The machine that's the Athens Music Scene rumbles into gear this week. Of note, but possibly old news to many, the venue long ago known as Another Fool's Cafe transplants to the location formerly occupied by OU students' favorite underage drinking pit. Translation? The Swindlefish Saloon has officially moved into the spot previously graced by the Greenery. Just as many of us called Mama Einstein's "The Dugout" long after the change was made, this conversion might require an adjustment period before all soaks well into our gray matter. Though the new 'Fish will start as a bar-only establishment, occupying the second floor, in time, an affiliate "blown glass" and "wacky T-shirt" shop is expected to open on street level. 'Fish festivities start anew on Sunday. Read on.
Fresh off their latest tour, Columbus' loud garage blues rockers Them Wranch, now featuring former In-sect drummer Todd Pannent, rock the Union stage tonight. Though the AMS was not so lucky as to receive a copy of their new purported gem of an album, "Big Noise from East Maynard" has received rave reviews in several publications. The Killdorados' "heavy stoner rocknmetal stuff," featuring Pat Brown and John Spataro, precedes Them Wranch with all-new local band The Knives opening the whole shebang.
Peach Melba's "groovin' folk/rock and funk from the southern hills of Ohio" saunters to the Mama Einstein's stage tonight. Long songs and intense spacey guitar jams are par for the course for Peach Melba. Though most people don't like pigeonholing, Deadheads and the like are sure to love a little of the Melba on their cookies.
Rotten Apple gets their name from an Alice in Chains song and plays the Smiling Skull Saloon tonight. Expect heavy metal covers a la Alice in Chains, Tool, Metallica and others.
Three Chord Charlie comes to the Night Court for a round of covers of your favorite and (perhaps) not-so-favorite classic rock covers, plus some renditions of more contemporary rock tunes and a few originals. Expect Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Kiss, The Who, and Cracker, among others, from this band, which blends acoustic and electric guitars and -- their press -- "a bad-ass saxophone." Three Chord Charlie plays the Court Street Grill in Pomeroy on Friday.
Geraldine's pure bastard rock invades the Union on Friday. Touting an impressive set of originals, and a few interpretive covers, Geraldine's all-rock, all-inyerface experience isn't for the meek. As they tie one on through their set, things can get a bit raucous, so bring your kneepads. Recently reformed Space Wanker 5000, fresh from their hyped appearance at the recent Athens Music Fest, open the show with their version of "punk and roll."
Akimbo brings their blues-metal-rock sounds to O'hooley's Friday evening.
Mark Markham and The Bogus Brothers return to the Union on Saturday for their annual show. Featuring Blue Eagle guitar instructor Ethan Greene on bass and occasionally a special appearance by Jorma Kaukonen on guitar, Mark Markham and the Bogus Brothers are an Athens rock 'n roll tradition.
Paul Doeffinger returns to The Court Street Grill in Pomeroy for more music from the '60s, '70s, '80s, and the '90s.
From ethereal soundscapes crafted to carefully ease you into dreamland to rootsy funkish jams, Flying Frog recording artists The Slip have you covered. This three-piece outfit that at times sounds more like five, plays The Swindlefish on Sunday. Though their press kit claims their music "...is as much steeped in the improvisational freedom of jazz as it is in deep-grooved rhythms and the melodic catch of pop...," I can't really discern any pop in their music. With an average song length of almost six minutes and seven full tracks of Phish-reminiscent instrumental ditties before any vocals chimed in on their latest album, "Does," it's erroneous to liken The Slip to anything even remotely suggestive of melodic, catchy pop. Though they may need a more precise publicist, they're OK in my book.
Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers bring their renowned blues to the Court Street Grill in Pomeroy on Wednesday. CD Review claims that "Jimmy Thackery has the tonal control, musical thought, expressive sincerity, velocity, and discipline to rank near the top of the blues-rock heavyweight division." Expect a top-notch three-piece blues extravaganza.
That's it for this week. Send your personal local band reviews and scathing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication consideration. If you're looking for hot DJ action, check out the What's Happening section for dates and times. If you're looking for other hot action, try the classifieds. Thanks for supporting local music.