9/27 Eternal Summers, Audio September, Country Wide, Jack White

September 27th, 2012 · 5 Comments · By

Shit just got craaazy!

Nah not really, but there are a lot of good shows tonight in Charlottesville, if this week’s punishing gauntlet of great concerts hasn’t already exhausted your febrile/nubile limbs.

It’s hard to beat a cheap, intimate show with a local band done good, and you and I may well find ourselves at the Tea Bazaar tomorrow night for Eternal Summers, the Roanoke girl/boy duo that absolutely nails that Slumberland Records vibe with masturbatory sweetness: golden hooks and deadpan vocals are just right parts dum dum and knowing.  Joining Eternal Summers are Philly-based 90s-revivalists, Bleeding Rainbow.  They used to be called Reading Rainbow, but I guess people change.  They also at least used to be managed by a dawg named Dryw.  How do you pronounce that?  Gotta come out to find out.

If you’ve never wanted to wake up in Olympia in 1986 and put on a grandpa cardigan in 1989, if instead you’ve often considered yourself an enthusiast of what’s known mysteriously as “electroacoustic” music, I encourage you to head over to the Bridge for tomorrow night’s show, the last in their brilliantly curated series of art music shows, “Audio September.”  Performing will be Jonathan Zorn, who prods the border between speech and sound, and Jonas Kocher with Chris Heenan.  Kocher is an experimental accordianist (!) and runs the label flexion, which I thought I’d heard of, but perhaps not.  Heenan plays alto saxophone, contrabass clarinet, as well as analog synthesizer and he’s an important part of Berlin’s avant-garde scene.  Kochner and Heenan explore performance and the act of listening, subjects both fundamental and pretty abstract.  I’m always interested in how musicians examine ideas like these in collaboration, and as the culmination of a great month of shows at the Bridge, I think this performance should be very worthwhile.

If you search "mr. baby" in Google images, you get a bunch of freaky pix of Rowan Atkinson.

BUT if you DONT wish you were wearing a Grandpa sweater and you DONT care about the difference between sound and noise, head over to the Whiskey Jar for Country Wide’s showcase.  CW is the Charlottesville label behind acts like Pantherburn, Chamomile & Whiskey and Beako, groups that might broadly be classed as “Americana,” and this event will be a great chance to check out a bunch of local groups.  And it’s free.  I’m a particular fan of the label’s band, Mr. Baby.  Did you ever see “Our Town”?  I sort of feel like Mr. Baby is Charlottesville’s “Our Town.”  Or maybe it’s just that Megan Hudddleston, the band’s front woman, embodies a lot of what’s great about Charlottesville: the CLAW thing, the Blue Moon thing, the whole kind and clever hippie hick punk scene.  I’m not sure when this show is happening – maybe early enough that you can catch this and a later concert.


Finally, Jack White is playing at the Pavillion.  Hailing from Detroit, White rose to fame in a band called The White Str —

Oh.  You’ve heard of him?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amanda // Sep 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    That’s definitely not a picture of Eternal Summers. But check out Jordan’s awesome poster for the show!

  • 2 James // Sep 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I think Carolyn’s at work all afternoon, so I just put up the poster (thanks Amanda!) in place of… whatever the heck that was a picture of (it sure wasn’t Eternal Summers)

    other items of note:
    – Eternal Summers have been a trio for quite some time now,
    – and their new album is really good. the label is pushing two “singles” which are the ones that sound the most new-wave / Dum Dum Girls-ish, but there’s also a handful of songs that have been the highlights of their set for the past year (“Wonder,” “I Love You,” “Good as You”). I’m excited for tonight’s show! also, Left and Right are playing; they are a local band who absolutely do not suck.

  • 3 baconfat // Sep 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    i’ve read a LOT of things described as “mastubatory” (and even used a few of those as launching points for my own onanistic pursuits), but never “sweetness.” can you please expound on that, carolyn?

  • 4 Vijith Assar // Sep 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I think it means they’ve been eating a lot of pineapple.

  • 5 James // Sep 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm