Black Tusk in “How to be a hardcore singer” video

Rock It Out! blog‘s “How to be a hardcore singer” video features Andrew and Athon of Black Tusk explaining how they maintain their fine singing voices night after night. You can struggle through the way over caffienated host’s shtick or jump to about 4:24 in the video to get right to Savannah’s finest. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but apparently they have never had vocal lessons and warming up for a gig (or being interviewed) involves drinking beer. Black Tusk rules.



SMF 2014 lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, more

Check out the just-released digital brochure for the 2014 Savannah Music Festival (click here if embed isn’t working):

I’ve listed some of the highlights in a post at Savannah Unplugged.

Always exciting stuff. Tickets go on sale on Thursday.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour 11/6/13-11/12/13

Wow, another great weekend of music.  I knew that GAM at the Jinx would be good, but I really did not know that the Halloween Tribute Band Show would be so enjoyable.  I also caught a very energetic show from the Cusses at Hang Fire.  Of course, I saw plenty more great music, but it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming week now.

The week starts pretty early, with a free Savannah Music Festival show at Charles Morris Center on Wednesday.  I don’t know Sierra Hull, but I am sure it will be a good show, since it is an SMF event.  Saturday is the Rock & Roll Marathon, with headliner Jackyl at Forsyth Park.  I’ve never seen Jackyl, but I look forward to what I am sure will be rock & roll debauchery so early in the morning (and so close to my house).  I hope to catch a few more bands on the way to the Park.

Slow week for me, the early darkness and cold weather really gets me down.  But I am pretty excited about all of the shows I have listed.  I expect more shows to be announced later this week, so (as always) be sure to check back regularly and I will try to keep the list updated.

Here are my recommendations for the week.

Wednesday 11/6

Sierra Hull & Highway 111Charles Morris Center (8pm) FREE – SMF Announcement Show

Thursday 11/7

Danielle Hicks Duo – Flip Flop Tiki Bar 1st Anniversary (9-12)

Friday 11/8

Accomplices, Telfair Babies – American Legion – American Legion on Bull –  Pasta On The Park Party (4-9p) – $10/15 incl. pasta dinner

Kota MundiMolly MacPherson’s (reggae-party band)

Seven Handle CircusCongress Street Social Club (Americana) – An easy walk back &  forth between the venues, should be a very fun night

Saturday 11/9

Jackyl (10:30am) and Train Wrecks (12:15-2:30p) – Rock & Roll Marathon

Lefty Hathaway and KidSyc@BrandywineCongress Street Social Club – If you have never seen a rapper, KidSyc is the one to see.  It really is an amazing thing to see live, even if you think that you “hate rap”.  I don’t know Lefty, but I like a fiddle in a rock band.

Sunday 11/10

AccomplicesDoc’s Bar – If you are able to make it out there, I have heard that this bar is the best place to see the Accomplices. Postponed

Tuesday 11/13

Zach & ColleenFoxy Loxy (8pm) – The good-looking half of The Accomplices at a great locale for music, next to the Gingerbread House

Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods in Athens closing later this month

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Weaver D’s Delicious Fine Foods is closing.

The soul food restaurant inspired the title of R.E.M.’s album Automatic for the People (sorry the embed won’t squeeze into the column . . . ):

Here’s a track from that album, “Nightswimming”:

Savannah Music Festival announces 2014 season with free performance by Sierra Hull

The Savannah Music Festival brings world-class performers to town for 17 days every spring. The festival focuses on a variety of traditional styles and roots music — from classical to jazz, from bluegrass to zydeco.

In recent years, the festival has expanded its programming that appeal to younger audiences — and to readers of blogs like this one. Some of those acts aren’t likely to announced with this week’s first big release of the SMF 2014 lineup, however.

The SMF is throwing a Season Kickoff & Appreciation Concert at the Morris Center on Wednesday night, but we’ll be looking for additional bookings in January or thereabouts.

Mandolin player and singer Sierra Hull, who released her first album at just 16, will be performing at the SMF’s free show. Check out this beautiful version of “Someone Like You”:

And here’s the title track off Hull’s second album:

The Jinx Annual Halloween Tribute Night – photos

Savannah can be pretty darn weird on any given night, but Thursday night it was filled with more character(s) than usual. The streets were flooded with costumed super heroes, clowns, pirates, sexy nurses, vampires, tourists and drunks. There was an abundance of both exposed flesh and totally hidden identities, I ran into more than one friend who had to introduce themselves, as their costumes made them unrecognizable.

The Jinx was at capacity, with almost everyone in good spirits and costume.  At one point I saw “Joey Ramone”, Beetlejuice and Santa Claus all in the pit at the same time. The Beetlejuice theme was perfect for Halloween, with a huge amount of effort obviously put into decorating the space. Misfits songs played between all 7 cover sets (the Black Flag set didn’t happen), which ran more or less on time all night. I truly enjoyed every set, which were consistently solid and fun. I thought it was a little strange that the crowd had thinned out at the end of the night, but then realized it was 3 a.m.. Great night.

Lighting was tough, but here are a couple shots, with a lot more after the jump. (Click for larger versions.)



Safe // Sound presents Sondra Sun-Odeon at The Sparetime on Tuesday

Safe // Sound has brought some eclectic artists to town over the last couple of years — many would not have stopped in Savannah if not for the promoters’ efforts.

Sondra Sun-Odeon will join that interesting list of shows on Tuesday, Nov. 5th when she appears in a free show at The Sparetime at the corner of Congress and MLK.

