Live Music: Michael Jackson tribute; Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep; Turnpike Troubadours; Patois Counselors

Great shows to check out this week


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RAP | Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep
w/ Sexbruise?
Wed. June 14
10 p.m.
$13/adv., $15/door
Pour House

Purveyors of perfect viral videos Flynt Flossy and his label Turquoise Jeep Records know how to have a good time. They bestowed upon the internet now-hallowed works like "Fried or Fertilized," "Treat Me Like a Pirate," and "Lemme Smang It." The buoyant beats and giddy rhymes make each song a different brand of bad day pick-me-up meds. And, sadly, no City Paper writer will do those videos justice — you gotta look them up. "I've always been an unorthodox kind of dude," says rapper/label founder Flynt Flossy. "I have to create my own kind of genre." He's always using his eccentricities to make odd and irresistible music, along with the rest of his record label. Jeep co-founder Watchyamacallit and new crew member Pierre Cashmere will take the stage with Flossy to perform a few new originals along with the classic green screen theme songs that made them popular. Cashmere's new track "Tickle Ya Kneecap" is proof that it's all the right kind of absurd, and a great look at their collaborations. Cashmere comes out of the gate with words that dance out of his jaw, then Flossy comes in to deliver the near perfect lyric "straight freak and she keep a good convo/ and she watch cartoons, what a good combo." It's their world, but it's one that anyone can visit at any time. Also on deck is the much (*much*) anticipated return of local electro-funk wizards, Sexbruise?. —Heath Ellison WEDNESDAY

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TRIBUTE | Living Off the Wall: The Music of Michael Jackson
w/ Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, & Friends
Fri. June 9
8 p.m.
$17/students, $22/public
Charleston Music Hall

After the Charleston Jazz Orchestra's Charlton Singleton put on a sold-out tribute show for Prince at the Music Hall, there was really only one way to go bigger: The King of Pop. So along with singer Quiana Parler and a crack band of local musicians, Singleton will do just that. The only issue after deciding on the artist was what to leave out. "There's the hits that he had with the Jacksons, all of the solo stuff from Thriller, and beyond," Singleton says. "There's so much that you could play for four or five hours. We'll be doing pieces that everybody will know from his most popular albums, and I tried to divide it up as much as possible, but there's always going to be a song someone feels like we left out. But when you have, say, 11 songs on an album and nine of them were hits, which ones do you choose?" —Vincent Harris FRIDAY

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EXPERIMENTAL ROCK | Patois Counselors
w/ Konvoi and Vanity Plates
Sat. Jun. 10
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

You might hear a name like "Patois Counselors" and think that you're dealing with a Cajun band or some kind of old-school ska outfit, but neither comparison could be further from the truth. The Counselors are a loud, fuzz-coated, jittery blend of pure noise. There are certainly some precedents for the unruly chaos on their debut self-titled seven-inch, and they're all from wildly different places during the same era. There are the whiny, outmoded keyboard squiggles that recall early Pere Ubu. There are the nervous, shaky neuroses in the vocals that bring to mind Talking Heads. And the bouncing, stiff-spined rhythms come straight from second-wave British punk bands like the Jam or the Vibrators or Gang of Four. The band seems to acknowledge this debt by listing the release date of the record as "January 1st, 1983," but despite the throwback ingredients, they've still created a compellingly paranoid slab of lease-breaking experimental rock. —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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COUNTRY| Turnpike Troubadours
Wed. June 14
6 p.m.
The Windjammer

The Turnpike Troubadours hearken back to that point in the early 1970s when artists like Graham Parsons and the Eagles blended rock and country influences to create something that wasn't entirely new, but that also hadn't existed before. These days, their delicate instrumentation and sweet-as-honey harmony vocals might be classified under the increasingly broad "Americana" umbrella, but don't tell that to the country charts. Despite the throwback sound, the Troubadours have actually been one of the more commercially successful country music bands of the past five or six years, landing their last two albums in the Billboard Country Albums Top 20 and going as high as No. 3 with their 2015 self-titled release. You may not hear their real-as-aged-denim sound on mainstream radio anytime soon, but the fact that they've moved more than 100,000 albums in a digital age has got to mean something, right? With artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton on the rise, the next Troubadours album might take them even higher. —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY

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