by Ryan Snyder

Upcoming shows you should check out


Upon listening to their eponymous debut full-length album, it’s not hard to figure out how the six-piece Americana and soul outfit Truth & Salvage Co. arrived at their name. It’s a gritty, powerful album with a decidedly blue collar spirit, created on the strengths and compromise of four singers and songwriters. They salvage the best of their influences and ideas to arrive at one really rocking country sound. Hailing at any given time from New Orleans, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Asheville and most recently, Los Angeles, Truth & Salvage Co. have created a songwriting brotherhood with the potential to reach that of their Silver Arrow record label patron, the Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson. The band has hit a few snags since their 2010 debut, not quite making the splash worthy of their level of songwriting against a more popfriendly field, but their live performances still beg attention. They’ll return to the East Coast this Friday as they pay a visit to the Local 506 in Chapel Hill alongside similarly rustic songwriters Tim Brantley and Jesse Thomas. Tickets are $10 and the music starts at 9 p.m.


Once simply calling his band Anonymous, the music of Burlington guitarist Nick MacDaniel is a blend of so many styles that the term JamRockFunkDubTron he once used only began describing his songwriting ethos. The name Anonymous lent itself to the band’s ethos of making the music bigger than its individual components. It didn’t matter who was playing it; just listen. The band quickly outgrew that mentality, and with it, so did the name and a few of the members. MacDaniels was doing something with that music and from it came a more fitting moniker: the Big Something. Their debut album arrived in 2010 and since then, the band has developed a reputation for rather epic live performances: bluesy guitar solos, exacting synth loops, darkly subsonic low-end and sizzling horns coalesce to create a uniquely sweaty experience every time out. The band is beginning a new run of shows along the Southeast this week, including a stop at the Blind Tiger on Saturday, where they’ll be joined by Electric Soul Pandemic and up-and-coming (and brilliantly named) electro-rock band Jimkata. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and the music starts at 10 p.m.


Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken know how to throw a party. Wielding master’s degrees in music from the Manhattan School of Music, the two primaries of the Boulder, Colo. electronic juggernaut Big Gigantic certainly have the credentials. They cite Radiohead, Bassnectar and Herbie Hancock as influences and during their shows, you’re as likely to hear their unique, highly improvised looks at Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” as you are Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar.” They perform it all on saxophone, keyboards, bass and drums, augmented, chopped and looped by DJ-style production and mixed with long passages of post-bop jazz. There’s a weightless quality to their sound, and their intense light show alone is enough to disconnect brain from body. They’ll bring their show to Ziggy’s this Tuesday, Nov. 13 with Texas-based crunkstep producer Crizzly and local house/techno head Spurge Carter. Tickets are $16 in advance and $20 the day of the show, and the music starts at 9 p.m.