You don’t need a stage full of folks to dish out driving, rootsy, rockabilly with guts and sass. All it really takes is two, specifically the Dex Romweber Duo, live Friday at Snug Harbor, Charlotte.
Dex Romweber, considered an icon of Americana underground by many – including icon-in-his-own-right Jack White – pioneered the ’80s-’90s psychobilly trio Flat Duo Jets. Out of that seminal start, guitarist/vocalist Romweber forged his current twosome with sister/drummer, Sara Romweber.
Together they carry the torch for grand garage/surf/rockabilly stylings with potent results never losing one iota of power and punch. Rowdy, sultry surf rock suffused with evocative imagery makes for fascinating rhythm.
Throw in an uncertain undercurrent of lost love, secret intrigue and hidden skullduggery to reveal a knack for storytelling as well as rabble-rousing.
The newest album, “Is That You In The Blue,” was recorded in the North Carolina studios of Rick Miller. It proves the duo’s finesse, thanks to strong songs including “Jungle Drums” with throwback surf sound and the ballad-worthy tale of “People, Places and Things.”
Compelling, brilliant evidence that less can definitely be more from the Dex Romweber Duo, Friday at Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St., Charlotte. Call 704-561-1781 or visit snugrock.com for show info. For more on the music visit ruraltone.com/dex, www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/dex-romweber-duo, or find them on Facebook.
Not the debut show of the Megadeth Super Collider Tour when it hits town Thursday at The Fillmore in Charlotte, but close enough since their recent on-the-road rollout was Nov. 23.
So far so good with early returns citing exemplary head-banging, thanks to hits galore, particularly “Symphony of Destruction” and “Peace Sells.”
Musically, many might make the snap decision to categorize, even dismiss, Megadeth as simply thrash/speed metal when first considering the quartet of Dave Mustaine, vocals/guitars; Chris Broderick, guitars/backing vocals; David Ellefson, bass/backing vocals and Shawn Drover, drums/percussion/backing vocals.
Emerging in 1985, it has become increasingly more obvious that their real rock roots go much deeper when founder Mustaine names AC/DC and Led Zeppelin as early influences.
Consider, too, that before the birth of Megadeth, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mustaine also co-founded Metallica, the equally influential masters of speed/metal forging a much larger landscape of musical mission and genre.
Yes, it’s blazing, even scorching, rock, but there’s plenty of melodic mixed into the metal as well. Never underestimate Mustaine’s guitar finesse along with his outspoken wit and intelligent lyrics as far as what makes Megadeth a mind-blowing phenom.
Its string of platinum and multiplatinum albums also offers weighty testament. Megadeth’s 13th studio album, “TH1RT3EN,” released in late 2011, debuted at No.1 on The Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and No. 11 on the Billboard 200.
Its newest release and 14th studio album “Super Collider” hits the streets in June as the first release for Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft..
Menace and metal rule with the Megadeth Super Collider Tour Thursday at The Fillmore, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. The bill also features Fear Factory and Nonpoint. For concert details go to fillmorecharlottenc.com. For more history and music, check megadeth.com.
• Friday: Donnie Honeycutt Solo/Acoustic at Sixpence Pub-Baxter Village,Fort Mill; Fusebox Poet at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; The New Familiars Tribute to Levon Helm and The Band at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Kenny Floyd at The Salon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Marvelous Funkshun at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Stress Test at Thomas Street Tavern Charlotte; Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers at the Great AuntStella Center, Charlotte; Bass Church with Mindelixir, Mr. Atomic, Two Face, Boogalu Black, more at The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Jennifer Daniels at the Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Early Show with Legggs, Solar Cat, Army of the Flying Monkeys at The Courtroom at Getty’s, Rock Hill; RockStar Duo at The Sandbar, Rock Hill; Music Mayhem at the Rock Hill Tavern, Rock Hill; Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands with Renowned Eternity, Into Oceans, Skyfolk, Kidnap the King, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Jon Oliva – Storytellers Tour at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Pam Taylor Band at Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte; Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque at the Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Bakkwoodz at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Cleric, CXFX., Greevace, Fire Marshall Bill, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Harvey Dalton Arnold Band at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Irish Tenors at Belk Theater, Charlotte; Me, Myself and I Fest with Travis Phillips, Your Fuzzy Friends, Luciferian Agenda, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; Donna Duncan Band at Comet Grill, Charlotte; Mike Faulkenberry and the Whiskey Prophets at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Matrimony, Brave Baby, Jude Moses, Chasing Pedestrians at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Altered Reality with Megan Jean and The Klay Family Band, Radio Lola, Ancient Cities at the Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; Jennifer Knapp, Margaret Becker – Hymns of Christmas at Evening Muse, Charlotte; Dustin Lynch at Coyote Joe’s, Charlotte.
• Sunday: The Business, The Attack, The Beatdowns, The Not Likelys at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Charlotte Blues Society Christmas Party featuring Delta Moon at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Monday: Holiday Fantasia 2013 from The Carolinas Wind Orchestra at Byrnes Auditorium – Winthrop University, Rock Hill; Chris Cornel at Knight Theater, Charlotte; Open Mic with Caleb de Casper and the Foxy Jailvixens at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; Open Mic with 3 Piece Bucket at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Bookhouse, MC Stealth, Modern Primitives at the Milestone, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Hugh Cornwell, Temperance League, Blossoms at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Cancellieri, Blaine Deboo, Frontal Lobe at the Milestone, Charlotte; James Tristan Redding, Troy Petty at The Saloon-NC Music Factory, Charlotte; Tosco House Party at the Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Thursday: RockStar Duo at Luke’s Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Megadeth Super Collider Tour with Fear Factory, Nonpoint at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Charlotte Symphony Magic of Christmas at Belk Theater, Charlotte; The Spice of Life, Little War Twins, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; The Animal House Tour at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Homebrew Showcase with Amigo, Scowl Brow, Colby Dobbs Band, more at the Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte; Roseland at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”