Live Music: Suicidal Tendencies, Urban Praise Band, 21st Century Goliath, Leisure McCorkle

Great live music to check out this week



COCK ROCK | 21st Century Goliath
w/ Primo Noctis and Drudgery
Sat. April 27
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

Hey, fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses — this week there is one band and one band only that you absolutely have to see: 21st Century Goliath. This Charlotte, N.C.-based band pays head-banging homage to the glory days of cock rock. “A rock ‘n’ roll band — and the music —needs to be believable or it ain’t worth the paper the songs are written on,” says lead singer Tony Leone. “We’re here for that, to give the kids who are rifling through their parents’ records listening to old Zeppelin and AC/DC albums — Bon Scott era, of course — something of their own to believe in. We’re pretty sure the radio isn’t giving them that.” Leone adds, “And besides, since when was it such a crime to party and have fun at a rock show? We’re certainly here for that too.” Amen, brother, amen. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

DRAGON WAVE | Urban Praise Band
Thurs. April 25
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

From the demise of two Charleston bands comes the Lowcountry’s newest musical weirdos: Urban Praise Band. The new group has been patched together from the remains of Sir Greendown (vocalist/guitarist Harper Marchman-Jones and percussionist J. Wesley Schneider) and Firework Show (bassist and saxophonist C. Casey Atwater and guitarist Zach Bodtorf). “Both bands were essentially in a state where playing out was not viable,” explains Marchman-Jones, the band’s principal songwriter. “Since we had been friends and mutual admirers, it only seemed natural for Wes and I to join forces with Zach and Casey.” They’re playing what they like to call “dragon wave,” a fusion of new wave/post-punk, power pop, and psychedelic rock. The lyrics deal with deeply layered symbolism and Romantic-era imagery, but you can expect to hear musical influences from Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, the Flaming Lips, and Modest Mouse. —Susan Cohen THURSDAY

CYCO METAL | Suicidal Tendencies
w/ DRI and Waking the Dead
Sun. April 28
$25/adv., $28/door
6:30 p.m.
Music Farm

There was a time when Suicidal Tendencies was one of the most feared bands in all the land. Heck, thanks to their rumored connections to gangs and the tendency for their shows to be marred by violence, the multi-ethnic punk-metal act was even banned from playing in Los Angeles. But these days, singer Mike Muir, guitarist Dean Pleasants, and company have become mosh-pit elder statesmen. “We are still going strong in 2013, and even though some of us are older, we still have a lot of music in us,” says Pleasants, who replaced long-time Suicidal guitarist Rocky George in 1997. “We all love to be onstage doing our thing and giving the fans what they want — some ole school Venice punk rock.” The So-Cal band is currently touring in support of their latest album, 13, a thrashtastic, Cyco Miko flashback to the band’s breakthrough records, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today and Lights ... Camera ... Revolution! As for the Suicidal side project, the funk-metal-loving Infectious Grooves, Pleasants says that he, Muir, and former Suicidal bassist Robert Trujillo have a few reunion shows in the works, and the band is working on a new album. —Chris Haire SUNDAYh

NEW WAVE BLUES | Leisure McCorkle
w/ Shorty Matt Miller
Thurs. April 25
9 p.m.
Home Team BBQ
West Ashley

Fri. April 26
10 p.m.
Home Team BBQ
Sullivan’s Island

Leisure McCorkle is a big fan of New Wave. And given his penchant for wearing sharp suits and crafting pop in the vein of Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello, this should come as no surprise. He also loves academia, so much that he hasn’t recorded an album since 2002’s Jet Set Baby, a punchy little affair that instantly recalls Jackson’s first two releases. The reason: He’s been working on a Ph.d. in evolutionary and cognitive anthropology. “I see publishing and playing music as actually mutually interactive,” says Charlotte, N.C. resident McCorkle, who has published numerous academic journal articles. “I actually have two albums I have been working on since 2002, but they originally were one, and I decided that they were just too different to put together. So, I hope to finish them both up over the next year.” Here’s wishing McCorkle the best and hoping that next time he doesn’t take such a leisurely approach to putting out a new record. McCorkle is also playing the Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island on Friday. —Chris Haire THURSDAY-Friday

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