What if the sweet pretzel-logic Americana of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco was irresistibly informed by an almost obsessive love of Ray Davies and The Kinks? That could be as good a place as any to begin with The Morning Benders, who offer up an intriguing blend of Baroque Pop and Indie Rock that bubbles with a singular energy even as it references a sonic tradition that's comfortably familiar.
For nearly 10 years, the duo of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, known collectively as The Books, has pursued a singular and almost unclassifiable musical direction. Combining Brian Eno’s Ambient sound, found-sound elements and warped Indie Rock sensibilities, The Books’ discography is a sonic collage of skewed beauty and intelligence.
Long-term nostalgia for a time one has never actually seen is a remarkable phenomenon, and Big Sandy (aka Robert Williams) knows all about it. Since 1988, he and His Fly-Rite Boys have practiced old-school American music that would have been out of vogue around the time that Williams was born, if not earlier.
Local instrumental rockers The Flux Capacitors host a bittersweet EP release party Friday at the Southgate House. The show (with guests Enlou, Weakness and The Sleeping Sea) is to be the band's last, following the relocation of bassist Sean Victory to Chicago. They'll be distributing copies of the new six-track 'Human Error' EP and their grand 2007 debut album, 'John Q. Brains For Arms.'
Andre Williams, also known as Mr. Rhythm, made several salacious R&B records for independent labels, produced Ike Turner, did live shows with Little Willie John and managed Soul singer Edwin Starr. He was slipped into drugs, alcohol and homelessness in the 1980s. But now at age 73, he is releasing a new album.
Columbus’ The Kyle Sowashes play a brand of tight and catchy Guitar Pop that sounds all too familiar, but is easily likeable, nonetheless. The members are Indie vets recruited from other bands by Sowash and they all have some chops. These four bearded dudes are entertaining, but they also have the songs to back it up. The play the Southgate House Parlour Friday.
Life is complicated and sometimes it’s helpful to take a step back and slow down. In those times, turn to Hoots and Hellmouth, an Americana/Folk foursome from Philadelphia. These foot-stompin’ fellas take two guitars, an upright bass, a mandolin and some spectacular vocal harmonies and wrap listeners in a blanket of uplifting music. They play Monday at the Southgate House Parlour.
An elephant will be in the room Thursday when Jeff Daniels, the singer, songwriter and guitarist, performs at the Southgate House. That elephant is the simultaneous presence of Jeff Daniels, the acclaimed actor in such movies as Terms of Endearment, The Squid and the Whale, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Dumb & Dumber. Daniels, the musician, doesn’t try to pretend that his “other” career doesn’t exist. He performs Thursday at the Southgate House.
Post Punk provocateurs Mad Anthony are in a celebratory mood with the imminent release of their excellent debut full-length on Phratry Records. But even as Mad Anthony for this Saturday’s release show at the Southgate House, there is a somber undercurrent. With final tracking done and the mixing process beginning this past March, Mad Anthony was devastated by the news that their acclaimed drummer and dear friend Tony Bryant had taken his own life.
A new release is among a young band’s best benchmarks, and Post Punk provocateurs Mad Anthony are in a celebratory mood with the imminent release of their excellent debut full-length on Phratry Records, I Spent All My Money on Speed Metal. But this past March, Mad Anthony was devastated by the news that their acclaimed drummer and dear friend Tony Bryant had taken his own life. It was a nearly insurmountable heart punch. They play Saturday at the Southgate House.