‘Where’s the Band?’ pop-punkers surface at Double Down Live

Matt Pryor, known for his work with indie rockers The Get Up Kids, performs as part of the “Where’s the Band?” tour at Double Down Live on Friday. (COURTESY OF MATT PRYOR)

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.

The relatively new year has started with a resounding bang, musically speaking. This week in Gainesville appears to be a somewhat exciting week for the nostalgic pop-punker in all of us; us being the 20-35 demographic.

If you do not fit into this little cluster of ironic music fans, my apologies. Ten years ago, a new “wave” of accessible punk with pop sensibilities stormed the F.Y.E’s and Spec’s music stores with an unrelenting force; much like the movement’s predecessors, i.e. the Green Days and the Offsprings of the mid-’90s. This time, however, some new styles worked their way into the tone of the songs, emo was among them, and some would argue that it was the most dominant of influences for bands such as The Get Up Kids, Bayside, Saves the Day and The Early November.

Speaking of which, it just so happens that members of each of those bands will be gracing a local stage, but this time without the comfort of a backing band. Matt Pryor, of the aforementioned Get Up Kids, is a personal favorite. It will be interesting to see what these guys are up to now that they are a bit older, hopefully their music hasn’t changed too much.

If you’ve never heard of any of these folks, you should catch a set from any or all of these musicians on their “Where’s the Band?” tour, which will feature Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Chris Conley of Saves the Day, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Evan Weiss of Wires on Fire and Ace Enders of The Early November on Friday night at Double Down Live, starting at 9 p.m.

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Remember Frank Zappa? You should, and the tribute band Ugly Radio Rebellion sure does. They’ll be playing with the relatively brand-spankin’ new post-punk band Big Bison tonight at the Backstage Lounge, starting at 9 p.m.

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If you’re not a fan of crazy people music, then perhaps the ire of Southern rock’s very own Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta, Ga., might suit your eardrums a bit better. They will be joined by singer/songwriter Jamie Davis, tonight at Double Down, starting at 9 p.m.

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If you’re like the rest of the 5 percent of the world’s population that really wishes Pavement and Radiohead would just get married already, then you’ll happily settle for locals Aleutian Low; these guys have it together. You can catch them with the local alt-punk band When Pigs Fly, as well as The Bends and Foul Play, on Friday at the 1982 Bar, starting around 8:30 p.m.

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If you enjoy indie with an edge, The Enablers will do you just fine. They’ll be performing with the comedians of pop-punk Grabass Charlestons and Time Verizon, on Friday night at the Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.

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Have you said to yourself lately, “I just need my rockabilly fix?” If so, then you’ve probably found a new pusher in The Hollowbody Hellraisers, a local rockabilly act. They’ll be playing a reunion show for the cleverly-named dblWide, as well as the local country bluegrass experts, Company Man, on Saturday at the Atlantic, starting at 10 p.m.

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If you’d prefer more “billy” than “rock,” perhaps singer/songwriter Mason Jennings (no relation to Waylon Jennings) will better suit you. Jennings will perform on Saturday at Double Down starting at 9 p.m.

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And last but certainly not least, Nashville is taking Gainesville to a new level of psychedelic ecstasy with touring acts Jeff the Brotherhood and Natural Child. They’ll be performing with locals American Snakeskin (awesome name, awesome music), and The Holy Ghosts, on Tuesday night at Double Down, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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