Dead Confederate, Twin Tigers, Firework Show
Thurs. Feb. 5
The Pour House
Returning to Charleston on the steam of Wrecking Ball, Athens' Dead Confederate headlined one of the most fuzzed-out shows of the year so far. Lit from the stage floor with bright white floodlights, lead singer Hardy Morris looked like a skinnier version of Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie as he wailed through the dissonant din. Their massive performance demonstrated a sturdy balance between melody and noise, but Athens band Twin Tigers embraced an even darker vibe and a denser sound.
Local rock quartet Firework Show actually stole the show, however, with a dynamic and twisting set of their own, much of which was in odd time signatures. Expressive and dramatic, Zach Bodtorf's mesmeric guitar work soared. Drummer Brandon Gallagher resembled Jucifer's Ed Livengood as he bashed away on a drum kit with double floor toms. Is Firework Show the best jam band in town that's actually a punk band? Most likely. —T. Ballard Lesemann
Old Crow Medicine Show,
The Felice Brothers
Sun. Feb. 8
North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Old Crow Medicine Show's set was the perfect capper to Sunday's sunny, spring-like weather. The dark confines of the Performing Arts Center wasn't the most natural setting for the boys, but they worked hard to transport us to a patch of shade under a live oak, with plenty of dancing room and a jug of whiskey to sip on.
As leading man Critter Fuqua said, Old Crow is a "rock 'n' roll band, just with banjos and fiddles." Throughout a long set, they swapped vocal and instrument duties on old-time spirituals, fan favorites, and originals. They rocked hardest when they teamed up with openers the Felice Brothers, who looked like a mix between an emo band and a folk outfit, and kept the energy sky-high, playing the accordion, fiddle, and even a washboard. Greg Farley was the most enthusiastic band member. Everyone took the stage for the closing song, a rockin' rendition of "Ziggy Stardust" — banjos, fiddles, and all. —Erica Jackson