Spotlighted gigs and recommended shows 

Xela Zaid

For some time now this Miami-based singer/songwriter has operated on the fringe of the DIY rock movement — touring and recording with the duo Ho Chi Minh. His recorded, full-band work suggests local “Death Pop” artist Pink Kodiak with a strong Beatles fixation, or The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne as a home-recording hermit.


This show finds him performing solo on acoustic guitar, and is recommended for fans of quirky, personal indie-pop with a delicate touch and an emphasis on hooky melodies. Listen & Learn: xelazaid.blogspot.com. Sat., 9 pm, Metro Coffee House - ALL-AGES.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten - Statts/Williams Benefit Screening

This latest have-fun-while-you-do-a-good-deed event for Ardsley Park shooting victims Jason Statts and David J. Williams finds local cult film organization the Psychotronic Film Society (of which I’m a member) joining forces with longtime area music aficionado Larry Dane-Kellogg to present a one-time-only showing of acclaimed director Julien Temple’s (The Sex Pistols’ The Great Rock & Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners) award-winning documentary on the charismatic frontman for legendary British punk band The Clash.

The movie features rare footage of Strummer and his bands, as well as candid interviews with close friends and fans like Johnny Depp, Bono, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Mick Jagger, Jim Jarmusch and others. It was called “the best music film ever made” by XFM Radio. Admission is free, but voluntary donations will be accepted, and a full 100% of proceeds go straight to the Statts/Williams Recovery Fund. Info at stattswilliams.com.Watch the trailer at myspace.com/psychotronicfilms. Seating begins at 7:30 pm. Wed., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean - ALL-AGES.

Junkyard Angel

This gritty, “Cosmic American” roots-rock sextet has a fairly distinguished Savannah/Athens pedigree — featuring members of Stewart & Winfield, The Park Bench Trio and more. They trade in the best kind of wine-soaked No Depression clichés, and those who appreciate the woozy, pedal steel-glazed ennui of vintage Steve Earle, Jayhawks or Gram Parsons records will find this group’s well-chosen covers and bittersweet pastiches of classic rock and roadhouse country hit the spot. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/1junkyardangel. 21+ only w/ID. Fri., 11 pm, Locos (downtown) + Sat., 10 pm, Fiddler’s (River St.).


This new-to-the-scene traditional bluegrass band got its start busking on River St., and now is trying to make the transition to playing in bars and clubs. With a lineup that shifts from five to seven pieces depending on the gig, and instrumentation including mandolin, banjo, Dobro and bass, they would seem to have the necessary ingredients for to make a joyous noise. Plus, they’ve got one of the best band names I’ve heard in, well, days. Fri. - Sat., 8 pm, Wind Rose Café (Tybee).

Weedeater, Black Tusk, The Dumps

You’ll want earplugs for this triple-bill of over-the-top Southern rock-tinged metal and sludge. Headliners Weedeater have made Savannah a regular stop on their touring schedule for years now, and some folks will appreciate the fact that former Buzzov-en frontman Dave “Dixie” Collins leads this relentless and bombastic S.C.-based project. Black Tusk is making a name for themselves as the latest Savannah-based modern metal band in orbit around the Damad/Kylesa/Baroness/Hyperrealist Records scene to turn some heads on a national level in genre fanzines and through strong word-of-mouth on their live shows and indie CDs. With song titles like “Goat Stroker”, Athens’ self-professed “Dirty Southern Thunder” merchants The Dumps venture outside the limitations of standard-issue swamp-metal to throw in breakdowns and vaguely psychedelic guitar leads worthy of vintage SST or C/Z vinyl. Listen & Learn: myspace.com/weedeater, myspace.com/blacktusk, myspace.com/thedumps. Fri., 11 pm, The Jinx.


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