Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Live Music: Oh, Jeremiah; Black Joe Lewis; Shark Week; The Voodoo Fix

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

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NERDY AMERICANA | Oh, Jeremiah
w/ Julie Slonecki
Wed. Sept. 4
9 p.m.
$5
Royal American

Thurs. Sept. 5
10 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Jeremiah Stricklin of Oh, Jeremiah comes across like your self-conscious, nerdy, needy neighbor, thanks to the way that he evokes Bright Eyes’ earnest and aching tenor and the rootsy power-pop sensibilities of Big Star and the dBs, but there’s no mistaking his debt to the world of Americana. First of all, there’s the folk and bluegrass undercurrent that is woven into the beatific pop of his song “Happy Now.” It recalls the first Ra Ra Riot album’s use of strings to create elegant sweep and minor key melancholia. With Oh, Jeremiah, Stricklin’s joined by violinist Erin Raber, whose breathy vocals intertwine with his to create rich harmonies. The most promising thing about their five-song debut EP Tall Tales and Tiny Fables is the pair’s ability to imbue each track with its own personality. This ranges from the encouraging uplift of “The Scariest Thing,” with its knotty Modest Mouse-ish riff, to the breezy, self-deprecating Prairie Home Companion bounce of “Better Man” and the pretty, mournful ode “Circles,” on which he declares “Face it, embrace it, because happiness comes in a circle.” —Chris Parker THURSDAY

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ROCK WITH BITE | Shark Week
w/ Will Hastings and Savage Tongues
Sat. Sept. 7
$5
Tin Roof

Shark Week is not just a popular summertime event on TV, it’s also a pretty popular band name. In fact, there are at least four bands who call themselves Shark Week. However, Kip Smith, bassist for Chattanooga, Tenn.’s Shark Week, doesn’t seem to be bothered by the moniker his band shares with three others. “Yeah, we want to play with all of them and have a bill of bands just named Shark Week,” says Smith. The Chattanooga-based band started up when the members were in high school. Back then they bonded over packs of cigarettes, epic guitar riffs, and George Jones. In 2013, they released a seven-song self-titled EP that mashes up the Strokes, the White Stripes, Calexico, Black Mountain, and the Velvet Underground. Great stuff. Currently, the good-humored rockers are finishing up a new five-song EP. “Our biggest dream in life is to throw TVs out of hotel windows, sleep with models, and have alligator-skinned underwear,” says Smith. “Once we get signed, we’re all getting ‘I Love Momma’ tats.” —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY

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GARAGE BLUES | Black Joe Lewis
w/ Weigh Station
Mon. Sept. 9
8:30 p.m.
$15/adv., $17/door
Pour House

Joe Lewis got started on his brash blues-soul sound relatively late in life. He scored his first ax from the Austin, Texas pawn shop where he worked, and for the next five years he served his apprenticeship at an open mic night, learning alongside cats from the bluegrass band the Weary Boys. Lewis burnished his increasing skill with stylistic flair, developing a theatrical yelp equal parts Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown. Lewis’ big break came in an invitation to open for Little Richard. He struck up a friendship with the booker, Zach Ernst, who joined up and helped him recruit a crack backing band, the Honeybears. They scored a major label deal, releasing two albums (2009’s Tell ’Em What Your Name Is, 2011’s Scandalous). Lewis cuts ties with Ernst and dropped the Honeybears appellation for his new album, Electric Slave. It abandons the rocked-up Daptones-ish soul flavor of the last two albums for a grimier garage-blues attack well-suited to Lewis’ funky howl. —Chris Parker MONDAY

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HYPNO ROCK | The Voodoo Fix
Fri. Sept. 6
Loggerheads
Sun. Sept. 8
10 p.m.
Surf Bar

California’s the Voodoo Fix — Demario Dunn (drums), Will Halsey (bass), Abe Rivers (vocals), and Scott Parrelli (guitar) — knows how to cast a hypnotically groovy, soulful spell on their audiences. With a sound that feels a bit like the Black Keys, Little Feat, and John Lee Hooker all rolled into one raw and undeniably funky mix, the Voodoo Fix have joined the stage with old-school greats like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, as well as jam band faves like Toubab Krewe. After Voodoo Fix’s last New York City show, the band had a minor mishap that has gone down in the books as one of their best summer ’13 memories. “Scott almost got arrested for trying to run through the Holland Tunnel trying to catch up with the band van. He got out in stopped traffic in Manhattan and lost track of time — and the van,” Halsey says. Let’s hope the Charleston shows bring them even more exciting memories — without the almost getting arrested part, of course. After Halsey and company deliver their dose of rock ‘n’ roll to the East Coast, they will be making the trek back West to start recording for the fall. “We have so much new material to work through and lay down in the studio,” he says. —Kalyn Oyer FRIDAY/SUNDAY


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