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Check It Out!: August 15, 2013

Honey Island Swamp Band —

Cane Sugar

(Louisiana Red Hot Records)

The latest treat to emerge from the fertile musical crescent that is New Orleans is the Honey Island Swamp Band (HISB). Together nearly a decade after joining forces in San Francisco after getting displaced by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, this outfit is funky and feisty with plenty of twang. It’s the kind of quintet that will immediately appeal to fans of Little Feat and The Band while Zac Brown Band followers will immediately recognize the HISB as being creative kin. Overseen by veteran producer John Porter (B.B. King/Buddy Guy), these dozen songs are dripping with Americana influences. The rich heritage this outfit draws from includes honky-tonk (“Pills” featuring accompaniment by Willie Nelson harp blower Mickey Raphael), laid-back Allmans-flavored boogie (“Prodigal Son”) and even a sassy NOLA-kissed shuffle (“Johnny Come Home”). Elsewhere, elements of mandolin-trilling bluegrass overtures (“Miss What I Got”) and loads of sinewy swamp rock overflowing with slide guitar (“Change My Ways”) bubble to the surface. Cane Sugar winds up being a musically sweet dark horse for this year’s sleeper summer album.

The Honey Island Swamp Band will be appearing on August 16 at Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan St., NYC 212-477-2782 www.sullivanhallnyc.com


August 18

Wantagh

Alice In Chains/Jane’s Addiction @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, 2:30 p.m.

$89.75, $59.75, $49.75, $39.75, $29.75. 800-745-3000 www.jonesbeach.com

In what is actually the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, these pair of grunge-era heavyweights are headlining a bill that also features Coheed & Cambria, Circa Survive, New Politics, Middle Class Rut, Danko Jones and Walking Papers.


August 20

NYC

Andy Bell performing Erasure Hits/Howard Jones@ Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, 8 p.m.

$44.50 adv. $50 DOS.212-307-7171 www.livenation.com

Quite the coup for new wave fans that called Paris, NY home and had their radio dials locked on 92.7 WLIR, the Regeneration Tour 2013 has reportedly had a rough go with acts like Human League, Flock of Seagulls and Men Without Hats either dropping out or scaling back their appearances. That said, there’ll be plenty to sup on as Erasure frontman Andy Bell will be performing Erasure Hits while Vince Clarke sits this one out and keyboard-playing vegetarian Howard Jones will be playing his own slate of much-loved ear worms. (Also appearing on August 21 at @ The Paramount 370 New York Ave, 631-673-7300 www.theparamountny.com)

Mea Culpa: I’d like to thank the sharp-eyed readers who in reading the Black Crowes/Tedeschi-Trucks Band preview in last week’s Check It Out column correctly pointed out that Butch Trucks is in fact Derek Trucks’ uncle and not his father. (On an unrelated note, Derek’s great-uncle Virgil Trucks was a professional baseball player who played for a number of teams including a 1958 stint with the New York Yankees.)