Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Soundchecks: Lagwagon, Chris Robinson, Matisyahu, Mary Mary

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:01 AM

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Punk | Lagwagon
w/ Dead to Me, The Flatliners, Useless I.D.
Thurs. Oct. 25
$17/advance, $20/door
8 p.m.
Music Farm

"We're not the best band for momentum," Lagwagon frontman Joey Cape confesses. Since their debut record Duh two decades ago, Lagwagon has moved forward in fits and starts and undergone a variety of lineup changes. After a strong beginning that saw them release five punchy pop-punk albums in six years, they went on an intermittent hiatus in 1998, and they've only released two albums since then — 2003's Blaze and 2005's Resolve. Last year they released their first five discs — stacked with bonus tracks and demos — in one big ol' box set. "Just putting the box together and revisiting the evolution of the band in the early days and then playing these songs all year — I don't know what's happening, but I feel the band's totally on fire," Cape says. "We're playing as good as we ever have live, and there's just something that's kind of clicked and renewed. As soon as we get done with all this touring, we're going to get in a room and get busy … and what we're going to end up doing is something way more riffy and way more challenging and rewarding to the players in my band." —Chris Parker THURSDAY

  • Alissa Anderson

Cosmic Country Jam | Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Oct. 25-27
$20/one night, $50/three nights
8 p.m.
The Pour House

Over the course of this year alone, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood has released two albums of loose jams and space rock, Big Moon Ritual in June and The Magic Door in September. The former Black Crowes frontman Robinson describes the Brotherhood as a "farm-to-table psychedelic rock band" because of their grassroots DIY ethos and bushy, organic sound. Not surprisingly, they recall an array of stony rockers such as Traffic, the Grateful Dead, Galactic, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the addition of ex-Beachwood Sparks guitarist Neal Casal only adds to that cosmic-country flavor. Brotherhood's music is a gumbo, though the influence of the Grateful Dead is particularly strong, and that's a charge that Robinson isn't going to deny. "I'm not interested in picking apart what makes them different," he says. "I spend a lot of my spare time outside this band playing with Phil (Lesh) and Bobby (Weir). It's a tremendous honor and for me a great gift, in terms of them being teachers. I never come back from anything I do with them not feeling a more knowledgeable and deeper musician." —Chris Parker THURSDAY-SATURDAY

  • Mark Squires

White boy reggae | Matisyahu
w/ Constellations
Sun. Oct. 28
7 p.m.
Music Farm

The Jewish Orthodox rapper Matisyahu has made a few unspoken declarations over the last several months — first, he shaved his beard and bleached his hair and then posted pictures of himself and Wiz Khalifa hanging out, as Wiz's face is covered in (what appears to be) spliff smoke. Matisyahu and his family also relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. In addition to his new image, plus a role in the horror thriller Possession, Matisyahu (a.k.a Matthew Paul Miller) has just launched his own label, Fallen Sparks Records. His fourth studio release, Spark Seeker (produced by Kool Kojak and recorded in L.A, New York, and Israel) contains collaborations with Ravid Kahalani and Belizean rapper, Shyne. Whatever the motivations behind Matisyahu's transformation are, those following his musical rather than spiritual journey will remain satisfied. Matisyahu tells us that he is looking forward to playing the Music Farm, adding that when he was here a year and a half ago, it was a great show with a lot of energy. —Katie Kimsey SUNDAY

Gospel R&B | Mary Mary
w/ Isaac Carree and Anthony Brown & TherAPy
Sat. Oct. 27
North Charleston Performing Arts Center

For many of us, going to church on Sunday morning is a drag. Sometimes, you just want to sleep in and take it easy. Other times, you just don't feel like getting all prettied up in your Sunday best. And then there are those times where you're so hungover that the only church you want to go to serves eggs benedict and mimosas. But for the gospel duo Mary Mary, Sunday morning is always a joyous affair, or at least that's how it seems judging by the standout track on Go Get It, the appropriately titled "Sunday Morning." The tune is a glorious burst of classic Motown soul and swagger that'll get even the most sinful heathen moving and a-groovin'. And the rest of Go Get It doesn't disappoint either, from the sassy title track to "Good to Me," featuring a reunited Destiny's Child. The latest from Mary Mary, a.k.a. Erica and Tina Campbell, is a nice slice of all that contemporary R&B has to offer that just so happens to be wrapped up in a praise-Jesus package. Hallelujah. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

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