Stay Tuned – September 2013

by HEATHER LOVEJOY
JAPANTHER
8 pm, Sunday, Sept. 1, Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St.
This noisy, art-rock duo will get the month in gear, no doubt. They made a big impression on local concert-goers when they visited last year, so it’s likely to be a crowded, energetic shout-fest. I’m not sure that I’d go so far as to call them avante-garde, but they’re definitely anti-mainstream. Also, don’t miss local hip-hop artist Tough Junkie when he opens the show. His delivery is sweet. Admission is $5.

BLACK FLAG with GOOD FOR YOU
7 pm, Friday, Sept. 6, The Roc Bar, Brewster’s Megaplex, 845 University Blvd.
Confused about the dueling Black Flag reunions? One is led by original vocalist Keith Morris, and his band is called Flag. The other, led by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, is using the full name, Black Flag, and they are the ones coming to Jacksonville and planning to release a new album. As the primary songwriter and the backbone of the band, Ginn is the one who really matters. So who’s singing? Ron Reyes, the legendary punk band’s second singer, who is featured on the Jealous Again EP from 1980. (Henry who? Many diehard fans think Reyes was better than Rollins.) Tickets are $22-$50 via www.ticketfly.com.

LAURENCE JUBER
8 pm, Thursday, Sept. 12, European Street Café, 1704 San Marco Blvd.
Guitar nerds, rejoice. Juber knows so many tricks and licks on the guitar that he might leave you dizzy. The Englishman has a couple of Grammy awards to boast about, including one for his rendition of the Pink Panther theme song. His biggest claim to fame, though, is that he played lead guitar for Wings. Yep, with Paul McCartney. $20. For reservations, call 399-1740 or email [email protected].

GEORGE PORTER JR. & THE RUNNIN’ PARDNERS
8 pm, Friday, Sept. 13, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St.
Porter and his band play top-notch jazzy funk, and his New Orleans roots keep the music spicy. Aside from the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and festivals at the Suwannee Music Park, acts like this don’t stop in these parts too often, so this show is a must for fans of the genre. It promises some mean, funky bass playing by Porter, plus a killer horn section. $15 in advance; go to www.jaxlive.com.

HOMEBOY SANDMAN with MEGA RAN
9 pm, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1904 Music Hall, 19 N. Ocean St.
When I first heard this guy’s stage name, I assumed he was some sort of silly, comedic rapper. Nope! Take him seriously for a moment, and you’ll quickly realize he’s a sharp wordsmith with a taste for the cerebral. He turns up his nose at the over-hyped, corporate-driven music industry and helps keep the old-school style of hip-hop’s golden age aglow. The local opening acts, Willie Evans Jr. and Paten Locke, do the same. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Go to www.1904musichall.com.

GRAMATIK with COYOTE KISSES and EXMAG
8 pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, Freebird Live, 200 N. First St.
Gramatik is one guy, Denis Jasaveric, making a helluva lot of big, big sounds. He’s on the Pretty Lights Music record label, which has become astronomically popular with electronica fans. It doesn’t hurt that the label offers its music, including anything by Gramatik, for free download. His Facebook page states, “I make music sometimes. But most of the time I just like to smoke weed.” That pretty much sums up the vibe. Tickets are $20 in advance; go to www.jaxlive.com.

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