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MB Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: a ton of big shows from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Candlebox, Eric Johnson, Hootie, Edwin, Poison, Cinderella, and others. Two critic's picks of the upcoming week include "classic alternative" act The Church, scheduled for Sat. Aug. 5, and Fla.-based alt-rockers Dashboard Confessional, scheduled for Mon. Aug. 7. The Church — featuring original members lead singer/guitarist Steve Kilbey and guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes — are on a stateside summer tour in support of a new album titled Uninvited, Like the Clouds (Cooking Vinyl). City Paper had a chance to catch up with Kilbey by telephone (see www.charlestoncitypaper.com). Dashboard Confessional's latest album, Dusk & Summer, demonstrates a more mature side of singer Chris Carrabba. Singer/guitarist John Ralston, one of Carrabba's longtime collaborators and a labelmate on Vagrant, is on tour with Dashboard with his own emo/rock album titled Needle Bed. For ticket info and the full schedule, check www.hob.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann

OFF TO SCHOOL
North Charleston jazz darling Latoya Smith recently graduated from the Charleston Co. School of the Arts. Still only a teen, Smith has been seriously lauded for her vocal talent in the jazz form and is a frequent performer with Quentin Baxter & Friends. She's heading to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in N.Y. and her farewell party is set for Sat. Aug. 5 from 7-10 p.m. at the Charleston Visitor's Center. The Charleston Jazz Initiative will be in attendance as well. Check myspace.com/latoyasmith for more. —Ian Wheeler

READ THE SIGNS?
City of Charleston issued a "final warning to business owners and their staff" restating that "snipe signs" that are "tacked, nailed, posted, pasted, glued or attached to trees, poles, stakes, fences, building, or other objects" are illegal. Increased enforcement goes into effect Aug. 18, replete with fines up to $1,087 and possible jail time! —TBL

COVERED
The Explorers Club now have a side project called Firestorm: The Hottest Band on Earth. It will undoubtedly be the most grandiose display of tastelessness in ages. Their first show is at Johnson's Pub on Tues. Aug. 8. —IW

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