Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Soundchecks: Fiasco, Diane Schuur, Super Rad Fest 2019, House of I, High Plains Drifters

Live music to catch this week

Posted by Heath Ellison and Vincent Harris on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 4:00 AM

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ALTERNATIVE ROCK | Fiasco
w/ To Forget, Umanità Nova
Fri. Feb. 22
9 p.m.
$5
The Royal American

Alt rockers and post-hardcore(rs) Fiasco are back for another round of heart-spilling and foot-stomping, and they're propelling themselves into their next release with their new single "Loose-Lipped." The track has traits familiar to 2018's triumphant Example of Wit. The band wields mournful melodies, heavy instrumentation, and a dash of old-school emo for their signature teary-eyed head banging. The new track continues Fiasco's trend of exposed emotional content. "It's about putting a lot of faith into someone that you thought you could trust," says guitarist and vocalist Scott Frank. "Loose-Lipped" is the lead single off of Fiasco's next EP, which is tentatively scheduled for the fall. Frank was quick to hide major details, but commented that a lot of the release will discuss his newfound sobriety. "My perspective dealing with things now [versus] then — I'm a lot more aware to things," he says. —Heath Ellison FRIDAY

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TRIBUTE | Songs of Love: Diane Schuur sings Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, and more
w/ The Charleston Jazz Orchestra
Sat. Feb. 23
5 p.m.
$10-$60
Charleston Music Hall

It takes a hell of a singer to pay tribute to both the songs of Cole Porter and the voices of Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, and Diane Schuur is one of the few living-legend-type performers we have left to do it. Schuur, a two-time Grammy winner who's performed with everyone from Count Basie to B.B. King, will handle the catalog of one of the great American composers and the songs of two of our best stylists for this special Songs of Love performance. And as an added bonus, she'll be doing so with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra playing behind her. We are rapidly running out of performers who have one foot in our past jazz and pop vocal traditions and one in the modern day, and Schuur, who is also a dazzling pianist, definitely falls into that category. Fans of finely honed, old-school love songs, sophisticated arrangements, and first-rate singing will want to check this one out. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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PUNK | Super Rad Fest 2019
w/ Dumbskulls, Alert the Media, Short Division, Hybrid Mutants, Handgun Sonata
Thurs. Feb. 21
4 p.m.
$10
The Sparrow

While the lineup may be chock-full of heavy-hitting and no-nonsense punk fun, the most important aspect of Super Rad Fest 2019 is that it acts as a benefit. "About three weeks ago, my really good friend's sister died," says organizer Steven Schaab. "She leaves behind two children and she also basically had to pay for the service and things like that." To monetarily help the family in their time of need, Schaab is hosting a raffle from 4 to 7 p.m., with funds going to the family. Donations will also be accepted throughout the night. The music for the night will consist of punks old and new. Scene legends Hybrid Mutants, metal-punk mutts Handgun Sonata, melody-driven rockers Alert the Media, and scene newbies Dumbskulls and Short Division are set to perform. "I want people to come out and have a good time and support the cause," says Schaab. —Heath Ellison THURSDAY

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INDIE SPACE-ROCK | House of I
w/ Inn Vinegar, Pierce Alexander
Thurs. Feb. 21
8 p.m.
$7
Tin Roof

The best music, whether on a concert stage on an album, creates its own unique world for the listener to dive into. Think about albums like Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon or Radiohead's OK Computer, or about how the Flaming Lips turn concerts into otherworldly communal events. That seems to be what Tampa's House of I are aiming for. Blending nakedly emotional vocalizing a la Jeff Buckley with drifting, atmospheric rock, the band's 2018 album Alienation is essentially an immersive experience. The production is horizon-sized, and the instrumentation is both intricate and blurred, lending a sort of dreamlike feel to the proceedings. And there are some unexpected touchstones, musically speaking. The spare, bone-dry guitar on the opening track "Machines" brings to mind the late-period work of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But then on the next track, "Laughing Matter," the band launches into massive-sounding space rock. And the style continues to fluctuate seemingly song-by-song. Wide-screen Muse-style balladry, prog-rock time changes, and catchy pop choruses are all woven into a musical cloth that's something more than the sum of its parts. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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RAP TRIBUTE | High Plains Drifters (playing Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique)

w/ Moontalkr
Sat. Feb. 23
9:30 p.m.
$12/adv.,$15/door
Pour House

One of the many sad things about the demise of the Beastie Boys after the tragic death of MCA from cancer in 2012 is that they couldn't play any more live shows. Because they were one of the best live rap acts on Earth, whether it was in their beer-swilling Licensed To Ill phase or their genre-spanning Check Your Head rap-rock era. So it's nice that the High Plains Drifters, featuring members of Atmosphere, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, GFE, and Josh Phillips & the Feel Good have taken up the mantle, performing the Boys' material with skill and zeal. How exactly they're going to pull off a full performance of Paul's Boutique, one of the most multi-layered, studio-crafted rap albums of all time, is a bit of a mystery, but if any group can pull off the trick, it's these guys. Also: They've got former Jon Stickley Trio drummer Patrick Armitage behind the kit, and that dude is one of the most badass groove-masters around, so they've got that going for them, too. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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