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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Virtual Jukebox: 5 acts to catch tonight at the Mess-Around

Dwight Twilley's career, like those of Mess-Around alums Paul Collins and Sonny Vincent, has new life due to current garage-punk fans and record labels embracing past hits and demanding new material. This elder statesman mantle bestowed on Twilley, a pop traditionalist who came of age alongside a then similar-sounding Tom Petty, has him headlining the final night of this year's Mess-Around and, three weeks later, the Chicago Blackout. For his set tonight (Sat., April 27), expect to hear solo versions of his two top 20 singles, "I'm on Fire," released in 1975 by the Dwight Twilley Band, and Twilley's most successful solo effort, 1984's "Girls," featuring Petty's backup vocals.

Festival goers bummed to miss the Queers' set last night get to see one of that band's modern equivalents in the Mean Jeans, a Ramones-inspired (without being Ramonescore) garage-pop band from Portland. Like their pop-punk forerunners, Mean Jeans put on an energetic live show and have it in them to steal the whole weekend.

New York punk purists Foster Care have a familiar face behind the drum kit, former Carbonas and Beat Beat Beat guitarist Josh Martin, and would have fit in locally during Martin's former bands' heydays. The band also features Martin's Exhuman's bandmate Jesse Martinez on guitar. Since Martin plays guitar in Exhumans and Martinez drums, they switch roles in this band.

The Ettes may have jokingly lacked a budget after paying Patton Oswalt for his appearance in the above video, but this three-piece, female fronted Nasville act is far from lacking anything sonically. They were a late addition to the festival, playing partly because members were going to be in town anyway performing in the Parting Gifts with Mess-Around mainstay Greg Cartwright and JP5, a new band fronted by Joseph Plunkett (Gentleman Jesse, the Weight).

Though A Giant Dog features members of Mess-Around alums OBN IIIs and Bad Sports, they have a slightly different sound, mixing female and male vocals with blues-inspired rock 'n' roll played with a rambunctious punk flair. Hopefully, this group is as exciting live as its two brother bands.

Times can be found at The Atlanta Mess-Around.

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