New Music Monday – 6/18/18

This week we have new work from LVL UP, Skeletonwitch, and The Eels. Enjoy.

Purchase, NY
“Orchard” a final stand alone single on Sub Pop.

Have you ever discovered a great band at the very end of their run? Finding out about a band after they break up sucks, but at least you’re not expecting more music from them. Return to Love, LVL UP’s 2016 release, was one of my favorites that year and I expected a long relationship with them. Nope. Here’s the final single from a great indie…hell, just a great rock band that felt like they had a lot more in them. Sigh.

Athens, OH
“When Paradise Fades” from Devouring Radiant Light out July 20.

Skeletonwitch heads a little deeper into black metal territory with the single from their upcoming Kurt Ballou produced album. While I’m not really a black metal vocal guy, these are pretty rad and the instrumentation is no joke. I’ll be there the next time they play The Jinx.

The Eels
Los Feliz, CA
“Rusty Pipes” from The Deconstruction, out now.

Remember when music videos made you feel things? Feelings, maybe? No? Well, the good ones did at one point, believe it or not. The Eels still make pretty solid videos to go along with their stellar (if a bit on the “dad” side of” indie rock compositions. The Deconstruction is highly recommended if you’re into mature, really well done rock.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 6/15/18 – 6/21/18

Friday 6/15
City Hotel –
Service Brewing (5:30)
Marshall Tucker Band –
Stage On Bay (8p)
Glass Mansions –
Sentient Bean (8p)
Hans Wenzel and the 86ers –
Congress Street Social Club
Quiet Hollers, Ember City –
Barrelhouse South
Doctor Ocular Band –
Molly MacPherson’s
Scaryoke –

Saturday 6/16
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Bottles & CansB&D Burgers Southside (7-10p)
Phantom WingoB&D Burgers Congress St (7-10p)
Jackson and Maggie Evans – Prohibition
General Patton and the Heads of State – Congress Street Social Club
4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra – El-Rocko
Xulu Prophet – Molly MacPherson’s
Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, Whitley Deputy Band – Barrelhouse South
Urban Pioneers – Jinx

Sunday 6/17
Tequila’s Town (Sandfly) – Velvet Caravan (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 6/18
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 6/19
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 6/20
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
DEZORAH – El-Rocko

Thursday 6/21
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
Machine Dreamz – El-Rocko
Black Pussy/ Silver Tounge DevilsJinx

New Music Monday – 6/11/18

This week we have new work from The Rock*A*Teens, Interpol, YOB, KEN Mode, and Car Seat Headrest — also stuff all the way around.

The Rock*A*Teens
Cabbagetown, GA
“Turn and Smile” from the album Sixth House, out June 29, 2018 on Merge Records.

Do you remember when “alternative” rock was called “college” rock? Or do you just like well constructed mid tempo indie rock? Well then, I’m talking to you…check out The Rock*A*Teens, they’re back and have a new album on the way, too. Merge Records/The Rock*A*Teens, sorta feels like 1997 all over again.

“The Rover” from Marauder, out August 24th on Matador Records.

The new Interpol song sounds like, well, Interpol to be honest, and there’s not a damn thing wrong with that. Solid rock and roll, Paul Banks vocals, a great hook…yep, it’s Interpol, and to be honest, that’s a little comforting.

Eugene, OR
Our Raw Heart, full album stream/visualizer.

Doom metal seems to be on the rise of late, with a new Sleep album and this one from YOB. Slow, sludgy, and somehow kind of beautiful, if you like Black Sabbath, but think they’re a little too fast at times, check this out.

KEN Mode
Winnipeg, Manitoba
“Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should” from Loved, out Aug 31, 2018

KEN Mode takes its name from a phrase in Henry Rollins’ book about his insane time with Black Flag…”Kill Everything Now Mode”. It certainly fits the noise rock they deliver with no mercy. Pummelling, aggressive, punishing, you can probably already guess whether you’re going to like this or not.

