Music Scene: Lucero, Tyler James Mechem & The Flood, Washed Out
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On the surface, punk and country seems like an unlikely pairing. But with a little authenticity and honesty, the result can be a perfect match as both wave flags for the common people and come slathered in rebellious odes to the malcontent.
Such is the case for Memphis, Tenn.-based Lucero. Now in its 15th year, Lucero combines the heartache and earnest elements of classic country with the restlessness and attitude of punk to produce a blur of emotion and passion that straddles a line many never even dare to cross.
Lucero will perform Monday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in support of its new album “Texas & Tennessee.” Titus Andronicus will also perform. Tickets are $21 in advance, $25 the day of the show, and are available at StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m. Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.
Tyler James Mechem & The Flood
Former frontman and songwriter of the beloved local group Crowfield, Tyler Mechem is set to take the spotlight once again on Friday night at The Pour House with his new project: Tyler James Mechem & The Flood.
After opening for Michael McDonald a few weeks ago during the singer’s Charleston visit, Mechem is ready to debut his new band in the headlining slot. It will no doubt be a night of reminiscence for old haunts as well as landmark new beginnings as The Pour House is one of the venues that helped launch Crowfield into one of the region’s most well-known groups.
After taking time off to welcome his new son, Mechem began recording his self-produced solo EP, “The Ghosts of White River,” over the summer, which also will debut Friday night.
For The Flood, Mechem reconnected with former Crowfield members Whitt Algar and Ben Meyer, while adding David Ellis of The Explorers Club and Ben Scott of The Luke Cunningham Band.
Support for the show includes The Tarlatans and The Bushels.
Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, and are available online at StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.
Ernest Greene wanted to be a librarian. But despite working to receive his undergrad degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s in library and information science (we didn’t know that existed either), the Georgia native was unable to gain employment. So Greene, 31, decided on the next obvious choice: an electronic recording artist.
Recording from his bedroom after moving back in with his parents, Greene’s career first began taking off in 2009 after posting songs to his Myspace account under the name Washed Out. A year later, he was receiving heavy praise as a chillwave pioneer and helping to break new ground for a fresh direction within the electronica movement.
Greene’s wide-ranging influences, with hip-hop and synthpop chief among them, and novel new sound caught the attention of the resurging Sub Pop label, which signed the producer in 2011.
Washed Out’s debut album, “Within and Without,” surprised everyone by soaring to No. 26 on the Billboard 200. His latest album, this year’s “Paracosm,” has already captured the No. 21 spot in as little as two months.
Washed Out will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. This is event is open to all ages. Call 577-6969 or go to MusicFarm.com.