ryan’s forecast

by Ryan Snyder

upcoming shows you should check out


From the ashes of Starlyn Garvy and S. Burns comethe Animal Mothers, an eclectic rock outfit from Greensboro steeped in the psychedelic side of the Beatles, the bluesier side of the Doors and with the country twang and rustic charm of the Band. Formerly known as Silver Bullet, the group first came together in late 2007 when Seth Oldham, Tristan Yonce and Jon Beal began honing their sound while playing local venues and private parties. Originally a power trio playing up classic rock tropes, they lacked the sonic depth needed to pull off their desired sound and soon recruited former Starlyn Garvy bassist Anthony Harrison as a second guitarist. The Animal Mothers will emerge from months of bedroom practice and recording sessions this Saturday at the Flat Iron for their first live performance under the new banner, where they’ll be joined by blues-rock outfit Stickers for Cigarettes and boot-stomping Raleigh act Mumu Tutu. The music starts at 9 p.m. and cover is TBA.


Of all the fascinating stories in jazz lore, the saga of Glenn Miller is one of the more intriguing. Miller joined the war effort at both the height of his musical career as well as the height of German occupation in Europe. It wasn’t uncommon for celebrities to turn toward service at the time, a phenomenon we’ll never know again, and bandleader Miller was one of the biggest. At 38, he was too old to serve in the field, so he was instead commissioned a captain and placed in charge of a 15-piece band in the Army Air Force whose responsibility was to entertain frontline troops and keep morale high. He quickly undertook efforts to modernize the stalwart traditionalism in military bands, which was at first met with severe resistance, but his influence quickly spread and he was eventually placed in charge of a specially created 50-man unit who went on to give 800 performances over the next two-and-a-half years. Near the end of 1944, Miller was set to fly from England to Paris for another one of those gigs, only to have his single-engine Cessna disappear over the English Channel and never be heard from again. Miller’s body was never recovered, but his legacy lives on in the touring band that bears his name. In many ways, Miller was the perfect man to modernize military music. In the jazz world, he was criticized for being rigid and soulless in his style, compelling his bands into letterperfect playing that made his works sound devoid of feeling when compared to contemporaries Benny Goodman and Count Basie. It was always Miller’s contention, however, that he never intended to be a jazz band, and history tends to side with him. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will come to the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro this Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.50.