Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Live Music: Chris Boone; Johnny Delaware; The Outervention; People’s Blues of Richmond

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

AMERICANA | Chris Boone
Sun. Jan. 26
12 p.m.
The Shelter

Mon. Jan. 27
8 p.m.
w/ Mipso
Royal American

Singer-songwriter Chris Boone marvels at the number of bands that call the Holy City home. “Charleston has a good scene. There is a solid balance between strong players and venues that want music. It’s in the culture,” the one-time Portland, Ore. resident says. “There’s a saying about Portland that there are 5,000 bands and every day 1,000 bands die. Charleston has a different scene altogether.” Boone mostly plays around town, with a few gigs up and down the East Coast, and lately he’s been working on a new album, set to be released in February. “Since I play a lot of live shows, the idea was to have a better representation of what I sound like live. It has more of a Southern grit with a touch of soul,” he says. These days, Boone views his career path differently than in the days of his youth. “I’ve had to stop thinking about ‘making it’ to find success. I’ve started thinking about Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, who are still in the game after all these years,” Boone says. “I still want to play music when I’m 70 or 80 years old.” —Kalyn Oyer SUNDAY AND MONDAY

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DESERT POP | Johnny Delaware
w/ The Tarlatans
Thurs. Jan. 23
10 p.m.
$5/adv., $8/door
Pour House

Last year, Holy City newcomer Johnny Delaware released one of 2013’s great unheralded LPs, Secret Wave, a collection of haunting Wild West pop and desolate indie Americana. The opening track, “Sweet,” is a particular treat with its Nebraska-esque harmonica wails, gentle cowboy swing, and Delaware’s working-man croon. Together, they combine to create songs that sound like the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas covering Jackson Browne with Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme at the controls working a little desert rock magic. Musically, “Sweet” is about as well-crafted a pop song as it gets (props to local producer Wolfgang Zimmerman of Brave Baby and indie label Hearts and Plugs), and that goes for the lyrics too. “It’s mainly a hidden blue-collar life song put in an existential manner,” Delaware says. “When an individual achieves their desires, it’s not like their old soul or cognizance floats away and is replaced with a new one. You’re always going to be stuck with yourself and your inner wars, no matter how much money you possess or how hot your wife or husband is.” However, for Delaware, the music always comes first. “I’ve found it effective writing my lyrics after the music is made,” he says. “It’s an approach to let the lyrics relate to the music, which is important to me.” If you haven’t given Secret Wave a spin, head to and see if Johnny Delaware is on to something. —Chris Haire THURSDAY

MELLOW GOLD | The Outervention
w/ Bully Pulpit, Savage Tongues, the Psychocrystarro
Sat. Jan. 25
7 p.m.
Tin Roof

Although Charleston’s the Outervention released an album last year — a summer-breezy collection of mellow gold pop called Mess Machine that’ll remind you a bit of Ween and Elliott Smith — singer-songwriter Jeff Kozelski and his bandmates are planing to unveil a new LP this summer. “We’ve been having a great time getting together and practicing new tunes. January is a great time for that,” Kozelski says. “We’ve already put together about 10 tunes, and we’ve started the studio process.” While Kozelski is proud of last year’s LP, the tunes just aren’t representative of today’s Outervention. Band members have moved on, and others have joined. “It was a race to get it out, so we could move on. Some of the songs on Mess Machine were written in the early 2000s,” he says. “We’re glad it’s out floating in the universe.” Well, we’re glad it’s out there too, and we look forward to what Kozelski and company have planned next. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

COCKY ROCK | People’s Blues of Richmond
w/ Sandinistas!
Sat. Jan. 25
9 p.m.
Royal American

If you’re looking for some good old fashioned, fiery-and-flashy cock rock this week, then look no further than the People’s Blues of Richmond show at the Royal American. This Virginia trio — Tim Beavers (guitar and vocals), Matthew Volkes (bassist), and Nekoro Williams (drums) — proves that rock ‘n’ roll ain’t dead, despite the sudden proliferation of quasi-folk poppers like the Avett Brothers, the Lumineers, and countless others. “People can play what they want,” Beavers says. “We do what we dig, and sometimes that involves some cock-sure lyrics.” Not surprisingly, the band’s latest, Good Time Suicide, is chock full of swagger and sneer, from the Black Lips-esque “Hard on Blues” to the foot-stomping rag of “Cocaine Powder.” So far, fans have responded to Good Time Suicide with glee. “A lot of people have been saying it’s one of those albums they leave in their car and just keep on repeat,” Volkes says. “It’s been a great year, and we have received an overwhelming amountof support from all of our new friends and family.” Once the People’s Blues of Richmond wraps up its current tour, the band plans to head back into the studio for a new album in the spring.—Chris Haire SATURDAY

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