Give AQ some Gville love

Published: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
It's a sad fact that certain bands get slept on in Gville. We've got quite a few bands, quite a few venues, and only so many fans to go around. So it's inevitable that some musical acts never get the recognition they deserve.
Case in point - Apollo Quartet. But you, Dear Reader, have the power to change such a travesty, right such a wrong. And you should start Friday at the Side Bar, 15 SW 2nd St., when Apollo Quartet shares the stage with One Drop and Gavin Castleton (of Gruvis Malt).
Simply put, AQ are one of the tightest bands in town.
The sheer amount of practice they've put into honing their sound is immediately apparent. And while they used to kneel at the oft-worshipped altar of Sunny Day Real Estate (not necessarily a bad thing), more recently they've managed to distill the essence of their own sound, which has simultaneously allowed them to expand into more unique and personal territory.
After recording "The Eleventh Hour" with J. Robbins of Jawbox fame and embarking on a tour of the East coast, AQ should be primed and ready to show you what they're made of. The density of their music has been trimmed down a bit, which allows the inherent sense of melody to shine through the cracks created by altered guitar tunings and bedrock bass.
The drumming provides a constant counterpoint to the stringed instruments, shifting the dynamics and building tension and release. But the vocals provide the real glue, floating radio-ready melody above the more twisted roots that writhe underneath the surface of the music.
All in all, a satisfying combination. So again, Friday is a great opportunity to see a few bands sweat for your pleasure and display their wares - namely, how freaking tight they are. Do your duty and have some fun.
n n n As for tonight, Rahim will play with Cara del Gato and Snare & A Chair at Common Grounds, 210 SW 2nd Ave. Rahim is classic NYC no wave cool, somewhere between Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead and maybe a faster Shellac. Cara del Gato, as well as Snare & A Chair, are maniac duos that sweat and yell and have fun.
n n n Over at the Purple Porpoise, 919 W. University Ave., Rashon Medlock will smooth it up with some soul and drippy gospel R&B jazz rock stuff. It goes well on toast.
On Friday, the Shamrock, 1017 W. University Ave., will host Lyndon, the French Horns and Pet Monument. You can feel good with some bedroom loveliness and snuggle up with the rock a bit.
Over at the Porpoise, Iration will be back in business and bringing on the reggae with a new lineup. Check them out, revitalized.
On Saturday, you can check out the Mellow Fellows at Café Gardens, 1643 NW 1st Ave. Drink some wine, eat some food and enjoy the summer with some laid-back jazz.
Then you can ramp it up a bit at Eddie C's, 1315 S. Main St. with Junkie Rush, Bad Cat and Mama Trish. Tight rock and driving acoustic pop.
Continue the charade at the Atlantic, 15 N Main St., with Chiisai-Oto (formerly Liger), On*tic and AwesomeNewRepublic shooting electrons into the dead night.
Then you can close out the night at the Side Bar with Velveteen Pink and Javelin Jackson. Hot pants recommended.
And, of course, Against Me! will roar back into their hometown, spears glinting and chariots ablaze as they sweat and spill beer all over Common Grounds with NYC's The Exit and William Elliott Whitmore. Wednesday, that is.
Support local music and you try writing this week after week. It's hard.
Conor Mitchell can be reached at soundcheckconor
Friday is a great opportunity to see a few bands sweat for your pleasure and display their wares - namely, how freaking tight they are.

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