Music Scene: Slightly Stoopid, Langhorne Slim, Beats Antique
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Reggae-rock group Slightly Stoopid made a lot of commotion when the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime signed the San Diego-based band to his Skunk Records in 1995 while the members were still in high school.
Such a signing was a public show of respect and expectations for the young band, and fans of Sublime took note, adding to the already tense atmosphere of releasing a major-label debut.
Slightly Stoopid’s self-titled debut came in 1996 with only 1,000 copies released. Its larger follow-up, “The Longest Barrel Ride,” came two years later and introduced the band to a wider audience. The band failed to win over most critics and a mainstream audience, but a strong following grew from the group’s grassroots efforts and counterculture appeal.
Having been on large-scale tours since 2007 with the likes of G. Love, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Pepper, Shwayze and Cisco Adler, Stephen Marley and SOJA, among others, Slightly Stoopid this year released its first album since 2008: “Top of the World.”
Slightly Stoopid will perform tonight at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., featuring Karl Denson on saxophone and fellow California-based reggae-rock band Tomorrows Bad Seeds as support. Tickets are $30 and are available online at etix.com or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Go to musicfarm.com or call 577-6989.
He’s long seemed caught drifting somewhere between here and then, like a busking time traveler with as many secrets as stories to share.
It could be the name, but it’s more likely the music: a meeting of subtle pop melodies and street music that seems to have been sucked into an old Vector microphone. When the music stops, the enigmatic Slim moves on, off to another crowd in another time at another place, not unlike the one before but ever changing still. In truth, though, Langhorne Slim is Sean Scolnick from Langhorne, Pa., a dedicated music man who has been peddling his trade for more than a decade.
He got his start playing his one-man-band style of folk and blues in Brooklyn, N.Y., often alongside the anomalous family trio the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players before moving on to tour with the likes of Cake, The Avett Brothers, Lucero, Old 97’s, The Violent Femmes and others.
He’s released five well-received albums over the years and been praised as much for his songwriting as his live performances by media outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to The New Yorker, The Guardian to NPR. His latest album, “The Way We Move,” was released earlier this year.
Langhorne Slim and the Law will perform Monday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Last Bison. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343.
It’s unlike almost anything you’ve ever heard, a collaboration of Middle East, world and jazz music with strong influences of electronic and hip-hop all in one band.
Hailing from San Francisco, Beats Antique is a trio featuring renowned belly dancer Zoe Jakes (The Indigo Belly Dance Company and Bellydance Superstars), drummer Tommy Cappel and multi-instrumentalist David Satori. The group combines performance art and dance into live music.
Formed in 2007, Beats Antique has seen the release of six albums, not including collaborations with Bassnectar, John Popper (Blues Traveler) and Les Claypool. The group released the sequel to its 2009 album, “Contraption Vol. 1,” earlier this year.
Beats Antique will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Lynx. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available at the Music Farm box office, the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.