Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Live Music: Deadwin; Marisa Anderson; Sinners & Saints; Reflektor Tapes

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 12:28 PM

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GUITAR SOUNDSCAPES | Marisa Anderson
w/ Kelley Swindall Band
Thurs. May 12
8 p.m.
Free
O’Hara & Flynn Wine Bar

The kickoff title track on guitarist Marisa Anderson’s new album, Into the Light, is so evocative in so many different ways that, at first, it’s difficult to truly trust your ears. Beginning with a simple rhythmic thrum that vaguely recalls the chugging balladry of the Old West, Anderson almost immediately begins weaving more guitar textures around, over, and under that rhythm. Blurry, electric Bill-Frisell-style drones, impossibly liquid slide-playing, contemplative, muted soloing — all of them blend and collide at once. It’s a dizzying display of technique that never feels showy. The second single from the album “He is Without His Guns” continues in that hard-to-top vein, combining low-key, understated rhythms with dazzling solos and indelible melodies. The word that comes to mind is “cinematic.” Each of these songs sounds as if it could accompany some moment of drama or sadness or bravery. Instrumental music has rarely sounded this complete. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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FOLK & ROLL | Deadwin
Fri. May 13
9 p.m.
Free
Stereo 8

w/ Kelley Swindall Band
Wed. May 18
9 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

The key word in the music of Deadwin, the duo of singer/guitarist Nate Edwin and drummer Marc Horne, is “propulsion.” Edwin’s acoustic work fuses with Horne’s surprisingly light touch on the drums to create a forward-moving but melodic momentum. It’s the exact touch Edwin, a gifted solo singer-songwriter, was looking for when he launched the band. “I was doing solo tunes before, and I always felt it was much too laid-back,” he says. “The energy of a band was a much better concept for me, as far as my own songwriting.” As for Horne, he says that playing drums behind just an acoustic guitar was an adjustment, but he’s grown to like it a great deal. “I used to play in a rock band in Atlanta, and my style of playing with Nate is completely different than what I was used to,” he says. “But there’s a lot more freedom. You don’t have to just follow the bass.” —Vincent Harris friday, next WEDNESDAY

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HARMONIC AMERICANA | Sinners & Saints
w/ The Hooten Hallers
Fri. May 13
9 p.m.
$7
The Royal American

Not to be confused with the new Bounce TV, Bible Belt soap opera (yes, that’s a thing), Sinners & Saints is a country duo hailing from our neighbors to the north. With banjo strums, harmonies, and a storytelling style akin to fellow North Carolinians the Avett Brothers, Sinners & Saints — Mark Baran (stand-up bass, vocals, kick drum, tenor banjo) and Perry Fowler (guitar, vocals, kick snare, harmonica) — manage to produce an all-encompassing, full-band sound with just the two of ’em doing all the work. Their most recent release was last year’s seven-inch split with Elonzo Wesley called This Ain’t No Country Song, but now that the band’s on a break from a hardcore touring schedule, they’ve turned their focus to a new record. “We’re trying to take our time with it,” Fowler says. Holing up at Electromagnetic Radio Recording in Winston-Salem, Sinners & Saints will record enough songs to fill an LP. Later this month, they’ll hit the road again for Follow the Sun, a three-day music festival that moves across the state of Florida, from St. Augustine to Gainesville to Cedar Keys. In September, the guys are bound for day parties at Raleigh, N.C’s Hopscotch Festival. “I’m sure some other cool stuff will pop up in the meantime, but right now our main focus has been the new record entitled On the Other Side,” Fowler says. “We’re aiming to release it by early next spring.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY

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ROCK DOC | The Reflektor Tapes
Wed. May 11
7:30 p.m.
$10, $8/student, $5/with CMH film badge
Charleston Music Hall

If you’re one of many who believe that Arcade Fire is among the most compelling music-makers of its era, then The Reflektor Tapes, a British documentary about the recording of Arcade Fire’s 2013 album Reflektor, will probably reinforce that opinion. The band, or more specifically, singers and multi-instrumentalists Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, are clearly driven to create new and exciting art regardless of where they have to go (the scenes in Chassagne’s native Haiti are especially passionate) to find new ways of creating their intense, anthemic songs. Created by filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, the doc takes viewers to Jamaica, where the album’s creative process begins, then to Montreal, where the band records the album, and finally to performances in L.A. and London. Whether you love the band or are curious about their unique album-making experience, The Reflektor Tapes is probably the best possible reflection of the full Arcade Fire experience. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY


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