Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Nov. 2, 10 p.m. 2012

Seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter addresses the gloomy mood of the U.S. on his new self-released album with drummer Scott Amendola, Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. It's not easy for instrumental music to make commentary or send messages, but Hunter manages it: he's given his songs titles such as "Ghost Mall" and "There Used to Be a Nightclub There," and his playing moves back and forth between the "laughing to keep from crying" tone of the blues and an ominous austerity with a touch of noir. Hunter and Amendola have a long history together, and their easy rapport allows the two of them to fill the sonic canvas alone: the guitarist's three lowest strings give the meaty beats a nice bottom end, while he uses the rest to shape substantial, emotionally involving foreground melodies. —Peter Margasak

Price: $18-$30

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