Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 4/14/17 – 4/19/17

Hey guys,
This weekend looks pretty good for music. There are several good choices around town. I have listed all of the shows I can find, I am sure you can find something you like.

Friday 4/14
MercersTreehouse (5-9p)
Danielle Hicks BandRail Pub (7-10p)
Jared Hall, Rufus Bryant, Chris ChandlerTybee Post Theater (7:30, $15)
Gnash – Armstrong State University (8p)
Sister Hazel – Stage On Bay (8p)
Big Drops, Naked As We Came, Goldie – El-Rocko
SeePeopleS, Morning Fatty – Barrelhouse South
American Hologram – Molly MacPherson’s
Decepticomics – Jinx

Saturday 4/15
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
City Hotel: Old Classics, New TracksUnitarian Universalist Church (7p, $20)
The Lark & The Loon – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Keith Bloom, Peggy Snow, Jeff Zagers – Sulfur Studios ($10/7, 8p)
Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ – Coach’s Corner
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Gravy – Congress Street Social Club
Back City Woods, Ray Lundy – Jinx
Charlie Fog Band – Barrelhouse South

Sunday 4/16
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Wednesday 4/19
Dick Dale, Mercers, Wave Slaves – Wormhole ($35/25)

hissing lawns joins Graveface Records charity initiative, Deep Center Inc. to benefit

It’s really just the perfect matchup of things, I think. hissing lawns and Graveface Records & Curiosities.

The amazing contributors here at hissing lawns are clearly all music nerds, the best kind of people, who apparently like other people too. Now everyone will get an inside look at some of our favorite albums, and get the opportunity to donate to a rad nonprofit.

Earlier this year, Graveface Records & Curiosities announced a new charity initiative. Each month a different organization would curate a crate of records at the physical record shop on Bull Street, and then choose a charity or nonprofit to promote. The proceeds from each record sold from that bin will go the charity. For instance, Savannah Stopover’s crate last month helped WRUU 107.5 FM with over 300 bones.

hissing lawns has chosen Deep Center Inc. to receive the proceeds from our amazing crate. Deep Center Inc, if you are unaware, is one of Savannah’s best nonprofits. Established as an after-school literary program, they’ve garnered national attention for the work they are doing. Last year, Andre Massey Jr. read a poem for First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House after the Deep Center Inc.’s Young Author Project was honored as one of 12 community-based programs to receive a national arts and humanities award and $10,000. Big time!

If you’ve never heard a reading from the kids in the Deep program, I recommend catching the next one. Some six year-old girl drove me to tears by describing her relationship with her father, which was similar to my own. Yeah. Deep, man.

As an extra bonus, and since we are all music writers, we’re going to tell you why we chose the particular albums in the crate. Hopefully, as we replenish the crate over the next month, we’ll have more postings to let you know why we picked certain albums.

For my additions this first week, I picked a variety of my favorite records from Modest Mouse to Kylesa and Miles Davis. It was a bit of a smash and grab effort though. So I won’t go into much detail those this week. The other cohorts who added to the first week’s crate, however, have put together some wonderful blurbs on why they chose what they did.

Here are Dr. Peterson Worrell M.D. Ph.D. WWC Champ and the super sweet Josephine Johnson with some words.

New Music Monday – 4/10/17

Lots of new music out again this week, and here are some bands that hissing lawns contributors are listening to:

  • Christian Fitness
  • Buildings
  • Black God
  • At the Drive In
  • Valerie June
  • Black Lips


Christian Fitness
Cardiff, UK
“Bruce Hated Puppies” from imminent album (how’s that for vague?)

