Smart Bets: Shannon & the Clams

SHANNON AND THE CLAMS

For their fifth studio album, Onion, the members of Shannon & the Clams flew from Oakland, Calif., to Nashville and spent 10 days with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, collaborating on the songs in his Easy Eye Studio. Under the Grammy-winning artist and producer’s guidance, Shannon Shaw (vocals/bass), Cody Blanchard (guitar), Nate Mahan (drums) and Will Sprott (keyboards) added layers of psych-pop and soul to their foundation of ’60s surf-style rock, complementing lyrics that reflect on the band’s Bay Area underground scene. The quartet translates those new sounds to The Grey Eagle stage on Saturday, July 21, at 9 p.m. A pair of punk trios — Asheville’s The Power and Charlotte-based Paint Fumes — is set to warm up the crowd. $15 advance/$17 day of show. thegreyeagle.com. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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