Live Music: Sol Slam; Live from the Underground; Pool Party; Karen Meat

Great live shows to check out this week

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FESTIVAL | Sol Slam 7
Sol Driven Train, Graham Whorley, Howling Moon Pimps, Dangermuffin, Jordan Igoe, Danielle Howle, Hans Wenzel & the Eighty Sixers, Local Honey, Peck & Penn, Shelby Means
Fri. July 21-Sat. July 22
Various times
Fri. $15/adv., $20/door
Sat: $20/adv., $25/door
$30/weekend pass
The Windjammer

Sol Driven Train is back with their seventh consecutive oceanfront music festival: Sol Slam, which raises money for local nonprofit Heal with Hearts. The fest kicks off on Friday eve with Graham Whorley at 9:30 p.m. and hosts Sol Driven Train (SDT) at 11 p.m. Saturday is full-on, beginning with beach yoga by Shelby Means — she's one-half of new folk duo with SDT's Joel Timmons, Sally & George, and formerly of Nashville bluegrass group Della Mae. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., you can check out Americana-roots duo Peck & Penn, followed by a SDT kids show. Timmons says, "We let the inner child run wild through a collection of songs from our two kids albums, Tajar Tracks Vol. 1 & 2." On the bill for 5:15 p.m. are Local Honey, Hans Wenzel & the Eighty Sixers, Jordan Igoe & Danielle Howle Duo, and the Howling Moon Pimps. The fest wraps up with Dangermuffin, on at 9:45 p.m., and SDT at 11:30 p.m. As for whether or not you can expect an impromptu performance from Sally & George, Timmons says, "There isn't a Sally & George set on the schedule, but hopefully [Shelby Means] will sing a few songs with Sol Driven Train." —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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HIP-HOP | Live from the Underground
SALIS, VT, Benjamin Starr, D Money & Ray Deezy, Walter Brown, OG the DJ, CashFirstJazz, and more
Sat. July 22
3 p.m.
$10
The Purple Buffalo

The Purple Buffalo has shown a ton of love to local underground hip-hop since the venue's opening last November, first with Black Dave's Charleston Hype shows and then with IllVibeTheTribe's Elevators showcases. But this show will be a little different from the usual weekend night indoor party vibe — this is Live from the Underground: The Cookout. It's a day show and the second of a series of three hip-hop concerts presented by Mac N Tee (rapper SALIS and PR pro Tawana Tee). Starting at 3 p.m., emcees will take to an outdoor stage while Sun of a Brunch Catering (owned and operated by Dominique Solone of Goose Creek) fire up the grill, creating a music fest vibe where downtown and North Chuck intersect. On the menu, you'll find cookout classics, like barbecue chicken, pork ribs, beef ribs, and sausage dogs, plus all the Southern fixins: baked beans, mac 'n' cheese, corn on the cob, jambalaya, seafood salad, and, bonus, a good ol' fashioned shrimp boil with corn, red potatoes, and sausage. (Meat and two sides is $10; shrimp boil is also $10.) They'll also have ginger lemonade to wash it all down, and, never fear, the venue will serve up plenty of stiff beverages. Hosted by Black Dave, the music continues until 8 p.m. and on the bill are local emcees SALIS, Benjamin Starr, VT the Fresh Prince, and Walter Brown performing everything from old-school hip-hop to trip to country rap. D Money and Ray Deez of Retro Flow Ent., CashFirst Jazz, and a surprise guest will also perform. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY

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HIP-HOP/Electro | Pool Party
Little Stranger, Human Resources, Damn Skippy, Soul Power Productions (ft. Abratract & Slimlegs)
Sat. Jul. 22
9 p.m.
$10
The Royal American

It's summer in South Carolina, the transplants from the Northeast are complaining about the humidity, and the heat index is resting comfortably at boil. Sounds like it's time for a pool party. John and Kevin Shields from local hip-hop duo Little Stranger are hosting a night of cornhole, mini pools, and some summer tunes for good measure. "It's just really an excuse for Kevin and I to dress up as lifeguards, more than anything," says John Shields. The roster for the night is stacked with plenty of talent, featuring the hip-pop stylings of the hosts, electro rockers band Human Resources, hip-hop speedster Damn Skippy (performing, in full, his forthcoming album The Ollie EP with DJ Fl!p), and the crew from local non-profit SOUL Power Productions. The next day, SOUL Power founder Cody Dixon (a.k.a. Slimlegs) is off to Dakar, Senegal for a month to build a music studio and teach music production to kids at the IQRA Muslim Bilingual Academy, so come bid him farewell. John says, "Our whole vibe we want for this night is to really just have a big party." ­—Heath Ellison SATURDAY

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POP-ROCK | Karen Meat
w/ DUMB Doctors, Beach Sex, Psychic Pets
Mon. Jul. 24
9 p.m.
$5
The Royal American

The only thing better than Karen Meat's name is their absurdly fun vibes in the midst of bleak lyrics. Want to hear a Christmas song that's purposefully depressing, yet has synth riffs that are as jubilant as opening presents fresh from Santa? Karen Meat's got you covered with "Part of the Party." Want upbeat '60s surf guitars and words about crying 100 times? Check out "I Thot We Were O K." It's the product of two different personalities, vocalist Arin Eaton and guitarist Dana Telsrow, hard at work on the same songs. "I generally write sad music or sad lyrics, at least," says Eaton. "I sent [the lyrics] off to my friend Dana and he arranged and wrote all the music for it. It's kind of both of our styles put together." Telsrow and Eaton are currently touring in support of their last release She's Drunk Like the Rest of Us. The EP has a military sized instrument arsenal and uses everything at its disposal to create wacky, lovable pop songs like "Drone." —Heath Ellison MONDAY


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