Ian Pike 10 a.m., Dec. 9
Sound description: The band describes its music as "Heavy-metal Southern rock that sounds like pigs and chickens humping away like crazy to an 8-track and a six-pack -- in the back of a truck -- with a gun rack."
RIYL: Stone Temple Pilots, the Black Crowes, Soundgarden, Black Label Society, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, Sister Hazel, Lynyrd Skynyrd
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Inception: San Diego, 2000
Current Status: Tall has only released one album -- 2005's <em>Shift</em> -- but they still occasionally play around town.
Influences: Corrosion of Conformity, Sevendust, Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmak, Slipknot, Paw, Asphalt Ballet, Zakk Wilde, Soundgarden
Birth of a band name: "I was watching an episode of VH1's Behind the Music about the Black Crowes," says Tall singer Stuart T. Smith, "talking about the Robinson brothers' rocky relationship and how at one point it boiled over as they were completing one of their studio albums. The fight came to blows, and one brother took the masters from the studio and threw them in the garbage. The name of that [Black Crowes] album was going to be Tall, which is a euphemism for getting high."