Music Scene: Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Stereo Reform, Jordan Igoe
By Matthew GodbeySpecial to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Though formed in 1989, Big Head Todd and the Monsters first made an impact on U.S. charts in 1993 with the release of its critically acclaimed junior effort, “Sister Sweetly.”
The album produced three Billboard Top 25 singles with “Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Circle.”
BHTM’s follow-up, “Strategem,” hit No. 30 on the Billboard charts in 1994. And the Colorado-based quartet’s 1997 album, “Beautiful World,” also found chart success thanks in part to the singles “Resignation Superman” and the blues-heavy favorite “Boom Boom.”
While mainstream interest in the band began to wane shortly thereafter, BHTM found itself to be a live favorite with a dedicated fan base around the United States.
The band continues to headline tours around the country and perform at large festivals.
In 2011, the band released a tribute album to blues icon Robert Johnson titled “100 Years of Robert Johnson.” The album features guest appearances by B.B. King, Cedric Burnside (grandson of R.L. Burnside), Hubert Sumlin, and Johnson’s friend and fellow musician David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
The album would prove to be one of Edwards’s last recordings as he passed away shortly after the album’s release.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform Thursday and Friday night at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., on the Isle of Palms.
Tickets are $25 for Thursday’s show, $30 for Friday’s show, and are available at the door or online at etix.com.
Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10:30 p.m. both nights.
Call 886-8596 or go to the-windjammer.com for more information.
The funk/rock trio Stereo Reform began in Charleston several years ago before moving west to Los Angeles in search of a larger fan base for its funk-inspired music style and spirited live performances.
After leaving L.A. to spend a year on the road touring, the band decided to return to South Carolina and re-settled in Greenville, where it has remained for the last few years.
Musically, the band builds on a foundation laid by such funk/rock bands as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More, but reverberates with more modern influences ranging from Kings of Leon to Ghostland Observatory.
Stereo Reform will cel-ebrate the release of its latest album, “The Future Started Yesterday,” Friday with special guest WADATA at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.
Tickets are $4 at the door or online at etix.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Go to charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.
Having long flown beneath the local music radar yet remaining a very active part of it, singer/songwriter Jordan Igoe is recording her debut album.
Weaving a colorful tapestry of emotional indie rock, Igoe projects a bolder style of acoustic songwriting with her mature voice (she emerged on the scene more than 12 years ago), punk-esque attitude and a certain soul/pop sound that is sweet, cynical and modern all in one.
Jordan Igoe will perform Saturday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with special guests Brave Baby and Blacktop Desert. Tickets are $5 at the door and a portion of the proceeds will go toward funding Igoe’s record.
Go to theroyalamerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.