Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/16/17 – 11/22/17

Thursday 11/16
Aaron Zimmer – Molly MacPherson’s (4-8p)
General Patton and the Heads of State – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Forsaken Profit$, The Commonwealth of American Natives, Pussy Launcher – Jinx
Universal Sigh – Barrelhouse South
Offsides, Solo Collection – El Rocko

Friday 11/17
Susanna Dyar (4-8p) – Molly MacPherson’s
Johnny Octane – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band – Rail Pub (6p)
Mother’s Finest w/ Thomas Claxton – Stage On Bay (8p)
GTA, LaGoons – Barrelhouse South
Bahamacide, Xulu Prophet, The Night Shift – El-Rocko
Anders Thomsen Trio – Jinx
Goodfires, Cougar Sweat, McLeods – Wormhole

Saturday 11/18
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
American Hologram – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Empire Strikes Brass – Southbound Brewery (8p)
Michael Beke, Ezer – Sentient Bean (8p)
Whiskey & Wine – Molly MacPherson’s
TreeHouse – Barrelhouse South
Choir of Babble, Machine Dreams, Ember City – El-Rocko
Bumpin Uglies – Congress Street Social Club
Pee Wee Moore – Jinx

Sunday 11/19
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club
The Movement, New Kingston – Barrelhouse South

Monday 11/20
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/21
The Lark & The Loon – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Bottles & Cans Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s

Wednesday 11/22
Junkyard Angel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Loi Loi, DIP – El-Rocko
Eric Culberson Band – Boomy’s

New Music Monday – 11/13/17

This week we have new work from:

Superchunk
KEWL
Angel Olsen
Drive-By Truckers
Wavves + Culture Abuse collaboration

As always, enjoy.

Superchunk
Chapel Hill, NC
“What A Time To Be Alive” off of the album of the same name due out on February 16, 2018

Superchunk has cranking out indie rock jams quite literally for as long as I’ve been alive. It’s kind of surreal to think that after 28 years, they’ve managed to pump out 11 albums and each one sounds sounds fresh and new. And if their stellar set at The Fest just a little over two weeks ago was any indication, they don’t plan on settling down any time soon which is more than alright in my book. ~ Petey

KEWL
New York by way of Savannah, GA
“This Message Will Self Destruct”

Like garage rock? Or punk rock? How about super fun tracks with infectious guitar riffs and boogey-inducing grooves? If you answered no to all of those, well, go ahead and skip this killer track from KEWL. If you answered yes, get ready to throw on a pair of comfy socks and do that whole “dancing on top of your bed” deal that was all the rage for a minute. ~ Petey

Angel Olsen
Asheville, NC
“Special” from Phases out now on Jagjaguwar

Indie songstress and all around cool artist Angel Olsen just released an album of demos, b-sides and covers this weekend. I’m just starting to work through it, and if you like stuff that doesn’t suck, you should too. Available now on whatever platform you consume music on.
tom

Drive-By Truckers
Athens, GA
“The Perilous Night” 7″ benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center, out Dec. 15.

What’s that you say? You don’t like your Southern/roots/americana rock political? Well, you better stay the hell away from this one… Patterson Hood and the boys are singing what they’re feeling, and they’re not feeling great about what’s going on currently.
tom

Wavves/Culture Abuse
California
“Upside Down” collab single out now.

Do you like your indie surf(ish) rock fun and kinda dumb, like Fidlar, Orwells, or King Tuff? Well…..here you go.
tom

Deep Roots Festival: review + photos

I headed down to Milledgeville a few weeks ago for my first/the fourteenth annual Deep Roots Festival. I was really impressed with the lineup–for the low, low price of $8, you got to see Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Drivin N Cryin, Muddy Magnolias, & Trae Pierce. I think the promoters kind of outdid themselves with the great lineup, as there really wasn’t enough room for everyone by the end of the night, but the festival seemed well run overall. Food & drink prices were not outlandish & the sets were each around 45 minutes–long enough to get a good feel for the artists, not so short that it felt like anyone was being rushed off stage.
I arrived in time for the second set, Trae Pierce & the T-Stone Band, & was able to grab a great spot on the rail. This was my second time seeing them & I was again impressed. They play with such joy & energy, it’s readily apparent they love what they do. In an era of hearing the same old thing on the radio day after day, their variety is refreshing. They played several originals, but it was their phenomenal assortment of covers that was the highlight of the set. Jumping effortlessly from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song to The Beatles to Rage Against the Machine to Michael Jackson, each opening guitar riff brought out a new opportunity to guess what song would be coming up next.
Next up was Drivin N Cryin. A great many people were at the festival just to see them, & the crowd got noticeably thicker as the veteran Southern rockers appeared on stage. They sang all their hits in celebration of the re-release of 1989’s Mystery Road. Many crowd members got extremely emotional & there was a great deal of singing along, especially on Straight to Hell (lead singer Kevn Kinney described it as “being about Romeo & Juliet if they had grown up in Milledgeville”).

