Music Scene


Between 1992 and 1993, Cracker released its debut and follow-up albums, “Cracker” and “Kerosene Hat,” respectively, which flung the relatively apathetic alt-rock group onto the charts and into gold-record status and regular radio rotation that still spins today.

It was a time when popular music was driven by FM radio, music videos and CD sales, and Cracker emerged as one of the most favored of all three, due in large part to singles such as “Low,” “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)” and “Euro-Trash Girl.”

While the band never quite regained its mainstream popularity, it had firmly planted itself in a grassroots subculture where the fans far outlasted the fame.

Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman remain as the only original members and organized “Campout,” an annual three-night music festival with one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, in the mid-2000s that features country and rock artists as well as other genres.

Cracker will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Radiolucent. Tickets are $15 online at or at the door (limited). Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Call 886-8596 for more information.

Mostly the makings of one man, singer-guitarist John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats is a band defying the odds.

Having spent the first decade and a half based on the West Coast, Darnielle moved to Durham, N.C., in 2006, where he has since released five albums.

Lyrically, Darnielle writes in realism, with a flair for poetic nuances, drawing on often difficult life experiences ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to religion, love to childhood trauma in such a way that a light is somehow found in the darkness no matter how hard it becomes to uncover.

Musically, he has maintained the same indie-folk style he helped develop at the end of the ’80s.

The Mountain Goats will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Baptist Generals. Tickets are $18 and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.

A pioneer within the hip-hop world, Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) stands as one of the most veteran of active MCs in the alternative hip-hop underground.

He has been hailed by critics since first emerging in the early ’90s as one of the best rappers in the game, thanks to a seamless flow, inventive lyrical content and manipulations, and an unthinkable ear for deeply dug-in rhythms and complex melodies.

Gift of Gab first began gaining notoriety as a member of the San Francisco hip-hop duo Blackalicious in 1992, a position he still holds in addition to his solo work.

The MC is currently touring in support of his 2012 solo album, “The Next Logical Progression,” before releasing the latest Blackalicious album later this year.

Gift of Gab will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.

Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at or at the door. The doors open at 9 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.