Sugar Glyder takes a daring step toward the future with a CD release party Saturday at Amos Southend in Charlotte.
The band featuring Bobby Mathews√, drums; Chris Rigo√, guitar; Daniel Howie√, vocals/guitar; and Robby Hartis√, bass has been steadily refining its rock/ indie style for a number of years.
The new album The Eyes: They See, is Sugar Glyders first full-length national release, set for a March 5 debut. Produced by Steven Haigler (The Pixies, Brand New, As Tall As Lions) it is a stunning concoction, well-blended sonically with enough melodic snap, sparkle and pop to please a cross-section of musical tastes.
One track from the new album Lost in the Trees is showcased in an impressive colorful 3-D video featuring fairy tale imagery and a stylized forest. A mid-tempo, melodic song thats graceful and haunting, the impact is impressive visually and sonically.
Guitar-driven, with vocals that are strong and focused, the bands overall impression is not too alternative and more than a little bit mainstream, which keeps the band on solid rock terrain.
This savvy combo of sounds and styles accounts for the comparisons to The Killers, Deathcab For Cutie, Mute Math, Incubus and Muse. Steady steps and talent have helped this band soar toward their goal.
Celebrate their success Saturday along with guests Unifier and Flagship at Amos, 1423 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte. For more show info call 704-377-6874 or check amossouthend.com. Find more on the music at reverbnation.com/sugarglyder; youtube.com/planetsugarglyder; facebook.com/SugarGlyder; and purevolume.com/sugarglyder.
• A dead ringer refers to a person or a thing totally equal, even nigh onto identical, to something or someone else.
Expect that the band The Ringers live Wednesday at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte just might rattle your memory or trip some familiar circuits in your musical brain.
Specifically tagged as a supergroup of talented individuals, The Ringers features the skills of Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe who together represent a harmonic conversation of rock, funk, jazz, blues and African backgrounds.
This assortment of veteran musicians from various music genres perform together not only on new material written exclusively for this particular band, but also perform solo material of the groups plus cover tunes picked by the players.
More specifically as far as who relates to what background: Jimmy Herring is a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z and Jazz is Dead. He has also performed with The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends, Béla Fleck, and currently serves as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic. Herring also released his second solo album, Subject To Change Without Notice, last August.
Krantzs credits include stints with Randy Brecker, Leni Stern and Steely Dan, along with his solo releases.
Session musician/guitarist Michael Landau has a long list of album gigs dating back into the early 80s with a variety of artists including Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Richard Marx, Steve Perry, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis as well as fronting bands such as Raging Honkies and Burning Water.
Drummer Keith Carlock has a long list of guest shots/tours of all ilk including Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, John Mayer, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul the list goes on and on.
Finally, bass player Etienne Mbappe, is best known for work with the Zawinul Syndicate, as well as jazz fusion band Ultramarine. He also performed on Ray Charles last album.
The impact of these players on the popular music world is undisputed. See the synchronization of all this coming together with The Ringers Wednesday at The Neighborhood Theatre, 511 East 36th Street, Charlotte. For concert news, call 704-358-9298 or go to neighborhoodtheatre.com. Discover the music at jimmyherring.net; waynekrantz.com; and madinkpr.com.
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• Friday: The Oneppo Brothers at Lukes Sports Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Chuck Johnson at The Kickin Pig, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at Amici Lovin Oven in Rock Hill Love Haters Ball with Sun Dried Vibes, Dunder Chiefs, more at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; David Griffin at the Coal Yard, York; Mack Fowler and Company at Southsiders Public House, Waxhaw; Bobby A at Villa Antonio-Ballantyne, Charlotte; Barb Wire Dolls, No Anger Control, The Seduction, Southern Madmen at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Grown Up Avenger Stuff, SO Stereo at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Moe at The Fillmore, Charlotte; The Southern Experience Band at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Asleep in The Weeds at The Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Modern Primitives, Yardwork, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Dear Druid with Tater Family Travelling Circus at Pucketts Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Birds with Teeth, Gonzo Symphonic, Fever, Hymns, more at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Delbert McClinton, Too Slim and The Taildraggers at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; David Childers and Overmountain Men at Evening Muse, Charlotte; GoGo Pilot at Evening Muse, Charlotte; and Lee Brice, Lewis Brice, Cadillac Black at Coyote Joes, Charlotte.
• Saturday: David Griffin, PJ Brunson at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Rebels in Debt at The Kickin Pig, Rock Hill; Rock Star Hair Band at Lukes Sports Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; First Class Villain, Lunas Lament, Pariah, more at Firewater 110, Rock Hill; Bobby A at Villa Antonio-South Boulevard, Charlotte; Big Mammas House of Burlesque at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Perfect Strangers Acoustic at Big Als Pub and Grub, Charlotte; Part Time Blues Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Darkstar Orchestra at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Groove 8 at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Tia Fuller, John Brown Big Band at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Scowl Brow, Murdercycle at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Sinners, PMA at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Pullman Strike, more at Pucketts Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Biggy Stardust and His Wretched Hive, more at Milestone, Charlotte; Pentatonix at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Kid Rock, Buckcherry at The BiLo Center, Greenville; and Styx at The House of Blues, Myrtle Beach.
• Sunday: The Dirty Heads, Shiny Toy Guns, more at The Fillmore, Charlotte and Swank Sinatra, The Orchidales at the Milestone, Charlotte.
• Monday: Monday Night All Stars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte, and Knocturnal at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Cement Stars at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Absolute Convixtion, Lunas Lament at Milestone, Charlotte and Little Johnny Trailer Trash at Stooges Pub and Grub, Mint Hill.
• Wednesday: Elevator Action, Izzy and The Catastrophics at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Toby Creek at Pucketts Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Jimmys Moped at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; The Ringers at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Off The Record, with Sinners and Saints, Bo White at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Thursday: Fishbone at Visulite Theater, Charlotte; and Stamper, Bums Lie, more at Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte.
And that was all she wrote.
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