Stirring darkness, beauty and humor

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Cincinnati heavies, the Black Veil Brides always seemed to like reverberating in the dark. Even in their early years kicking off in the mid-1990s BVB dressed or you could say, dressed down like a glam band, there were melodies with a pop veneer that increased their fan base.

But they  soon moved to black leather and dark numbers that  created melody-based songs their fist-pumping fans could sing with ease. They’re a tight high-energy group  but look out, I think there’s room for them to get a little darker still.

Black Veil Brides are scheduled to play at the Main Street Armory Nov. 22.

Stephane Wrembel (Photo: Stephane Wrembel)

Stephane Wrembel

French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel clearly sits at the foot of Django Reinhardt’s throne. But this amazing guitarist is more than a mere acolyte. There are rock demons in his head, demons that don’t necessarily rise up, but stir the man from within to create music that is both timelessly romantic and beautiful.

Wrembel is a local favorite, and a Hollywood favorite, too. You may have caught him at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and you may have caught the man’s music in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” If not, you may want to catch him now.

Romantic as all hell. Bring a date.

Stephane Wrembel plays Oct. 13 , Oct.14 and Oct. 15 at Lovin’ Cup. $25 advance, $30 day of show.

The Worm Quartet

The Worm Quartet has no worms in its lineup. It’s not even a quartet.  It’s more like a demented video game brought to life by Timothy Crist (stage name Shoebox) who glorifies animals, bodily functions like a walking, talking video game in a voice that sounds like the singer is losing a tickle fight.

Despite what you think, it’s funny as hell and poignantly succinct. He won over last night’s crowd almost immediately while slinging a key-tar and wiping the “WTF” off of the crowd’s mugs.

Here’s a comprehensive list of live shows in and around Rochester: Get Your Gig On

Frank De Blase is Rochester Beacon music writer. The Beacon welcomes comments from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name.

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