Savannah Music Festival releases 2018 lineup, including finale with Jason Isbell + 11 other acts

The Savannah Music Festival has just released the lineup for the 17-day fest in 2018. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, 11/10. The new season was announced tonight with a free show by Sammy Miller and The Congregation at the North Garden Assembly Room at the Ships of the Sea Museum.

In addition to the lineup of world-class talent in a variety of traditional genres, the 2018 SMF will feature two new venues, including The Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts at the arts-focused Garrison Elementary.

And the Savannah Music Festival is introducing an exciting new feature for 2018 — an all-day, general admission event on 4/14 utilizing new spaces at Trustees’ Garden. The day will feature 12 acts on three stages, including Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gillian Welch, Marc Broussard, Brent Cobb, Brett Dennen, Septeto Santiaguero, Mipso, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo, Velvet Caravan with Jessica Ann Best, and Stringband Spectacular, the culmination of the SMF’s amazing Acoustic Music Seminar.

You can obviously see the lineup on your own, but a few shows really jump out at me that might be of special interest to readers of this site, including:

  • Benedetto Guitars 50th Anniversary celebration at the Lucas on 3/29
  • Paul Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Lucas on 3/30
  • Margaret Glaspy & Juana Molina in a double bill at Ships of the Sea on 3/30
  • Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at the Lucas on 3/31
  • Etienne Charles and Ranky Tanky in a double bill of Gullah-inspired work at the Morris Center on 4/1
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives at Ships on 4/5
  • Audra McDonald at Trustees Theater on 4/7
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions/The James Hunter Six at Ships on 4/7
  • Daniel Hope & Friends: Balkan Roots at Temple Mickve Israel on 4/8
  • Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal at the Lucas on 4/10
  • Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté/Mike Marshall and Jovino Santos Neto at the Lucas on 4/12 (seriously, this will be great)
  • Rhiannon Giddens at the Lucas on 4/13

In some years, the festival also adds some rock/pop dates closer to the festival, so we’ll stay tuned for any news like that.

There are lots more promising shows in other genres, including classical and jazz — far more than I can detail here. So check out the lineup and get your tickets early.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/9/17 – 11/15/17

Hey guys,
This week looks like a better week than last week, as far as the downtown music scene goes.  There are several good choices, it shouldn’t take long to find something you’ll want to see.  This is a list of most of the things I could find going on this weekend.

Thursday 11/9
City Hotel – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegre (7p)
Hinder w/ Adelitas Way, Josh Todd and The Conflict, Wayland – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Sammy Miller and the Congregation – Savannah Music Festival Announcement at Ships Of The Sea Museum (7p)
Feather Trade, Sins of Godless Men – El-Rocko
Of Good Nature – Barrelhouse South

Friday 11/10
Voodoo Soup – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Living Colour, Big Mountain – Stage On Bay (8p, $29)
Charlie Daniels Band – Savannah Civic Center (8p)
The Petty Hearts – Tybee Post Theater (8p, $20)
Cory Chambers (4p), The Mercers – Molly MacPherson’s
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Say Brother – El-Rocko
The Grass Is Dead – Barrelhouse South

Saturday 11/11
Painter & The Poet – Stopover In The Yard at The Grey (12nn, $25)
Matt Eckstine – Southbound Brewery (2p)
Damon & The Shitkickers – Jinx Happy Hour
Southern Belles – Barrelhouse South
Captured by Robots!, Eskizo – Jinx
Wood & Steel – Molly MacPherson’s
Palace Doctors – Congress Street Social Club
Plaque Marks (ex Creepoid), VincasEl Rocko

Sunday 11/12
Voodoo Soup – Congress Street Social Club

Monday 11/13
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 11/14
City Hotel Solo Sessions – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Furnss, Joy Again, Ryan Jones – El Rocko
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe

Wednesday 11/15
Mile Twelve and City Hotel – Trinity Church (7:30, $20)

Jinx-O-Ween Night 2 – photos

What am I going to do on Halloween night? Stay home and eat entirely too much candy that I’m supposed to be passing out (Bottlecaps for the win, yo), or dress up like a weirdo, go to The Jinx and watch some amazing local musicians cover classic hardcore bands and Outkast? Uhh, both, duh.

Music didn’t start until 10 and the only kids who are still Trick-or-Treating at 9 are the entirely too old to be mooching candy and put no effort whatsoever into a costume, so, you know, screw them.

Seriously, the music was so much fun. Cover sets of Minor Threat, The Muffs, The Misfits, Outkast, and Rudimentary Peni tunes that were a blast from start to finish. I took lots of pictures while trying to keep the Energy Dome on my head. Check them out.

