Live Music: Josh Roberts & the Hinges; The Supersuckers; Carnaval; Sonny Digital

Great live music to check out this week

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CLASSICAL INDIE ROCK | Carnaval
w/ Deadwin
Thurs. March 24
8 p.m.
$10
Redux Contemporary Art Center

Local act Carnaval formed in 2011 and wasted no time in cranking out a self-titled three-song release in 2012 followed by a full-length, Say the Bells, in 2013. Now the five-piece — frontman/pianist/guitarist Josh Pike, guitarist Andrew Pike, bassist Sean Fentross, drummer/pianist Tom Gorecki, and James St. Clair on keys — are debuting their third studio effort with Fuck That Noise, a gorgeous six-song collection combining classical piano with a rich, ethereal indie-rock personality. It’s the kind of record that slowly washes over you, forcing you to stop and listen — powerful stuff. Brave Baby’s Wolfgang Zimmerman recorded and produced the masterpiece. “We met Wolf initially because we rehearsed in the same place as him,” says Josh. One recommendation later from SUSTO’s Justin Osborne, and Carnaval was on their way to Zimmerman’s downtown studio. Followers of SceneSC may recognize the track, “Tie the String” — featuring vocals by Jordan Igoe — from the Columbia-based music blog’s last sampler. Fuck That Noise was mastered, like Say the Bells, at Studio B in Charlotte and will get an official release party at Redux on Thursday with folk rock ‘n’ roll act, Deadwin. —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY

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COWPUNK | The Supersuckers
w/ Jesse Dayton and Action City Blackout
Fri. March 25
9 p.m.
$15
The Sparrow

For the last 26 years, Tucson, Ariz.’s Supersuckers have been blazing a path back and forth across the country, slinging out an infectiously irreverent cowpunk/hard-rock/country hybrid over seven studio albums, a slew of compilations, and thousands of raucous live shows. Led by their seemingly indestructible and wickedly charismatic bassist/frontman Eddie Spaghetti, the Supersuckers became one of the most reliable live bands out there. Then in 2015, all of that abruptly changed when Spaghetti was diagnosed with stage-three oropharynx cancer in his throat. But after surgery and radiation treatments (funded in large part by fans and friends of the band), he’s on the mend, and the Supersuckers are back on the road. “Things are going really well, health-wise,” Spaghetti says. “My stamina is starting to get up there. There’s no real training you can do to prepare you for getting back on the road. You kind of just have to do it. So we started off with a short run of shows, now we’re doing a bit of a longer one, and we’ll take it from there.” Spaghetti says the outpouring of support, both financial and emotional, he received from people still has him feeling a bit overwhelmed. “That was the most incredible thing to have that happen,” he says. “It was like dying without the dying part. You get to hear what everyone thinks about you or how great they think you are, and all that sort of shit. You’re supposed to have this epiphany type of moment, but for me I was just really grateful for the life that I have, and I wanted to get back to it.” —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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ROCK HOP | Josh Roberts & the Hinges
w/ Sideshow Americans and Jordan Igoe
Fri. March 25
8 p.m.
$12/adv., $15/door
Charleston Music Hall

The Rock Hop is a dance-themed throwback to musical events in the days of yore, and it’s billing itself as an opportunity to showcase three prominent local musical acts in a vintage style. It also allows the longtime friends — Jordan Igoe, Josh Roberts & the Hinges, and Sideshow Americans — to share a stage for the first time together. Roberts, who often plays guitar in Igoe’s band, looks forward to fronting the Hinges on the Music Hall stage for the first time, too. It’s also a good chance to remind fans of his upcoming album release, date still to be determined. “We’re pretty close,” the singer says. “It’s in the can already — we’re just trying to get it right. We’re working on the artwork right now. It’s taken us a long time, so I’m not rushing the release date until I’ve gotten everything right. I can’t even announce a time for the release, but it’ll probably be late-summer or early-fall.” And while fans may be fiending for the new tunes, Roberts says looking back on a career of contractual pitfalls has led to this slow-and-steady approach to the new album. “I’ve made just about every mistake I can make, I can tell you that,” he says with a laugh. “We’re probably going to release a single or two in front of the album and just get the album out there in front of people the right way. We’re trying to do better business-wise on this one than we have done in the past.” —Isaac Weeks FRIDAY

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RAP | Sonny Digital
w/ Matt Monday & Black Dave
Sat. March 26
8:30 p.m.
$25-$30
Music Farm

Think about what you were doing when you were 13 years old, and then consider that Atlanta rapper/producer Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke, a.k.a. Sonny Digital, has been making music since that tender age. Influenced by producers like Shawty Red and Drumma Boy, Sonny was producing mixtapes for local artists by the time he was 16. He came to national prominence in 2011, when rapper YC used a skittering, nimble beat Sonny created for his hit single, “Racks.” Sonny issued his first mixtape the same year, and it was a virtual blueprint for the next few years of rap, featuring appearances by 2Chainz, Future, Plies, and Wale. Future and Sonny have forged a powerful creative partnership, creating a song called “Same Damn Time” that features chassis-rattling beats and a shadow-boxing vocal from Future that shifts gears from laid-back to rabidly aggressive on a dime. The song turned out to have significant lasting power; Future used a retooled version of it as the calling card for his debut album, Pluto, and a later remix of the song included appearances by Diddy and Ludacris. Sonny continued building on his success as a producer into 2012, working with Gorilla Zoe and Gucci Mane, but his desire to stand behind the mic was as powerful as his instincts behind the soundboard. Since 2013, Digital has worked concurrently as a rapper and a producer. He’s released a series of singles like “Swa-Ray” and “On It” that emphasize his spine-rattling beats and hoarse, sing-song delivery while still creating tracks for DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Ace Hood, and his childhood idol, Drumma Boy. Lately, Digital has holed up with local hip-hop artist Matt Monday. “Him and I have been working on a really dope follow up to Filthy,” Monday says. “I can’t wait to premiere the first single live at the show.”—Vincent Harris SATURDAY


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