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IN THE JUKEBOX ‌ New releases from local artists

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Cary Ann Hearst
Dust and Bones
(independent)

Charleston darling Cary Ann Hearst recently released her premier solo record, the quasi self-titled CAH. Recorded at Rebellion Road Studios, the album is the result of a collaboration with Ash Hopkins on bass and guitars, Jump, Little Children alumnus Evan Bivins on drums, and a motley crew of performers stretching from here to Nashville. "Dust and Bones," the first track, is stripped down to the barest. It has a foot-stomping rhythm layered with throaty vocals and bayou Sunday harmonies, all put together to tell a tale of sweaty Southern sin and redemption. "Happy Woman Blues" is another jangly bare tune. Hearst sings, "I take pleasure in my whisky, be as bad as I want to be," in this rough-and-tumble romp of harmonica and piano. "The Long Road" shows off Hearst's country roots with an authentic honky-tonk sound. A departure from the rest of the tracks on the album, "Pocahontas," co-written with Bill Carson, is a confessional narrative sung to a hauntingly sweet melody. Ms. Hearst has put her heart and soul into this debut album and it shows. —Elle Lien


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Hot Charlie
Awesomer to the Max
(independent)

"Everyone sucks compared to you ... and everyone's a bitch compared to you," sings Hot Charlie guitarist Taylor Charlie on "Everyone Sucks Compared to You" — just one of 11 snot-nosed love songs and fuck-off tunes on the Summerville-based trio's new album, Awesomer to the Max. The band's fourth indie album was recorded over the winter at Climate Controlled Studios with engineer Chris Chamberlain and it's a lo-fi punk/metal gem, warts and all. Buzzsaw guitars, blazing high-hat and double kick work, and rumbling four-note bass lines — that's the Hot Charlie way. Carryin' on about alleged douchebags, lame emo bands, white suburbia, nudie mags, and getting laid for cheap — that's the Hot Charlie way. Brutal, sarcastic, funny stuff. Watch out. —TBL

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