With the plethora of performers out there and music so readily available, it's sometimes hard to differentiate bands from one another especially in certain genres. So-called "jam bands" can seem to run together, the lines blurred by similar island bongo drum beats, plucked acoustic guitar-led melodies, jazzy horn riffs and long drum solos. To stand out, a band has to have something more than just a little unique. Moving to the front of the world music line is Sol' Jibe.
Sol' Jibe is Tim Snider, Milton Merlos, Jonathan Phillips and Cody Remaklus. Their 2005 sophomore release, Marinero, is like a paella of music. Within the 12 tracks, there are large helpings of viloin, soprano saxophone, percussion, flamenco guitar and cow bell (you can never have enough cow bell). And even within the songs, there's a combination of flavors: The unfortunately named first track, "Dry Sockets," is an 8 minute instrumental that mixes Gaelic violin with contemporary sax. The instruments bounce off each other in a kind of question-and-answer play sometimes completing the other's phrase, sometimes answering back in kind. "Liza Chamel" showcases bongo, the flamenco guitar, the cow bell and basso-voiced, emotionally sung lyrics. The shortest song on the CD pushes five minutes and the longest almost clears 10, but regardless of how long any given song is, they are all imminently danceable tunes and offer but a taste of what Sol' Jibe has to offer a live audience.
October 20, 9 p.m., $3, Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St.; October 21, 9 p.m., $5, Reef, 105 S. 6th St., upstairs.