“Now Bruce, he’s a lot of fun, he’s a lot of fun when he’s not not a lot of fun, the puppy thing isn’t really representative”. C’mon now, those lyrics over super catchy, bass heavy noise rock? More genius from hyper prolific Andrew “Falco” Falkous (McLusky, Future of the Left). This single will be on heavy rotation for a long time for me. – tom

Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Smell The Pool” off the upcoming April 21, 2017 album You Are Not One of Us on Gilead Media

Massive, menacing noise rock out of the Midwest is a time honored tradition, and Buildings do the Land of 1000 Lakes proud. Rhythm section forward, aggressive but understandable vocals, Buildings would be right at home on classic Amphetamine Reptile or Touch and Go Records rosters. If you have any clue what I’m talking about, you should pre order this album. – tom

Black God
Louisville, KY
Four released on No Idea Records

Black God could be the poster child of a band that is much, much more than the sum of it’s parts. And believe me, the sum of it’s parts is nothing to be ignored. Featuring members of bands such as Black Cross, Coliseum, Xerxes, and Young Widows, the Louisville, blitz-rock supergroup just released their fourth, ripping EP which will be sure to hold people captive with it’s catchy but totally roaring tracks. – Petee

At the Drive In
El Paso, TX
“Hostage Stamps” of of the upcoming in•ter a•li•a due out on May 5th

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since the last record release from At the Drive-In. The post punk juggernauts haven’t lost a thing though, judging from the few singles that have trickled out in preparation of their newest album. With rhythms as intricate as they are powerful, Hostage Stamps is easily my favorite single so far from in•ter a•li•a which is shaping up to be one hell of a come back album. – Petee

Valerie June
“The Front Door” from The Order Of Time, released March 10th on Concord Records

I’m still playing catch up on all the great releases that came out in March so consider today’s reccos “newish”. Valerie June is a calm force to be reckoned with. At times June’s songs sound like unearthed relics from the Library of Congress vaults. I’m not sure how she manages to capture the entire spectrum of that overused descriptor “roots” music (Gospel, Soul, Folk, Americana, Country, Appalachian, etc, etc, etc.) … but she does, and then elevates it to create something entirely of the moment. In an album filled with standouts, this is the track that slays me every time. – Kayne

the Black Lips
Atlanta, Ga
“Can’t Hold One” from Satan’s Grafitti or God’s Art? Out May 5th on Vice Records.

Chaos is returning! At Eighteen songs deep, the new album from Atlanta’s garage rockers the Black Lips has Sean Lennon at the production helm, guest appearances by Yoko, some blistering saxophone and it comes out on Cinco De Mayo. This lead off track is classic Lips but with some surprising Lennon/psych pop twists and turns. – Kayne

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 4/6/17 – 4/11/17

Hey guys,
It looks like there are some pretty good shows coming up this weekend. Friday has the most choices I have seen in a while, and you can’t go wrong wherever you end up. There are a couple of good Pussy shows, with Pussy Launcher at the Wormhole and Black Pussy at the Jinx. There is also a big event at the House of Gunt, an all night dance party to benefit the Savannah Riverkeeper. There are plenty of good bands playing at that show, too many to list, just check out the House of Gunt Facebook page for a listing of all the bands. There are two very good bands playing at Barrelhouse South that night, Steppin Stones and Josh Robert & The Hinges. If you like good old rock and roll, I would recommend trying to catch at least one of those bands (preferably both of them). One of my favorite party bands, the Hypnotics, will be playing at Molly MacPherson’s on Friday night also.

There are plenty of choices on Saturday, but you should really try to catch Hammond B3 legend Ike Stubblefield at Barrelhouse South. And don’t forget, the weekend doesn’t end on Sunday (after all, this is Savannah), there is a punk show at the Jinx on Monday, and it looks like it should be exciting. With all of these choices and the good weather ahead, there is no reason not to head out this week. I hope to see you around somewhere and be sure to say “hello”.

Thursday 4/6
Ben Keiser BandBarrelhouse South

Friday 4/7
Zach WilsonPS Tavern (11 W Bay St, 5p)
HitmanTubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Jon Lee & The ApparitionsRail Pub (7p)
Joshua SmithFoxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Rodney AtkinsStage On Bay (7p)
Lonely Hearts String BandRandy Woods Guitars (8p)
Non-Stop Boogie DropHouse Of Strut ($24)
Steppin Stones, Josh Roberts & The HingesBarrelhouse South
Black Pussy, HotplateJinx
Hellzapoppin Sideshow Circus, Pussy LauncherWormhole
HypnoticsMolly MacPherson’s

Saturday 4/8
T. Hardy Morris & The HardknocksStopover In The Yard at The Grey (12p – 3p, $25)
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Matt EckstinePS Tavern (6p)
Willie Jackson BluesTubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Bottles & CansWyld Dock Bar (7p)
Joe Marcinek Band (featuring Ike Stubblefield)Barrelhouse South
Broken Glow, Sara Clash, Low Country OscillationsEl-Rocko
Garden Giant, The Stoop KidsJinx
General Patton and the Heads of StateMolly MacPherson’s
Jamil HoustonWormhole ($5 donation)

Sunday 4/9
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday 4/10
Natural Causes, The Mold, Cray BagsJinx
Craig Tanner Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 4/11
Ben Keiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Waits & Co. at A-Town Get Down Festival 2017 – photos

Both Bill Dawers and I have already made posts from this year’s A-Town Get Down, but we’ve got a few more photos to share. Thanks to up & coming photographer Jas Adams my own band (Waits & Co.) got a nice set of images from our portion of the day-long festival. This was Jas’ first year as an official Savannah Stopover shutterbug, as well as taking on A-Town as their art documentarian. I can’t wait to see what he gets involved with next, and hopefully we’ll be able to feature more of his work at hissing lawns as well!

Here are a few highlight shots, with more after the jump….

New Music Monday – 4/3/17

This week’s installment of New Music Monday features work from:

  • Big Walnuts Yonder
  • Pile
  • Slowdive
  • Aye Nako
  • Diet Cig
  • Poolside
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

If you’d like to share the new music you’re listening to, please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.

Big Walnuts Yonder
“Raise The Drawbidges” off of a self-titled album is out May 5 via Sargent House

Well, this is a weird one. A supergroup, of sorts, comprised of Mike Watt of the Minutemen, Nels Cline from Wilco, Greg Saunier from Deerhoof, and Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos. Apparently the concept has been percolating since 2008, but the album was cut in 3 days recently? Okay. The song is weird, too, a high energy, fuzzed up, psych freakout with Watt vocals buried fairly deep in the mix. – tom

Boston, MA
A Hairshirt of Purpose, out now on Exploding in Sound Records.

Easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year, I’ve spun this a handful of times now, and it’s starting to grab. Generally less aggressive than the last couple Pile albums, their trademark dynamics are still there…strange song structures…kind of bizarre lyrics delivered in an unconventional way…mathy guitar and drum interplay…and somehow, eventually, the songs burrow deep into your brain if you let them. – tom

“Sugar for the Pill” from the new eponymous album due out May 5 on Dead Oceans

It’s been 22 years (yes you read that correctly) since we’ve had a single from them and I can only hope I like the rest of the new album as much as this track, which is the second single we’ve heard from the new work. – Jason

Aye Nako
New York City, NY
“Nightcrawler” off of the upcoming Silver Haze coming out on April 7th on Don Giovanni Records

Aye Nako came onto the DIY punk scene back in the early 2010’s and have yet to show any sign of slowing down. The latest single off of their upcoming album features their signature melodic guitar riffs coupled with killer vocal harmonies. Don’t be deceived though, while the songs may come off as deceptively mellow at first, Aye Nako is a band that takes every opportunity to use their music to tackle the most intimate of topics. – Petee

Diet Cig
New York City, NY
“Link In Bio” off of the upcoming Swear I’m Good At This due out on April 7th

