Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Naught and Electric Sunshine, Oct. 20, 2006 at Slim's

Last night I checked out The Naught, a new band with Erik Sugg (Cherry Valence, Dragstrip Syndicate) and Chris Jones (The Loners, Vanilla Trainwreck, hundreds of other bands) at Slim's. Sorry, but I do not know the bass player. When someone starts paying me to do this, I will do a better job of finding out who is actually in all these bands I go see. Anyway, last night was The Naught's first show, and I was mighty impressed. I've said before that Erik is one of my favorite guitar players in the area. He hadn't been playing for a while, so I'm glad to see he's out there again. Chris was tight as always, and the unknown (to me) bass player was really good too. They played a few covers as well as some Nuggets-style garage rock with a little bit of shoe-gazing swirl. Check out the feedback-laden jam that Erik puts on in the video. I just wish my memory card hadn't filled up before the song was over.

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Electric Sunshine is Eddie Taylor and Paul Dressel, both of Big Joe. Eddie has been in lots of bands that I love, including The Loners. Electric Sunshine also has a Nuggets feel, but a little more diversified. Several songs included hints of Big Joe's country-ish guitar rock, and one, possibly my favorite, was certifiably funky.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Movies and pics from The T's

The T's played on Friday, Oct. 13 at Kings, and they impressed me again. This time I got some video, so perhaps you can see and hear why I like them so much. They opened for Crave, a band that's certainly talented, but just didn't do anything for me. They had a lot of fans at the show, so I'm sure they aren't particularly concerned if I don't like them.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

A Rooster for the Masses movie

... from last night's Alzheimer's Awareness benefit at Kings.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Bleeding Hearts and The Trousers at Kings

I only saw the last two bands at last night's benefit for Chris Plankers at Kings. I've seen The Trousers before, and they again impressed me with their laid-back take on English blues. Jim Pendergrast plays guitar like he's just walking or breathing -- completely effortless and natural. Here's a video from them.

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The last band was The Bleeding Hearts (Myspace), a great straight-up rock band that reminds me of Raleigh's late, great Finger. Here's a clip by them.

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Back from Berlin

Hi all,
Sorry I haven't posted lately. I've been in Berlin, where I had an awesome time, and even got to see a German rockabilly band called Raik and the Chainballs at a cool club called Roadrunner's Paradise. I'll get back to posting local stuff later today, but for now, here's video (featuring a burlesque dancer) of Raik and the Chainballs.

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