust -3/7, 3/8
The Accomplices -3/7
City Hotel -3/8
The Rosies -3/8
Fare The Gap -3/6
Whiskey Dick -3/7
Sauna Heat -3/7, 3/8
Missionary Blues -3/8
Co-Eds -3/8
Damon and the Shitkickers- 3/8
Crazy Bag Lady -3/8
Ambrose -3/8
J. Zagers -3/7
Blackrune – 3/8

Savannah Stopover will also feature several label showcases: Retro Futurist, Soft Science and Furious Hooves.

March 6th: Retro Futurist Records – (21+ Show) The new label founded by critically acclaimed and globally renowned Savannah metal band Kylesa will feature 4-5 bands at a special showcase Thursday night, 3/6 at The Jinx. Kylesa will headline. Other confirmed acts include Darkentries (Columbia, SC), Jagged Vision (Stavanger, Norway), Sierra (Kitchener, Ontario). This is going to be a hot ticket, for sure. Kylesa routinely packs much bigger rooms than The Jinx — and those bigger venues aren’t in the band’s hometown!

March 7th: Soft Science Records – (ALL AGES Show) The new label founded by Safe // Sound concert promotions founder Gus Muller and Skip Terpstra will host a showcase on the patio at Congress Street Social Club on Friday from 4pm-8pm. Confirmed acts include J. Zagers (Savannah, Ga), Sauna Heat (Savannah, Ga), Cretin Girls (Gainseville, FL) and Triathalon (Savannah, Ga). Soft Science launched just last night (1/9) with a great show and party at Hang Fire.

March 8th: Furious Hooves – (ALL AGES Show) The label founded in 2011 by local artist and musician Ryan McCardle and Virginian TJ Hatcher will present their showcase on Saturday afternoon on the patio at congress Street Social Club from 2pm-7pm. Confirmed acts include Anteo (Blacksburg, VA), Bedroom (Nashville, TN), Hallucinex (Richmond, VA), Blackrune (Savananh, Ga), mumbledust (Savannah, Ga).

Stopover has also released a list of confirmed venues for the 2014 Festival: Knights Of Columbus Hall, The Jinx, Hang Fire, Moon River Beer Garden, Congress Street Social Club, Club One as well as a free Community Concert in Ellis Square to be held on March 8th.

Additional venues will be announced in the coming weeks.

And this gives us an excuse to post more pictures:









The Accomplices

The Accomplices

Fare The Gap

Fare The Gap

Sauna Heat

Sauna Heat

Savannah Stopover announcing local acts, Fare The Gap performing on 1/10

Savannah Stopover will announce the local acts slated for the March festival at ThincSavannah on Friday night. The collaborative workspace on Ellis Square at the southwest corner of Congress and Barnard is hosting 2014: Year of the Local from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20, but that includes food courtesy of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market and farm-to-table restaurants and local drinks courtesy of NuSystem Draft Service.

Stopover CEO Kayne Lanahan is an occasional contributor to hissing lawns, but we keep a sharp line between the festival and the blog. So I’m totally certain of only one local band that will be announced Friday: Fare The Gap, which will also be performing at the party.

Since the young and intriguing act doesn’t have a lot of images, I allowed event organizers to use one from hissing lawns for the invite:


Savannah Stopover has already announced some of the 2014 headliners, with the rest of the lineup set to be released on 1/15. Earlier today, Stopover confirmed that four of this year’s bands are also in the just-announced lineup for Coachella.

Priests, Crazy Bag Lady, Forced Entry at Graveface Records & Curiosities Sun. 1/12

I discovered Washington, D.C.’s Priests this past November when they signed to Don Giovanni Records, the New Jersey label that’s home to Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Upset, and a slew of excellent punk bands. I’m always excited to hear their new artists.

2013’s Tape Two pummels through seven tense, scuzzy & snarling songs, Katie Greer’s vocals taking a cutthroat shout-singing command of tracks like “Leave Me Alone,” then escalating into Karen-O-circa-Fever-To-Tell yowls on “Say No.” Priests dissect icons from Lana Del Rey to the U.S. Constitution over spare guitars lacing a driving dance beat. It’s music that’s made to be heard live.

And though they release albums on Bandcamp and have an active Tumblr account, Priests deem themselves a “non-Internet band.” While a little ironic with Tumblr being the nexus of Internet culture, I like the notion of forcing listeners to find other opportunities to form their tastes and opinions without basing them (consciously or subconsciously) off of Facebook likes or Twitter followers.

And for a band with an all-ages house show foundation, using a Tumblr “Ask” box in lieu of a booking agent seems to have opened up a lot of opportunities. When I listened to Tape Two and began exploring their page, I was surprised to find our own Crazy Bag Lady‘s Josh Sterno had posted the most recent question:

And thus, we have a great Sunday show booked in an all-ages space, with locals Crazy Bag Lady and Forced Entry opening. A fierce bookend on an excellent music weekend.

New label Soft Science debuts on 1/9 at Hang Fire

It’s a huge weekend at Hang Fire here in Savannah. And, as always, the Savannah weekend starts on Thursday night.

Soft Science — the new Savannah-based record label headed up by Gus Muller (best known on the scene for his work with Safe // Sound) and Skip Terpstra, a photographer and videographer — is hosting a release party for its first vinyl, tapes, and other merch.

The show is being headlined by the garage rock duo Wet Socks, who have hit 2014 running.

Click here for the Facebook event invitation. Click here for my column about Soft Science in Do. Click here for Bill DeYoung’s piece in Connect Savannah.