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Jack of Heart vs. Jack Oblivian

Three bands, two Jacks, one night.

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French garage rockers Jack Of Heart join Jack Oblivian's Tearjerkers and The Sheiks for a rock-and-roll night to remember Thursday at the Hi-Tone.

Veterans of Goner Fest 9, France's Jack Of Heart crank out psychedelic garage rock that at times sounds like Lee Hazelwood making a record with the Rob Jo Star Band. While Jack of Heart wear the influence of early psychedelic rock proudly on their sleeves, the group finds a way to make the sound their own without coming across like they reworked a handful of Syd Barrett riffs. These Frenchmen have toured alongside The Black Lips and The King Khan & BBQ Show, and are back in the states after a successful North American outing last year.

Also playing Thursday are local rock-and-roll favorites The Sheiks, who seem to be the frontrunner for hardest working band in Memphis over the past calendar year. In addition to landing the gig as Jack Oblivian's backing band, The Sheiks pressed their Witches + Mystics record onto wax and self-released the LP late last year. After countless local shows, The Sheiks are set to spend most of 2014 on the road. They play first in Thursday's lineup.

Headlining Thursday night's show is Jack Oblivian. No stranger to the local music scene, Jack has been releasing records since the '80s and shows no signs of slowing down as he's rumored to be currently working on a new full-length album at High Low studio. Jack Oblivian has had some all-star lineups in the past, including local musicians Harlan T. Bobo and John Paul Keith, but The Sheiks bring an interesting intensity to Jack's guitar-driven rock-and-roll. Jack Oblivian, Jack Of Heart, and The Sheiks play the Hi-Tone Thursday, January 23rd. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $8.

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