Diet Cig has a way of combining vulnerability and grit that few others have mastered. “Link In Bio” is a prime example of this detailing the experiences of living in a society that expects one to act in a certain way while also adhering to a completely contradicting persona as well. Lyrics like “They say speak your mind but not too loud; You should love yourself but don’t be too proud.” drive home the core message all while being delivered by singer/guitarist Luciano’s stellar harmonies. – Petee

Los Angeles, CA
“Everything Goes”

Poolside’s self proclaimed mantra is “Great friends, good music, California, and mezcal”, a life approach that’s pretty easy to rally behind. The new single from the duo of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise has made the rounds in their DJ sets, but the addition of cello in the recording studio elevates it to a whole new level. They call it “daytime disco”. I call it one of those songs you find yourself playing 5 times in a row. – Kayne

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Melbourne, AU
The French Press

This Melbourne trio was on our short list for Stopover 2017 but schedules and Visas got in the way… but that left me even more pumped for their sophomore effort which dropped March 10th on Sub-Pop. At six songs and just under 20 minutes, it clocks in as one of the tightest efforts of 2017. Eighties inspired indie rock wrapped up in modern day short stories. It’s sublime on every level. – Kayne

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 3/31/17 – 4/5/17

Hey guys,

Well, another good music week ahead, with plenty of musical choices ahead.  It’s nice to see there are some early choices  weekend.  On Friday, I’m looking forward to the early show at the Rail with the Willie Jackson Blues Band.  There are several good musical choices later that evening also.  Their are several locations with early shows on Saturday, with music at the Jinx, Foxy Loxy Cafe, and Sulfur Studios.  I hope to make it down to the Jinx later that evening for some more music from Wave Slaves and Star Period Star.  It also looks like there will be a rare Wednesday night show at the Jinx on Wednesday this week.  And don’t forget about the Savannah Record Dig and Super Groovy Art Fair on Saturday at 11am, located between 40th and 41st St at DeSota St.


Friday 3/31
Willie Jackson BluesRail Pub (7p)
The Reppertons, Jeff Two-Names & The Born Agains, Porno ArcadeWormhole
Pollen (6p), The Stir, Movers & Shakers, Embering, Nico FrancEl-Rocko
Hooten Hallers, Boo HagJinx ($7)
Passedena, BeauregardBarrelhouse South
Reckless AbandonCongress Street Social Club
Sonic ShockwaveSavannah’s Music City Bar & Grill

Saturday 4/1
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Clouds and SatellitesFoxy Loxy (7p)
Gumps, Tommy TechnoSulfur Studios (7p)
Dave Dandero, Too MuchEl-Rocko
Wave Slaves, Grace Koyner, North By North, Star Period StarJinx
American HologramMolly MacPherson’s
Groove Fetish, SumilanBarrelhouse South
The RealityCongress Street Social Club
Liquid GingerBoomy’s

Sunday 4/2
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Tuesday 4/4
Miss Sissy BrownFoxy Loxy Cafe (7p)

Wednesday 4/5
Hot Plate, Jerkagram, Anxiety JunkiesEl-Rocko ($5)
Eric Culberson BandBoomy’s
Ben Kaiser BandBay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open JamBayou Cafe

Cracker, AJ Ghent, Bobby Rush, Old Salt Union + lots of art A-Town Get Down – photos

In an ambitious move, A-Town Get Down Festival moved this year to a different date and venue. Previously held at the Morris Center on a generally quiet winter weekend, the daylong festival was held last Saturday and utilized some awesome open spaces at the east end of Indian Street, near the bridge and SCAD’s Alexander Hall.

I attended a Savannah Music Festival performance that afternoon — we’ll have some more info about the SMF soon — and didn’t make it to A-Town till about dusk. There were a lot of people milling about in the huge space that the festival occupied, but the event probably needed to be somewhat condensed. I love the ambition of A-Town, though, and I was impressed with all the acts that I saw — Grammy-winning blues phenom Bobby Rush, bluegrass band Old Salt Union, the powerful AJ Ghent Band, and the headliner Cracker.

