When: Sat., May 18 2013
indie rock, 9 p.m.
Johnnie Matthews’ self-described slacker-rock, nostalgic-pop band Elim Bolt has the same kind of hauntingly vintage vibe as a soundtrack to a David Lynch movie, or better yet Twin Peaks, but without all the doom and gloom. In fact, Matthews’ forlorn warble seems particularly fit for the world of Lynch. Not that Elim Bolt needs a helping hand from the beautifully weird director. They’re doing just a little bit of all right on their own. Last fall, Elim Bolt — Matthews, Jordan Hicks, Christian Chidester, Dan McCurry, and Wolfgang Zimmerman — released their debut album Nude South on the local Hearts and Plugs label, recorded a Daytrotter session while on tour with Brave Baby, and played shows across the Southeast. Meanwhile, Creative Loafing Charlotte had some kind words to say when Elim Bolt played Winston-Salem’s Phuzz Phest. “Judging by the emphatic gyrations of the appreciative crowd,” Jordan Lawrence wrote, “the set — by far the weekend’s most fun offering — also earned the band an excited pack of Triad fans.” On Saturday, Elim Bolt will be joined by Winston-Salem indie pop band Estrangers and Johnny Delaware’s Black Top Desert, which will be releasing its debut album Secret Wave on the Hearts and Plug this fall. —Susan Cohen SATURDAY