Sound Bites: Silver Tongue Devils, Ambient Rave 2018, South for Winter

South For Winter will bring a unique blend of folk, blues, jazz and gypsy music to Greenville during a performance at Brewery 85 Sunday, Oct. 14.

Fall for Greenville After-Show featuring Silver Tongue Devils, The Head, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, and The Velvet Devils

  • 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
  • Radio Room, 110 Poinsett Highway, Greenville
  • $7

There’s an old line about someone asking a band what they play and the band answering, “Both kinds of music: rock and roll.” And that’s the most simple, straightforward explanation of what the Upstate band Silver Tongue Devils does. They play snake-hipped, groove-heavy rock with loud guitars and a tight rhythm section, and singer-guitarist Michael Miller says that’s precisely what he had in mind when he formed the band two years ago. “I wanted to start a really good rock ’n’ roll band,” he says. “We love big, loud, aggressive rock ’n’ roll; bands like The Who, Slade, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC.”

Upstate band Silver Tongue Devils will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Radio Room.

Miller is quick to add, though, that the band has no interest in being a revival act like The Black Crowes were. “We’re not trying to re-create 1972 to a T,” he says. “It’s 2018. We’re trying to add in new elements to allow the music to breathe.” As for Silver Tongue Devils’ appearance at the Radio Room’s after-Fall for Greenville party, Miller says their band name simply came in handy. “They had another band called The Velvet Devils from Greensboro,” he says, “so I guess they just figured the Silver Tongue Devils and The Velvet Devils would go well.”

Plasma Wave Records presents Ambient Rave 2018

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
  • The Artistry Gallery and Workshops, 12 Andrews St., Greenville
  • $5 donation suggested

The term “ambient rave” is a deliberate contradiction, one designed to provoke further inquiry. It’s also a term that electronic music producer and event organizer Christoph Kupernikus created to let people know that this isn’t your typical frenzied techno dance-a-thon. Instead, it’s six experimental electronic music performers working in genres like industrial, ambient, noise, and chill, creating soundscapes instead of 120 beats-per-minute marathons. “I’ve been producing electronic and ambient music for over 10 years,” Kupernikus says, “and the problem in Greenville is that, though we have a very vibrant overall music scene, we’ve never had a very vibrant ambient or experimental music scene. We always had to go out of town to Asheville or Atlanta or Athens [Georgia] to perform, either because the right venue wasn’t available or there weren’t enough people interested. I finally came to the point where I said enough is enough. If you want to have scene, you have to get it started yourself.” After partnering with The Artistry Gallery and Workshops, Kupernikus curated a show that will be a feast for multiple senses. “We will have constant projections on the stage while the music is performed,” he says. “It will be a great experience because of the variety of sounds and sights.”

Cozy Concert Series featuring South for Winter

  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
  • Brewery 85, 6 Whitlee Court, Greenville
  • Free

It’s difficult to believe that the Nashville, Tennessee, trio South for Winter have been together for only a year or so. The band (singer-guitarist Dani Cichon, singer-guitarist Nick Stone, and cellist Alex Stradal) have created an adept, genre-blending style of acoustic music that seems like it would’ve taken years to perfect. You’ll hear folk, blues, jazz, and gypsy music in what they do, with Stradal’s mournful cello undergirding Stone’s and Cichon’s weaving vocal harmonies through tight, complex rhythms that never become inaccessible. All three musicians credit the trio format for allowing them the space and discipline to create their unique sound. “If you’re trying to make yourself sound large in a trio, you have to stick to your jobs,” Stradal says. “It’s a fun, challenging musical experience; we can be dynamic and creative and expressive while still creating the intimacy and simplicity of three people making musical decisions.” Not that classifying themselves to people who haven’t heard them is easy. “It’s hard to describe the kind of music we do because each of us has so many influences,” Cichon says. “Alex has more of a classical background, Nick has more of a jazz and blues background, and I have more of a pop background. So we have a natural tendency to cross over genres in our songs.”


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