Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Live Music: The Outervention; Brummy Brothers; White Sabbath; YR LAD

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Kelly Rae Smith, Kaleb Eisele and Vincent Harris on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 5:27 PM

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BLACK SABBATH TRIBUTE | White Sabbath
w/ White/Bogan Duo and Matadero
Tues. Nov. 24
8:30 p.m.
$7
Pour House

When the Pour House’s Alex Harris came up to Ross Bogan of the White/Bogan Duo and told him he wanted to hear the guys play Black Sabbath, Bogan was more than up for the task. “On our recent gigs, we’ve been covering stuff like Rush, Led Zeppelin, and Rage Against the Machine as a duo, which has been, for me — to say the least — challenging,” the pianist notes. “The band [Black Sabbath] is so versatile. They’ve written the hardest rocking songs to date, but can also write beautiful ballads. Then there’s Dio, which is just pure magic. I want people to capture all those elements in the show.” Bogan’s always liked Black Sabbath, but not to the extent that he does now. “It’s definitely something I’m revisiting from my past, but it’s not like I was in my bedroom learning Tony Iommi licks being a piano player. Now that I’m doing this tribute I feel like I’m a kid discovering his favorite band again. I’m obsessed.” Lately, his days begin and end with Sabbath. “Wake up with a little Heaven and Hell, go to sleep with ‘Planet Caravan’ or ‘Fluff,’ he says. “I’ve kind of always wanted to be in a heavy metal band, but I feel I’m too much of a piano dork. Now that I’ve got the tools to play really loud and distorted and make weird sounds, that’s kind of all I want to do.” Lindsay Holler’s Americana band Matadero will open for White Sabbath, while Ross Bon, Steven Sandifer (Dangermuffin), & Friends will get the evening started at 6:30 p.m. with Blues on the Deck. —Kelly Rae Smith TUESDAY

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INDIE ROCK | The Outervention
w/ Analog Moon and Del Mozzi
Sat. Nov. 21
7 p.m.
$10 (includes a copy of the CD)
Redux Contemporary Art Center

This week local indie rockers the Outervention will celebrate the release of their sophomore album The Acclimator, an EP frontman Jeff Kozelski says was created more collaboratively than 2013’s Mess Machine. But that doesn’t mean the record is altogether different. “I think it’s kind of a continuation of that album,” he says. “I didn’t really want to go for a total different sound.” The fact that Kozelski was listening to a lot of ’70s music when working on The Acclimator is apparent, though he also was inspired by everything from a photograph to television shows when writing the songs. “That kind of thing really has an effect on me,” he says. One example is “Dust Arrival,” a track about a family getting torn apart during the Dust Bowl. He says, “That song was inspired by documentaries and watching people’s expressions in old pictures.” But more than anything, the band is moved by what will make a song sound great. That always comes first. “I’m writing about what’s happening or what I see or what rhymes with this or what goes with that melodically or how many syllables are in this word,” Kozelski says. Despite the album’s easy-going vibe, their stage presence is a bit more rock ‘n’ roll. “We didn’t mean to have an overall sad theme, but I think we can project that,” he says. “So it came out fairly mellow — we’re a bunch of mellow dudes, but when we play we like to get out and drink and rock. So it’s kind of neat to go back and listen to how we sound when we’re sober in the studio.” —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

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GARAGE POP | YR LAD
w/ Jump Cuts
Wed. Nov. 18
9 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Power-pop garage band YR LAD takes it back to the days of cassettes with their new single, “Tiger in a Tree,” out this week on local label Academia Tapes. “The unique thing about this single is that there is a stereo mix and a mono mix of each song, the cassette having stereo versions of both ‘Tiger in a Tree’ and ‘Shadow Show’ on one side and mono versions on the other,” says YR LAD’s producer/vocalist Harper Marchman-Jones. “They’re actually totally different mixes. During the recording of the album, we were really interested in the production methodology of the mid-’60s, during the early days of stereo when the mono version of an album would be the primary, definitive version. And the stereo version would be pretty different, even to the point of having different vocal takes on each version.” At just under two minutes, “Tiger in a Tree” is a shorter track than one might expect. “We didn’t feel a need to stretch the idea out any longer,” Marchman-Jones says. “We think the brevity of the song adds to the urgency of its sentiment.” Harper also mentioned that YR LAD is in the midst of putting together a new album, which will be entirely in mono. Harper and the band hope to release the new album early next year. —Kaleb Eisele WEDNESDAY

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GRASS | The Brummy Brothers
w/ Dallas Baker & Friends
Wed. Nov. 18
10 p.m.
Free
The Pour House

The East Brunswick, N.J. quartet the Brummy Brothers describes themselves as a “renegade string band,” which is both a good hook and not entirely accurate. They formed in 2012 and quickly began blending rock energy, bluegrass virtuosity, and a road-dog work ethic. A cursory spin through their debut album, last year’s On Our Way, displays the traditional acoustic guitar-upright bass-mandolin-banjo lineup that one might expect, but the band takes a far more aggressive approach than your average bluegrass outfit. The songs stretch and bend their structures into jazzy improvisation, subdued, vocal harmony-drenched balladry, and jam-band experimentation. Their interplay is as tight as any other acoustic group that spends 100-plus nights a year on the road, but they can create enough space to make room for stately trumpet from George Maher (on “No Good”) and some saloon-style honky-tonk piano from the album’s producer, Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone (on “Weed. Whiskey. Women”). It’s a versatile enough blend that the group can play rock clubs, festivals, and farmers markets with little adjustment. Joining the Brothers for this gig will be local act Dallas Baker & Friends, who are less a band than a constantly shifting collective of musicians. Baker, the former bass player for the popular Charleston band Big John Belly, leads the roots-bluegrass group on vocals and guitar, but he’s about the only consistent member; his current crew includes more than 10 different players. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY


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