Monday, December 10: Turbo Fruits @ Crescent Ballroom Nashville's Turbo Fruits are a quartet led by former Be Your Own Pet guitarist Jonas Stein, whose garage aspirations now seem to share space with a '71 Buick. BYOP was a frenzied, pop-punk blast of raging attitude, which Stein in large part carried over when he formed the Fruits.
With their third album, Butter (produced by Spoon's Jim Eno), and third lineup under Stein, TF now seem to have settled into a more comfortable sound driven by jangly blues-rock riffs, a touch of Mersey Beat, a sizable dose of '70s hard rock, and a kind of hapless, too-ripped-to-care angst that's more slacker than attacker.
There are pleasures to be found in TF's familiar chords and power pop melodies, even when the sentiments about motorcycles, elusive girls, whiskey, and weed prove ephemeral. -- Rick Mason