a singer-songwriter haven: The Sentient Bean

I can’t even begin to guess how many touring singer-songwriters and other out-of-town acts have performed at The Sentient Bean since its founding in 2001. When we talk about Savannah’s “venue problem”, we’re usually talking about the lack of larger spaces, but the city also lacks regular spots for solo and acoustic acts that don’t already have local followings.

There’s an especially nice lineup of acts playing the Bean over the next few days. You can read about them on the Bean’s website, so here I’m just embedding some music:

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Kwesi K, Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews from OMPlive on Vimeo.

Thursday, Oct. 17: Whetherman

Friday, Oct. 18: Brian Johannesen

Saturday, Oct. 19: Dylan Jane

Shows at the Bean typically start at 8 p.m. with a $5 suggested donation. The Sentient Bean is at 13 East Park Ave.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour (10/15-10/22)

Hey guys,
I’m back for another week.  What a fun, LONG weekend, starting with Thursday’s J.J. Grey show, on to the Jinx’s 20th 10th Anniversary with American Aquarium and Murder By Death, and culminating in the Stattsfest at the Muse Arts Warehouse on Sunday.  The Stattsfest organizers did a spectacular job.  It was such a kid-friendly event this year.  I hope this becomes the template for an annual event.

I want to let everyone know that there will be a SECRET SHOW coming up this Saturday at The Wormhole.  Details can’t be announced until Thursday.  I am willing to bet that most of the people who read this blog will really want to go to this show.  Be sure to check back on the hissing lawns site (or “like” it, if you haven’t already) this Thursday for this exciting news and first crack at tickets for this event.  And don’t forget the show is this Saturday.  Tell all of your coolest friends to like this page (don’t tell the uncool ones, maybe even defriend them so they won’t accidentally get here), they will want a shot at the tickets.

Lots of heavy music this week, kinda hit-and-miss on the shows.  Now on to the recommendations

Tuesday 15th
Hitman Warehouse (8p)
Eric Culberson JamBayou (9p)

Mobile DeathcampWormhole (from GWAR); heavy stuff (10p)

Wednesday 16th
Protomen, OmingnomeWormhole; Protomen theatrical rock, sounds pretty good.  I always enjoy seeing Omingnome (10p)
Sara Lee, Dip, Giving Up, RivalsHang Fire (10p)

Thursday 17th
Jason BibleRocks (9p)
Craig TannerMolly’s (10p)
EverymenJinx (10p)

Friday 18th
Bottles & CansJazz’d (9p); blues
Dethlehem, Hot PlateJinx (10p); sounds heavy
Eric Culberson – Molly MacPherson’s (10p); blues from one of Savannah’s best blues guitarists

Saturday 19th
???? – Wormhole – SPECIAL SHOW (check back Thursday or read above)
England In 1819, Each & Every OpusJinx; heavy show
Epic CycleMolly’s; always worth seeing, Molly’s is a good spot for them.
Drivin’ & Cryin’ (8p), Collective Soul (9p) – RH Seafood Fest – If I wasn’t going to Wormhole, this is where I would go.  I love Drivin’ & Cryin’, you will know a lot of their songs.

Tuesday 22nd
Clouds & SatellitesFoxy Loxy
Cult Babies, Sauna Heat, Wet SocksHang Fire (10p)

As always, go see some live music THIS week.

Larry Jack

photos from The Jinx 10th anniversary: American Aquarium and The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue

The Jinx’s 10th anniversary party was everything that I hoped it would be — and more.

American Aquarium stopped in Savannah for the first time since summer 2012 and played a typically tight, energetic, moving set.

And then Murder By Death killed it for about an hour and a half.

The music was preceded by The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue.

Congratulations to owner Susanne Guest Warnekros on an impressive 10 years — and here’s to 10 more.

In this post, some photos of American Aquarium and Savannah Sweet Tease (all by me, Bill Dawers). We’ll have more photos in the coming days.

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Click on through for more:

Audiotree posts excellent live session by Heyrocco – video

Audiotree has posted their half hour session with Heyrocco recorded a couple of weeks ago in Chicago.

The seven-song set includes several of the Charleston trio’s intense and catchy newer numbers — all captured in the high production values that are an Audiotree hallmark.

From the session description:

Their sincere, emotionally driven lyrics heavily fuel grungy, dark-pop tunes. Forceful bass lines create momentum and heavy effects on drums and guitar add sonic depth to a 90′s rock framework.

Luckily, the band feels most at home in a van – they’re amping up their tour schedule to anticipate the release of their debut full-length album.

I’d call Heyrocco’s Comfort from 2012 a really satisfying debut, although I suspect the next full-length will feel more cohesive and be much more heavily promoted.

