Editors' pick

Jack Oblivian


Editorial Review

Jack Oblivian has been in more bands than are mentioned in this entire column. He's a Memphis institution, a garage-rock industry unto himself who for the past two decades has helmed or contributed to the finest thrashy, high-octane, power chord-driven tunes. The Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians (hence the name) are his most famous bands. With his newest venture, the Tennessee Tearjerkers, Oblivian has toned things down; the music here is influenced by the period in the late-'50s/early-'60s, right before the original garage rock outbreak. The sound is cleaner, the tunes are more vintage rock-and-roll than attitude anthems, but the songwriting remains strong and assured. It's still beer-drinking and dancing music, and tonight's venue -- Jackie's in Silver Spring -- fits well with its old-school charm.

--David Malitz, Nov. 2009