Reigning Sound, Rabble Rabble, Sights | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., June 17, 8:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
I was a latecomer to Greg Cartwright—I got on board when he was already leading his band the Reigning Sound, writing wry, hard-bitten, and occasionally somber old-school rock 'n' roll influenced by 50s and 60s R&B, and then worked my way backward through the trashy, bluesy garage he'd previously played with the Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers. If anything, this reverse education made me appreciate him even more: somehow he seamlessly transitioned from rowdy, dirty, stripped-down juvenile-­delinquent punk (one of his Oblivians songs is called "I'm Not a Sicko There's a Plate in My Head") into mature pop that wouldn't sound out of place in the back of a dingy late-60s hotel lounge. Born and raised in Memphis, Cartwright moved with his family to Asheville in 2004 because of its reputation as a good place to raise kids and what he's described as its "low-key but positive-feeling music scene." The Reigning Sound's output since the move is still garage punk, but it's warm and almost homey, thanks to Cartwright's hoarse, smoky vocals, his impeccable guitar melodies, and loads of organ, tambourine, and hand claps. Cartwright has long been a songwriter who can do no wrong, and on last year's eight-song EP Abdication . . . for Your Love (released for free digitally by Scion's A/V label), he keeps up his winning streak. —Kevin Warwick Rabble Rabble and the Sights open.

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