1st Revival Fest coming up on Saturday, 9/14 at the Roundhouse

I’m really excited to hear some of the 12 bands playing the 1st annual (well, we hope it will be annual) Revival Fest on Saturday, 9/14 at the Roundhouse (officially the Georgia State Railroad Museum) off MLK here in Savannah.

The schedule will has pretty much continuous music on the two stages — one in the old paint shop and another outside. MusicFile Productions is putting on the event, with Capital A Productions handling the staging.

hissing lawns will be posting previews throughout the week of some of the acts we’re excited to hear on Saturday, so first here’s just a Soundcloud playlist of almost all the bands:

Btw, because of permit problems involving the health department, Revival Fest can’t hold the long-planned oyster and pig roasts, but other options are in process. Those who bought the higher-priced $55 tickets can get the food portion of that refunded. All tickets are now priced at $35. (We’ll save our rants about the local bureaucracy for a future post.)

For updates about logistics and other offerings, check out the Revival Fest Facebook page.

UPDATE: Click here for info and links regarding food and drink for Revival Fest.

Little Tybee announces fall tour, playing Savannah on 9/28

Little Tybee is based in Atlanta these days (I guess), but a couple of the members have deep Savannah ties. And the band is even named for one of the barrier islands off the Savannah coast.

The band’s most recent album For Distant Viewing has the richness and lushness that we’ve come to expect from Little Tybee.

A few days ago on Facebook, the band announced a short fall tour that includes a Saturday, Sept. 28th show at The Jinx:

9/14 @ 529 – Atlanta, GA
9/18 @ SLIMS – Raleigh, NC
9/20 @ PETES CANDY STORE – Brooklyn, NY
9/22 @ THE CAMEL – Richmond, VA
9/23 @ THE WORLD FAMOUS – Athens, GA
9/28 @ THE JINX – Savannah, GA
10/11 @ VARIETY PLAYHOUSE – Atlanta, GA

Here’s the title video from the latest album:

Little Tybee at Congress Street Social Club during the 2013 Savannah Stopover

Little Tybee at Congress Street Social Club during the 2013 Savannah Stopover

Cassette Store Day in Savannah: new music from Furious Hooves, The Casket Girls, Sauna Heat

It’s Cassette Store Day.

To celebrate the day, indie label Furious Hooves (based in part in Savannah) has released Stay Rad Vol. 01, featuring some great new work by mumbledust, Hallucinex, and other bands with the label:

Graveface Records has released the new single “Holding You Back” by The Casket Girls:

And Sauna Heat‘s new cassette Singles – 2012 is being sold by the UK indie label fuzzbook:

Helado Negro in Savannah

Helado Negro played a private party last week here in Savannah. It was something of a homecoming — the musician was once a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Of the 50+ in attendance, a fair number seemed to know Negro from back in the day in college.

Helado Negro’s set was hypnotic.




Heyrocco releases “shitty demos” for “Greatest Hits of the 90s”

Heyrocco is currently on tour on the East Coast. This week they’re supporting headliner CUSSES from Savannah in Sommerville, Baltimore, and Richmond.

I’ve been following Heyrocco’s music closely for about a year now, and it’s been really interesting to watch the very young and awesomely talented trio explore different styles.

I’m a big fan of these recently released “shitty demos” for Greatest Hits of the 90s. Well worth a listen:

Heyrocco at The Sparetime in Savannah

Heyrocco at The Sparetime in Savannah

Black Tusk begins another European tour Sept. 13th

The Savannah-based metal trio Black Tusk is headed to Europe later this week promoting their recent EP Tend No Wounds on Relapse Records.

Black Tusk’s monthlong tour begins September 13th in Frankfurt, with gigs literally every day until October 12th. On October 5th, Black Tusk plays in Copenhagen with Baroness, which also got its start here in Savannah.

Take “Truth Untold” full screen for the full effect:

I took a few shots of Black Tusk’s recent gig at The Jinx here in Savannah:








a new music blog for Savannah, Georgia

So what is this?

hissing lawns is a new music blog based in Savannah, Georgia. We’ll obviously have regular news and multimedia from Savannah-based acts, but we’ll also be posting about touring acts on their way through town, plus regional, national, and international acts.

For unclear reasons, Savannah’s steadily growing music scene has not really spawned any music blogs.

We’ll be getting quite a bit of content up here in the next few days. If you’ve already stumbled upon this, feel free to share.

Oh: hissing lawns. Some of you will know that the name is a nod toward Joni Mitchell, but more about that later.