Sound Menu January 06 2001 Wed week out
FIGHTING GRAVITY, THE CLARKS — Richmond, Va.'s Fighting Gravity has been touring and recording for over 12 years. The long-standing band offers a spin-dizzy mix of reggae, ska, rock and funk. Imagine the English Beat and Dave Matthews lost in the throes of a tepid grudge-fuck. This year's live double CD, Hello Cleveland, produced by local studio guru and Cracker hand David Lowery, offers a thorough look at Fighting Gravity's upbeat and energized global take on rock. Another long-running independent act, openers the Clarks create rock solid melodic pop tunes with an often rough edge. Their latest release, Let It Go, contrasts a kind of thematic lyrical simplicity with a more developed sense of vocal harmony and sly hook savvy. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith/Hutchinson)?
MOONSHINE KILLERS, HELGAS, BORN TO PLEASE — The Star Bar will probably sell as many earplugs as longneck Buds tonight. The Killers are as raw and wild as rock groups come, snarling with overdriven guitar fury and booze-fueled backwoods rage. The Helgas hit hard with an early '80s Brit-punk bop, after Born to Please starts the show with some energetic pop/rock. Star Bar (Nicoll) BASIL'S CAFÉ: Showtyme Jazz Duo?
BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce ?
BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILLS: Karaoke?
CAFÉ TU TU TANGO: Caliente — live reggae?
THE CHAMBER: Lovebreak with E.J. & Motion and DJ Biff ?
CHECKERED PARROT: Mike Russell?
DARK HORSE TAVERN: New Talent Night with TBA?
DARWIN'S: Open Blues Jam hosted by Liz Melendez?
ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing ?
EDDIE'S ATTIC: Gail Anthony, Kevin Caran, Matthew Smith, Gretchen Gigley?
FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics?
FUZZY'S: Mike Veal?
KAYA: Wind Down Wednesdays with live jazz, spoken word and poetry?
METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan is Wednesday?
PEASANT UPTOWN: Steven Charles Jazz Duo?
RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Open Mic?
ROXY: Vagina Monologues?
''SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Fighting Gravity, The Clarks?
SOMBER REPTILE: Fellow Man, Soma?
STAR BAR-L5P: The Moonshine Killers, the Helgas, Born To Please?
WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Ghost Trane?
WOODEN NICKEL: Get A Woody''