Car Seat Headrest
now Seattle
Live in the KEXP studio

Where to begin? It’s a newly expanded Car Seat Headrest with members of Naked Giants. Will Toledo has set aside his guitar. A fresh version of the band’s yes-it-will-be-a-classic-one-day “Fill in the Blank”. New songs. A cover of Devo and a snippet of Neil Young. Plus a little conversation focusing on the re-recorded Twin Fantasy. – bill

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 6/7/18 – 6/13/18

Hey everybody,
There are several good shows this week, almost every night. Perpetual Groove is playing a rare show at Barrelhouse Thursday. There are several shows worth checking out on Friday. There is a Led Zeppelin tribute show on Friday at the Stage On Bay. I am looking forward to catching Lulu The Giant at the Jinx that night also, as well as dropping by Molly’s for a bit of Matt Eckstine and friends. Another good show will be the Perpetual Groove show at El Rocko. It’s been a while since I have seen them, and I am hoping they are just as good as they were the last time I saw them. Saturday should be good as well. If you make it out early enough, you can catch Damon & The Shitkickers regular gig at the Jinx Happy Hour, but be sure to walk down to B&D to see Jubal Kane for a while. I’m not sure where to head next, but I do hope to see the Melody Trucks Band at Barrelhouse, yes she is the daughter of Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers. Be sure to try to see some of the shows at the beginning of the week at El Rocko, if you are able to make it out.  And don’t forget the Anthrax show on Wednesday at Stage On Bay. I hope to see some of you around this week.

Thursday 6/7
Andrew Grimm, ellen cherry – Sentient Bean (7p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7p)
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
See Water, BOGO – El-Rocko
Perpetual Groove – Barrelhouse South

Friday 6/8
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Get The Led Out – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Youth Model, Perpetual Care – El-Rocko
Little Stranger, Travers Brothership – Barrelhouse South
Lulu The Giant – Jinx
Voodoo Soup – Prohibition
Matt Eckstine & Friends – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 6/9
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Jubal Kane – B&D Burgers (7-10p)
Abe Patridge, Train Wrecks – Tybee Post Theater ($15)
John Bias, Rude Dude, Pageant Wave – El-Rocko
Melody Trucks Band, Ginger Beard Man – Barrelhouse South
Squash – Molly MacPherson’s
Charlie Fog Band – Congress Street Social
The Well, John Denver Death Plane – Jinx

Sunday 6/10
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 6/11
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 6/12
Shane Secor – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Haybaby, Bethlehem Steel, Ember City – El-Rocko

Wednesday 6/13
Anthrax, Testament – Stage On Bay (7:15, $35)
Soccer Mommy, Grace Joyner – El-Rocko ($10)
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Punk Mess 3 announces lineup

Hey, guys, it’s a little way off, but summer will fly by and before you know it Punk Mess 3 will be upon us…3 days, 4 venues, uncountable beers, and 30+ bands, the bulk of which have been announced in 2 recent lineup drops.

Here’s what we know so far….The dates: October 11-13 (Perfect weather for jeans and black tee shirts), the venues: The Jinx on Friday 10/12, all ages at Starland Dairy/Sulfur Studios on Saturday 10/13, Thursday 10/11 TBA, and bands, a lot of bands, with still more to be announced.

As for the bands, they range from old school punk to gnarly d-beat, with some proto-Devo experimental, classic hardcore, synth punk, noise, garage, and lo-fi thrown in for good measure. Click on any of the bands to check out their music, or just show up with an open mind, some earplugs and some youthful energy and have a good time. We had a blast at Punk Mess 1 and Punk Mess 2, and plan on more of the same at 3.

Lifters, Durham, North Carolina, featuring members of Bass Drum of Death.

The Shitdels, Nashville, TN, featuring members of Cheap Time.

Paint Fumes, Charlotte, NC

Wild Rose, Charlottesville, VA

Gumming, Richmond, VA

Eskizo, Macon, GA

Zaat, Greensboro, NC

Burning Stare, Orlando, FL

Skull Cult, Bloomington, IN

Poor Excuse, Asheville, NC

Adderall, Asheville, NC

Tight Genes, Orlando, FL

Curleys, Gainesville, FL

Cabo Boing, Tampa, FL

Apparition, Athens, GA

US Gas, Savannah, GA (Josh Sterno’s new project)

New Music Monday – 6/4/18

For this week, we bring you new music from White Woods, Mallrat, Gorillaz, and T. Hardy Morris, whose upcoming album we’re incredibly stoked about.

