Getting his start in the English hardcore punk scene, 32-year-old folk-rock singer-songwriter Frank Turner has always bobbled atop definitions, never falling into one place all that easily.
He was born the son of a banker and a headmaster, and the grandson of Sir Mark Turner, a prominent British businessman and former chairman of the retail chain British Home Stores. By his teens, Turner was attending prestigious boarding school Eton College on a scholarship alongside Prince William. Despite the pedigree and privilege, he admits to feeling like he didn't belong in that world, having found a place more in line with his beliefs and eccentricities in the punk and hardcore world.
On the weekends, Turner would travel to nearby cities to perform with his post-hardcore band Million Dead, where his frustration with finding his truth within his self-explained "double life" began to find an outlet.
When Million Dead suffered a bitter break-up in 2005, Turner began to remove himself from the hardcore scene, choosing instead to travel with a guitar and tell of his experiences in song without the confinement of a scene or a particular genre dictating how the stories should be told.
Fast forward several years, past the street busking and 5-person gigs, past the countless overnight train and van rides to play more than 1,000 shows in five years, and you arrive at Turner today, a beaming success story, filled with the kind of gratitude and confidence that you only get after taking the hard road.
Among the singer's biggest milestones so far would have to include performing for the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics. Keeping his cool about it, Turner explained his reluctant acceptance at being propelled by his vision of the future: him as an old man sitting in a pub still talking about the time he almost played the Olympics.
Turner and his band, the Sleeping Souls, will perform at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., Monday with Matrimony to support his latest release, 2013's critically adored "Tape Deck Heart."
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Call 577-6989 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.
Los Angeles has a history of producing some of the most enigmatic bands of American music. There's something in the sprawling concrete, the vast diversity of cultures essentially cordoned off from one another but equally intrigued by the other. And when the curiosity makes contact, the sound is groundbreaking.
It's also been a magnet for stargazing entertainers and artists for decades, making the city of lost angels a cauldron for musical concoctions that would never mix anywhere else.
Orgone came out of that cauldron just as genre-bending and original as any other, the Doors, Fishbone and The Beach Boys among many others.
At its core, the octet classifies itself as simply a soul band, but funk certainly runs the legs of the rhythm, while R & B and rock peek out occasionally as well. It was the band's instrumental chops that got it recognized, quickly becoming the studio band for artists such as Alicia Keys and Cee Lo Green and collaborating with Al Green, Gil Scott-Heron, Thievery Corporation, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and others.
But having spent the past four years chipping out a following with tour after tour, Orgone has developed into a surprising originals band with as tight of a stage show as there is.
The band will perform at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., Saturday with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show.
Athens-based Americana sextet Futurebirds has never claimed to be doing anything all that new. It's never prided itself on being a tech-savvy band with a sleek, innovative sound that would change the way you thought about music.
No, Futurebirds sounds more like the old tried-and-true music of the South carrying on to a new generation. Like its name suggests, it takes the oldest, most natural form to transport itself into the future.
The band's gritty, loud and smutty guitar-driven sound is mirrored with equally gritty vocals that are often rounded up from a single, raspy and impossibly powerful vocal to howling bits of six-piece harmonies that you never see coming.
The sound is like psychedelic, true-to-the-soil country, the kind that leaves sweat and whiskey pooling at your feet in the back of a sticky roadhouse bar somewhere between the Deep South and Northern California.
Futurebirds will perform at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., tonight with Logan Venderlic and Brother Moultrie. Tickets are $11 at the door, $14 the day of the show and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9:30 p.m. Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com for more information
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