AGAGAG, The Hold
Locally-based hardcore/rock agitators A Gun A Girl A Ghost recently signed to small-but-devoted indie label Hotfoot Records, who reissued their DIY debut EP, and helped get the band in the studio with a known producer for their forthcoming full-length CD. Some of these cats have been around for a while now, but this is easily the most impressive (and marketable) take on this form that I’ve heard come out of this area in quite a while. Far from run of the mill, these guys seem to be expending some serious effort at forging their own identity in an increasingly sound-alike scene. Pick up on them now, as they seem poised for the kind of attention that will find them rarely off the road long enough for hometown gigs. Gainesville, Fl.’s The Hold’s flagrant disrespect for irony makes their refreshingly familiar brand of melodic boogie/hair metal that much more of a guilty pleasure. Like The Four Horsemen crossed with L.A. Guns, they beat you into submission with a smile on your face. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
The second night of a weekend of hard and brutal rock at this downtown venue features Savannah’s international underground metal legends-in-the-making Baroness (laying down syncopated, mind-altering stoner guitar and drum journeys that are as much psychedelic bummers as they are reckless, jazz-influenced sorties into the haunted fortress deep inside Virility Mountain) and N.C.’s Warped Tour veterans ASG. Their early, generic riff-rock did nothing for me, but of late seems to be finding its niche. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
Longtime NYC hardcore legends return to town for another club show, but —get this— instead of playing punk club The Jinx, they’re gracing the tiny stage at an Irish-themed venue which shares their name. Unpredictable, crowd-pleasing local roots-rock combo The Train Wrecks open with a set of barnburners and twangy rave-ups. Advance tix on sale at the bar. Thurs., Jan. 25th, 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
Will Rast & Friends
A chance childhood meeting with Savannah bassist Ben Tucker and famed keyboardist Joe Jones inspired this Va. native to turn from classical piano to jazz. Now, at 25, he’s an award-winning musician and composer who’s played major clubs across the U.S. and prestigious festivals in China ( and elsewhere around the world through his gig in R & B star Mya’s road band). As the leader of his own band, he headlines such legendary venues as Tipitina’s, and now he returns to Savannah for a 2-night stand at this new broughton St. listening room and restaurant. Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, 10:30 pm, midnight, Kokopelli’s Jazz Club.
Savannah Sinfonietta Chamber Players: “The Age of Enlightenment”
One of the area’s newest classical music collectives presents flutist Lorraine Jones, violinist Ann Cafferty, viola player Yvonne Johnson, and cellist Sarah Schenkman. They’ll perform works by Nielsen, Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. Tickets start at $10, and can be charged in advance at www.savannahsinfonietta.org, or by calling their info line at 352-337. Sun., 3 pm, Temple Mickve Israel.
Sol Driven Train
This Folly Beach, S.C. groove-pop quintet incorporates playful wordplay and quirky harmonies (a la Phish), sax and trombone into a more traditional organic, song-oriented jam format. A solid road band, they boast a wicked-tight rhythm section and inventive, twisted melodies that stick in your head. They tour incessantly and recently released a kid’s CD. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Two Man Gentlemen Band
How can you go wrong with an anachronistic, suit-and-tied duo that began busking in NYC’s Central park, and now tours the country opening doors for ladies and passing out thousands of free kazoos so their audience can join in on the show? Their originals reflect the spirit of bygone days, but are piping hot and fresh. They remind me of a cross between Mister Magoo, The Minister of Silly Walks and Brother Theodore — all fine fellows in my book! Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.