When: Thu., June 13, 9 p.m. 2013
Formed in Memphis in 1993 and disbanded in ’98, the Oblivians are arguably the most important group ever to have arisen from the resurgent lo-fi garage-rock scene—and holy crap, last week they released their first album of new material in more than 15 years, Desperation (In the Red). But before the trio hits the road on a highly anticipated tour (they’ve been reuniting occasionally since at least 2006), Jack “Oblivian” Yarber is taking his solo project out for a spin. Yarber has released a handful of solo records, beginning before the Oblivians’ demise, all of which lean in a bluesier direction than the reckless raunch of his former band. On his latest, 2011’s Rat City (Fat Possum), Yarber plays gritty, hooky blues-rock that comes in a wide range of flavors, from Springsteen-esque middle-American soul to the behind-the-beat stomp of the Black Keys. My favorite parts of Rat City are when Yarber gets in touch with his poppier side: “Dark Eyes,” for instance, has a bopping midtempo beat and a sweet vocal melody that sounds a lot like a young Elvis Costello. But in case you prefer the Oblivians’ high-strung garage filth, the band will be at the Empty Bottle exactly one month from tonight. —Luca Cimarusti Nones and the Sheiks open.