Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Live Music: Passafire; Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun; Tristina Nicole Miller

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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WHITE BOY REGGAE | Passafire
w/ Stick Figure and Tatanka
Sun. July 21
9:30 p.m.
$10/adv.,
$12/door
Pour House

Art has been the central element fueling Passafire from the beginning. Singer-guitarist Ted Bowne and drummer Nick Kubley both attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, along with former band members Adam Willis and Ed Hughes. Bowne studied sound design, mostly for TV and film; recently, he was invited back as a guest speaker. Kubley went the illustration route, and so far he has designed album covers, posters, and T-shirts. But enough about their day jobs. When it comes to the band, Passafire started burning back in 2003, and they’ve been on fire ever since, putting out four albums and playing hundreds of shows a year. The band was originally called Catchafire, the title of a Bob Marley biography Bowne had read in college, but the group thought that seemed too cliché. Passafire was suggested instead. “We see it as a symbol of our passion to share positive energy that we get from playing music with the people who come to hear and watch us play. We feed off of the crowd’s energy as they feed off of ours, and it is a never-ending and very fulfilling cycle,” Bowne says. The next thing in store for Bowne is a trip to Africa with his mom for his 30th birthday. On the trip, he hopes to draw a lot of inspiration for Passafire’s future endeavours. As for the band, they’ve got a new album in the works. —Kalyn Oyer SUNDAY

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ELECTRO POP | Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun
w/ Cusses and Brave Baby
Sat. July 20
9 p.m.
Tin Roof

If you catch the Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun’s show on Saturday, we know exactly what you’ll be doing — dancing. This “indie-electro-fuzz-rock” band will be playing their dance-happy, new wave tunes alongside Savannah hard-rockers Cusses and Charleston poppers Brave Baby. “After an extended writing and revamping hiatus from the road, this will be our first show back, and we’ve got some fun new toys and sounds to share,” the band says. The two-girl, two-guy mash-up began back in 2005 as a combination of two bands, Avenge Vegas and Linger. This Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode-inspired group has a distinct dissonant tone that keeps their electric guitar-infused sound on edge, and they’ve been working on amping up their live shows. “We’ve added some new gear to our arsenal, and our shows are sounding huger than ever,” they tell us. After their last tour date in August, Today the Moon will be recording some new music with Ryan Schaefer from Royal Bangs before hopefully hitting Europe. —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY

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SINGER-SONGWRITER | Tristina Nicole Miller
Thurs. July 18
5 p.m.

w/ Cranford and Sons, Sweetgrass Girls, and Irene Rose
Sat. July 20
4 p.m.
$10
Molly Darcy’s

When singer-songwriter Tristina Nicole Miller is doing her acoustic pop thing in one of Chucktown’s bars, she refuses to let herself become background noise to the barroom chatter, and she does that in part by making sure the crowd hears a song they like, whether it’s one of her own or a cover. “If they’re not having fun, then I am not doing my job right,” Miller says. At her July 20 show, Miller will release a six-song EP, The Summer of You and Me, and oddly enough, the collection features a song about zombies called “All I See is Red.” But Miller sings about plenty of real-life stuff too. Take her song “Happy Birthday to Me,” on which Miller croons about being dumped on her 20th, 23rd, and 24th birthdays. Two of the other tracks — “Poison” and “Whiskey” — are equally as confessional. “I wrote [“Poison”] about how we sometimes knowingly stay in bad situations even though they’re poisonous, and my struggle to leave mine,” Miller says. “[“Whiskey”] is about a guy who blames his wrongdoing on whiskey. It’s about brokenness and selfish behavior.”—Kailey Miller THURSDAY and SATURDAY

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