Here’s “Loser Denial” and “First Song” embedded via YouTube, but check out the complete session, which includes five other songs (“Jake Miller’s House Party”, “Happy”, “Virgin”, “Mom Jeans” and “Elsewhere”) and some of the banter between the band and the host. The session can be purchased for $5.99.

That’s Nathan Jake on lead vocals and guitar, Christopher Cool on bass, and Tanner Cooper on drums.

You can find Heyrocco on Facebook, Bandcamp, Tumblr, and Twitter.

band to watch: The Griswolds

This is another guest post from Kayne Lanahan, CEO and founder of Savannah Stopover.

For fans of…Vampire Weekend, Oberhofer, Cayucas

The Griswolds are a 5-piece band from Sydney, Australia whose debut EP, Heart Of A Lion, has caught the eyes and ears of music bloggers around the globe. They burst onto the Aussie scene in 2012 after winning the Triple J Radio “Unearthed” award and were selected to play alongside Passion Pit at Australia’s largest music festival.

Describing themselves as “the chameleons of pop, the beating drums of euphoria” is pretty dead on. The music is buoyant, colorful and infectious. The title track “Heart Of A Lion” was recently used in the pilot episode of CBS’s new comedy “We Are Men”. It’s a great track (check out the raucous video below) but I’m partial to “The Courtship of Summer Preasley” which has a distinctly Vampire Weekend flair.

The band arrives in the U.S. this week for a six-month stay, extensive touring and the release of their debut album in the 1st quarter of 2014.

You can learn more about The Griswolds on Facebook and Tumblr.

You can purchase their EP on Bandcamp.

Os Mutantes playing at Dollhouse on 11/20

MusicFile Productions, parent company of Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest, will continue its impressive run of shows with the Brazilian band Os Mutantes on Wednesday, November 20 at Dollhouse Productions. Capsula, from Buenos Aires, Argentina will open.

From today’s press release:

Os Mutantes, pronounced “Os Moo-Tan-Chis”, is a Brazilian psychedelic rock band formed in Sao Paulo during the Brazilian Tropicália movement in 1966 by Sérgio Dias (guitar, bass, vocals), Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards, vocals) and Rita Lee (vocals).
The importance and influence of Os Mutantes reaches across the music scene at a national and international level. They are recognized as one the most creative, dynamic, radical and talented groups of the psychedelic era and in the history of world music. The group has influenced everyone from of Montreal to Talking Heads, Kurt Cobain and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Besides their innovative use of feedback, distortion and studio tricks of all kinds, Os Mutantes are the pioneers in blending punk and rock and roll with Brazilian musical elements and themes.

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This should be an excellent party, so mark your calendars. More to come.

Click here for tickets ($18 in advance, $20 day of show). Click here for the Facebook event invitation.

fascinating new (and long) interview with Peter Buck in Salon

Peter Buck (of R.E.M. and countless other projects) might not like to give interviews, but he sure gave a long one to David Daley for Salon: Peter Buck: “I think we were all really ready for a change”.

From the piece:

Buck has always stood at the ready to produce an album or get in the van with friends. He made four albums — in August! His list of credits is an amazing one that covers some of the most vital rock artists of the last several decades: the Replacements, the Feelies, Uncle Tupelo, Robyn Hitchcock, Corin Tucker, the Decemberists, Billy Bragg, Suzanne Vega, Warren Zevon, not to mention his work with the Minus 5, the Baseball Project, Tuatara, Grant-Lee Phillips, John Wesley Harding and so many more — including his latest project, Tired Pony, Buck’s second album collaborating with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody.

Buck was the member of R.E.M. who always wanted to do more, faster — so maybe it’s no surprise that he has filled his time since the beloved Rock & Roll Hall of Famers disbanded in 2011 on project after project, while also curating the Todos Santos music festival, where all of these many acts often play together. Then there’s his solo career fronting a blisteringly fun bluesy/rockabilly band, often backed by all-stars he’s lent his name to in the past; a second vinyl-only album is close, and one song has already been revealed.

And here’s that song that has been revealed — as much a performance poem as a song, a meditation on place and being:

A snippet from the interview:

Do you miss playing those songs?

