J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Gringo Star, Tango Alpha Tango

When: Thu., Oct. 3, 9 p.m. 2013


J. Roddy Walston, frontman of Baltimore band the Business, once said he'd never play a gig with a synthesizer or keyboard, opting instead to schlep around his 150-pound traveling Yamaha piano from gig to gig. He'll likely do more damage to his spine than all those other Nord converts on the road, and perhaps this reason alone is enough for you to sink your teeth heartily into Essential Tremors, the new J. Roddy Walston and the Business record and their first for ATO Records. It's a grimy, raspy, thickly buttered bit of Southern rock, full of glam-spangled boogie without any of the often-attendant white-guy funk, and approachable enough for you to palm off to your friend who won't stop listening to the goddamn Black Keys. Parts of it earn Zeppelin comparisons, while the shrieking harmonies on "Take It as It Comes" are pure pop perfection. Even if Walston doesn't keep his word about lugging around that damn piano, he plays plenty of guitar on Tremors, too, so either way, this is gonna be one hell of a rock 'n' roll show. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $8-10

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