Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This week's cool shows: Agalloch and more


In my 2011 year-end roundup, I listed Agalloch's March show at Kings as my second favorite of the year. Inquisition's last-minute show at Six Forks Pub was in the top spot. And really, there's not a whole lot that could top a couple of dead-serious corpse-painted guys, performing their "ceremony" - as they called it --  to an entranced audience while surrounded by Budweiser signs and posters of St. Pauli Girls.

But time has made me revisit my feelings on that Agalloch show. That show happened a few days before the death of my beloved dog, which ended up being only the beginning of a series of crappy events that reverberated through my life for about a year. So in a lot of ways that show came to represent the "before," when things were calm and good and relatively happy. That's not what most people think of when they think of Agalloch, but that's what I feel when I listen to their music. And that's what I'm hoping to tap into on Sunday night when they return to Kings.

Also happening this week: Dexter Romweber will be at Sadlack's at 7 p.m. on Thursday; Grohg, Demon Eye and Chest Pains will be at Casbah on Thursday; Shoxx, Salvation and Double Negative at Kings on Friday, Whatever Brains at Slim's on Friday night; and Gross Ghost holds a pizza party with free food from Moonlight Pizza at Kings on Saturday

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Photos from Mike Scheidt/Nate Hall and Town Mountai





Last week I saw two shows that were a bit mellower than what I've been listening to recently. The first was Mike Scheidt (aka the frontman for Yob) and Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas) at Kings on Wednesday. I wrote about the show for the Independent's Scan blog. Hall played first - focusing on songs from "A Great River." Scheidt joined him onstage toward the end of the set, then played a set of his own. It was good to see some of my metal buds at the show -- as well as some folks who aren't normally into metal, but love good singer-songwriter music. 





The next night I saw Asheville's Town Mountain, who were holding their CD-release party at the Pour House. I don't see as much bluegrass as I would like, and I'm going to make an effort to change that. The band sounded phenomenal, and I had a great time, even if I did have to put up with a bunch of frat boys basically making idiots of themselves. Not sure why the frat boy/jam band crowd has become so enamored of bluegrass -- maybe it's the influence of the Avetts and Mumfort & Sons. Regardless, I hope that trend passes soon.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This week's cool shows: Mike Scheidt & Nate Hall, Town Mountain and more



Lots of good shows happening this week, but I'm personally most looking forward to the solo acoustic show featuring Mike Scheidt of Yob and Nate Hall of U.S. Christmas, Wednesday, July 18, at Kings. If you're familiar with Yob's driving, mystical doom, then the uplifting AM Gold melodies on Scheidt's solo record "Stay Awake" (Thrill Jockey) might be a bit surprising. But if you free your mind of pre-conceived notions about heaviness, and just surrender yourself to the music, you'll find that "Stay Awake" is just as deep as anything Yob has created. Nate Hall's excellent solo record, "A Great River," is out now on Neurot. Looking forward to seeing both of these guys at Kings.  

Also this week: Up-and-coming Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain will be at the Pour House on Thursday, July 19. On Friday, July 20, Valeint Thorr, Holy Grail, Royal Thunder and Caltrop will be at Cat's Cradle. All four of those bands put on some of the most amazing shows I saw last year, so this is going to be a killer show. Finally on Saturday, July 21, Hog, Sons of Tonatiuh, Man Will Destroy Himself, and Stampede will be at Casbah. Looking ahead, get ready for Agalloch at Kings on July 29!



Photos and video of Demon Eye



One of my favorite local bands to see live is a cover band, Corvette Summer, mainly because the covers they choose tend to be the deep album cuts like "Rat Bat Blue" by Deep Purple (RIP Jon Lord) and "Rocka Rolla" by Judas Priest. Their alter ego, Demon Eye, plays originals that sound like they could be deep cuts from all your favorite albums of the '70s. Here's footage of them last Friday, July 13, at Dive Bar.

UPDATE: Demon Eye will play Casbah in Durham with Grohg and Chest Pains on July 26


Demon Eye - "Devil Knows the Truth" from Mann's World on Vimeo.