When: Sun., June 30 2013
blues and classic rock, 10 p.m.
James Hall came of age in the 1980s helming Atlanta’s goth-glam rockers Mary My Hope. Though they enjoyed some college radio success, MMH couldn’t dent commercial radio and broke up one year after their 1989 debut. Hall went solo, releasing a couple albums, including one for Geffen in 1996 called Pleasure Club. Hall’s drawling baritone possesses a very ’90s speak-sing swagger that suggests David Bowie auditioning for Jane’s Addiction. His sweaty, brooding presence and strutting self-possession is well-suited to the chunky, blunt-edged metal-funk of his latest project, James Hall & the Futura Bold. The band’s debut, The Futura Bold, features plenty of moody, dramatic slow-burn numbers and a few outright rockers, taking full advantage of Hall’s hypnotic delivery and the band’s talent for juicy rotisserie riffs. —Chris Parker SUNDAY