They Might Be Giants
Pioneering art-rock/new-wave duo whose accordion-driven rock, brazenly nasal vocals, and brainy wordplay endeared them to a generation of high schollers and college kids. Over the past decade, they’ve become a minor mainstream sensation, won a Grammy for their amazingly catchy theme to TV’s Malcolm in The Middle, and jump-started a new career as creators of respected, intelligent children’s music. Thurs., 8 pm, Trustees Theater.
Hot Pink Interior
Rising stars on the downtown underground rock scenes, this quirky power-pop quartet boasts both a female drummer and rhythm guitar player, as well as a male lead guitarist and bass player who many of Savannah’s live music habitués will likely recognize for their respective roles in both The 8-Tracks and Superhorse. The push-and-pull dynamics of the band’s insistent and hooky tunes (and their sweet-and-sour male/female vocal harmonies) are cut from the same basic rags as the Pixies and Sleater-Kinney, but it’s the group’s almost complete lack of guile or pretension on stage that lies at the root of their appeal. Sharing the bill is N.C.’s Jimmy & The Teasers, a riotous, liquor-soaked display of reckless abandon, slashing psycho-billy guitar, primitive, too-tough-to-die drumming, and crowd-baiting stage antics that looks back to the glory days of The Flat Duo-Jets for inspiration. Fri., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Known as the "King of Guitar," this fingerstyle guitar champion is considered by many to be the finest such guitarist working today. Seriously. His technique is bewildering, and his love of The Beatles has led him to create dozens of unique, instrumental arrangements of their tunes, many of which will no doubt be on display at this must-see, intimate, ALL-AGES show. Call 748-1930 for advance tickets. Sat., 8 pm, Randy Wood’s Concert Hall (1304 E. Hwy 80, Bloomingdale).
Chart-topping country songstress, who overcame initial doubt about her claim to fame (her dad’s C & W icon Mel Tillis) by producing her own albums, calling her own shots, and generally kicking ass in a field dominated by macho blowhards. Her live shows always earn high marks, and she’s got enough radio hits to fill a show Sat., 8 pm, Lucas Theatre.
Damad (Reunion Show)
Many are grumbling that while this hotly anticipated return by one of Savannah’s most legendary —and sorely missed— (and internationally influential) brutal metal bands is for a worthy cause (raising funds for a fellow musician in need), it’s not really a reunion, as one of the members has since passed away, and only a couple of the remaining bandmembers are taking part. That’s a valid point, but the simple truth is that whether the show was billed as "Damad," or as "A Tribute To Damad Featuring Some Former Members," it would still likely draw the same number of people and generate the same amount of cash. Those who never got a chance to witness this growling, nasty monster of a band in their prime should know they’re not seeing what all the fuss was about, but they are seeing the next best thing —and, given the strained relations between at least a few of the bandmates— the closest thing they’re ever going to get. With local openers Black Tusk and Two Days of Freedom. $8 in advance, and $10 at the door. This show will likely sell out. Sat., 10 pm, The Jinx.
Dave’s True Story
A captivating, NYC-based postmodern cocktail jazz combo featuring a bewitching female vocalist and a standup bass player who boasts an impressive pedigree from the glory days of the L.A. punk and paisley underground scenes. They’ve recently found a receptive crowd at this funky, subterranean eatery and nightspot, and are stopping here regularly as they tour the East Coast. If you can’t make this no-cover show, they’re playing a free headlining set the night before at Fine Arts On The River. Sun., 7 pm, Jazz’d Tapas Bar.
Bob Dylan & His Band
For those who caught this timeless icon’s local ballpark show last year with Willie Nelson, his backing band’s the same this time around, but they’ve gelled much more since that gig, settling into a creepy, apocalyptic R & B vibe that leaves Dylan (this time playing ‘60s combo organ and harp only) in the bizarre role of demented backwoods preacher. Most who expect note-for-note renditions of the bard’s greatest hits will leave disappointed. Those who want to see how a pop culture phenom not only ages gracefully, but carves his own disturbing mythology out of a mountain of strangers’ unimaginative expectations will walk away in beatific bliss. With opening act Merle Haggard & The Strangers. Sun., 7:30 pm, Savannah Civic Center.