Music » Music Previews

O'Death at One Eyed Jacks


Saturday's bill threatens to turn One Eyed Jacks into a hobo jungle (sans mulligan stew and moonshine) with four acts rattling junkyard-hootenanny aesthetics. Brooklyn-native headliners O'Death combine elements of pre-war, authentic-as-mud murder ballads, rural blues and gospel with the anarchic, howling fury of punk rock; music with the energy of a freight train played by folks who looked like they just hopped one. (Beards, battered derby hats and overalls without shirts are part of the look.) Opening is local one-man band My Graveyard Jaw, singing gravelly, theatrical folk tunes with a dark edge — occasionally with satiny, keening harmonies from Loose Marbles vocalist Meschiya Lake. Also on the bill are the shifting-membership ensembles Hurray For The Riff Raff and Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, led by accordionist Walt McClements. Both groups use instrumentation like banjo and musical saw to evoke a ghostly, vintage feeling. Lots of brass adds a loopy, carnivalesque feel to their raw bones folkiness. With the economy continuing to flail and wobble, Depression chic may be making a comeback. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock


10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 7

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

Lowtide - ODeath

Add a comment