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Bat Fangs / Pipe / Solar Halos at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room - 2/3/2018

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Bat Fangs
With Pipe & Solar Halos
Cat’s Cradle Back Room
2/3/2018
Bat Fangs were one of my favorite new acts from Hopscotch 2017, and when the pseudo-local duo (drummer Laura King is from Chapel Hill, best known for her work with Flesh Wounds, while guitarist Betsy Wright, also of Ex Hex, is from the DC area) announced this record release show I bought a ticket right away.  And a good thing too, because the damn thing ended up selling out!

I got there in time to see the last couple of songs from Solar Halos, one of those local groups I've been meaning to check out for ages but, you know, laziness or something prevented me.  I liked what I saw - the three piece was doing sort of a space metal thing (is that a thing?), and I recognized one of the members as being from Fin Fang Foom.  Minimal (and non-Cookie Monster) vocals, good guitar work, heavy but not overbearing.  I'll have to make more of an effort to catch them again, or at least not drag in late if they&…

Howard Ivans / Skylar Gudasz at the Cats Cradle Back Room - 11/17/2017

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Howard Ivans
With Skylar Gudasz
Cats Cradle Back Room
11/17/2017

The name Howard Ivans might sound familiar - supposedly he's the long lost twin brother of Rosebuds singer Ivan Howard, but I have a sneaking suspicion they might actually be the same person.  It's unclear what the status of the Rosebuds are these days and if they'll ever make any more records, but this alter-ego allows Howard to explore his more sultry, soulful side.  The vocals might be mostly the same between the two outfits, but the music is...slinkier?  Sure, why not.  His debut solo record was recorded with the help of Richmond's Spacebomb Collective, but live he had a trio of local lads backing him up (Rob Lackey, Mark Paulson, and Brian Weeks)...all of which are my friends, one that might have even been my roommate years ago so I'm definitely not being biased here.  Obviously.  And my totally unbiased take is that while more stripped down than the record, they were really great …

Hot Snakes at the Chapel - 11/10/2017

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Hot Snakes The Chapel
11/10/2017
I didn't necessarily travel all the way to San Francisco to see the recently reunited Hot Snakes play, but I did choose this particular weekend to take a trip I had been wanting to make all year because of them.  After having now seen them perform for the first time in probably a decade, it actually would have been entirely reasonable to make that cross-country pilgrimage based on the performance they gave at the Chapel.  The place was packed, the show sold out long ago - I actually bought my tickets to this gig before I bought my plane ticket, because it was the much more important purchase.  The sausage party levels in the club were off the chart - from where I was standing, I couldn't count more than a half-dozen women in the crowd, and three of them were from the opening band.  I'm not entirely sure why this is, as I've known a number of women who like Hot Snakes, but the facts remain that most metal shows I've attend…