Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks’ self-titled album was one of the strongest releases by a Savannah-area band in 2018, so it’s great to see the group getting out of the gate so fast in 2019.

“Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks,” which was released by the locally based label Graveface Records & Curiosities, opens with “Spinning,” a dense, 7-minute psych rock song that establishes the band’s sound, but the rest of the album is dotted with surprising twists and diversions.

 

The songs “Disco Submarine” and “Dan Halen” seem to subtly subvert other genres, and the record finishes with the enigmatic instrumental “How Rob Feels,” which is less than a minute long.

Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks, which has established itself as a great live band, will be performing an early 7 p.m. show on Jan. 18 at Graveface Records & Curiosities, 5 W. 40th St. with John Bias from Charleston and Shaken Nature from Asheville.

[Editor's Note: This show was moved to Totally Awesome Bar, 107 B. Whitaker St.]

John Bias’ “Pandemonium & the Ever-Expanding Inexplicable Sound” was selected as the number one Charleston album of 2018 by “Post and Courier” music writer Kalyn Oyer.

John Bias has just released a new track, “Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow,” which extends the jazzy sounds of the 2018 album.

 

The Savannah show kicks off a weeklong East Coast tour that will take the three bands to Columbia, Asheville, Harrisonburg, Va., Philadelphia and Brooklyn. There is a $5 suggested donation for the all-ages show at Graveface.

If you’re looking for later entertainment after the Graveface show, The House of Gunt will present the program “Ble5sed,” which will include more than a dozen performers, including Edgar Allen Hoe, LaZanya Ontré and Influenza Mueller.

“This is the church service you never knew you needed, and your parents certainly wouldn't tell you existed,” says the event description in part. “Ble5sed” will begin after 10 p.m., Jan. 18 at The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

Paleface, an alt and folk rocker now based in North Carolina, will return on Jan. 19 to The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.

Now performing as a duo with drummer Mo Samalot, Paleface has had a fascinating career that has included artistic and personal connections to Daniel Johnston, Danny Fields, Beck and The Avett Brothers. In addition to recordings, Paleface will likely also have paintings for sale at the Savannah show.

 

XuluProphet, the popular Savannah-based band that melds a variety of styles including funk and reggae, is also on the bill at The Wormhole. Advance tickets ($6.99 to $12) are now on sale.

And those are just a few of the eclectic offerings for this normally quiet week of January. Be sure to look elsewhere here in Do for more previews and listings.

 

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.