White Woods
Atlanta, GA
“Big Talking” off of the EP Big Talking out now on Suicide Squeeze Records

While White Woods is a far cry away from The Coathangers, one can immediately recognize Julia Kugel’s, aka Crook Kid Coathanger’s, distinct whispy vocals. Instead of the usual garage rock riffs one would expect with the Coathangers, however, White Woods features a much more delicate instrumentation and some rad vocal harmonies. ~ Petey

Brisbane, Australia
In The Sky, out now on Dew Process Records

With her second EP, Grace Shaw, the artist behind Mallrat, has show some major expansion of her sound. Blending a bit of bedroom pop, hip hop, and electro-pop, In The Sky is a perfect album for hitting the beach or riding around town with the window’s down on sunny day. It’s the perfect companion as the weather starts to warm up a bit. ~ Petey

Essex, England
“Humility” off of THE NOW NOW.

I’ll give pretty much any Damon Albarn tune a chance, based solely on his sometimes (but not always) brilliant previous output. Song 2 and Feel Good Inc. come to mind immediately. This one is funky, features George Benson, and probably won’t burrow as deep into my brain as the aforementioned gems. But, hey, maybe it will for you, because, you know, that’s how music works. – tom

T. Hardy Morris
Athens, Ga.
“Stage Names” from Dude, the Obscure, due out June 22.

T. Hardy Morris is a under-appreciated national treasure and I will continue to push his new music (and back catalog, for that matter) on you until he becomes an appropriately appreciated national treasure. What I’m trying to say is you should listen to T. Hardy Morris, modern Southern rock doesn’t get better than this, the third excellent single from the upcoming Dude, the Obscure.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 6/1/18 – 6/7/18

Friday 6/1/18
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
In For A Penny – Rail Pub (6p)
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – B&D Burgers Broughton (7p)
Barefoot Movement – Randy Woods Guitars (8p, $28)
Weather Warlock (Quintron), Controller! Controler! (Kylesa, Black Tusk), Banned In DC author – Graveface Records (7p)
Winded, Cherry Blossom, Lakin Crawford, DJ Vicious Committee – El-Rocko
Freeway Revival, Ivan Pulley Band – Barrelhouse South
The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
The Band AMAR – Prohibition
The House Of Gunt’s BROOD – Jinx

Saturday 6/2/18
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Train Wrecks – Blowin Smoke (6p)
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
Jacob & The Good People – Barrelhouse South
CLVLND, The Old Boy – El-Rocko
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 6/3/18
Willie Jackson & The Tybee Blues Band – Wyld Dock Bar (1p)
Savannah Songwriters Series – Sentient Bean (7p)
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 6/4/18
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 6/5/18
Skippy Spiral, Matty Troubles, Keith Baudry, Ford Natirboff – Sentient Bean (7p, $5 donation)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 6/6/18
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

Thursday 6/7/18
Eric Culberson Band – Bayou Cafe
See Water, BOGO – El-Rocko

New Music Monday – 5/28/18

For this week, we have new work from:
Mighty Mighty Boss Tones
The Get Up Kids
Oh Sees

“Critical” off Golden Rat due late summer

CUSSES’ eerie and rocking new video was premiered recently by Revolver and heralds the impending release of the long anticipated album Golden Rat. CUSSES recently won Connect Savannah’s readers’ poll for best local rock band, but it’s worth adding that Brian Lackey and Angel Bond have recently moved to Nashville, which is a loss to the Savannah scene. But CUSSES has been adding fuel to the fire of the simmering local scene for almost a decade, and I’m sure we’ll see them again. – bill

Mighty Mighty Boss Tones
Boston, MA
“Wonderful Day For The Race” off of the upcoming While We’re At It due out on June 15th.

It’s summer! Time for positive vibes and good music. And if there’s anything more upbeat than 90’s, third wave ska (no, it’s most certainly NOT dead), then I don’t know what it is! Jumping back in the game with their first album since 2011, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones are still serving up the awesome tunes we all grew accustomed to so many years ago. ~ Petey

The Get Up Kids
Kansas City, MO
“Better This Way” off of the upcoming EP Kicker due out June 8th

I know I’m not alone in saying that I grew up with The Get Up Kids and that they played a pretty big part in my musical maturation. It’s easy to hear that they’ve been maturing too, especially with tracks like “Better This Way” which has a much more mellow touch than some of their earlier release but still manages to be a pretty emotional track all the same. ~ Petey

Oh Sees
San Francisco, CA
“Overthrown”, no upcoming album announced yet.

