Music Scene: Mike Pinto, American Aquarium, The Dirty Guv'nahs

Mike Pinto

Like fellow Philadelphia native G. Love, Mike Pinto also gravitated to sounds more reminiscent of the islands and sun-drenched lazy days.

Mingling ska, reggae, folk and surf-rock, Pinto developed a fast buzz as a solo artist on the East Coast in the early 2000s before self-funded acoustic tours carried him to San Diego, where he eventually stayed.

His Sublime-influenced acoustic style and humorous, real-life lyrics won over a large following along the West Coast, stretching to the Hawaiian islands, Guam and beyond.

His 2008 self-titled album produced by Chuck Treece (Pearl Jam, G. Love, Bad Brains) went on to sell tens of thousands of copies and bolstered Pinto's position as an up-and-coming act within the reggae-inspired rock underground.

His 2011 EP, “The West Is Still Wild,” soared on the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts, reaching the No. 2 and 4 positions, respectively.

Since releasing his 5th LP, "Truthful Lies," on May 21, Pinto has seen the album reach No. 1 on the iTunes reggae album charts and the No. 2 spot on the Billboard reggae albums chart, as well as on Amazon's reggae and Caribbean album rankings.

Mike Pinto will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Natural Vibrations and Three Legged Fox. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at

Go to or call 577-6989 for more information.

Booze, women and the invincibility of youth; American Aquarium has all of those things wrapped in song.

The Raleigh five-piece, however, also knows about the hangovers, heartbreaks and vulnerable mortality that adulthood eventually smacks us all in the face with, and it captures those truths just as eloquently.

From rowdy to revealing, feisty to frail, American Aquarium bridges the gap between the teenager and the adult in all of us, staggering between humorous and heart-wrenching in a way that's as natural and evolving as puberty itself.

American Aquarium will perform Saturday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., in support of their new album “Burn. Flicker. Die.” Also performing will be The Piedmont Boys. Tickets are $8 at the door and they open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 886-8596 for more information.

If the name The Dirty Guv'nahs sounds familiar, it may be a result of the group's growing popularity across the East Coast after scoring opening spots with several large-name acts such as Train, Zac Brown Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, Levon Helm Band, Blues Traveler, Drive-By Truckers, Cracker and Taj Mahal.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based band was formed nearly four years ago by six University of Tennessee grads as a way of unwinding while attending grad school.

Drawing on influences such as The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, The Band and The Allman Brothers, The Dirty Guv'nahs lay down a finger lickin', foot stompin' Southern soul-rock soundtrack while spinning powerful yarns about love, loss, redemption and hope.

The band's sophomore effort, “Youth Is in Our Blood,” was recorded at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y., in 2010 and produced by Grammy Award-winning engineer Justin Guip and mastered by Dave McNair.

The group's latest release, last year's “Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies,” was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., with producer Ross Copperman and Grammy Award-winning engineer Richie Biggs (The Civil Wars).

The Dirty Guv'nahs will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Tyler Boone. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at

Call 886-8596 for more information.

Call 886-8596 for more information.