Thursday, November 30, 2017

Live Music: Tom Petty tributes; Southern Culture On The Skids; Silent Twin; Father Mountain

Great Live Music to Check Out This Week

Posted by Vincent Harris, Kelly Rae Smith and Heath Ellison on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 2:28 PM

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SOUTHERN SURF ROCK | Southern Culture On The Skids
Thurs. Nov. 30
9 p.m.
$15/adv., $17/door
Pour House

Sometimes, when something's been around a while, it's easy to take it for granted. When was the last time you marveled at the awesomeness of that coffee thermos that keeps it hot? That's kind of the situation that Chapel Hill's Southern Culture On The Skids find themselves in these days. They're still out there pounding out that merciless blend of surf-rock and Southern kitsch, buoyed by a relentless rhythm section and led by Rick Miller, one of the most skilled and versatile guitarists around. When these guys slam full-throttle into swaggering monoliths like "Mojo Box" or peppy down-home toe-tappers like "Liquored Up & Lacquered Down," there are few other bands who can match them for power and propulsion. Are bassist Mary Huff's mile-high hairdo and Miller's redneck hayseed routine both kinda silly? Well, yeah. That's the point. Don't let that obscure the fact that for over 30 years, they've been one of the most reliable live acts in the Southeast, and a lot of fun, to boot. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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ROCK 'N' ROLL | Tom Petty Tributes
Fri. Dec. 1
9 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door
Pour House

Fri. Dec. 1
9 p.m.
$7/adv., $10/door
Tin Roof

The world is still mourning the recent loss of rock legend Tom Petty, and the local music community plans to light up two stages this weekend in honor of the "Free Fallin" singer. On Friday at the Pour House, Josh Roberts & the Hinges have cooked up a stellar celebration with the likes of Mark Bryan, Danielle Howle, Jordan Igoe, Joel T. Hamilton, Slaton Glover, Campbell Brown, Matt Williams, and more. The same night over at Tin Roof, the Damned Torpedomen will perform music from every era of Petty, with proceeds benefitting Lowcountry Area Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico, a local nonprofit helping our neighbors to the south in need following hurricanes Maria and Irma. —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY

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EMO | Father Mountain
w/ Deaf Dogs and Living Dead
Sat. Dec. 2
7 p.m.
Free
Big Gun Burger Shop

There's something heartening about a band that doesn't bother with a cooler-than-thou pose or affect a theatrical detachment in their music. On their just-out debut album, Apartment Living, Kentucky's Father Mountain never lets its guard up, going for broke with throat-lumping emotion on full-throttle rockers like "Grey," which revs up to a wide-screen chorus that begs to be sung along to. But the ballads on Apartment Living are just as affecting, and it's because the quartet leaves plenty of space in its music for singer/guitarist Zane Martin to send his earnest, plainspoken wail out like a distress call. This is definitely music with roots in emo, but there's hopefulness in it that doesn't allow for a lot of self-pity. Overall, the band seems like the American cousin of Britain's Snow Patrol, creating a gigantic sound and then letting genuine feelings of confusion, regret, and hope flow through their big, open-hearted sound. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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ALTERNATIVE ROCK | Silent Twin
w/ Pluff Mud Queen, Gold Light
Fri. Dec. 1
10 p.m.
$5
The Sparrow

Silent Twin might be a new name in town, but their music will sound familiar to local rock fans. Previously known as Hubris, Silent Twin changed names for pretty utilitarian reasons. "We realized that on Spotify we were grouped with about four or five other bands with the same name," says vocalist/guitarist David Lynn. Also, they were tired of explaining what hubris is. Luckily for them, the new name has a much bigger explanation, involving an urban legend that will keep you awake for the next week. Look it up at your own risk. The name change doesn't mean anything for the music, though. The band is still playing old Hubris tracks "Mechanical Ghost" and "Black Mass," among other tunes from their last EP, Wicked Creatures. In addition to the new name, Silent Twin's gearing up for another release, titled Ready or Not. And, like most things involving Silent Twin, the band can't really agree on what it sounds like. Bassist Will Moore says "it's a little more focused," with immediate protests from Lynn, before everyone in the band debates the exact genre. What they do agree on is that they're at the height of their abilities. We get a hint of the EP to come with lead single "The Way." The song is quick on its feet as it speeds through melodious riffs, a slight sprinkle of southern rock, and rebellious lyrics. It's exactly what everyone expected from Hubris, and what everyone should expect from Silent Twin. —Heath Ellison FRIDAY


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