Live Music: Koffin Kats; Post-Cobra; Jamie Resch; Laura Jane Vincent


Great live music to check out this week

FOLK | Laura Jane Vincent
w/ The Silver Bells
Wed. Dec. 10
10 p.m.
$5
Tin Roof

Laura Jane Vincent recently took the plunge that strikes fear in the hearts of most wannabe musicians. She decided to leave her day job behind and focus all her efforts on making a living as a musician. “I feel that at this point in my life, I have the tools, knowledge, resources, and, most importantly, the motivation to play music full-time and focus every bit of my energy on doing it how I want and doing it well,” says Vincent. “I’ll completely admit I was afraid to give up a steady paycheck and comfort of a day job before, but I’m not anymore.” Since the decision, Vincent has been touring the East Coast singing her folk songs on the human condition and the defeats/victories that come with life. She’s living the life that most bedroom songwriters can only dream about. “I’m traveling as much as I can, writing and developing some new songs, and I hope to make and save up enough money to get back into the studio to make a new album this coming year,” says Vincent. “I would love to release the next album in December of 2015, but I’ve got a lot of things to accomplish before then, so here’s hoping.” —J. Chapa WEDNESDAY

PUNK ROCK | Koffin Kats
w/ Drunk Couples
Thurs. Dec. 11
9 p.m.
$8/adv., $10/door
Tin Roof

Detroit punk rockers Koffin Kats are a pretty big deal. The three-piece outfit — bassist and lead vocalist Zac “Vic” Victor, guitarist John Kay, and drummer Eric Walls — have been making noise together for 11 years now. Relentless road warriors, the Kats have picked up a loyal fanbase that stretches around the globe. Now fresh off a European tour where they played 42 shows in 16 different countries, Koffin Kats are back on the road in support of their seventh studio album, Born Of The Motor (Sailor’s Grave Records). “The songs are about life, touring, and going for your dreams,” says Kay, who identifies with classical music above anything else — although the Kats’ music is free of strings and woodwinds. “Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Vivaldi. Those are my heroes,” he says. Koffin Kats plan to record a live album over the course of several shows in February of next year, and the guys are also busy writing material for their eighth record. “Vic and I have riffs bouncing around in our heads,” Kay says. “Once we get back home and get in the rehearsal room, we’ll start fleshing ideas out. He wants to get back to more of the breakneck stuff the band did early in the band’s career. I’m just looking forward to writing with the group and adding my flavor.” Secure an advance ticket for the Tin Roof show at koffinkatsrock.com. —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY

CUBANO SURF ROCK | Post-Cobra
w/ Lectra Lust and after-party with theFix.fm DJs
Fri. Dec. 12
9 p.m.
$7
Tin Roof

Lee Barbour, guitarist of jazzy Cubano surf band Post-Cobra, stays pretty busy in his musical duties. The renowned Charleston jazz musician keeps on the grind writing guitar solos, commercial jingles, music for visual media, and even scores for films. By March of next year, he hopes to release some live recordings that were captured at Charleston’s own jazz bar, The Mezz. For a man who is releasing music non-stop, his final products are all quality. “Overall, my time is spread fairly evenly between composing and performing, but the emphasis lately has been on composing. It’s a new way to challenge myself musically in a variety of styles, something I’ve always been drawn to in performance,” says Barbour. “I’ve always craved diversity as an artist, and this medium allows me to create music for projects that I wouldn’t necessarily do live. However, after spending a week at my computer, it’s nice to have a more analog experience with my friends at a gig.” Post-Cobra is a collaborative effort with drummer Ron Wiltrout, bassist Jonathan Gray, and Barbour on guitar. Together, they put on one hell of a show that will leave you speechless at the display of the band’s raw musical talent. “My ultimate musical goal is to transcend what I think music has to be. All musicians unconsciously set parameters of what music is and isn’t,” Barbour says. “The ones who recognize these assumptions tend to be much better at expanding those parameters.” —J. Chapa FRIDAY

PSYCH COUNTRY | Jamie Resch
Sun. Dec. 14
8 p.m.
Free
Jack of Cups Saloon

Formerly a Charleston resident, Jamie Resch came out of her musical shell almost 10 years ago when she approached Lindsay Holler about forming a Tom Waits cover band. “I was just a piss-poor guitar player, had barely ventured into songwriting,” Resch says. “I didn’t have any music friends, and I wanted someone to just hang out and play music with.” Joined by musician Dave Parnell, the three started spending all their money on booze at the now-defunct Cumberland’s and collaborating on music together — but not as a cover band. The trio formed Kentucky Shoes, an Americana outfit that was later filled out with celloist Katy Hovis, guitarist Jeremy Cain, Darby Long on mandolin and banjo, and Emily Painter on keys. Somewhere in the middle of the Kentucky Shoes days, Resch also formed an outlaw country group with Cary Ann Hearst, Holler, and Painter called The Jesse Janes. “We basically just used this band as an excuse to play instruments we didn’t normally play — I’ve always wanted to be a drummer — curse a lot, and act like badasses onstage,” Resch says. Then when Hearst and Michael Trent began recording at their house on Johns Island, they offered to help Resch make her first EP, Riding Pine. “I had intentions of it being a full-length,” Resch explains. “But between my being lazy about getting the damn thing done, and their getting famous, I never finished it.” These days, Resch is back home in Kentucky playing music she calls psychedelic country with a new crew, Jamie Resch and the Frontmen. Though she’s writing new songs, Resch also wants to make good use of all the older material that never got its chance to shine. She says, “My goal for 2015 is to get my entire backlog of songs past the bottleneck, recorded, and released by the end of the year.” —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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