Music Scene: Amy LaVere, Souls of Mischief, Toad the Wet Sprocket
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Although often compared to an edgier Norah Jones for her jazz- and soul-inspired folk style, Louisiana-born singer-songwriter Amy LaVere actually got her start in Nashville, Tenn., nearly a decade before Jones first emerged.
Following her family’s relocation from Louisiana to Detroit as a teenager, LaVere began fronting punk bands before an eventual pull toward folk and Americana music took over in her post-teen years.
The budding songstress followed those sounds to Nashville and Memphis in the early ’90s, where she formed the folk duo The Gabe & Amy Show.
By 2006, LaVere had released her critically praised debut solo album, “The World is Not My Home,” and made cameo acting appearances in “Walk the Line” and “Black Snake Moan.”
LaVere’s two follow-up full-length albums and an EP also garnered significant critical praise and earned the singer performance spots with Todd Snider, Lucero, Lyle Lovett, The Swell Season and others.
Amy LaVere will perform Friday at The Royal American with James Maple and Elli Perry. Tickets are $10 at the door. Showtime is set for 9 p.m.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.
Souls of Mischief
With its origins reaching back to 1991, Souls of Mischief built a following around its native Oakland, Calif., as part of Hieroglyphics, the underground alt-hip-hop collective that also included Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, DJ Toure and Domino, before breaking into the national consciousness with its 1993 debut, “93 ’til Infinity.”
Having climbed to the No. 72 spot on the Billboard charts, that album remains the group’s most commercially successful to date.
Two more albums followed before the quartet’s 2000 release, “Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution,” prompting a nine-year recording hiatus until 2009’s “Montezuma’s Revenge.”
Souls of Mischief will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “93 ’til Infinity.” Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available 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.
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Injecting itself into the mainstream in the early ’90s as part of a pop-heavy alternative-rock movement that included the likes of Better Than Ezra, Counting Crows, Gin Blossoms and Hootie & the Blowfish, Toad the Wet Sprocket is now in its third decade as a band.
Formed in 1986 in Santa Barbara, Calif., while its members ranged in age from 16 to 20, the quartet has defied all odds by retaining its original lineup throughout its existence.
The band signed to Columbia Records in 1990, which re-issued the band’s self-released debut, “Bread & Circus,” as well as releasing its follow-up “Pale” that same year.
The following year, Toad the Wet Sprocket’s junior effort “Fear” soared to No. 49 on the Billboard charts and was certified Platinum due in large part to the singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean.”
The album “Dulcinea,” released in 1994, also went platinum, but the quartet disbanded in 1998 following its 1997 release, “Coil,” so its members could pursue solo projects.
While the band returned several times for special performances, it wasn’t until 2006 that the band officially reunited and began touring again regularly.
The band is touring in anticipation of its first album in 16 years, “New Constellation,” which is slated for release in September.
Toad the Wet Sprocket will perform Monday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Emily Hearn. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.
Call 886-8596 for more information.