Live Music: Paperhaus, Gary Erwin, Dead 27s, Lake Street Dive

Great music in town to check out this week

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NEO-PSYCHEDELIC ROCK | Paperhaus
Sat. April 6
9 p.m.
Free
Big Gun Burger

When the guys in Washington, D.C.-based acid rock outfit Paperhaus spoke to NPR earlier this year about their forthcoming EP Lo Hi Lo, they had some interesting things to say about the end of the world. For the guys in the band — guitarists Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera, drummer Brandon Moses, and bassist John Di Lascio — the end of the world is the perfect excuse to throw the mother of all parties. And that fun-loving spirit can be heard on the EP’s lead-off track “Helicopters,” a peppy, poppy apocalyptic ode that mixes the Pixies with Portugal. The Man and a Euro car commercial. And so we had to ask the group, who’s bringing the chips? The answer was pretty simple, at least for Tebeleff. “Brandon is definitely bringing the chips,” the guitarist says. “He’s gluten free, so it’s got to be the right kind.” He then adds, “Also, no beer. It’s gotta be whiskey.” Oh, and the band plans to invite both sides of the Armageddon block party to the bash. “We are going to get Satan and God wasted and have them fight for a free Paperhaus T-shirt.” We don’t know about you, but we’re in. As for the new EP, Tebeleff says that it’s less alt-country than their previous effort, 2011’s self-titled release. He says, “Lo Hi Lo definitely has a feel-good attitude about it, even though the lyrics describe the ups and downs of life.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY


PIANO MAN BLUES | Gary Erwin
w/ Shelly Waters
Thurs. April 4
7 p.m.
Free
Aqua Terrace
Charleston Marriott
Downtown

After 22 years, Gary “Shrimp City Slim” Erwin decided that it was time to pull the plug on the Lowcountry Blues Bash. But as sad as it is that the Blues Bash is a thing of the past, we’re indebted to Erwin for bringing us two decades of great music. And apparently, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. thinks so too. Last Wednesday, Joe officially declared March 27 to be Shrimp City Slim/Gary Erwin Day. As for Erwin, he had no idea what the mayor had planned when Slim’s good friends Bill Blizard and his wife Solange Belle dragged him to the Four Corners of Law. “They lured me to City Hall on a phony premise, picking up some paperwork, and I was clueless until we walked into the council chambers and had a bunch of friends waiting,” Erwin says. “I started putting two and two together when the mayor walked in.” Shrimp City Slim calls the whole affair humbling. “It’s very nice to get recognition after all these years for playing and promoting blues music in this town,” he says. Erwin recently released his ninth album, Star Marina. The lead-off title track is a peppy little number that recalls Randy Newman, Dr. John, and even a little bit of Jimmy Buffet. —Chris Haire THURSDAY


VINTAGE ROCK | Dead 27s
w/ Bringers of the Dawn
Sat. April 6
10 p.m.
$5/advance, $10/door
Pour House

When your band’s name is inspired by some of pop music’s greats — Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Winehouse, and Cobain — you can’t proceed to suck. Fortunately, the lineup of the Dead 27s reads like a Charleston music scene super-group. Bassist Oliver Goldstein backed Elise Testone in the Freeloaders, while drummer Daniel Crider and guitarist Wallace Mullinax are currently in the studio with the American Idol vet working on her solo debut. Guitarist Will Evans pulls double-duty as well, fronting the electro-funk group Stereo Reform, while singer and guitarist Trey Francis moonlights as a solo act around Greenville. Still, none of the guys view the 27s as a side project. “Everybody’s schedules are jam-packed, but we’re still constantly adding new songs,” Evans says, adding that the band plans to head to Francis’ house to record a new project this summer. Last year, the Dead 27s released the singles “Don’t Want to Live My Life Without You” and “Penny.” “Those songs were real polished, but I think the next recordings will be more grungy, with more of that Led Zeppelin or Black Keys big-room drums sound,” Evans says. —Stratton Lawrence SATURDAY

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NOUVEAU SOUL | Lake Street Dive
Sun. April 7
8 p.m.
$8/advance, $10/door
Pour House

Led by jazz singer Rachael Price, Boston’s Lake Street Dive is known for their smooth, rolling originals and funky cover choices, good stuff like Hall & Oates “Rich Girl,” George Michael’s “Faith,” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” From their formation in 2004 until just last year, their efforts earned them a loyal following in New England. But things changed when the band finally decided to make Lake Street Drive their full-time pursuit. “Stuff immediately picked up really fast for us,” says bassist Bridget Kearney, formerly of Beantown-based newgrass outfit Joy Kills Sorrow. Since then, Lake Street Drive has toured with Josh Ritter and appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. “There’s been a real sense of momentum,” Kearney says. “We’re definitely still in our honeymoon period.” Well, here’s hoping that honeymoon lasts for a long, long time. —Stratton Lawrence SUNDAY

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