|Sent on:||Friday, April 9, 2010 8:25 AM|
great music Friday and Saturday nights at The Broad Street Cafe (1116
Broad Street in Durham - - www.TheBroadStreetCafe.com)
• 8P Spencer Sholes (alt/folk rock/funk)
Lifelong musician, songwriter. Specializing in guitar and vocals. Playing original music wherever I can get in the door.
• 10pm - $5 Cover
The Proclivities (indie/folk rock/happy harcore)
Matt Douglas, the songwriter and frontman for The Proclivities, is a music school trained jazz saxophone and woodwinds player that strayed from the jazz pack and into the world of self-indulgent singer/songwriters. After graduating from NYU, Matt wandered off to Central Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship to study the influence of traditional folk music on contemporary improvised music in Budapest, Hungary. It was at that time that Matt started writing kick-ass rock songs. After two years of escapism, Matt headed to Raleigh, NC where he hooked up with guitar great Chris Boerner (Mosadi Music), bassist Nic Slaton and drummer Matt McCaughan (Portastatic, The Rosebuds). They released their first album, "Predispositions", in July of 2006 to rave reviews. In 2007, The Proclivities recorded a soundtrack for an independent film called "Coney Island" (Blackwater Films), and in June of 2008 they released their masterpiece “Handguns & Dancing Shoes.”
The Proclivities have shared the stage with Josh Ritter, Bobby Bare Jr., The Old Ceremony, Hammer No More The Fingers, Anton Sword, Laura Cortese, and many more. Matt can be heard as a guest artist on Josh Ritter’s “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” (Sony), Mark Erelli’s new album (Signature Sounds), and on Erin McKeown’s upcoming release.
Onward, Soldiers is an Americana/Rock and Roll ensemble based out of Wilmington, NC. Known for their high-energy live performances and arsenal of original songs, they have been described as everything from “visceral and haunting,” to “rootsy,” and “catchy as hell!” Fronted by lead singer/songwriter Sean Thomas Gerard, the band was formed in the fall of 2008, and played with an evolving array of musicians throughout the following year while recording their debut album Ghosts in this Town. The current lineup includes guitarist James Palumbo, bassist Jarett Michael, and drummer Kevin Rhodes, with each member claiming a variety of other instruments—accordions, ocean harps, marching drums, saxophones, violins and cellos have been known to make frequent appearances at OS shows. In addition to an eclectic array of instrumentation, Onward, Soldiers has been known for antics ranging from employing interpretive dancers onstage to raining down balloons over their audience mid-show. When asked what the celebration was for they simply reply, “No special reason. We just felt like balloons!” Currently the band is booking tour dates all along the eastern and mid-western United states, bringing with them their unique brand of rock n' roll best described by Jeff Reid of The Beat Magazine:
“Like the lights from a distant town, [Onward, Soldiers] music is giving all who travel with [them] an anticipation of the future coming into focus.”
"Rich started writing songs in high school with music and lyrics most reminiscent of indie-rock with an occasional alt-country twang. His songs are inspired by authentic emotionality provoked by love gone awry, betrayal, thwarted intentions, and unfulfilled expectations tapping into the commonality of the human experience of love. The depth and complexity of his songs are tinted with the color, honesty and roughness of the southwest canyons. His music is guitar-driven, startling, and raw with rough vocals sung from the toes. He’s created stirring, idiosyncratic riffs with surprising bridges and changes that make you stop whatever you’re doing to listen. A doctorate in fluid dynamics influences the melodic waves and intricate harmonic spirals that he incorporates organically into his unique guitar licks. However, an unusual humility and self-described shyness has left his body of music to be an undiscovered wealth for the music-loving community."
• 8P Ken Larson Trio (jazz/swing/bossa)
The KLT consists of Ken Larson on guitar, Lex Larson on bass and Todd Gambling percussion/vocals. KTL focuses on mid-20th century traditional Jazz with an emphasis on Bossa. Favorite composers include: Jobim, Miles, Ellington, Mingus.