Man, John Dwyer/Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS do not let up, ever. Here’s a new psych/punk ripper seemingly unattached to an album, but the ever prolific outfit no doubt has one (or two or more) coming this year. You want a band that shreds, puts out tons of music in a bunch of genres, and tours pretty much non-stop? Oh Sees are your band.

Seattle, WA
“Giant Brain” from Garbage People, due July 13th via Kill Rock Stars.

Another fun new wavey/pop/slacker punk gem from Wimps. If you like your tunes catchy, fun and to the point, this one fits the bill.

California, USA
“Leagues Beneath” from Adult Swim Singles.

Imagine if Black Sabbath was younger, lived in a state where weed was legal, decided to combine said high test weed with codeine laced cough syrup and write a 17 minute long song. Does that scenario sound good to you? Yeah? Then just mash the play button, brah.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 5/25/18 – 5/30/18

Friday 5/25
Velvet Caravan – Prohibition 
Qwister – Service Brewing (5:30)
Reed Willy – Sentient Bean (8p)
Bottles & Cans – Jazz’d (9p)
Offsides – El-Rocko (9p)
Colby Deitz Band – Barrelhouse South
General Patton & The Heads of State – Molly MacPherson’s
The Unholy Four, The Ramages – Jinx
Trae Pierce & The T-Stones – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 5/26
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Velvet Caravan – Prohibition
Breathers, Superbody – El-Rocko
CBDB, Lady Love & The Losing Streak – Barrelhouse South
Hitman – Molly MacPherson’s
Rock n’ Roll Prom: Time Travel Edition w/ The Hypnotics, COEDS, The Wave Slaves – Jinx
Freeway Revival – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 5/27
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 5/28
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 5/29
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 5/30
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 5/21/18

This week’s post includes work from Lucero, T. Hardy Morris, Big Ups, pronoun, and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, plus “Old Old Fashioned” by Frightened Rabbit with Kayne’s thoughts on the passing of the band’s Scott Hutchison.

Memphis, TN
“To My Dearest Wife” from Among the Ghosts’out August 3rd.

It’s been a minute since Lucero or Ben Nichols solo has played Savannah, but at least there’s new Lucero on the horizon, and that’s very, very, good news. This doesn’t sound like a huge departure from their recent winning formula of Nichols world weary vocals in front of their signature blend of Americana, soul, and country rock, but why mess with perfection?

T. Hardy Morris
Athens, GA
“Homemade Bliss” from Dude, The Obscure out June 22 via New West Records/Normaltown Records.

This second peek at the upcoming T. Hardy Morris album is damn near as good as the first, “Be”, which I’ve listened to pretty much daily since it came out a couple of weeks ago. I’m not sure there’s currently an upcoming album I’m more excited for.

Big Ups
Brooklyn, NY
Two Parts Together, out now on Exploding In Sound Records

The only thing more chaotic than a new Big Ups record may be the mayhem that happens on stage during their live shows. The NY band delivers a carefully curated blend of crushing post-punk guitar work interlaced with Galarraga’s sometimes softly spoken, sometimes violently shouted lyrics. Tune in and get ready for a sonic pummeling. ~ Petey

Brooklyn, NY
“wrong” off of pronoun’s upcoming debut album
pronoun is back with a new single off of her upcoming debut album on Rhyme & Reason Records. More of the slightly lo-fi, dreampop goodness we’ve come to expect from the NY native. Here’s hoping the album isn’t too far in the future! ~ Petey

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Portland, OR
“Bike Lane”

Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus’ 7th solo album Sparkle Hard dropped on Friday. Three singles from the album have been trickling out over the last few months and I’ve loved them all (particularly “Middle America which really does feel like a lost Pavement track) so I was excited to hear the rest of the album. “Bike Lane” is a standout track that musically rocks a little harder than most of the album and lyrically deals with the subject of Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of the Baltimore police back in 2015. It’s a controversial move by Malkmus because the lyrics make you very uncomfortable while the music sublimely pushes you forward. My guess is that that’s the whole point as I can’t stop thinking about this track. -Kayne

Frightened Rabbit
Edinburgh, Scotland
“Old Old Fashioned”

This isn’t new music but perhaps it’s new to some of you. I’ve been reeling from the news last week that Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit was found dead outside of Edinburgh from an apparent suicide. Truly one of my favorite bands, I was so lucky to see him perform many times, most recently in Atlanta in 2016 at Terminal West. When people would ask me who would I most want to bring to Savannah Stopover, my answer was always Frightened Rabbit. Scott’s music, which often dealt with the issues of depression and anxiety, helped support and comfort people the world over. If you don’t know this band, take some time to dig deep into the their canon. It’s a treasure. RIP Scott. -Kayne

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 5/17/18 – 5/23/18

Thursday 5/17
Eric Culberson Band –
Bayou Cafe
Shoplifters, The Woggles –
Jinx ($10)
Rare Creatures, Dead Swells, Cole Collins –

Friday 5/18
City Hotel – Service Brewing (5:30)
Pluff Mudd – Rail Pub (7p)
Atlantic City Boys – Randy Wood Guitars
Sister Hazel – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Stan Ray’s Soul Satisfaction – Jazz’d (9p)
Whitehall, City On Down, DJ Precisa – El-Rocko
Prime Real Estate – Molly MacPherson’s
Big Something – Barrelhouse South
Hanging Judge, Bastard Brigade, Jeff Two-Names & The Born Agains, Hale Bopp Astronauts – Jinx ($7)
Listen 2 Three – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 5/19
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Chicago – Savannah Civic Center (8p, $55)
Allman Brothers Tribute Show – Southbound Brewery (7p, $20/25)
Sondorblue – El-Rocko
Just Ford – Molly MacPherson’s
Ike Stubblefield – Barrelhouse South
American Lesion, Minor Nine – Wormhole
Versatile – Congress Street Social Club

Sunday 5/20
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 5/21
Flipturn – Sentient Bean (7:30)
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 5/22
Clouds & Satellites – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe

Wednesday 5/23
Ben Keiser Band – Boomy’s
Lost In Society, Jeff Two-Names & The Born Agains – El-Rocko

New Music Monday – 3/14/18

Another collection of new music this week:

Big Ups
Brooklyn, NY
“Imaginary Dog Walker” from Two Parts Together out May 18 on Exploding in Sound.

Big Ups have been plugging away at it for years now, and have perfected their singular introspective post hardcore. A tense, spoken, grinding buildup leads to at least a bit of release at the end. Cool stuff. I’ve enjoyed their first two full lengths, I’m betting I’ll dig this one, too.

New York, New York
“Geyser” from Be The Cowboy out Aug. 17 on Dead Oceans.

You guys, Mitski is playing El Rocko on June 23. Holy shit. Wait, you don’t know who Mitski is? Umm, ok, wow. Wait, just check out this new song. See, no biggie, you’re up to speed now.

The Pauses
Orlando, FL
“Digital Detox” from Unbuilding out June 22nd via Arctic Rodeo Recordings.

The Pauses are no strangers to Savannah, and that’s rad because they’re…well….rad, too. They deal in indie/pop/rock and this new single pushes all those buttons hard. Synths, distorted guitars, immediately catchy melody, this deserves WAY more airplay than it will probably get. Bonus indie cred for the J. Robbins production.

Young Widows
“Checked In/Checked Out” from DECAYED: Ten Years of Cities, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain, out June 8 on Temporary Residence Ltd.

Young Widows have covered a lot of ground in their 10+ years of cranking out something somewhere between post punk and post hardcore. Don’t let that scare you, it’s a little dark, maybe in a heavier Joy Division way, but plenty melodic and accessible. The new album is a b-sides and rarities kinda thing, but if you dig this track, definitely check out their Old Wounds lp. Classic.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
“Refute” from Sparkle Hard, out May 18 on Matador Records.

The third great pre-release single from ex Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, this one a country flavored jam featuring some guest vocals from indie icon Kim Gordon. If the lead singles are any indication, I expect Sparkle Hard to be a contender for album of the year for me. Just a few more days……