Live Music: Acidic, Derek Evry, The Specs, Courtney Marie Andrews

Great live music to check out this week

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ALT ROCK | Acidic
w/ Beyond Intent, Marytre, Rite of Ruin, Smile Empty Soul
Thurs. Oct. 17
Rehab Bar and Grill
8484 Dorchester Road
North Charleston

Michael Gossard offers a pretty bare-bones pitch as to why you should see his band Acidic this week. “If you want to see someone bare their heart and soul in front of people, come see us play,” the lead singer says. Like many of the cock-rock greats, Acidic’s songs are inspired by life on the road. “Every time we make a new friend, run into the police, go into a fast food restaurant, just everything — it’s all about what we’ve been through on tour,” he says. “Every time we go through something difficult, it affects our music and makes it more mature. [On tour] I’ve learned how to make friends, survive on minimal resources, and I’ve learned how to be a person.” The highway to hell isn’t the only thing that shapes Acidic’s music. “We were influenced by a lot of people, bands like Jane’s Addiction and Green Day,” says Gossard. The emotions they bring to the table are evident in songs like the Perry Farrell-homage “Copper Man” or the Linkin Park-esque “Satellite,” two songs off their 2013 release Copper Man. —Stephen Pappas THURSDAY

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POP PUNK | Derek Evry
w/ Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray
Fri. Oct 18
The Sparrow

Fridays are a magical time where we can slough off our workplace attire and be the rock ’n’ rollers we know we are deep down inside. And this Friday, you can do that by catching the “melody-conscious, guitar-driven power pop” of Arlington, Va.’s Derek Evry at the Sparrow in Park Circle. “I draw most of my inspiration from my mood at the time,” Evry says, and judging by his songs, he must be mildly annoyed quite a bit but really happy about it. “If I want to hear a song, and I don’t have it, I write it. It’s almost like I’m using boredom to cure boredom.” Evry is currently touring in support of his third album, Here’s to Better Misery. If you’re on the lookout for a small record store-supporting, guitar-wielding vegan, Derek Evry is your man. —Tamara Younkins FRIDAY

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PYSCHE POP | The Specs
Fri. Oct. 18
$5
Tin Roof

Sometimes the music of Charleston’s the Specs is gentle and sad, like a melancholic lullaby. Other times the band’s songs are as unpleasant as having a hangover at a rave. This long-running local act — featuring Eric Galloway, Steve Tirozzi, Brett Nash, and Shawn Krauss — has apparently mastered the art of keeping a low profile, but they’ve got the psyche-pop goods. There’s no doubt that these guys are inspired by the Beatles and Radiohead. In fact, their “You Don’t Know Who You Are” sounds like a long-lost Paul McCartney-ELO collaboration, while “Killing a Bird” could easily be found on a never-released EP by Radiohead, recorded sometime between Pablo Honey and The Bends. And then there’s the punkish rave of “Annabel Lee,” which has shades of the Clash, Queens of the Stone Age, and the rowdiest Americana band you’ve ever heard. Here’s hoping they record some new tracks soon. —Stephen Pappas FRIDAY

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SINGER-SONGWRITER | Courtney Marie Andrews
w/ Erin Rae
Sun. Oct. 20
Free
Royal American

Courtney Marie Andrews describes her sound as a mix of ’60s folk and good ole Americana, but her sweet melodies and ruggedly powerful lyrics create a boundlessness that labels can’t contain. The Seattle-based singer is currently touring the East Coast in support of her fifth album, On My Page, which is packed with acoustically complex songs. Andrews says, “I had always loved words, and I had always loved to sing. Eventually, the two just met up.” But as much as the 22-year-old Andrews loves to write songs about the heartache of losing a loved one or longing for one, the music itself is her muse. “I get really inspired about the feelings you get from a chord.” —Tamara Younkins SUNDAY


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