New Music Monday – 11/6/17

And we’re back with another weekly post with new music. Today’s post features:

  • OCS
  • Chew
  • Contributors
  • Converge
  • Triathalon

OCS, aka Thee Oh Sees
San Fransisco, CA
“Nite Expo” from Orc out now on Castle Face Records.

Thee Oh Sees Orc is easily one of my favorite guitar records of the year. Put simply, it totally shreds. Here’s a new weirdo psychedelic video for Nite Expo. Seriously, check out Orc if you dig this song.
tom

Chew
ATL, GA
“Crunchy” off of A Fine Accoutrement out now on Stolen Body Records.
Atlanta’s hard touring instrumental rock weirdos Chew are promising a darker record than the last, and I see it a bit in this tune, which leans a bit on the prog side of rock. Don’t be afraid, though, it’s the rocking side of prog, not the nerdy, wimpy side (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
tom

Contributors
Austin, TX
“Dome” from Contributor, which is out November 17 on Monofonus Press.
Austin art punks Spray Paint team up with Dan Melchior, and the result is Contributors. Imagine Joy Division’s Ian Curtis fronting “Down By the River” Neil Young and Crazy Horse and that will get you in the ballpark of what this sounds like. Sorta.
tom

Converge
Boston, MA
The Dusk In Us out now on Epitaph Records

It’s hard to mention the history of metalcore and music and not mention Converge in the same breath as well. The seminal hardcore band has been around since the early 90’s and their newest release in 5 years, The Dusk In Us, shows how much the band has evolved while still staying true to their roots. They’re still just as heavy and emotional as they’ve always been and I can’t get enough. ~ Petey

Triathalon
NY by way of Savannah, GA
“Day One”

If you’ve been in Savannah for the last 5 or so years, you know what Triathalon is all about. Chill, ambient, R&B tracks with layers of guitar effects sprinkled on top. Their latest track, “Day One”, continues that trend, if leaning a bit more towards the ambient indie rock side as opposed to the R&B that they’ve been known for before. ~ Petey

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 11/3/17 – 11/7/17

Hey guys,
Well, it’s not very often, but sometimes the weekend doesn’t look too promising to me. This would be one of those weeks, as there are not a lot of must-see shows. I think it is a combination of a post-Halloween Hangover and the Rock and Roll Marathon making downtown not the best place to be. If you look around, there are a few show that should be good, it is just slim pickings. I am looking forward to catching Pussy Launcher tonight at the Wormhole, but don’t think I’ll make the trek downtown after that. Saturday has the Marathon show at Forsyth Park, Fitz & The Tantrums. Actually, next Tuesday has the best line-up of acts, as far as I am concerned, with plenty of choices. I plan to check out Velvet Caravan and the new-ish venue, Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant on Broughton Street. I hope to see some of you somewhere, be sure to say “hello”.

Friday 11/3
Jason Bible – Sulfur Studios (6-9p)
Lawrence Hobgood and Howard Paul Trio ft. 
       Mark Peterson – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Blake Rainey – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7-10p)
Pussy Launcher, Bullmoose – Wormhole
David Harbuck, Jon Lee & The Hextones – Bayou Cafe
Backup Planet, Wood & Steel – Barrelhouse South 
The House Of Gunt, DIP – Jinx
Building 7 – Molly MacPherson’s

Saturday 11/4
Fitz & The Tantrums – Forsyth Park (11:30-12:45p)
Reckless Abandon (2p), Dubbest – Congress Street Social Club
Departure: A Journey Tribute Band – Coach’s Corner
Sun-Dried Vibes, Resinated – Barrelhouse South
Liquid Ginger – Boomy’s
Young Americans – Molly MacPherson’s

Sunday 11/5
Beach Boys – Savannah Civic Center

Tuesday 11/7
Jason Bible – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Velvet Caravan – Good Times Jazz Bar (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe

Jinx-O-Ween, Night 1 – photos

Yep, it’s that most ridiculous time of year again, when seemingly reasonable human beings dress up as sexy movie characters, sexy pop culture icons, sexy dead people, and, uhhhh, Rick and/or Morty and go see local bands emulate other acts. This year Jinx-O-Ween Night 1 had a Janis Joplin act, an Alkaline Trio band, a Pogues tribute, a huge Duran Duran group, and the night closed with a Stray Cats set. There was tons of singing along, dancing, drinking, and there were a couple times where I laughed until my cheeks hurt. Night 2 is Tuesday, Halloween Night, and will feature more camaraderie, goofy ass costumes, cover bands, and hopefully some candy. We’ll see.

New Music Monday – 10/30/17

All the new music picks this week are from co-editor Tom Cartmel:

  • Big Jesus
  • Jim James
  • Oakskin
  • Plaque Marks

Enjoy!

