No shortage of action going on this evening, friends, no shortage at all. Most of it, however, seems to be country- and/or Americana-tinted, from Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos' appearance at Mercy Lounge's weekly Billy Block Show to the Jerry Reed tribute/MusiCares benefit at 3rd & Lindsley and Mutts brandishing their Tom Waits-flavored blues offerings at Derek Hoke's Two-Dollar Tuesday at The 5 Spot. But how's about some punk-leaning rock 'n' roll? Chapel Hill's Last Year's Men will appear at The Stone Fox with locals Cheap Time, and contributor Emily Bartlett Hines did the Critic's Pick thing for us. She even quoted me! Or, ahem, I should say, she quoted The Spin, who happened to catch LYM at The End back in December 2011. Take it away, EBH:
Musicians might not deserve extra credit for being child prodigies — after all, talent is talent, whether you suffer from detention and braces or credit card debt and back pain. But a band that can perform rock ’n’ roll with the unjaded enthusiasm of youth is always something to treasure. That’s the case with Last Year’s Men, a Chapel Hill four-piece who recorded their first LP while some of them were still in high school. Their music is garage rock in the vein of Jacuzzi Boys, Black Lips, Strange Boys and Reigning Sound (for whom they frequently open). Their songwriting bristles with ’60s pop hooks and savage guitar licks; the songs on Sunny Down Snuff range from aggressive garage-punk to slide-guitar-tinged slow dances. According to a Scene Spin column from December 2011, their last Nashville show ended with “a display that can only be described as ‘utterly apeshit’ — they ripped apart the drum kit, hurling cymbals across the stage and into the audience before tearing through the crowd [and] rolling around a bit on the floor.” Don’t miss it. —EMILY BARTLETT HINES
Just after that rolling-around-on-the-floor stuff, says The Spin, Last Year's Men "bade us farewell with a comically antithetical wave and 'thank you.'" Good times. Tonight's show costs $5 and kicks off at 9 p.m.