Whether actually named for the mark of a regal communiqué or just a cleverly cryptic ID, the band King’s X – live Saturday at Amos’ Southend in Charlotte – is a must see opportunity.
While technically part of the late 80s-early 90s influx of rock outfits, this band embraced a futuristic pre-alternative hard rock vision crossed with a melodic progressive edge.
Originally from Missouri, the music of this talented trio was more sophisticated than the party rock of the Hollywood Boulevard bunch but not as sardonic and jaded as the bulk of the 90s grunge groups.
King’s X deftly managed to carve out their own distinct territory with timeless prog rock blessed with rich harmonies, dynamic songwriting and sonic power.
While over the top mainstream stardom has been elusive, their cult following of music lovers, musicians and critics alike are dedicated and fervent where the music of Doug Pinnick, bass/guitar/lead and backing vocals; Ty Tabor, lead guitar/backing and lead vocals; and Jerry Gaskill, drums/percussion/ backing and lead vocals is concerned.
On further consideration their cult level distinction might just be seen as a compelling reason the band’s creative focus and musical quality have endured. King’s X is still ranked No. 83 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock while their second album, ‘Gretchen Goes to Nebraska’ is considered a classic milestone.
Their debut album ‘Out of the Silent Planet,’ (1988) gave notice to critics and musicians immediately, while it was the third release, ‘Faith Hope Love’ that was the first King’s X album to reach the Top 100. Subsequent releases include 1994’s ‘Dogman’ plus an impressive string of studio albums, compilations, live ventures even solo projects including their most recent release ‘Live Love in London’ that have all kept the band vital and connected to their fans and followers.
Truly majestic music in the air from King’s X Saturday, with local hard rock heroes Blanco Diablo as the perfect choice for guest opener for a show that BD guitarist Jamie Ray himself cites as a meeting of “two soulful hard rock bands both influenced by the Fab Four.”
Also along for the ride are Kings of Spade, and Deep Sky ‘all together now’ Saturday at Amos Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte. Call 704-377-6874or go to amossouthend.com. Go to kingsxrocks.com for more on the music.
Award winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Dave Rawlings joined by his Machine band, roll into The Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte Monday to share some picking and grinning galore.
Voted the 2012 American Instrumentalist of the Year, reviews of Rawlings have compared his songs to the timeless treasures from The Band. Best known for work with Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ryan Adams, he found fan favor of his own with the music of his debut album “A Friend of a Friend,’ released in 2009.
Now on tour, shows have been selling out, including, we hear, the one in nearby Asheville. Find out what the hoopla is all about with the Dave Rawlings Machine Monday at the Neighborhood Theater, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. Call 704-942-7997 for show info or check neighborhoodtheatre.com. Visit daverawlingsmachine.com to discover more on the music.
• Friday: Steven Adkins at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; David Williams at The Endzone Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Fernandina at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Case Federal and The Agents, Rogue Planet, Funky Geezer, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; FiftyWatt Freight Train, One More Hero, Revelus, more at Amos Southend, Charlotte; Analog Daze, Imperial Deluxe at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Charlotte; Fandango Blues Band at Puckett’s Farm, Equipment, Charlotte; The Shack Band, Seven Handle Circus at the Visulite Theater,Charlotte; Junque Gallery, Sonny Skyyz & The Rainmakers at Double Door Inn,Charlotte; Kenny Floyd, Darkwater Rising at The Saloon-NC Music Factory,Charlotte; Robert Childers and the Luciferian Agenda, Ghost Trees, move at the Milestone, Charlotte; Paint Fumes, Temperance League, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Zoso-Led Zeppelin Tribute at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Easter Island, Tom McBride at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Whiskey Alibi at McHale’s On Main, Rock Hill; Alan Barrington at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Chubby Knuckles at The Back Porch, Chester; Distrust: Youth at War Tape Release with Society Sucker, more atTremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Carbon Leaf, Mel Washington at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Hip Hop Mania at the Milestone, Charlotte; Groove 8, The Chemist at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Pickett Strait at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Porter Robinson,Treasure Fingers at The Fillmore, Charlotte; A Silent Film, Hands at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Spivey Brown Band at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Tori Vasquez, Alex Christie, T.C. Costello at Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Wood Pines at Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Sunday: AEG Live Presents Mgmt, Kuroma at Amos Southend, Charlotte; He is Legend, Birds with Teeth, The Feral, Bedowyn at TremontMusic Hall, Charlotte; K. Michelle with Sevyn Streeter at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Rock University at Amos Southend, Charlotte;
• Monday: Dave Rawlings Machine at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte;
• Wednesday: Alejandro Ziegler Quartet at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Bill Miller Band at Double Door Inn, Charlotte
“And that was all she wrote.”
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