Bombadil plays with Paleface at the Garage in Winston

by Heather MacIntyre

It had been quite a while since I attended a show at the Garage (;, 110 W. 7th St. in Winston-Salem), the last time being for a fashion show about two years ago, with Autopassion (… maybe? Point being, not many people from the Greensboro side of the Triad have had a chance to check out the improved venue since its upgrade, bar and all. They’ve even started a membership for easier access into shows and updates on what’s going on. For example: Now they have trivia nights, open-mic events and multiple shows a week. This is a lot for a venue that doesn’t have the split personality of turning into a “club” after hours. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it’s impressive that they’ve been able to make do without… well, selling out. Don’t mistake me for saying that there isn’t some booty-shakin’ from time to time, because there are plenty of shows here that can look like dance parties.

Paleface (; www.myspace. com/justabuttoburn), one of Concord’s better known acoustic indie-rock bands, are originally from Brooklyn, NY. Some say they resemble a blended smoothie made from a number of folk-like artists. Paleface resembles a slightly more cheerful and Southern-soul version of Tom Waits, with a hint of some of the more popular folk-country today. This would make sense though, as his previous roommate was Beck, and he’s been a guest vocalist for his buddies in the Avett Brothers. He sounds just as comfortably scratchy live as he does on his recordings.

The guitar, vocals and other odds and ends are completed with Monica Samalot, who adds more percussion to the set. This was my second time seeing Paleface, and the live show was even better than the first time I witnessed it over a year ago. Bombadil’s ( nationwide release on Ramseur Records entitled A Buzz, A Buzz has created just that for their debut recording — if you haven’t had the chance to hear it, you’re missing out. Brian Rahija, James Phillips, Stuart Robinson and Daniel Michalak know how to put on a live show. Their sets are undeniably the main draw at the concerts and festivals they played at, and everyone has grown to know them for their vivacious and charming presentation, delivering music and fun in a manner that holds everyone’s attention. There just simply isn’t a way to stay still or remain in any negative sort of mood when experiencing these Triangle folk-rock performers. No one is a match for Bombadil. They pace back and forth with their instruments and throw music around like a football; spectators can’t help but follow them with their eyes like an IMAX movie. Reading their fans, and feeding them more of what they want, the band finishes the set with hootin’ and hollerin’ throughout the venue. Amongst their sporadic fall tour, your next chance to see the festive show with Bombadil is Sat., Sept. 27 at Cat’s Cradle ( alongside Holy Ghost Tent Revival ( and the Proclivities (

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