I also caught the “Gesture Jam” with DJ Obi-1-Benobi and the Stardust Pixies. The mix of art, music, food trucks, and other vendors — all with the Savannah River bridge looming above — made for some striking visuals. We’ve already posted Jon Waits’ gallery of Swamp Cabbage, and here are shots of the acts that I saw, plus some shots from around the festival — click on through for the full gallery.

New Music Monday – 3/27/17

For this week’s New Music Monday, we have work from

  • Craig Finn
  • Golden Pelicans
  • Jason Isbell


Craig Finn
New York, NY
“God In Chicago” (official video) from We All Want The Same Things out now on Partisan Records

Craig Finn is the best lyricist in rock. – tom

Golden Pelicans
Orlando, FL
“Blue Medusa” from Disciples of Blood out April 21 on Goner Records

Golden Pelicans are a stellar live band and the upcoming release on Goner sounds like it captures the energy perfectly. That’s really saying something, as vocalist Erik Grincewicz and crew deal in nasty proto punk that sometimes needs to be seen to appreciate. Man, I love this band. – tom

Jason Isbell
Nashville, TN
“Hope The High Road” off of The Nashville Sound available June 16th via Southeastern Records

If you don’t know Jason Isbell, but like Wilco, Sturgill Simpson, Drive By Truckers type tunes, do yourself a favor and hit play. If you do know Jason Isbell, you’ve already hit play. The kind of stuff that gives me hope for almost mainstream music. – tom

New York
SXSW performance posted by NPR Music

One of my favorite acts of the 2016 Savannah Stopover continues to put create beautiful new music and find new audiences. The recording isn’t stellar here, but the rough edges contribute to emotional and inspirational depth. Check out the guest appearance from Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray For The Riff Raff. – bill

Swamp Cabbage at A-Town Get Down 2017 – photos

This weekend brought about the return of A-Town Get Down Arts & Music Festival, and with it a full roster of top-notch music. This was my fifth year performing with Waits & Co. at the annual shindig, and per usual we had a blast. The gathering of creatives to share their talents has become a favorite of mine, and was actually my introduction to the Savannah music community.

Over those last five years I’ve become friends with quite a few of the regular faces, both onstage & behind the scenes. One of those friendships is with Walter Parks of Swamp Cabbage. When performing together these three veterans of the stage throw down sound like nobody’s business. To paraphrase Walter’s tongue-in-cheek statement from under the bridge ‘it’s in our contract that we play LOUD’, and they delivered on both that & the down-home dirty sound that they’re known for. Humor and rock & roll at maximum volume are something they do well, pulling from both their own originals, to ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who, and finishing out their set with a masterful cover of The Allman Brothers. Joining them for a few rousing, brass-blasting tunes was the horn section from Snarky Puppy. I’d love to hear what all of those cats could do together in the studio. A-Town is generally speaking a festival of mixing things up, one-off collaborations, and not only seasoned musicians doing their thing, but also sharing the stage, and their experience with up & comers.

Congratulations to both the A-Town family & also Erin Wessling of W Projects for pulling off a helluva’ day of music & art in Savannah!

Here are a few highlight shots, with more after the jump….

Swamp Cabbage

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 3/23/17 – 3/29/17

Hey guys,

I think I have listed most of the stuff that I could find this week, and it looks like it could be another good music week.  A highlight of the week should be the A-Town Get Down Festival on Saturday, headlined by Cracker.  Another highlight will be the Jinx show on Tuesday. It looks like the have at least three headliners at that show, Rev. Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, and Goddamn Gallows (maybe Birdcloud too?).  I didn’t list the Savannah Music Festival shows, it was a little overwhelming.  It looks like there will be good weather, there definitely will be good music, go have some fun.