From the press release:

Sondra Sun-Odeon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist known for intimate and delicate songs about love and loss. Her music plays the boundary between ethereal and haunting noise, to the intensity and sorrow of the real. Collaborating with the makes of Espers, Beach House, Brightblack Morning Light and many others, Sun-Odeon’s debut solo album, “Ætherea”, has already garnered critical acclaim. In describing her process, Sun-Odeon explains the dense limbo in which the songs emerge: “The songs are vehicles for feelings. They weren’t written so much as they just sprang into being, inspired and propelled by the emotions of a given moment,” says Sun-Odeon. “Lyrically, the themes continue to deal with liminality — of bare- ly knowing that threshold between our reality and other states of being… of true being. Abandon, transmutation, temporality, and the desire to commune with — these are other themes.”

It’s a compelling sound:

Corey Hines, an excellent solo performer based here in Savannah, is also on the bill. Hines has a rich voice that is complemented by his excellent work on guitar and harmonica.

Click here for the Facebook invitation. There is no cover.

Triathalon announces East Coast tour for December

UPDATE: Click here for the latest on Triathalon’s tour.

We posted last week about Triathalon’s Kickstarter campaign to help fund the band’s first tour.

Now Triathalon has released the complete details about the tour — and it’s a pretty impressive group of clubs between here and Connecticut (via Bandsintown):

Dec 04: The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, Macon, GA
Dec 05: WonderRoot, Atlanta, GA
Dec 06: Buffingtons, Milledgeville, GA
Dec 08: Conundrum Music Hall, West Columbia, SC
Dec 09: Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte, NC
Dec 10: Slim’s, Raleigh, NC
Dec 11: Orton’s, Wilmington, NC
Dec 12: PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA
Dec 13: The Candy Barrel, New Brunswick, NJ
Dec 14: Cake Shop, New York, NY
Dec 15: Coco66, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 16: The Outer, Space Hamden, CT
Dec 19: Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, Charlottesville, VA
Dec 20: Radio Room, Greenville, SC
Dec 22: Tin Roof, Charleston, SC

Triathalon will also be playing later this month at the Savannah Stopover announcement party featuring Futurebirds and New Madrid.

a Wes Anderson Halloween at the Mansion

We’ve already posted about a couple of Halloween shows at The Jinx and at Dollhouse.

And the Mansion on Forsyth Park is throwing a Wes Anderson-inspired party. From the Facebook invitation:

The already haunted Mansion on Forsyth hosts the first annual “Wes Anderson” themed masquerade party on Halloween night! Pick out your favorite character, get your costume together, and come have some fun. Music by EB [Eric Britt], Craig Tanner, and other special guests upstairs in Casiimir’s Lounge beneath sinister paintings. Martini drink specials and candied apples galore. This event is open to the public, feel free to invite your friends.

Click here for a few Wes Anderson costume ideas.

Here’s Eric Britt’s video for “A Good Year”, directed by Craig Tanner:

Azar Swan headlines Halloween show at Dollhouse

With Halloween on a Thursday, Savannah is set for three solid nights of great live music options around town. (I’m not quite sure why Halloween is such a big deal here, but there you have it.)

Larry Jack has already shared his picks for the week, and Tom has posted about The Jinx’s annual 10/31 lineup of cover bands, which is always a great time.

On Halloween night, Dollhouse Productions on Industry Drive is celebrating the Season of the Witch with a lineup of female-fronted acts.

The Brooklyn-based duo Azar Swan is the headliner:

Delphic Oracle is the project of artist Christiana Key:

And Tamaryn is DJing before and between sets. She won’t be with the full band, but here’s a video anyway:

Dame Darcy will also be on hand exhibiting her illustrations, paintings, and, yes, dolls.

Click here for the Facebook invitation. Click here for tickets.

Also, Dollhouse is currently inviting ideas for dressing up the rather drab DJ/sound booth. So send your ideas to Blake and Peter over at Dollhouse Productions.

The Jinx annual Halloween tribute night Thursday

After you’ve stolen more than enough candy from the kid’s goody bag Thursday, you might want to think about heading to The Jinx for their annual Halloween cover band celebration. The bar is going to be decked out in “full Beetlejuice theme” and 8(!) bands comprised of Jinx staff and local musicians will take the stage to play the songs of various rock and roll legends.  This should be a blast.

The bands will include members of Superhorse, Lovely Locks, Whiskey Dick, Jeff Two Names and the Born Agains, The Wave Slaves, The Magic Rocks and others.

Here’s the event invitation page and the lineup:
10 1/2 (BLACK FLAG)

Cover is $10 and they seem semi-serious about starting shortly after 9.

A couple videos from the past two years:

CCR Aren’t last year.


Free Candy as “The Human Flies” in 2011.

If this doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, Halloween at The Dollhouse looks to be a great choice, too.

Furious Hooves releases Halloween split with songs from Sauna Heat and Hallucinex

The indie label Furious Hooves has just released its third annual Halloween Split Series: Ghost Vibrations with “Spooky World” by Hallucinex and “Whisper In The Wind” by Sauna Heat:

Sauna Heat is a hard-charging garage rock band based here in Savannah. Hallucinex is the project of former Savannah resident Taylor Noll. You can download the split for free.

I lobbed a few questions at Furious Hooves’ Ryan McCardle. Ryan is a member of mumbledust (great music) and a designer whose work includes album covers and the like for Captured Tracks.

hissing lawns: So tell us a little about Furious Hooves — its past, present, future.