Big Jesus
ATL, GA
“Gold Forever”, rerecorded from the archives.

While beginning to work on their next full length, Big Jesus gave this tune from 2012 another go. With hazy vocals and driving guitars, this one would have sounded right at home in the early nineties alternative music scene. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where this band goes next.
tom

Jim James
Louisville, KY
“I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” from Tribute To 2, out December 8th.

Looks like My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (or sometimes the annoyingly named “Yim Yames”) has an album of slightly unexpected covers coming out, including songs from Sonny and Cher, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Irving Berlin. This one is a Beach Boys classic in which James tackles those amazing harmonies himself. I love a good cover, but sometimes they just make me seek out the original.
tom

Oakskin
Columbia, SC
“Prey” out now on Bandcamp.
With Kylesa on “indefinite hiatus” Philip Cope has assembled a new three piece and is working on new material. Prey is our first taste of Oakskin, and it doesn’t fall terribly far from the Kylesa tree, heavy, hazy and laced with theremin. If you’ve been missing sludge, this just may scratch that itch.
tom

Plaque Marks
Philadelphia, PA
Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship, out now on Learning Curve Records.
New “punk driven noise rock” from members of Creepoid, Fight Amp, Powder Room and Ecstatic Vision. It definitely give off the Fight Amp vibe, primal rhythms, overdriven, distorted guitars and pained vocals set a little bit back in the mix. It’s right up my alley, but my alley is filthy, dangerous and loud. RIYL: Pissed Jeans, Jesus Lizard, Unsane, Cherubs.
tom

Trae Gurley at Trinity Sanctuary Concerts – photos

Savannah’s favorite crooner, Trae Gurley, performed for a packed house with his all-star band at Trinity Sanctuary Concerts last night. The event was called ‘How Great Thou Art’ after Elvis Presley’s gospel album of the same name. Trae sang with soul & heart that album in it’s entirety, broke all previous attendance records at Trinity (over 200 paid headcount), and with the backing of his ‘RCA Studio B Band’ featuring JJ Collins and many notable Savannah vocalists & musicians had the room singing along…obviously thrilled to catch this one-of-a-kind performance. More photos will be posted to Trinity’s Facebook page, which can be found by clicking on the highlighted link above.

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

Trae Gurley

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 10/26/17 – 10/31/17

Hey guys,
Halloween weekend is a great time to head downtown.  There is always plenty of music and it’s a good night to people watch, as you are sure to see some amazing costumes. I hope to see some of you around this weekend.  I am sure you can find something you like on this list.

Thursday 10/26
Gypsy Jazz – Rancho Allegro (7p)
Trae Gurley How Great Thou Art: Elvis Album Live – Trinity Methodist Church (7:30, $20)
Twisty Cats, Street Clothes, Valore, Lo Kuntry – House Of Strut Two Year Anniversary (8p)
Spodee Boy, Date Night, Bruck Jonkson – Space Cat Books (8p, $5)
All Boy All Girl, Daily Exercise, Beach Sex, Machine Dreams – El-Rocko
Funk You – Barrelhouse South
Clownvis Presley – Jinx

Friday 10/27
Willie Jackson Blues Band – Tubby’s Thunderbolt (6p)
Corey Smith – Stage On Bay (8p)
The Music Of Miles Davis – Tybee Post Theater (8p)
Halloween Cover Band Night #1 – Jinx
Morning Fatty, Orange Constant – Barrelhouse South
Twisty Cats, Glove, Too Much – El-Rocko
Ember City – Totally Awesome Bar
Prime Real Estate – Congress Street Social Club

Saturday 10/28
Jon Lee & The Hextones – Bayou Cafe
Emily Kenyon, Sound Experiment – Molly MacPherson’s
Wailyn Storms, Tiny Sissors, House Of Earth – El-Rocko
CBDB, Little Bird – Barrelhouse South
Ben Keiser Band – Molly MacPherson’s
In For A Penny – Rail Pub (9p)

Sunday 10/29
Bucky & Barry, Lyn Avenue – Wild Wing Cafe (1p)
Matt Eckstine – Lizzy’s
Teddy Adams Quintet ft. Eric Jones and Huxsie Scott – Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant (7p)

Monday 10/30
Open Mic – Abe’s On Lincoln

Tuesday 10/31
Velvet Caravan – Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant (7p)
Loose Hinges – Foxy Loxy Cafe (7p)
Ben Keiser Band – Bay Street Blues
Eric Culberson Open Jam – Bayou Cafe
Open Mic – Molly MacPherson’s
Halloween Cover Band Night #2 – Jinx
The Band Be Easy – Barrelhouse South
Chew, Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks – El-Rocko