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EXPLORERS: GARAGERS

"We feel really honored to share the stage with our heroes in the Zombies – and we hope to equally blow some minds with our patchwork of harmonies and rock 'n' roll ... I think it's a landmark show for Charleston," says singer/guitarist Jason Brewer, of local band Explorers Club. They're set to open the Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show on Tues. Sept. 26 at the Music Farm (see story to the left). "Charleston's ears are rarely blessed with truly legendary voices such as that of Colin Blunstone from the Zombies. Hopefully folks will take notice of some music that I feel needs more light shed upon it in this region."

INDEED RELEASE DEBUT

Moody and dramatic alt-rock band Indeed (a.k.a. iNDEED) celebrate the release of their debut full-length disc, Almost as Good as Not Perfect, next week with a headlining gig at the Village Tavern on Fri. Sept. 22. Openers include local punkers Handgun Sonata and Columbia's My Surprise. Check out www.myspace.com/indeedtheband for more.

STS9: FOR AFRICA

Sound Tribe Sector 9, the electronic groove combo based in Santa Cruz, Calif. (by way of Ga.), headline a special fundraiser for "Vegetation Vibration," a local activist group aimed at raising money and awareness for the Jef Jel Project, which regularly donates time, effort, and money to a "dying village" in Senegal, Africa. Produced by Domain Media and One World Vibrations, the show is set for 8 p.m. on Mon. Oct. 2 at the Charleston Music Hall. See www.charlestonmusichall.com and www.sts9.com for more.

MUSIC & SPEECHES

A event featuring a local "Battle of the Bands" and an awareness campaign for Trident United Way is set for Thurs. Sept. 21 at the Gaillard Auditorium Exhibition Hall. Music and spiels go from 5:30-10 p.m. Featured performers include David Bethany, Stand Down Thomas, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Love Butter, Edisto Lane, Cross Creek Junction, Collided With Jets, Vanishing Point, Zoey's Picnic, On The Hunt, Smoking The Ghost, The Fire Apes, and Curtis Inabinett, Jr. See www.tuwbattleofthebands.com for more.

HEAVY PLEXY

Although the Crossfade show set for Wed. Sept. 20 at The Plex was recently "postponed," the venue presents two big upcoming rock shows: Citizen Cope and his band return to town on Sat. Sept. 23 (tickets are $19 adv.) and the one and only Megadeth – featuring a fully healthy (physically, anyway) lead guitarist Dave Mustaine – play on Wed. Oct. 4 ($32.50, $27.50 adv.). Go to www.theplexonline.com for the whole deal. –TBL

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