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Thursday, December 02, 2010
  Post Yachts, Not Bills
Columbus UWeekly 11-24-2010
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By Don Allred
Times New Viking
Wednesday@ Carabar
True to the paisley punk tradition, Columbus-based trio Times New
Viking are art school drop-outs, who learned to play on stage and in
their own basement studio/fortress, at variously tested North Campus
addresses. TNV allow some of their most consistently intelligible
lines to spell out: ""I make the same mistake every day/I walk the
streets and say/'Everything will be all right!' " That's what seems to
rattle soulfully resonant structures persistently glimpsed through
traffic. Ditto, "I get nervous when I'm high."
Hot 17 Showcase
Saturday @ The Rumba Cafe
The Hot 17 is a new annual guide to Columbus' independent musicians,
featuring contributions by area writers and photographers. Tonight's
showcase presents cinematically dynamic art-pop sextet Karate Coyote,
plus garage pilgrims Mors Ontologica's unstoppably personal testimony
regarding the OSU-verse. Also, Low Men bracingly reel in "Forgotten
War" and other exported realities, while singer/songwriter Jason
Quicksall deftly deploys all the melodies, metaphors and rhythmic
strategies required to keep sight of himself as a moving target of
complex clarity.
Charles Walker Band/Stretch Lefty/Mojoflo
Saturday @ Skully's Music Diner
The Charles Walker Band specializes in danceable r&b, funk and blues,
with diva Porsche Carmon electrically conducting us through original
songs, from acerbic social commentary to astutely grooving ballads
.Also, saxophonist/keyboard player Walker leads a tidal surge through
Mississippi wizard Robert Johnson's "Stones In My Passway." Other
covers include James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing" and Hound Dog
Taylor's "Gimme Back My Wig." Columbus' Stretch Lefty and Mojoflo
compatibly add reggae and hip-hop to the brew.
Young The Giant
Monday @ Newport Music Hall
Young The Giant's self-titled debut album begins with the plausibly
self-observant spin of a mental romantic, venturing forth into a
balancing act of expansively taut tunes and quirky lyrics. Hit-wise,
YTG hopefully won't need their slide into post-yacht rock for
economically (and otherwise) inhibited, yet Red Bull-sipping sons of
the beach, antsy enough to fantasy dance. Even as such, they score
some good stuff, with subtly exotic instrumental vigor always
encouraging the singing mastermind to go for real-life gusto,
especially on stage.
 
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