This offshoot of local rotgut blooze act Bottles & Cans features multi-instrumentalist (and Old-Time music aficionado) Joe Nelson, and shifts the setlist more towards hopped-up Americana than Delta garage rock. Sun., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge.
Aggressive and technical local rockers branching off from the ska, reggae, dub and punk genres to form a hard-jamming sound of their own. Sat., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub.
The upcoming studio album from this Brooklyn-based acoustic folk/rock/Americana act invites comparisons to the glory days of CSN&Y (mainly due to their heavenly vocal harmonies and laid-back arrangements augmented by guest players), but their live show (as an acoustic guitar and upright bass duo) comes off as more standard-issue contemplative nouveau-folk — albeit a strong example of the genre. Sat., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.
Bottles & Cans
Amalgam of Western swing, juke-joint blooze, psychedelic pre-punk garage music and Dylan & Waits-inspired dark whimsy. Thurs., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.) + Fri., 10 pm, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub + Sat., 9 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Versatile and experienced guitarist/singer who claims a working knowledge of over 6,000 pop, rock and country songs (with the help of lyrics and tabs, but hey, that’s still a hell of a feat). He loves requests, and tips. Wed., 9 pm, Bayou Café
The Tony Clarke Project
Modern jazz fusion group anchored by a talented touring drummer and percussionist who makes his home in Savannah. Fri., 11:30 am, Wright Square + Fri., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
Angular, post-punk guitar rockers from Columbia, S.C. that offer much energy and promise but can’t seem to help falling back on trite emo riffage and generic sing-song vocal hooks. They should emphasize the more unique elements of their sound and put their weight on it. With fellow touring acts Decade, Left Hand Criminal, Sub Rosa and the Three In One Band. Fri., 10 pm, Guitar Bar.
Ludicrous, self-important, Connecticut-based spoken word artist whose half-baked and convoluted “political” rants (some set to music) are at times laughable for their hackneyed imagery and knee-jerk soapboxing. Not to mention that he purports to be virulently anti-establishment, anti-government and anti-George W. Bush, but then proudly displays a smiling snapshot of him chillin’ with outspoken Iraq war supporter and ardent Bush fan Charlie “Devil Went Down to Georgia” Daniels on his MySpace page. Gimme a break. With fellow poets Colin Boddy, World War Josh and Folk-Lore. Sat., 8 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.
Claire Frazier/Pete Tavalin
Jazz duo featuring an experienced vocalist and a talented keyboardist/composer. Fri. - Sat., 7 pm, Vic’s On The River.
This career singer/songwriter divides his time between here and Fla., gigging as a solo guitarist and playing a mix of well-known covers and original tunes from his many self-financed and independently released CDs. Fri., 9 pm, Bayou Café.
This “Hip-Hop Essence” show includes breakdancers and live DJs, plus local neo-soul vocalist Bosco (who appears at 9:30 pm the next night at the Tantra Lounge). Fri., 8 pm, Dimensions Art Gallery (410 MLK, Jr. Blvd.) - ALL-AGES.
Hard-hitting Southern rock and modern country covers featuring former members of Bounty Hunter. Wed., Fri. - Sat., 9 pm, Gilley’s (Hinesville).
This massive (and massively loud) triple-bill features Savannah’s internationally-acclaimed metalcore stars Kylesa (who routinely pack the house), along with Torche, an insanely heavy Miami stoner-rock quartet in the High On Fire vein, and the crazy-good Made Out of Babies, led by the wicked-ass vocalist Julie Christmas (named “Metal’s Most Riveting Frontwoman” by Decibel). With a blood-curdling and slightly-funky vibe reminiscent of PJ Harvey’s kid sister fronting Big Black —for once, a press bio is actually on the money— they’re the ones to watch for on this show and in the future. Also appearing: Bites Itself (featuring members of Kylesa, Unpersons and I Saw My Body... Dead). Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Listen 2 Three
This young local power trio keeps getting better and better through youthful exuberance and what seems like non-stop gigging. Their wide variety of danceable pop and rock covers meshes well with their stylized modern melodic rock originals (which focus more on hooks and vocal harmonies than bombast). Thurs., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café + Fri., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Latin Jazz Motion
This percussion-heavy combo’s lineup (anchored by conga player David Lugo) is growing to include a variety of brass instruments and now even woodwinds. Some of these gigs (notably the North Beach Grill show) feature the standout flutist Brenda Morie. Thurs., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head) + Fri., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) + Sat., 9 pm, Mansion on Forsyth Park.
The Magic Rocks
This spinoff from eclectic local cover band The 8-Tracks features a more lean and stripped-down rock sound, but retains that “anything goes” spirit, by playing unusual arrangements of tunes by a diverse range of artists, including The Beatles, The Pixies, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Spinal Tap. Fri., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Willie Heath Neal
Nashville-based alt.country troubadour (backed by The Damned Ole Opry) that reeks of the real deal. Akin to the plainspoken confessional honky-tonk of Guy Clark or Joshua Black Wilkins. “You say that you love me/But you give me the chair.” Indeed. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.
The Howard Paul Group
Excellent 7-string jazz guitarist and his band, joined by their special guest, pianist Aletha Jacobs.Mon., 8 pm, The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head).
G.E. Perry & Strange Brew
Hard-hitting blues-rock (covers and originals) featuring harmonica, and led by a longtime area guitarist and singer who’s an ace with the slide. Wed., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar (solo) + Fri., 9 pm, Bogey’s + Sat., 8 pm, The Warehouse.
Not to be confused with the other local rock band going by this same name, this project features Brock and Adam from the nationally-known psychedelic sensations Perpetual Groove, and members from celebrated regional jam-band Captain Soularcat. Sat., 10 pm, Loco’s (downtown).
Newly-minted local Irish band featuring Colleen Settle (fiddle) and Michael Corbett (guitar, banjo, bodhran). Sat., 6 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub.
Noteworthy local jazz trio featuring singing bassist Maggie Evans, guitarist Jackson Evans and drummer Mark Cordray. They recently released an impressive debut CD. Thurs., 6 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee) - ALL-AGES.
Local sextet specializing in well-known Motown, shag and soul hits from the past several decades. Sat., 7 pm, North Beach Grill (Tybee).
The Train Wrecks
Raucous local roots-rock and Americana band (covers and originals) who are soon to release an impressive debut CD. Thurs., 10 pm, Murphy’s Law Irish Pub + Sat., The Britannia (Wilmington Isl.).
Terrific, funky, acid-rock and soul cover act benefiting from the excellent chops of all the musicians involved. Thurs., 10 pm, Mercury Lounge + Tues., 9 pm, Fiddler’s Crab House (River St.).
Award-winning jazz vocalist from Northeastern Fla. who draws heavily on the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald and Abbey Lincoln. She’ll be joined by trumpeter Alex Nguyen, bassist Will Goble and drummer Mark Raudavaugh. This show is sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Association. It’s free to their members, and if you join up at the show, they’ll waive the $10 cover for the general public! Sun., 5 pm, Tubby’s Tankhouse (River St.) - ALL-AGES.
One of the best rock and blues vocalists and guitarists around, Williams has released a handful of exemplary original CDs, and toured nationally. Wed., 8 pm & Fri., 10 pm, Café Loco (Tybee) + Sun., 6 pm, One Hot Mama’s (Bluffton).
This buzzworthy Savannah band now plays throughout the region. They still retain a strong Neo-Southern rock influence, but their twangy, pop-oriented songwriting is maturing and moving beyond the confines of their acknowledged heroes. Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.