Must-see shows this week: Motel Radio, Pierce Edens and The Pinx

Motel Radio, Pierce Edens and The Pinx

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Motel Radio with The High Divers

Gottrocks
Friday, March 17
9 p.m.
$10

Usually, when a band is from New Orleans, you can hear it in their music in one way or another. But the blurred, atmospheric rock of Motel Radio is far different from the jazz, funk, or blues you expect from a Big Easy band. On their new EP, “Desert Surf Films,” the band favors insinuation over brute force, conjuring a hazy field of guitars and layered vocals that seems to spiral off into the heavens. It’s an interesting turn for a band that essentially started out as a folk act. “In the beginning, we were playing a lot of acoustic guitar with simple bass and drums,” says singer/guitarist Ian Wellman. “But as soon as we moved down to New Orleans from Baton Rouge and picked up [bassist] Andrew Pancamo, it started progressing into a different sound. We’ve shifted into more of an atmospheric, spacy sound with more of a rock ‘n’ roll influence.”


Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work

Independent Public Ale House
Friday, March 17
9 p.m.
$10

Pierce Edens’ songs are bathed in a haunting, backwoods mood that soaks through his mournful vocals and shivery acoustic guitar playing. It’s a sound steeped in Appalachian folk, from the creeping menace in his melodies to his imagistic lyrics that seem to revolve more around places than people. “A lot of my songs are very rooted to this part of the country in their descriptions of place,” he says. “It’s important to create a setting for a song, and to create an atmosphere for it to inhabit. When you do that, a lot of the work of the song is done for you.” Edens is currently touring that music as part of a duo, alternating between acoustic and electric guitars and occasionally adding drums. “With a larger group, all the songs would set into single forms,” he says of the stripped-down lineup. “With the duo, there’s a lot more flexibility to play with the songs and let them get to where everybody in the crowd is feeling it.”


The Pinx with Silver Tongue Devils, Groove Matter and Dirty Soul Revival

Radio Room
Friday, March 17
9 p.m.
$5

When people ask singer/guitarist Adam McIntyre what kind of music his band The Pinx plays, the answer is simple: rock ’n’ roll. People’s typical reaction is a little less simple.

“They get this blank on their faces when I tell them that, and I say, ‘It’ll make sense later when you see us,” McIntyre says with a laugh. It’s hard to fault him on the description, but if you need something more specific, imagine the tight guitars-to-the-front assault of The Hives melded to a brutally efficient rhythm section a la AC/DC. It’s relentless and simple and as addictive as pure sugar. It’s also a band that was happy to be a trio since their formation in 2007, until they recently added guitarist Chance McColl. “I’ve always been in power trios,” McIntyre says. “It’s my default lineup when I arrange music. But after working with Chance on some of his solo stuff, I realized that I agreed with every decision this guy made musically. He knows how to both get out of the way and get in the way.”

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