Live Music: The Amazing Mittens; Capsula; Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band; Mercury Girls

Live Music to Check Out This Week

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COUNTRY BLUES | Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Mon. March 14
9 p.m.
$10 adv., $12/door
Pour House

First off, let’s get one thing straight: The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is not all that damn big. In fact, they’re a trio. But their sound is big, ballsy, and bluesy, punctuated by the good Reverend Josh Peyton’s nimble fingerpicking on a National Steel guitar. Backed by Breezy Peyton on full-tilt washboard and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell on a stripped-down drumkit, Rev. Peyton shouts and stomps, singing about salvation and sin. “I love roots music and I love country blues,” Peyton says. “I love that the concept behind country blues, finger-style guitar, is that you’re doing two things at the same time. That’s always really appealed to me, playing the bass with your thumb and the lead with your fingers. When I first heard someone do that when I was a kid, I thought it was amazing. It was like seeing a magic trick or something. I didn’t believe it was possible. So for me, I’ve always tried to chase that down and tried to take that to new places.” Taking the music to new places is important to Rev. Peyton, if only to keep the music he loves alive. “I’ve studied country blues — I’m talking studied it, pored over it, made it my life’s obsession,” he says. “But I don’t want to be a museum piece throwback who’s regurgitating old songs. That’s not what I ever intended to do; I want to make music for now. I want to write new songs. I just want to have my own voice within it all.” —Vincent Harris MONDAY

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GARAGE-GLAM ROCK | Capsula
w/ Action City Blackout
Thurs. March 10
10 p.m.
$7
Tin Roof

The rapturous wall of sound that the Argentinian trio Capsula creates has its roots in bands like Curve, Ride, and My Bloody Valentine. Singer/guitarist Martin Guevara creates a jet-engine roar of guitars cranked to 11, but he’s also careful to arrange the noise like a tapestry. Sure, it’s loud, but the music is also melodic, creating a droning backdrop that allows bassist Coni Duchess and drummer Ignacio Guantxe to thrash. When you add Guevara and Duchess’ vocal harmonies over the top, it can be downright hypnotic. “We use different approaches in the studio, because Martin loves to form a guitar sound with passion,” Duchess says. “It’s very exciting to mix different elements of the space like an alchemist to get the rock ‘n’ roll wall.” The band’s name is taken from the Spanish word for “capsule” and was inspired by David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” So it was a dream come true for the band to work with longtime Bowie producer/collaborator Tony Visconti on 2013’s, Solar Secrets. “It’s not possible to put in a phrase or two,” Duchess says of working with Visconti. “When you see Tony working in the recording studio, you see ideas and compositions that all come from his experiences. There’s such an exciting life behind his working process. What impressed us most is the sensibility, the search for beauty, and the experimentation to achieve it. He has the elegance of freedom, the sureness of beauty. He’s a master.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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SWING JAZZ | The Amazing Mittens
Sat. March 12
8 p.m.
Free
O’Hara & Flynn

Noodle McDoodle and Eden Fonvielle are the Amazing Mittens, an adorably named acoustic ukulele duo that’s a spin-off of their bigger band, the V-Tones of Charleston. They’re also a couple. “We formed after a decade of dating and several years of marriage,” says McDoodle, who also teaches ukulele workshops. Fonvielle plays baritone uke and snare drum while McDoodle is on soprano uke, baritone uke, and kazoo. The two will release their debut album this weekend, though they’ve been performing their sometimes silly, 1920s-1930s-style jazz-swing songs for years. So why now? “One day Noodle was digging around in the backyard, where he stumbled upon a crusted copper pocket watch,” Fonvielle explains. “When he opened it, a tiny mechanical man was inside and said to him, ‘It’s time!’ It’s been a long, slow process just to build up the courage to make an album, but folks just kept asking us for it and we finally mustered the resources and allies to be able to accomplish the project.” The eponymous disc was recorded and engineered by local wiz Andy Dixon (FALINE, Punks&Snakes), who mastered the challenge of capturing the couple’s live, spontaneous sound they’re so loved for. That was an equally difficult feat for the Mittens themselves, who have appeared on a slew of bills of late — from Awendaw Barn Jams to regular O’Hara & Flynn appearances. “Oh, we were so delirious when we recorded,” admits Fonvielle. “We have been doing a lot of shows lately, and so, with the late nights and delirium, we got giddy in the studio. I think you can hear some of those emotions coming through the sound.” —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

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INDIE POP | Mercury Girls
w/ Tape Waves and Sweatlands
Thurs. March 10
9 p.m.
$5
The Royal American

Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls came together a year ago when members Kevin Attics and Chris Schackerman returned from touring with their other band, Literature. “We try to stay as busy as possible with music and the idea of starting something new is always exciting,” says Schackerman. Though members come and go, the touring lineup consists of Attics on guitar and backup vocals, Schackerman on drums, vocalist Katrina Bauer (in place of regular vocalist Sarah Schmineck), guitarist Kevin O’Halloran, and bassist Andrew Hagiwara. The band’s dreamy jangle-pop sound is influenced by a number of artists. “We are obviously indebted to Sarah Records bands, like Even As We Speak, as well as ’70s DIY groups like Dolly Mixture,” Attics says. “Stereolab, Broadcast, and other retro-futurist indie-pop acts are liberally sprinkled in as well.” On board with Slumberland Records, Mercury Girls recently finished up a single and are working other projects, too, like their debut LP, which you’ll be able to find along with the band’s other releases on mercurygirls.bandcamp.com. —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY


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