• 10P - $5 Cover
tHE mERCATORS (roots/blues)
Like most of Durham's musical acts, the Mercators started off in small claims court. The founder, Todd Warner had recently been seeking $375 in damages when the defendant, a Mr. Jörg Eichfuss, was caught stealing rutabagas from Mr Warner's prize winning herb gardens. Unable to pay with American currency Mr. Eichfuss offered his services as a professional musician. The judge agreed, awarding exclusive talent rights of Mr. Eichfuss to the sole control of Mr. Todd Warner. Having no other option Todd decided to start a band appointing Jörg as drummer. William Foy came into the scene as everybody's neighborhood cable guy. A sleeper hit of the telecommunications industry, Will had no previous experience with electronics, electronic media, data flow theory, operating an automobile, or even the English language. Composed entirely of short grunts and violent hand gestures Will's style of communication was a perfect fit for the Cable company's customer service department. With a van, utility belt, clipboard, company mobile phone and an affinity for dodging Durham police cruisers; Will was the Mercators obvious choice for bassist. Prior to joining the Mercators Thomas Hughes spent most of his time at university finishing his undergrad in interpretive dance. Spiking crude oil costs were driving the shipping costs up on most materials around the country including a certain brand of customized free movement tights and leotards that Thomas had been loyal to. Unable to afford the most pivotal piece of his performances, Thomas was forced to play guitar in the Mercators hoping to make enough money on the weekends for his lavish taste in import spandex. A vote from the remaining three was taken on whether to allow Thomas to actually wear the form fitting outfits during gigs. The outcome was 2 "in favor" and 1 "against". Apparently Jörg had wrongly assumed he was supposed to be the only one wearing imported Turkish spandex. The Mercators founder,Todd Warner hails from Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota and several other white bread Midwest states. He lives in Durham with his extremely Irish wife and their three asshole cats.
The Dirty Little
The new 3-piece Dirty Little Heaters will take your head clean off. If you don't have a "bands to watch in 2008" list yet, grab a post-it & write their name at the top of it.
17 DEC 2008 • by Grayson Currin, From the start, reputation and its expectations were the albatross strung around the neck of the second incarnation of Durham's Dirty Little Heaters: Three years ago, Reese McHenry (nee Gibbs) and Melissa Thomas were a blustery ball of blooz-rock attitude, blasting out of Durham's gathering tide of idiosyncratic acts with a primal stomp and some hardened soul singing. That band's bitter breakup instigated a brief politics of division in the city's small but busy music community, especially after McHenry grafted the name to a new trio with ex-Spinn Rob Walsh and drummer Dave Perry, once of Jett Rink and Fake Swedish. Some people hoped to dismiss the band before it had even played. But if they're listening to Fatty Don't Feel Good—the too-short seven-inch debut from Heaters 2.0—those notions should be null. A cage-rattling declaration of independence, Fatty comprises two contagious and concise jolts of analogue aggression, commanded by McHenry's howl-at-the-world voice. A-side "The Dry Wait" hits like Dead Moon straightening its aim in a direct, focused, mid-tempo, distorted pounce. McHenry—who's earned comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick but delivers with a sneer that's more confident than those comparisons suggest—offers images of flashing lights in dark rooms and big engine blocks roaring down quiet roads. "Who's your baby now?" she inquires, demanding with her tone that there'd best be just one answer. Despite its coy title, B-side "Untitled" exclaims confrontation from one groove to the next, McHenry offering advice about karma, weapons and adults stomping like little kids. It's a perfect fit, the sort of personal track that feels like a rallying call for anyone with conflict at hand. Walsh and Perry don't busy the backing. Instead, they work to drive their leader's points home, like an army bolstering a bark that you hope scene politics never silences.
Fuse—The Heaters' Reese McHenry has a voice that can rattle chandeliers at 50 paces. Not just with power but with the bluesy depth of Big Mama Thornton, where everything she sings sounds a little, well, dirty. The Heaters are now a trio: With bassist Rob Walsh (formerly of the Spinns) and Dave Perry (Jett Rink), they nod to heavy metal riffs and heavy psychedelics, all tempered by McHenry's soulful wail—unmatchable 'round these parts. —Chris Toenes