Thursday 3/23
Tahah, No LovesEl-Rocko
Selector Dub Narcotic, Daniel Brady LynchGraveface (7p, $5)
Orange Constant Album Release Party – Barrelhouse South

Friday 3/24
Cory ChambersDriftaway Cafe (7p)
Velvet CaravanWyld Dock Bar (7p)
Star Period Star, Philip Polk Palmer, Pussy LauncherWormhole
Those Lavender Whales, Clouds & Satellites, Dear BlancaEl-Rocko
Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Scholars WordBarrelhouse South
ChewCongress Street Social Club

Saturday 3/25
A-Town Get Down Festival Indian Street (12:30p)
Damon and the ShitkickersJinx Happy Hour
Charlie Fog Band Presents Grateful DeadTybee Post Theater ($15/13)
Nathan Stanley (grandson of Dr. Ralph Stanley) – Mars Theater (7p, $20)
Backup Planet, Jive Mother MaryBarrelhouse South
The Rumjacks, In For A Penny, The MuckersJinx
Bella’s BartokCongress Street Social Club

Sunday 3/26
Voodoo SoupCongress Street Social Club

Monday 3/2 7
Craig Tanner Open MicAbe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 3/28
Rev Horton Heat, Unknown Hinson, Goddamn Gallows, BirdcloudJinx ($30)

Wednesday 3/29
The Lipschitz, PallasEl-Rocko

New Music Monday – 3/20/17

This week’s New Music Monday features work from 5 stellar acts:

Downtown Boys
Juliana Hatfield
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Fit For An Autopsy


Downtown Boys
Providence, RI
“Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” from upcoming Sub Pop release

An urgent yet catchy punk blast sung in Spanish from one of the more important punk projects currently in existence. Not to be missed live. Powerful, engaging stuff. – tom

Juliana Hatfield
Boston, MA
“Wonder Why” from Pussycat out 4/28 via American Laundromat Records

Would I have guessed in 1992 that Juliana Hatfield would still be putting out killer, relevant indie rock in 2017? Who knows, I had some goofy music opinions then (still do) and thought we’d have flying cars by now. Songs started pouring out of Juliana after the 2016 elections and Pussycat is the result. I’m digging this song. – tom

“Show Yourself” from Emperor of Sand available March 31 on Warner Bros.

This is as mainstream as I’ve heard metal juggernaut Mastodon get, but c’mon, you want to see the Grim Reaper get flipped off and get lucky in the back of a hearse, right? Right? – tom

Hurray For The Riff Raff
New Orleans, LA
The Navigator

This might be my favorite Hurray For The Riff Raff record. The Bronx born, New Orleans-based folk rocker Alynda Lee Segarra is back with her ninth studio effort. Savannah got treated to a few shows in 2014 when she was touring on “Small Town Heroes.” Her show at the Jinx is still one of my favorite concerts in this city. “The Navigator” is noticeably more rock than the folky “Small Town Heroes,” and spans from upbeat Stevie Wonder type tunes to slower ballads. It’s a melting pot of awesomeness from start to finish. Nerd Note: The mix and production value on this album is really fantastic. Segarra’s vocals throughout exist in this wonderful plain just above the instrumentation, which is far more expansive at times and I dare say more interesting than on her previous albums. — Joshua

Fit For An Autopsy
Jersey City, New Jersey
The Great Collapse

When I heard the first single off this album, I was stoked. Fortunately, the rest of the deathcore band’s fourth studio album didn’t disappoint. I really appreciate how daring this band can be when it comes to vocals. They are never afraid to explore straight singing in new and interesting ways, which is often frowned upon in the genre as a whole. With legendary producer and lead guitarist Will Putney writing their music, I suppose it’s pretty easy to venture in whatever direction they please. This album’s first single, “Heads Will Hang,” is still may favorite track though. “Black Mammoth” is a close, close second. Thanks to the demon gods of Metal March for this blessing. — Joshua