Live Music: Tony Bennett; Tyler Boone; No Sinner; T.C. Costello

Great live music to check out this week



w/ Don Merckle and the Blacksmiths
Sat. April 26
8 p.m.
The Sparrow

T.C. Costello’s cheeky Irish folk-punk is filled with energy and shout-along choruses reminiscent of the Dropkick Murphys but with a more refined vibe. Beneath the bluster is a barroom Balkan-Weimar swing like Tom Waits getting his Gogol Bordello on. The Spartanburg singer/songwriter’s dramatic vocal manner deeply recalls Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady). Costello has released three albums since 2010, each one showcasing not only a boisterous, beer-friendly vibe but a biting wit. “My gravestone’s bigger than yours, look on it and despair, middle-finger to the world, just to show I’m not concerned about your dignity,” he sings on “Yuppiemandias,” off 2012’s 21st Century Scum. On “Fuck Off, My Fellow Man,” he channels Sam Kinison, singing “Can’t you get your nutrients from sand? So you can’t afford food? Well I don’t mean to sound lewd, but fuck off!” Profanity aside, his lyrical style has a majestic lilt which is enriched by the frequent use of accordion, giving those songs the worn air of an old folk tale or sea shanty. In February Costello released Shortly Thereafter, which amplifies his carnival capering in 14 sepia-tinged songs featuring characters whose grim conditions and desperation subtly echo modern-day maladies. It’s highlighted by “Christmas Eve at Southern Belle,” a well-observed ode to forlorn holiday whorehouse debauchery. —Chris Parker SATURDAY


w/ Antonia Bennett
Fri. April 25
7.30 p.m.
North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Beloved jazz crooner, Tony Bennett reached his high-water mark in 1962 with his signature tune, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” before drowning beneath the British Invasion. After a near-fatal cocaine overdose in 1979, Bennett appealed to his sons for help. Danny Bennett took over as his manager and got things back on track. The singer then reunited with pianist/music director Ralph Sharon, and they scored early-’90s Grammys for their tributes to Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire. Danny started pitching his father to a younger crowd, booking him on Letterman and college campuses and helping to fuel the incipient mid-’90s cocktail/swing revival. Bennett seized this second chance and has remained relevant since. In 2011, Bennett became the oldest living artist (at 85) to top the Billboard charts with Duets II, in which he partners with artist like Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse. Bennett has also found success late in life as a painter, releasing a couple of bestselling art books highlighting his work. —Chris Parker FRIDAY


POP ROCK | Tyler Boone
Jail Break w/ South Street, Dead 27s, New Galaxy, and more
Sat. April 26
4.30 p.m.
$15/adv., $20/door
Old City Jail

On April 15 Tyler Boone debuted the single “Take Aim” ahead of a May 20 release of his new album, Familiar Faces, recorded at James Island’s Ocean Industries. The album features not only Hootie’s Mark Bryan on the mic and mandolin, but an all-new musical direction for Boone. A catchy pop departure from a sound that once echoed a lot of Dave Matthews, Familiar Faces represents quite the creative revision for the Charleston singer-songwriter. Boone says, “We were planning on making an Americana record in the vein of Shovels & Rope, but then we started going through the songs, and we just had to go pop or it just was not going to make sense.” The new tunes will be available through Amazon and Spotify, and you can hear ’em live this Saturday at Jail Break. He’ll be performing first, followed by South Street, Dead 27s, and New Galaxy. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


w/ Unit 8
Mon. April 28
9 p.m.
Tin Roof

When Vancouver’s No Sinner was brought to our attention at the City Paper, we weren’t particularly surprised to learn that the loud and soulful foursome (think Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin, and some Wanda Jackson, too) had made a name for themselves in the UK, where R&B-obsessives thrive in a mod subculture that’s very much alive and well. Nor was it a shock to hear that frontwoman Colleen Rennison grew up on the sounds of Nina Simone, Joe Cocker, and Tina Turner — because, well, of course she would. The real say-what moment happened when we realized that the lusty, ripe voice belongs not to a woman who’s seen and done it all and has the scars to prove it, but to a 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence doppelganger. In the title track of No Sinner’s debut, Boo Hoo Hoo, Rennison sings, “I always feel at home in a place that’s soaked in sin,” and even though that’s the case, we think the Holy City and No Sinner — Rennison spelled backwards — just might be a match made in bad-girl, bad-boy heaven. —Kelly Rae Smith MONDAY

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