Pop/Rock

The Balsa Gliders, Stephen Shealy

When: Sat., July 14 2012

BALSA GLIDERS What’s the big deal about a group of wannabe indie rockers who moonlight as, you know, doctors, lawyers, bankers, priests, academics — lowlife like that? They’re a dime a dozen, right? But the Balsa Gliders are different. These dudes could jangle the socks off my primary physician any day of the week. Seriously, music may be a sideline for this band of well-paid professionals from Charlotte, Raleigh and other N.C. hotspots, but they’re not just fratboys who made good and now crank out covers of “Free Bird” in a south Charlotte mega-garage. The Gliders — who formed in 1998 when future lawyer Charles Marshall and future PhD Russ Tisinger were still college boys — rock the indie spirit of Guided By Voices under the influence of the Silos. Best of all are the song titles: “In Defense of Air Conditioning” is an acoustic-based ditty that sounds like GBV unplugged with Michael Stipe-esque articulation, and the delicate “Cable Comes to Kinston” is a favorite among, well... Kinston natives. But this is no joke, folk. The Gliders have been dropping albums and EPs since 2009, their latest being last year’s Photographic Friends, all available on iTunes.

Mark Kemp

Price: $7

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