MOVING IN STEREO
Some people never got over the ‘80s, which probably says more about them than the actual decade. Some musicians never got over “new wave,” which (if you pay attention to labels) was sort of a post-disco, post-punk retro rock, based on the simple pop of earlier times but infused with the early beeps and tweets of nascent electronica. “New wave” was a late ‘70s, early ‘80s phenom.
Which brings us to Moving in Stereo, onstage Saturday at the Warehouse. Moving in Stereo (named after one of the coolest and quirkiest songs on the Cars’ self-titled first album) plays the synthy dance-pop of the era (including “Just What I Needed,” from that very Cars record) and their onstage sartorial choices include skinny ties, industrial jumpsuits and Devo-style flower pots, although not at the same time.
Brothers Mike and Paul Czech are on guitar and drums, respectively (Paul also does the synthesizer programming), with Ryan Kelly on bass and bass synth. This is where Thomas Dolby, Human League, Soft Cell and others came home to roost, folks; Moving in Stereo also covers the rockier ‘80s stuff, from the likes of Duran Duran, the Clash, Bowie and the Police. If you’re hooked on the ‘80s, this show might be just what you needed! Listen & learn: www.movinginstereoband.com. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Warehouse, 18 E. River St.
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT
Vocalist Phil Kaminsky and lead guitarist Chris Bruno named their Maryland-based pop/rock band on two things: The physics term the Doppler Effect, and the character played by John Cusak in Cameron Crowe’s 1989 rom-com Say Anything. “We all loved that movie, and we liked that he was honest and witty,” Kaminsky says. “We wanted that to carry over into our music. So we threw it together with the physics term, and it just kind of stuck.” The LDE visits Savannah often, usually at this very venue, and has a solid fan base here in the Hostess City. Listen & learn: www.loyddoblereffect.com. Friday, Sept. 4 at Wild Wing Café, 27 Barnard St.
I know it’s named after an historic local site and all, but I wish this uber-popular Savannah band would consider changing its name, which is impossible to spell right the first hundred times. Still, there’s nothing wormy about Matt Wesley’s piano playing, which elevates the group’s melacholic, Gin Blossoms-like pop songs into another place entirely. Terrific guitar work, too, from Steve Gerrard and Drewfus Gill. Really good stuff, guys – now about that name … Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/wormsloew. At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at the Rock House, 1518 Butler Ave., Tybee Island.
SAPPHIRE REBELLION, THE CAMPAIGN 1984, PROLOGIC 13
A smorgasbord of styles at the Wormhole: Minor keys are key for Sapphire Rebellion, a two-man goth/rock industrial duo out of Tallahassee; think Nitzer Ebb or Days of the New. Hilton Head’s Prologic 13 is a thrashy metal quintet, while The Campaign 1984 (from Asheville) is a post-hardcore punk outfit with song titles like “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Junkies” and “God Don’t Need a Damn He Can Walk on Water.” Listen & learn: www.myspace.com/sapphirerebellion, www.myspace.com/thecampaign1984, www.myspace.com/prologic13. At 9 p.m. Monday Sept. 7 at the Wormhole, 2307 Bull St. Free.