Tuesday, September 27
As the frontman of Tiger Army, Nick 13 has been continuing the psychobilly traditions of acts such as the Cramps f0r the past decade or so . Now, however he’s taking things in a different direction with the release of his recent self-titled solo album. This album is a considerable departure from the Tiger Army sound, featuring a sound that can best be categorized as a mixture of roots rock and country. Nick 13 will be taking that sound to Mohawk Place on Tuesday (Sept 27), along with former Juliana Theory frontman Brett Detar. Detar has turned to similar sounds in his rceent musical endeavors, and since leaving the Juliana Theory, has become an accomplished Americana artist. His latest album, Bird In the Tangle has received very strong reviews, and has only enhanced Detar’s reputation as a top artist Americana artist. When an musician primarily known for working in one field of music decides to take things in a completely different direction, the results can vary. Sometimes they work well (like Neil Young’s many excursions), other times it can be a complete disaster (like Bret Michaels’ horribly ill-advised country excursions). Luckily, things seemed to have worked out quite well for Nick 13 and Detar. They have become examples of musicians who were able to change genres and re-contextualize their career without making complete fools of themselves in the process. Tuesday’s show will give both artists a chance to shine in their new environment, while letting fans know while their style of music may have changed, neither artist has stopped making quality music. —john hugar
8pm. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (465-2368/www.themohawkplace.com).