Live Music: Townhouse; Cold Heart Revival; Voodoo Glow Skulls, Johnny Cash Tribute

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ALT-COUNTRY | 6th Annual Holy City Cold Heart Revival
Sat. March 18
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One venue, three stages, 13 hours of live music, and all-you-can-eat oysters and barbecue — that's just about all you need to know concerning this year's Holy City Cold Heart Revival. The first Revival was organized back in 2006 when Charleston songwriter, Lindsay Holler, teamed up with Jamie Resch and Dave Parnell to arrange a multi-band alt-country showcase. Holler says, "We were all just getting our own bands off the ground at that point and wanted to organize a show that featured local and regional alt-country bands." This year, the sixth Revival focuses on varying interpretations of the country genre, with offerings from Josh Roberts & the Hinges, Danielle Howle, Jordan Igoe, American Sideshow, Lindsay Holler's Western Polaroids, Conor Donohue, Brian Robert, The Lowhills, The Harrows, Laura Jane Vincent, Joseph Coker, Reid Stone, and The V-Tones. The all-day and all-night event will kick off at 1 p.m. with the oyster roast, while live music on the Pour House deck and on the main stage inside continues until closing time. —Caitlin Billard SATURDAY

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SKA-PUNK | Voodoo Glow Skulls
w/ The 33's, The Mad Hatters, and Hearts On Fire
Part of Dirty Southeast Festival

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Wild as it sounds, Voodoo Glow Skulls have been together for almost 30 years. Perhaps it's because their music, skin-tight ska skank mixed with hardcore punk, is so energetic. Or perhaps it's because the band has never really gone away, remaining a constant touring presence since their commercial heyday on Epitaph Records in the 1990s. For singer Frank Casillas (who founded the band with his brothers Eddie and Jorge in 1988) it's not so difficult to believe as it is startling. "We're surprised to have been around this long," he says. "I know there's a lot of young bands on the ska-punk scene, but we seem to be getting a resurgence of people who grew up listening to the band, coming back to see us play after all these years. It's weird to be able to transcend all these different waves and still be here." It's been almost five years since the band's last album, Break the Spell, and Casillas says the band has used the time to branch out. "We don't want to keep on putting out the same stuff," he says. "Our songwriting has matured. We're experimenting with more Latin and hip-hop influences. We're trying to spread our wings a little bit and show a little more diversity." —Vincent Harris TUESDAY

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POST-ROCK | Townhouse
w/ Dumb Doctors, The Lipschitz, See Through Dresses
Part of Dirty Southeast Festival
Mon. March 20
10 p.m.
$5
Local 616

There's a point somewhere in the middle of Townhouse's new self-titled LP, out last week, where the listener feels trapped between a melodic hell and an overdriven paradise. The band uses a synergy between the tuneful and the anarchic to drop people into an inescapable lo-fi limbo, and it's a purgatory that's just too fascinating to leave. Townhouse utilizes their push-and-pull sound to keep the listeners on their toes and, of course, to keep things from getting boring. "We use the quiet and melodic parts to make riffy, noisy parts more intense," says drummer Ben Widder. "Cyclical," from the new album, personifies his point well with a zero-to-60 tempo change that transforms a quiet Sunday drive into a trip down the Autobahn. The chameleon and chaotic "McKeown" easily make friends during a serene intro before knocking out molars with a screaming outro. Meanwhile, the bayou-goth guitars of "Baptist" and the indie-punk head-bobber "Comma" make a great case for Townhouse being 88 percent method and only 12 percent madness. Bassist Nick Whitmyer's sliding bass lines play perfectly off of Widder's crash attack, and it's all capped off with guitarists Robert Wood and Joseph Synnett's dissonant speaker siege. This all adds together to create music that's always in flux, rewarding repeat listens. Townhouse will be joined Monday by DUMB Doctors, Lipschitz, and See Through Dresses as part of PBR's second-annual Dirty Southeast Festival. The multi-venue fest also includes the following shows: Secret Guest with Drag Sounds Thurs. March 16 at Tin Roof; See Water on Fri. March 17 at Purple Buffalo; a Dirty Southeast Block Party on Sat. March 18 at the Sparrow featuring Black Power Mixtape with Hubris and Madam Adam; a Dirty Southeast Lowcountry boil at the Mill, 7 p.m., on Sat. March 18 with Don Merckle & the Blacksmiths; and The Voodoo Skulls w/ The 33's, the Madd Hatters, and Hearts on Fire at the Pour House on Tues. March 21. —Heath Ellison MONDAY

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TRIBUTE | Cash'd Out
Wed. March 15
9:30 p.m.
$10/adv., $15/door
Pour House

When it comes to tribute acts, Cash'd Out walks the line, with the San Diego-based band respectfully channelling the late great Johnny Cash for a solid 12 years now. Their likeness to the legend is so uncanny that when Cash's own daughter Cindy caught the act, she was moved to gift frontman Douglas Benson a glass locket that once belonged to her father. The band's musical trip down memory lane goes all the way back to Cash's days at Sun Records as well as Columbia Records, touching also on his live recordings from Folsom Prison and San Quentin. After performing at the Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion festival in Arizona last month, Cash'd Out has been making its way through the South — through Memphis, where it all started, and past trains rollin' 'round the bend (sadly, no Jackson stop) — before hitting the Pour House this week. No word on if the band's June Carter equivalent will be in tow, but here's a-hopin'. —Kelly Rae Smith WEDNESDAY


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