The Suspect: Space Capone
Frontman Aaron Winters has been praised by many incredible comparisons: his falsetto to Barry Gibb’s, his full-on singing voice to Michael McDonald. His band was called, “Kool and the Gang meets Rob Halford,” and, according to Wacbiz magazine, he’s bringing ‘70s soul back to his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Sound too good to be true? Well, how about the fact that he edged out 28 other bands to be selected for the 2010 Road to Bonnaroo competition? Space Capone not only sounds like the real deal, but a ton of fun, too.
Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing, Thursday, Nov. 18.
RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Robin Thicke, Jamiroquai, Prince.
You Should Go If: You’ve been trying to get people to call you “White Chocolate” since you were in junior high; Siegfried and Roy don’t seem over the top to you; You own several pieces of jewelry with your name on it; You are most thankful that …Spandex will never really go out of style.
The Suspect: stephaniesid
stephaniesid calls Asheville home: husband/wife team Chuck Lichtenberger and Stephanie Morgan formed the band in 2002 and its lineup has always been loaded with talent. They’ve been featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “World Café” and raved over in a host of industry journals. Their songs are personal, smart, fierce and, most importantly, great to listen to. Their song, “Hey Hey Hey Hey (Gonna Be Okay),” was featured on last season’s Showtime series, Nurse Jackie.
Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, Nov. 20.
RIYD: The Cocteau Twins, The Pretenders, the Sugar Cubes.
You Should Go If: You had a theme song before Ally McBeal did; You are a big part of the reason that Asheville can sustain over a dozen specialty wine shops; Andy from Weeds is your dream guy; You are most thankful that … You live in a town where you can wear last year’s jeans and still feel like you got game.
The Suspect: Cannibal Corpse
This band inspired one of my all-time favorite critic quotes: “If vomit were a movie, this would be the soundtrack.” This band takes the death-metal label quite literally, and its music is an incredibly violent affair, all about death, mutilation and dismemberment. The upside (if there is one) is that unless you actually know the titles to any of their songs it might just sound like a lot of angry screaming over blaring guitars and thundering drums.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday, Nov. 22.
RIYD: Deicide, Arch Enemy, Carcass.
You Should Go If: Not to brag, but your treatment of women has inspired at least three Lifetime movies; As a child, you always identified with the troll in the fairy tales; You have one of the largest vise collections in the Southeast; You are most thankful that… Your parents respect that the basement is your private domain.
The Suspect: Donavon Frankenrelter
Once a professional surfer, Frankenrelter had the good fortune of renting a home in Hawaii from the parents of Jack Johnson. Johnson and Frankenrelter became music and surf buddies, and once the former’s music career took off, his label, Brushfire Records, released the latter’s debut. His recent releases find him using more traditional Hawaii instruments like the lap steel and ukulele. With the right nickname he just might find the same kind of success as his mentor.
Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday, Nov. 23.
RIYD: Jack Johnson, ALO, Matt Costa.
You Should Go If: All your pants have drawstrings; You’ve been working on a poem that’s the sequel to “Footprints in the Sand”; Group projects are the cornerstone of your academic success; You are most thankful that … The universe has always provided you with a roommate who likes to do laundry.