Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Live Music: Jet Edison, Tori Vazquez, Mad Conductor, The Misery Jackals

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Wed. July 31
9 p.m.
FreePour House

Straight from the Colorado mountains, Jet Edison mixes up modern rock, old-school funk, ’70s prog, and ’80s dance. The crew — Phil Johnson (keys and vocals), Max Kabat (guitar and vocals), Adam Mason (bass and vocals), and Alex Johnson (drums and vocals) — first started getting their groove on during their freshman year at the University of Colorado. “We like to set a precedent: if you’re not dancing, we must be doing something wrong,” Alex says. “Our music inspires dancing and getting down to the nth degree.” While Jet Edison writes their songs as a band, they do slip in the occasional cover. “We do break the mold with interesting takes on recognizable covers, but we always retain the Jet Edison element in what we are doing,” the drummer says. Their Wednesday night gig marks their first stop in Chucktown. “We are stoked to play in Charleston,” he adds. “We’ve heard great things about the town and are relative newcomers to the South.” —Kailey Miller WEDNESDAY

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Wed. July 31
7 p.m.
Brick House Kitchen

Tori Vazquez has posters of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn on her bedroom wall. She likes New Girl and sleepover jam sessions to Justin Timberlake. This 19-year-old from Fayetteville, N.C., is like any other teenage girl, except for her blossoming music career. “I honestly never expected to be here at all,” Vazquez says. “I used to just write music as a hobby, but my sister brought me to a studio, and here I am.” Delicate ukulele strums and beyond-her-years lyrics accompany this young talent’s smooth vocals on her first EP Louie. Vazquez’s acoustic sounds are reminiscent of The Voice’s Dia Frampton and the summer swooning of Colbie Caillat. “Most of my song topics come from real-life experience, just like any other artist, but I enjoy making my personal experience vague and relatable to everyone. For some people it’s sudoku, but for me, it’s writing a lyrical story,” Vazquez says with a laugh. —Kalyn Oyer WEDNESDAY

HYBRID HIP-HOP | Mad Conductor
w/ Magic Camp and Omingnome
Tues. Aug. 6
FreeThe Sparrow

If you’re looking for a genre-mashing, label-defying show this week, look no further than Mad Conductor’s Tuesday night gig at the Sparrow in Park Circle. This six-member New Orleans-based act splits the difference between Galactic’s Crescent City jam, 311’s white-boy reggae-rock, De La Soul’s cheerfully weird verse, and, gulp, Young MC’s novelty rhymes. And judging by their superhero-themed release, MC Rises, MC Devlin and the rest of the Mad Conductor crew can lay down a groove to make your booty move. Of course, what works in the studio doesn’t always work on the stage. “The biggest challenge is music that knows no boundaries in the studio and creating it live,” Devlin says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love live music.” While Devlin’s love of Batman powers much of MC Rises, the band’s forthcoming follow-up is inspired by two unlikely sources — classic poetry and Chinese literature. Consider us intrigued. —Chris Haire TUESDAY

MOUNTAIN PUNK | The Misery Jackals
Tues. Aug. 6
9 p.m.
FreeTattooed Moose

The guys in the Akron, Ohio, bluegrass outfit Misery Jackals didn’t set out to craft songs to make their listeners laugh so hard they peed their pants, but somehow that’s what they’ve done. And boy oh boy, do they do it well. Just give “Mudflap Girl” and “Keep It in Yer Pants” a spin and try not to laugh. “We really didn’t sit down one day and say, ‘Hey, let’s write songs about bathroom humor,” Bill Corgan and the Misery Jackals gang tell us. “We just have a warped sense of humor, like most folks these days.” Corgan and company add, “Not all of our songs are comical. Some are very serious. Even some of the comedic ones have deeper darker undertones.” Case in point: “The Mortuary Bop” off the band’s 2012 release No Place for Children. It’s the best foot-stomper about a lonely-hearted lass and her love of cold, hard man flesh you’ll hear all year. —Chris Haire TUESDAY

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