Music Scene: 3LAU, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Moon Taxi
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By day, Justin Blau is just another college kid studying for exams and working toward a degree in finance, a degree he used to hope would help land him a job with Goldman Sachs.
Now he has his sights set on a very different dream, one that is becoming more of a reality than he could have ever imagined.
Performing under the stage name 3LAU, Blau has become one of the fastest rising DJ-producers in the American electronic scene this year, thanks in large part to an overwhelmingly positive reaction from college audiences across the country.
Blau’s mash-ups are more intricate and creatively expansive than the remixes and song splicing we have heard before. And his everyday-college-student image and demeanor certainly make him stand out just because of his normality.
Blau has just released his latest work, “Dance Floor Filth 2,” and is in the middle of a nationwide tour that will carry him into the new year.
As always, portions of Blau’s music and concert sales will go directly to the Pencils of Promise charity, a foundation that works to build schools in underprivileged societies around the globe.
3LAU will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at etix.com.
Call 577-6989 or go to musicfarm.com.
The Dirty Guv’nahs
If the name The Dirty Guv’nahs sounds familiar, it may be from the group’s growing popularity across the East Coast after opening with several large-name acts that include Zac Brown Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Levon Helm Band, Blues Traveler, Drive-By Truckers, Cracker and Taj Mahal.
The Knoxville, Tenn.-based band was formed nearly four years ago as a way for the six guys to unwinding while attending grad school.
Drawing on influences such as The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, The Band and The Allman Brothers, The Dirty Guv’nahs lay down a finger lickin’, foot stompin’, Southern soul-rock soundtrack while spinning powerful yarns about love, loss, redemption and hope.
The band’s sophomore effort, “Youth Is in Our Blood,” was recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2010 and produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Justin Guip and mastered by Dave McNair.
The group’s latest release, “Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies,” was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., with producer Ross Copperman and Grammy Award-winning engineer Richie Biggs.
The Dirty Guv’nahs will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Delta Saints. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and are available online at etix.com or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com.
It’s strange, in that ironic, nearly contradictory kind of way when a band takes two seemingly opposing genres and unites them in song.
Take Nashville, Tenn.’s quintet Moon Taxi for instance. The band’s sophomore album, “Cabaret,” combines a synthesized rock sound with subtle folk and bluegrass undertones at times.
Moon Taxi’s special sound hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. The band has been invited to open up for the likes of Matisyahu, Gov’t Mule, DJ Logic and Umphrey’s McGee, as well as perform at such major festivals as 10,000 Lakes and Moe’s Summer Camp.
Moon Taxi will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show set to begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show and are available online at etix.com or at the door.
Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343.