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Ingram Hill, Hot Pink Interior
Ingram Hill visits Live Wire Music Hall Sept. 23


At 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23

Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St.$10

With nods to the more rootsy progressive bands like Cracker, the Gin Blossoms and Tonic, Ingram Hill is a guitar-heavy, relatively pensive rock ‘n' roll trio out of Memphis. There's definitely a Southern vibe to their tunes. Next week, the band will release its third CD, Look Your Best. Says singer/guitarist Justin Moore: "I definitely think this is our best record. I know all bands say that, but I really mean it. I love our first record, June's Picture Show, and it's near and dear to my heart, and I think Cold In California was really good, too. I'm proud of both of those, but I really think we hit our stride and had a definite direction with Look Your Best." They're got an infectious sense of humor, too: On the band's website, check out homemade videos of their acoustic covers of Chris Brown's "With You" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." The band's best-known songs are "Will I Ever Make It Home" and "Almost Perfect." Moore, who cites the Black Crowes and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers as major influences, says Ingram Hill's goal is to simply give audiences a good rock ‘n' roll show. "I want them to experience some sort of emotion, preferably positive," he explained. "Whether it's a song that they can totally relate to, or if it just puts them in a good mood. I guess that's what I would want. Disgust and hate are definitely not the emotions I want anyone to feel." See


At 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25

The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. With Mass Plastic

It's been one thing after another for this local quartet, which formed in 2004 but has only performed sporadically in the intervening years. HPI is Amy Ochoa on guitar and vocals, Robyn Reeder on drums, Craig Johansen on lead guitar and vocals, and Sebastian Edwards on bass. "We all have different tastes," Ochoa explains. "Craig and I are more metal-influenced, ‘70s and ‘80s classic rock and that sort of stuff, and Robyn's much more modern, more in the punk/new wave vein. Way too cool for any kind of hair metal or anything like that. So we blend those styles of music." Ochoa, who's a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service park ranger at the Savannah National Wildlife Preserve, started the band with Reeder, the owner of Primary Art Supply. Soon after HPI got started, Ochoa became a mother (daughter Ronni is nearly 5 now) and Reeder was diagnosed with breast cancer, which has since spread to her bones. "She has good times and bad times," Ochoa says of her rocking co-founder. "And she's been feeling really good lately, and had some good scans, and so she was anxious to just get out and do stuff. So we kind of leave it up to her when we'll play now." Ochoa and Johansen occasionally perform a duo set as Devil-Oh-Seven. See myspace/com/hotpinkinterior


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for the Nov. 17 concert by violinist Robert McDuffie (pictured) and the Venice Baroque Orchestra at the Lucas Theatre. This Savannah Music Festival-sponsored performance includes Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, as well as Philip Glass's The American Four Seasons, written specifically for the Georgia-born McDuffie. Go to, or call 525-5050... North Georgia bluegrass gets a vocally-charged workout with festival veterans Frances Mooney & Fontanna Sunset, stopping in Saturday at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale ...