LIVE REVIEW: Josh Roberts & The Hinges

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Josh Roberts & The Hinges

Thurs. Jan. 15

The Tin Roof

Josh Roberts once bought a bright blue, tye-dye ‘The Who’ t-shirt at a thrift store. Sometime later, a friend saw him wearing it and commented that he’d once had the same shirt. Of course, he’d given it to the thrift store where Roberts bought it.

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Last Thursday at the Tin Roof, my roommate wore the same shirt, and was excited that the long haired, thick-glasses-wearing dude on stage had just told him that story. Roberts has all the attitude, nonchalance, and scruffy disregard necessary to cement his own Townshend-like rock stardom. The tight confines of the Roof breathed heavily whenever he dropped into the pulsing bass/drums pocket with his blaring electric hooks. When he sandwiched Dylan’s “Gotta Serve Somebody” with a dark and dirty tease of The Door’s “Five to One,” it was evident to everyone present that Roberts was indeed in charge of our night’s destiny. The squeal-every-word-and-pump-his-fist frat guy up front knew it well, as did the ringing in our ears the next morning. —Stratton Lawrence

Josh Roberts & The Hinges return to Charleston for a show at Johnson's Pub on Sat. Feb. 21.

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