Well, I love those songs. But I never want to play “Losing My Religion” again. “Man on the Moon,” it’s a great song. But it’s five minutes long and I’ve played it a couple thousand times.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour (10/8-10/15)

Hey guys,

I really hope some of y’all listened to me and made it out to see some live music last week.  I caught several very good shows.  Some standouts were Epic Cycle played one of their best shows ever at the Bayou last week, with guests Deric Murphy and Dr. Dan (of the Looters).  Dr. Dan seems to really bring out the best in his musicians.  Just like I thought, the weekend had tons of good music.  Eric Sommer at Abe’s On Lincoln and Niche at The Jinx  were especially good shows.  And I got to see three of Savannah’s best bands on Saturday, Bottles & Cans at Social (with plenty of erotically-costumed people, for some reason) and the Acccomplices/ Train Wrecks show at the Jinx.

Enough talking about last week, time to post the list/recommendations for this week.  Two shows to make sure to see this week are The Jinx’s 10th Anniversary on Thursday and The Stattsfest at Muse Arts Warehouse on Sunday.

Tuesday 10/8

Joe Nelson at Foxy Loxy (8pm) – Another good show at Foxy Loxy.

Thursday 10/10 – A very busy night

J.J. Grey & Mofro and the Dirty Guv’nahs at Lucas (8pm)

Sweet Tease Burlesque, American Aquarium, and Murder By Death at Jinx 10th Anniversary – This show is not to be missed, two great bands.  I will be headed here after the J.J. Grey show.

Omingnome at Zunzi’s 2 (9:30-12:30) – I hope to sneak over here between sets at the Jinx.

Friday 10/11

Train Wrecks at Rail Pub (6pm) – I haven’t seen a band in the new courtyard at Rail Pub

City Hotel at Moon River Brewery (6-9p)

Waits & Co. at Blowin’ Smoke (7pm)

Versatile at Congress Street Social Club (10pm) – Good R&B music.

Hypnotics at Molly MacPherson’s (10pm) – Two man band that plays originals and garage rock covers.

Passafire, Bear Fight!, and Ballyhoo at Jinx (10p) – Bear Fight! is pretty heavy.  Seems like an odd combination with Passafire, but could be interesting.

More listings after the jump:

The Jinx 10th anniversary on 10/10 unites Murder By Death, American Aquarium, burlesque

There are still some $20 tickets left for Thursday’s 10th anniversary show at The Jinx, but you might not want to wait too long. Click here for the club’s contact info.

Murder By Death‘s last appearance here was at The Jinx during the 2011 Savannah Stopover — that show was hands down one of the tightest rock shows I’ve seen around these parts. Their album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, a thrilling work of art, was in regular rotation at my house for several months, and I’m guessing that The Jinx owner Susanne Guest Warnekros listens to MBD pretty much every day.

The five-piece from Bloomington, Indiana has been knocking around the country for over a decade now, and they seem to be just getting better and better.

One of my personal favorites, though a bit lower key than many of the songs they’re likely to play this week:

So I’d be paying $20 for Thursday’s show even it was just Murder By Death.

But American Aquarium will be returning to Savannah for the first time in over a year.

I first caught the Americana band from Raleigh during a hectic St. Patrick’s Day holiday a few years back and have been gushing about them ever since. Lead singer B.J. Barham’s raspy voice and intense lyrics are matched by the musicianship of the rest of the crew.

I don’t know if the American Aquarium will play “Savannah Almost Killed Me,” but it would be fitting:

And The Jinx’s 10th anniversary will also feature performances from The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue, which sold out the joint a few weeks ago.

Murder By Death at The Jinx in March 2011

Murder By Death at The Jinx in March 2011

American Aquarium at The Jinx in June 2012

American Aquarium at The Jinx in June 2012

Niche + Sauna Heat at The Jinx – photos

Excellent show by Niche on Friday night at The Jinx (where else?) for the release of their intense new album The Other Side Of The End.

Sauna Heat was an excellent choice to open — the garage rock brought a young crowd to the club.

Some photos of Niche then Sauna Heat (there was a lot of red in the lighting, so I desaturated a few):

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Black Tusk: “still DIY” – great vid by Converse x Decibel

Check out Converse x Decibel for a little background on this profile of Black Tusk. Love it.

Click here to see a gallery of photos from Black Tusk’s most recent Savannah gig.

video of iconic bands at CBGB in the 1970s

With the impending premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 8 of the new movie CBGB at the CBGB Festival, I’ve been looking lately at some of the 1970s video from the iconic club.

I’ll be doing a fair number of posts on Savannah Unplugged about the movie (including a review) and have already posted some new and re-edited photos from last summer’s filming in Savannah (see here, here, and here).

So here on hissing lawns I just wanted to post a few of those extraordinary videos.

The Dead Boys in 1977:

There’s even video from the CBGB benefit for Johnny Blitz after he was stabbed (interviews after the first number, then John Belushi sitting in on drums, and then — no kidding — Divine ):

Talking Heads and more videos after the jump: