New Music Monday – 5/1/2017

For this week’s post, we’ve got some new tunes from:

  • the Mountain Goats
  • Cayetana
  • Charly Bliss
  • Jason Isbell


the Mountain Goats
Claremont, California
“Rain In Soho” off of the upcoming Goths due out May 19th

The newest single from the Mountain Goats upcoming album Goths, “Rain In Soho”, does an excellent job of living up to the albums name with it’s post-punk ambiance that’s complemented nicely by a full symphony chorus and some of the darkest lyrical content released from the album yet. While the instrumentation is a bit dialed back, the stand out star of this track is most certainly the vocal work by far. ~ Petee

Philadelphia, PA
“Bus Ticket” off of the upcoming New Kind of Normal coming out on May 5th on Plum Records

While Cayetana made major waves with the gritty, pop-punk sound of their debut release, their latest single from their sophomore album showcases a bit more of an indie rock vibe. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed, however, is the band’s knack for tender, heartfelt lyricism which is just one of the aspects that makes them so great. Petee

Charly Bliss
New York, NY

If you missed Charly Bliss at this year’s Savannah Stopover, you missed one of the breakout acts of the year. The New York based quartet fuse grungy, scuzzy guitar riffs with a pop-aesthetic and it all comes together in a fantastic manner when topped with saccharine-sweet bubble gum vocals added to the mix. ~ Petee

Jason Isbell
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
“Cumberland Gap” off The Nashville Sound, due June 16th on Southeastern Records

The Cumberland Gap is a breathtakingly beautiful pass through the mountains near the Kentucky-Virginia-Tennessee, but in this latest powerful song, Isbell uses it as an almost-apocalyptic symbol for the cultural and economic isolation of rural America — “maybe the Cumberland Gap just swallows you whole.” – bill

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 4/27/17 – 5/3/17

Hey guys,
This looks like a pretty good week ahead for downtown music. There are several good shows on Friday, it looks like a good night for wandering around downtown. There are a couple of good highlights on Saturday. I would recommend taking the Sentient Bean show early, then head down to the El-Rocko Anniversary Show. The highlight of the week should be the Shonen Knife show at the Wormhole on Wednesday. You may be able to brag about seeing them at such a small place. I hope to see you around this week.

Thursday 4/27
Eric Culberson BandBayou Cafe
San SomaEl-Rocko
Little BirdBarrelhouse South

Friday 4/28
Johnny OctaneRail Pub (7p)
Chase RiceGrayson Stadium (7p, $20)
Cranford HollowCoach’s Corner
Crazy Man CrazyMolly MacPherson’s
LOCASHStage On Bay (8p, $20)
Naked as We Came, Hippie and the PunkSulfur Studios (8p)
COEDS, Teen Agers, PausesJinx
Funk You, LaGoonsBarrelhouse South
Gino Fanelli TrioWormhole
Jahman BrahmanCongress Street Social Club
Sonic ShockwaveSavannah’s Music City Bar and Grill
Thomas Claxton, Jon Lee and the HextonesBayou Cafe

Saturday 4/29
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
ScriptkiddieFoxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Jason Bible, AM Rodriguez, Matt Eckstine, & Brandon Nelson McCoyTownes Van Zandt Tribute Night at Sentient Bean (8p)
The ApparitionsMolly MacPherson’s
Savants of Soul, Universal GreenBarrelhouse South
Clouds and Satellites Release Show w/ GoldieJinx
The HeadCongress Street Social Club
COEDS, Rude Dude & The Creek Freaks, Street Clothes, CussesEl-Rocko

Monday 5/1
Craig Tanner Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 5/2
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Wednesday 5/3
Shonen Knife, Pussy LauncherWormhole

Athens Popfest Lineup Announcement

Well, it looks like festival season is in full swing and this year looks to be a doozy. With Riot Fest and FEST 16 already releasing part of their lineups earlier this month featuring bands such as Jawbreaker, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stoneage, Against Me!, Hot Water Music, and Smoking Popes, it may be an easy thing to overlook slightly smaller, local festivals.

However, it looks as if Athens’ own Popfest won’t be outdone so easily. Featuring Athens staples such as Elf Power and Pylon Reenactment Society along with major national acts like Apples In Stereo, Waxahatchee, Superchunk, and Kleenex Girl Wonder, Popfest is most definitely one of the biggest “bang for your buck” festivals around right now. Not to mention that Savannah’s very own COEDS will also be featured on the already stacked lineup as well. Check out the poster for the four day festival below and be sure to go ahead and start making those plans for August 9th – 12th.

Courtesy of Athens Popfest

High Water Music Festival-Recap

Last weekend’s inaugural High Water Festival in North Charleston, SC saw a lineup stacked with 24 bands that are a who’s who of the Americana, Folk, Roots and indie Country scene (The Avett’s, Dawes, Deer Tick and Margo Price to name a few). Oh yeah, and The Shins, the musical outlier on the roster but one of the highlights of the weekend. The combination of Charleston’s own Shovels & Rope, who created the festival and curated the lineup, and the production prowess of AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo, Forecastle, etc) made for an inaugural festival with both an enviable roster and an incredibly well run experience. Shovels & Rope deserve huge kudos for what they’ve created and High Water looks to become a mainstay on the spring festival circuit. I only have 2 requests: that it doesn’t get any bigger (an estimated 10,000 tickets were sold) and that they mix up the lineup a little bit more. I could have used a bit more rock and roll! My Top Ten favorite things about High Water probably reflects that. There’s not a lot on the list that focuses on the headliners. Ya’ll know them. What’s below are the things that made High Water unique and special for me with some (amateur, for sure!) pics to accompany.


  1. The Location.The best thing about High Water Festival just might be the location. Riverfront Park in North Charleston is nestled up against the point where The Cooper River meets Noisette Creek, offering a stunning backdrop, cool breezes (at some points during the heat of the day, just moving 20 feet closer to the water made all the difference) and a space that feels both large and small at the same time (Charlestonians in the know anchored their boats just off the main stage area in the Cooper River). The grounds are part of the former Charleston Naval Complex, surrounded by empty warehouses that seem ripe for development. But the inner part of the festival was really well laid out and a quick walk to get anywhere. With no overlapping bands, you could literally see all 24 performances over the two days. The grounds are about 20 minutes from the Charleston Historic District and our group made time to go down each morning for brunch or lunch and hit the festival at about 2pm which made for a really nice weekend experience as I feel like I got my Charleston “fix” in. There seemed to be a good Savannah crowd represented. I know I ran into at least 20 people I knew throughout the weekend.

6 reasons you should see bluegrass band Mile Twelve at The Roasting Room in Bluffton this week

Here are 6 reasons you should consider checking out the Boston-based bluegrass band Mile Twelve on Thursday, April 27th at The Roasting Room in Bluffton:

1. Well, just give Mile Twelve a listen:

2. Darol Anger likes the band: “Mile Twelve has Bluegrass’ best interests at heart. Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments… what more could you ask for America’s best drivin’ music? I’d be fine sending this to aliens.”

3. The Roasting Room Lounge & Listening Room has established a reputation as one of the best sounding venues in the Savannah area.

4. Tony Trischka likes them too: “Mile Twelve’s instrumental skills reflect natural abilities enhanced by serious study of bluegrass tradition and a fearless desire to create fresh pathways. From the opening number of their new EP, it’s plain that their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Their trio blend is as tight as it gets. Their duo and solo singing is equally praiseworthy. The arrangements often surprise with subtle twists and turns… delicious false endings, dropped beats, arco bass and fiddle duets, and on and on. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity.”

5. The kids can do justice to Bill Monroe:

6. Four of the five members are alumni of the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar. The AMS finale “Striingband Spectacular” is consistently one of the most entertaining shows of the 17-day event — I raved about the annual showcase in my recent SMF wrap-up post.

For more info, check out the Facebook event page or slide on over to the Roasting Room page to buy tickets ($10). Doors are at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8. The show is 21+.

Mile Twelve

New Music Monday – 4/24/17

This week’s New Music Monday features new work from:

*The Weeks
*R. Ring
*Kendrick Lamar
*Ghost Bath
*Hot Rod Circuit
*Porno Arcade

The Weeks
Jackson, Mississippi (now based in Nashville)

It’s been about 3 years since The Weeks’ last full-length record, and I hope this talented foursome of childhood friends doesn’t keep us waiting that long for the next record. The band’s live shows are wildly energetic, but there’s a certain restraint in the studio versions of catchy new songs like “Bottle Rocket” and “Hands on the Radio”. That restraint is especially effective in the final song “Don’t Be Sad”, which showcases Cyle Barnes’ fine songwriting and vocal phrasing, as well as The Weeks’ brilliant sense of pacing. – bill

R. Ring
Dayton, OH
“100 Dollar Heat” from Ignite the Rest, out now on SofaBurn Records

Kelley Deal of the Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Ampline have been making music as the duo R. Ring since 2010. A trickle of singles have come out over the past 7 years…. off kilter, kinda hazy, lo-fi indie rock of the sort Kelley Deal is known for. The singles were collected, some new material recorded, and Ignite the Rest was born. If you like The Amps, later Breeders records or the Kelley Deal 6000, you’ll dig this, I certainly do. – tom

Portland, OR
“Falling Eyes” from or, out May 5th on Jealous Butcher

Eyelids includes members of The Decemberists, Guided By Voices, The Jicks and The Drive By Truckers, that’s some pretty serious pedigree. Polished, pretty, power pop with production by REM’s Peter Buck. Buck also stars in the video, reading a book like nobody’s business. More good stuff out of the Pacific NW. – tom

Kendrick Lamar
Compton, California

Similar to the period after each track listing, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is emphatic. Here are some other words: magnificent, painful, honest, and thick as molasses. The flow on this album is jagged, like a knife stabbing the point away through a myriad of Lamar’s thoughts. There are moments made of honey, and then an abrupt shift pushes the blade in for a unexpected course correction. In whatever way you hear it, DAMN. is a giant of an album; poignant and thick, requiring several listens to even scratch the surface. Lamar is a modern poet of the highest order. However, my vote for best lyrics ever are probably the album’s simplest: “be humble/bitch, sit down.” FEEL., HUMBLE., LOVE., and LOYALTY. are personal highlights. Achtung: LOVE., if you’re human, will give you the deep feels. — Joshua

Ghost Bath
Minot, North Dakota

I’ve recently fallen in strange love with atmospheric black metal; music in the Deafheaven, Harakiri for the Sky, Astronoid family tree. Not a lot of shock in Ghost Bath’s newest album, pretty much their same formula is at play here. (Check out 2016’s “Moonlover” too).Which is perfectly fine with me. Fast, sweeping rhythms, mellow, often dissonant breakdowns, consistent tremolo, low-end distortion, balanced by high-end solos, completed by guttural yells. Like a winter in North Dakota (of which I’ve experienced), Starmourner is dilated, dismal, stark, and gorgeous. It’s a black atmosphere, man. This band is terrible at naming things, but their artwork is pretty rad. WTF is a Ghost Bath? or Starmourner? Also, for a while there, everyone thought this band was from China. They finally corrected the record to North Dakota. I love weirdos. — Joshua

Hot Rod Circuit
Auburn, AL
“Default Setting”

Back in 2002, Hot Rod Circuit released one of the seminal albums of the indie/emo scene, Sorry About Tomorrow. It’s been 15 years since their debut album and the original lineup is now gearing up not only for a national tour, but also for their first album release since 2011. The angst the band projects has aged well as has the bands sound in general. If you’re one of the people raving about a certain band that’s recently reunited for Riot Fest (myself being included in that demographic) and you haven’t heard of Hot Rod Circuit, do yourself a major favor and check them out. ~ Petee

Franklin, TN
“Hard Times” off of the upcoming After Laughter due out on May 12th on Fueled By Ramen Records

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve always had an “on again/off again” relationship with Paramore. Their early years that were defined by tracks like “Emergency” and “Misery Business” had me hooked. Their blend of pop, rock, and a subtle touch of punk were right up my alley. After those albums though, I found myself drifting away from them, coming back every so often to relive my high school pleasures. The bands newest single though, “Hard Times”, shows that everything changes with time. The track opens with marimbas and bongos before opening up into what’s easily the band’s most pop-oriented release to date. If “Hard Times” is any indicator of what After Laughter has to offer, we can expect more of an 80’s, dancy vibe and I can’t wait for it. ~ Petee

Porno Arcade
Wise, Virginia
“No Chance” off of the upcoming G.Y.P.S.O

A throwback to pop-punk in the vein of Blink-182, Porno Arcade are a pretty straight forward band. They like to party, they like to have fun, and their music reflects that. Their latest release, “No Chance”, may be about messing up and striking out, but the video is a fun one all the same. If the band’s infectious energy and hooky guitar riffs don’t suck you in, well, I’m not sure what else you’re looking for in pop punk. ~ Petee

check out new video by Twisty Cats on new label House of Strut Records

Savannah has a new record label. Erika Jarman at House of Strut, the cool vintage fashion spot in the Starland district, officially launched House of Strut Records with a release party for a new 7″ from Twisty Cats, the first band in the label’s stable.

Check out Adriana Iris Boatwright’s great piece about House of Strut Records in last week’s Do Savannah.

Twisty Cats, which just wrapped up a European tour supporting the spectacular Capsula, is the duo of Blake and Peter Mavrogeorgis of Dollhouse Productions, one of Savannah’s top recording studios.

We here at hissing lawns wish Jarman the best as she takes on the daunting task of running a label, and we’re thrilled to share the official video for Twisty Cats’ newly released single, “Rockabye”:

T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks at The Grey – photos

We’re huge fans of T. Hardy Morris here at hissing lawns. Drownin on a Mountaintop, with its exploration of what I’ll call Southern grunge, was one of my favorite albums of 2015, and 2013’s Audition Tapes spawned one of the most interesting music video projects ever — a series shot at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Places in Peril”.

Here’s “Share the Needle” from that series, which was shot at Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden:

I interviewed the Athens-based Morris at considerable length just over a year ago — he talked candidly about his early musical experiences and about the music he’s making now.

So I was obviously thrilled when I heard that Hardy & The Hardknocks had been booked for a recent Stopover in The Yard — a joint project of Savannah Stopover and The Grey. This installment benefited the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, which continues to fight the good fight, however frustrating that fight gets.

The grilled lunch and the artillery punch from The Grey punctuated a gorgeous Saturday, and the music was killer.

I take so many photos in dark clubs that I don’t always know what to do with my camera in daylight, but these came out ok. Click on through for the full set:

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 4/20/17 – 4/24/17

Hey guys,
It looks like there will be some good music coming up this weekend.  You can start catching some shows tonight, if you are so inclined.  Happy 4:20.  Friday could be a pretty packed night.  It starts with one of my favorites, Bottles & Cans, at the Rail Pub Courtyard and ends with another of my favorites, the Hypnotics, at the Social Club.  The Friday show at the Barrelhouse looks interesting, with Kung Fu playing one set of originals and one set of Steely Dan covers.  Don’t forget that Saturday is Record Store Day, be sure to stop by one of your local record stores.  Saturday night looks pretty busy also, it looks like another good night to bounce around down Congress Street.  There are a few things to point out about Saturday, the House of Strut’s new record label will be kicking off on Saturday.  The Jason Bible Roast at the Jinx should be pretty good too, and I am sure I will end up there.  I hope to see you guys around, be sure to say “hello”.

Thursday 4/20
The ConnellsTubby’s Thunderbolt
Tim KaiserSulfur Studios (8p, $5-7)
Dynohunter, Bells and RobesBarrelhouse South
Passafire, Lullwater, XuluprophetJinx

Friday 4/21
Bottles & CansRail Pub (6p)
Cicada BrothersTubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
SidelineRandy Woods Guitars (8p, $23)
Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Show, Weak WristsJinx
Kung Fu, Those CatsBarrelhouse South ($12, 7p early show)
Sarah Poole BandMolly MacPherson’s
The Cosmic Groove, Rude Dude and the Creek FreaksWormhole
HypnoticsCongress Street Social Club
Lil JonElan ($30, 9p)

Saturday 4/22
Record Store Day
Voodoo SoupTubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Toxic OscarCoach’s Corner
BlackfootStage On Bay (8p, $25)
Twisty Cats Record Release & Label LaunchHouse of Strut (9p)
Thomas Claxton, Jon Lee and the HextonesBayou Cafe
Cold Heart Canyon, City Hotel, Jason Bible RoastJinx
Iya Terra, Ben Lewis and the Kind DubBarrelhouse South
Lord NelsonCongress Street Social Club
HitmanMolly MacPherson’s
Low Cut ConnieEl-Rocko

Sunday 4/23
Frankie BootsFoxy Loxy Cafe (12-3p)
Time, Sarah KinlawSulfur Studios (7p)
Doug StanhopeBarrelhouse South ($35)
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday 4/23
Craig Tanner Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 4/24
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Reverend Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson and The Goddamn Gallows at The Jinx – photos

So my New Years resolution was to get show posts together within a few days of the show. How am I doing? Hint: I’m doing a shitty job of it, that’s how I’m doing. Anyway, this show was a while ago, sold out quickly, was really fun, and The Jinx was packed…on a freaking Tuesday night!

A quick rundown…Birdcloud cancelled due to family issues (I think), The Goddamn Gallows may have stolen the show and definitely blew more than a few minds with their blistering set of “gutterbilly”, Reverend Horton Heat sure knows his way around a fretboard, and Unknown Hinson entertained, as always, with The Rev and his band backing him. A killer night of music.

New Music Monday – 4/17/17

Another week, another post with new music that hissing lawns contributors are listening to this week. Check out the new work from:

*Gracie and Rachel
*Guided By Voices
*Christian Fitness
*Round Eye

Gracie and Rachel
Brooklyn, New York
“Only a Child”

This duo’s “Gucci Gucci” cover at Stopover 2017 buzzed online and beyond—a gentleman in line for coffee the next morning raved about it and their performance. Gracie and Rachel, a piano and violin duo, loop, pitch shift, and harmonize to build layers of resonance and percussion. Stark song structures, minor melodies and exquisite baroque-like harmonies are their ticket. They’ve got it. “Only a Child” is the first single from their self-titled debut album due out June 23. – Josephine

Savannah, Georgia
“Evergreen” from Unraveling

A story of pluck, luck, ingenuity, and genuine personality – STACE met her producer and management team while performing on the streets of Savannah. They teamed up and recorded an album over the course of two years. If Evanescence, Kelly Clarkson, and Celine Dion incite passion in your heart, STACE is the frenzy you need in your veins. Debut album, Unraveling, out June 2017. – Josephine

Guided By Voices
Dayton, Ohio
“5 Degrees on the Inside”” from August by Cake out now on Rockathon Records

August by Cake is Robert Pollard’s 100th album release. Read that again…100th! The man has probably forgotten more brilliant riffs and melodies than most artists create in their career. Yet another new GBV lineup on this one and it’s unsurprisingly jammed with 1:30 to 3 minute gems. Pollard is a damn underappreciated national treasure. – tom

Christian Fitness
Cardiff, Wales, UK
“Bees Mode” from an upcoming album

I finally got the jump on Tom when it comes to a Andrew Falkous release! That said, it’s not hard to see why we both love every project the man is a part of with such intensity. Gritty bass lines, hooky guitar riffs, nonsensical/borderline “train of thought” lyrics. Yeah, I was hooked from the start and hopefully you are too. – Petee

Round Eye
Shanghai, China
“Billy” off of their upcoming LP Monstervision

Any band that describes themselves as the “sexiest, hairiest and loudest band in China” is sure to immediately grab some attention. And that’s probably one of the least controversial things that Round Eye, a band of 5 white dudes living in China, have said over the course of their career. Combining sax-laden jazz influences with chaotic, Dead Kennedys-esque, ripping punk, the band has made quite a name for themselves with their raucous live shows. Their latest video, Billy, is sure to turn a few heads with it’s not so subtle political imagery. Uhh, I should probably throw in a slightly NSFW warning on this one too. – Petee

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
“LOL” off of their upcoming release Pageant

It’s hard not to fall in love with PWR BTTM. Heartfelt, tender, and yet powerful as all get out, their latest video release, “LOL”, is one of the best indie ballads I’ve heard in a good long time. I really couldn’t help but let out a small chuckle as my heart simultaneously let out a little sigh at the lyric “When you are queer, you are always 19.” – Petee

Brooklyn, NY
Imaginary Enemies out now on Father/Daughter Records

It’s not hard to see why Hiccup’s newest release might be making several “Album of the Year” lists already. With a pedigree that includes the band’s members having been part of projects like The Unlovables and The LLC (if you haven’t watch The Chris Gethard Show, please stop reading now and check it out!), the bands newest release combines the best parts of indie rock a-la The Thermals with everything people love about pop-punk bands like The Ergs! – Petee

Essex, England
“Let Me Out” feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T from the album Humanz, out April 28th, 2017 on Warner Brothers Records

Gorillaz fans have been gleefully watching the band dole out 5 singles from their 20 track forthcoming album, Humanz, over the last month. The latest features Pusha T and Mavis Staples in a genre-busting musical romp turned political conversation between Mavis, Pusha T and 2-D: “Mama Mavis, oh Mama, they tried my patience/Obama is gone, who is left to save us?/So together we mourn, I’m praying for my neighbors/They say the devil’s at work and Trump is calling favors.” Gorillaz just announced the global Humanz tour ( this morning, including a play in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April, 21st. Set your fictional universe cartoon clocks now! -Kayne

notes from the 2017 Savannah Music Festival

The Savannah Music Festival ended just over a week ago, and I feel like I’m still processing the 17-day event. As I’ve watched the SMF grow under director Rob Gibson, I’ve become increasingly interested in the ways in which the festival is becoming intertwined with the identity of the city. I wrote broadly about the issue in last Tuesday’s City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News.

The Savannah I’ve known over the last 20 years has often been defined by a sense of inferiority to, well, you name it, Charleston, Atlanta, Asheville, etc., etc. When the prevailing public sentiment is something to the effect of “what else do you expect, it’s Savannah,” then it’s easy to settle for the mediocre or the “good enough.”

“Hey, that’s pretty good, for Savannah.”

“The new [insert name of whatever] will be fine, certainly better than what we have now.”

Under the guidance of director Rob Gibson, a strong staff, major donors, and a thoughtful board, the Savannah Music Festival has never been willing to settle for good enough. For 17 days each year, world-class performers play in beautiful venues, with awesome production values.

As I wrote in a recent Unplugged column in Do Savannah (the entertainment pullout in the Savannah Morning News), it’s easy to get spoiled by the Savannah Music Festival.

I also wrote a little bit in my three most recent Do columns — here, here and here — about some of the highlights of the festival, so for this post I’m collecting some extended reflections on the performances and other matters. This post is going to be long, so I’m going to break it up with subheadings. I’m not going to follow chronological order here either.

The 2017 SMF had some top tier classical and jazz acts, but I skipped those — the festival just has too many programs for a guy with 1.5 jobs to handle. I should also say that I had a press pass for all the general admission venues (Ships of the Sea and Morris Center for the most part), but I bought my own tickets to five shows and used friends’ extra tickets for a couple of others. In other words, I’m willing to pay for this festival — I’m willing to pay to support programming of such high quality in Savannah.

All that said, let’s dive in:

Dance comes to the SMF: BalletCollective and Che Malambo

The Savannah Music Festival has programmed dance in the past, sometimes to fairly weak audience support. Fortunately, the two major dance programs this year — both of which featured live music — were wildly successful.