Live Music: Man Man; Barnyard Stompers; Hope Fund benefit; Shelly Waters

Great live music to check out this week

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MOTHER EMANUEL BENEFIT | Charleston Together Unity Concert
w/ Manny Houston, One Kool Blow, David Higgins, and DJ Kevbo
Sun. June 28
7 p.m.
Free
Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

In less than 24 hours after last week's church shooting, David Higgins and friends had already come together to organize a benefit show for the victims' families. "When something terrible like this happens, I think every person's natural instinct is the desire to help," Higgins says. "I don't have much to offer, but I can certainly give my time to perform. And with the help of some good friends, we can put on a top-notch event in hopes of helping the families at Emanuel AME during this next season of life." The downtown benefit show will feature Higgins' piano pop, as well as keyboardist/singer Manny Houston (who released a video last week of himself performing "Love's in Need of Love Today"), soul/R&B band One Kool Blow, and DJ Kevbo. Donations for the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund will be collected at the door and throughout the night. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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AMERICANA | Shelly Waters
Fri. June 26
9:30 p.m.
Free
Water Dog Grill

Many in this city have picked up on Shelly Waters' unique style and even more distinctive voice. Her album release a little less than a year ago was a perfect example of Waters' sound: strains of country, Americana, some rock 'n' roll, plus a spicy bit of Cajun mixed in. On Drive, Waters' rustic voice is as radiant as daylight. Last fall, Waters was chosen to be the opening act for legendary singer Loretta Lynn, as well as Hooray for the Riff Raff, a winner of the coveted Americana Music Association Emerging Artist Award. Since then, Waters' career has been heating up as she traveled from Mobile, Ala., to her hometown of Rayne, La., and back to Charleston. In August, she will be participating in the Port Summer Concert Series, and she has been selected as a Showcase Artist for the New Music Confab, which is headed for Charleston later on this summer. Even with her hectic schedule, Waters remains upbeat. "Each [show] gives us the opportunity to do what we love to do and share it with anyone who appreciates live music," she says. "The world can never have too much real, good music." This week's show at Water Dog Grill will feature a full band with Joe Taylor, Sean O'Bryan Smith, and Blair Shotts. — Kye Toscano FRIDAY

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GARAGE COUNTRY | Barnyard Stompers
Fri. June 26th
10 p.m.
Free
The Mill

Skimming over the track listings on the Barnyard Stompers' three albums (The Way-Gone, Wild & Rockin' Sounds of the Barnyard Stompers, Outlaws With Chainsaws, and last year's Highway Gospel) will reveal a series of song titles that beg to be investigated. In addition to intriguing titles like "White Trash Family," there are other sure-fire winners like "Topless Tuesday," "Truck Drivin' Son of a Bitch," "Big 12-Gauge Shotgun," and "Nazi Zombies." It'd be a shame if the music didn't live up to the monikers, but the south Texas duo of singer/guitarist Casey Miller and singer/drummer Megan Wise serve up a combination of bluegrass harmonies, country twang, and trash-rock stomp that's every bit as gritty as their lyrics. The format may call to mind the White Stripes, but the Barnyard Stompers are a lot closer to a stripped-down Southern Culture on the Skids or a less horror-obsessed Unknown Hinson. Their image doesn't disappoint, either, with Wise pounding out the beat in her finest '50s pinup attire and Miller accenting his backwoods whiskey-soaked moan with overalls and trucker hats. It would all come off as a gimmick if the duo's riffs and rhythms didn't have such a propulsive, primal thrust, or if their hauntingly emotional vocals didn't cling to each other so tightly. —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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EXPERIMENTAL | Man Man
w/ Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Fri. June 26th
8:30 p.m.
$14
Charleston Pour House

Listening to Philadelphia's Man Man is a lot like spinning a radio dial randomly in one direction or another every few seconds. Using their most recent album, 2013's On Oni Pond as an example, there's a brief orchestral overture to kick things off, followed by a series of angular, stuttering tracks that incorporate everything from Latin percussion and jazz marimba to lounge-style keyboards, R&B horns, and reggae skank — sometimes in the same song. The lyrics, delivered in a laid-back, somewhat ragged growl by singer/keyboardist Ryan "Honus Honus" Kattner, are just as kaleidoscopic, dropping in references to "Call Me Maybe" and Glenn Danzig one minute and tossing off disturbing snippets like "Feel free to loot my body" the next. It's as if Frank Zappa and his buddy Captain Beefheart picked up Roky Erickson, hopped in a time machine, and stepped out smack in the middle of a Mr. Bungle show circa 1991. Their live show somehow takes that skewed perspective to an even more frenzied level. Honus Honus and the band's other mainstay, drummer Christopher "Pow Pow" Powell, often pound out their demented rhythms facing each other at center stage, punctuated by some seriously non-traditional stage wear (alien masks, capes, Halloween-style skeleton costumes, etc.). —Vincent Harris FRIDAY


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