WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 Pengo, Jookie Duo, and Martin Freeman. Bug Jar, 219
Monroe Ave. 454-2966. bugjar. com. 9 p.m. $6-$8.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11
JUNE 19 TH -27 TH Brothers Jamin and Jake Orrall have been working as the two-piece band Jeff the Brotherhood since 2001. PHOTO PROVIDED
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Band of brothers Jeff the Brotherhood WITH LAMBY AND THE GINGER FAYE BAKERS SATURDAY, JUNE 13 BUG JAR, 219 MONROE AVENUE 9 P.M. | $12-$14 | BUGJAR.COM; JEFFTHEBROTHERHOOD.COM [ INTERVIEW ] BY FRANK DE BLASE
There’s a distinct difference between a duo and a two-piece band. Nashville’s Jeff the Brotherhood is two cats, brothers in fact, that make up a two-piece band. But they ain’t a duo, Gumby. The band’s very existence since 2001 has helped clarify the duo-two piece conundrum. And it’s all in the size of the band’s sound. For just two musicians, Jeff the Brotherhood is huge — huge, I tell ya. It covers the sound spectrum completely. You don’t miss a goddamn thing. Guitarist Jake Orrall serves up a grungy wash of psychedelia and hard rock. Listening on the periphery, you’ll hear him come close to drop-tuned metal, a la Black Sabbath, and the blues without ever blatantly tapping into them. Regardless, it’s massive as it rises above the crack and boom of his brother Jamin’s percussive thunder. At times, you might be tempted into classifying the band as stoner rock but Jeff the Brotherhood has too much motion and boogie than the requisite genre’s grinding dirge. Simply put, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. The band is a cult favorite live, with its relentless energy and volume. SPIN Magazine referred to the band as one of its “must-see acts” in 2011. The brothers have rocked stages big and small, nationally and internationally, and they’ve invaded living rooms via David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. Not to be confused with any other twopiece, White Keyed, Black Striped band
out there, Jeff the Brotherhood recently ramped things up by bringing along another guitar player to add to the weight. Jeff the Brotherhood has worked with artists as diverse as Jack White and Insane Clown Posse, and runs its own Infinity Cat record label. The latest album — the band’s ninth among a huge catalogue of singles and splits — is “Wasted on the Dream,” where the band may have beefed the sonics up a bit while leaving the sheer intensity and immediacy intact. City Newspaper shot a few short questions at Jake Orrall. He shot back some even shorter answers, for instance… City: What are the advantages to being a two-piece? Jake Orrall: We aren’t a two piece anymore on
stage, but off stage it’s less paperwork.
What are the disadvantages to being a two-piece?
Less people to carry gear, and getting compared to other two-piece bands we sound nothing like. How do you describe your music?
Hard rock. How does the new album differ from your previous work?
It has bass on it. How has the band remained the same?
We still play rock music Any new influences or sounds you’ve added?
I have a delay pedal now. What is something you’ll never do?
Cut my own dick off.
[ ACOUSTIC/FOLK ] Bluegrass Jam. Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave. 473-6140. bernunzio.com. Second Thursday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. Jim Lane. Murph’s Irondequoit Pub, 705 Titus Ave. Irondequoit. 342-6780. 8 p.m. Free. Jon Dee Graham. Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. 232-3230. abilenebarandlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10. Patrick Jaouen. Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. 292-5544. stickylipsbbq.com. 6 p.m. Roots Night. The Beale, 693 South Ave. 271-4650. oldtimehoedown.com. 7:3010:30 p.m. Sunny Zaman. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St. 454-7140. bouldercoffee. info. 8-10 p.m. [ BLUES ]
Steve Grills & The Roadmasters. The Little
Theatre, 240 East Avenue. thelittle.org. 7:30-9:30 p.m. [ CLASSICAL ]
Matthay Piano Festival.
Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. 274-1100. esm. rochester.edu. Lectures, demonstrations, master classes, and lecture/ performance on piano. [ JAZZ ]
Bossa Nova Jazz Thursdays with The Charles Mitchell Group. Espada Brazilian Steak, 274 N. Goodman St. Village Gate. 473-0050. espadasteak. com. 6 p.m. Free.
Laura Dubin and Antonio Guerrero. Fiamma, 1308
Buffalo Rd. 270-4683. fiammarochester.com. 6-9 p.m.
The Joe Santora Trio, Curtis Kendrick, and Emily Kirchoff. Michael’s Valley
Grill, 1694 Penfield Rd. (585) 383-8260. michaelsvalleygrill. com. Free. Serge & Friends. The Rabbit Room, 61 N. Main St. Honeoye Falls. 582-1830. thelowermill.com. 6:30 p.m. The Swooners. Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 199 Woodcliff Dr. 381-4000. woodcliffhotelspa.com. 5:308:30 p.m.
Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes. Pultneyville
Grill, 4135 Lake Rd. Pultneyville. 315-589-4512. PultneyvilleGrill.com. 7 p.m.
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