MB Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Method Man gets down on Fri. Oct. 27. Celtic Frost get nasty and metallic on Sat. Oct. 28. Lyfe Jennings headlines on Sun. Oct. 29. MTV2 presents 30 Seconds to Mars on Fri. Nov. 3. New Found Glory turn it up on Tues. Nov. 7. Col Bruce Hampton (ret.) and the Aquarium Rescue Unit play some funky Georgia freak-outs on Fri. Nov. 10. The newly-solidified INXS (with TV reality show recruitment J.D. Fortune on lead vocals) perform on Sat. Nov. 18. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.
Local hardcore band Syraphem – "Chucktown's metal madmen" – are encouraging friends and fans to support lead singer Jamon Leveille as he recuperates this month from serious internal injuries following a major car accident last week. They've cancelled a few shows – including a big one as opener for Souls Harbor at the Music Farm on Fri. Nov. 17, but hope to get back in the swing soon. Check www.myspace.com/syraphem for more.
TANGO AND JAMS
Downtown record store Millennium Music holds a free music event this Sunday. "Millennium MusicFest" – an afternoon gig with performances, refreshments, burgers from Sesame, free CDs, and iPod raffles – goes down at the corner of King and Calhoun streets on Sun. Oct. 29 from 2-6 p.m. with live music from the CofC's Terranova Trio (playing the music of Argentinian tango legend Astor Piazzolla), jazz duo Sam & Mike, singer/string player Bobby Houck (of the Blue Dogs), and Asheville-based, Lowcountry-born Americana singer/guitarist John Brannen (his latest is a critically-acclaimed collection called Twilight Tattoo). Call 722-1000 or check out www.millenniummusic.com.
FLYING SOLO (ON DISC)
Singer/guitarist and songwriter Frank Royster – known best as the solid frontman for popular bar-rock band The Hed Shop Boys – has a self-produced solo album ready for release. Thru The Years is a collection of Beatles/Wings/Smithereens-style power-pop in which Royster played all the instruments and sang all the melodies. It should hit stores in Nov. Check out the cool sounds (and the killer promo shots photographed by fellow cover bander/guitarist Keith Bradshaw, of Plane Jane) at his website, www.myspace.com/franklinroyster.
98X's popular local show Local X presents the second annual "Back From the Dead Show" on Sun. Oct. 29 from 8-11 p.m. "Along with some great bits and surprises throughout the show this year, this is also where we spotlight any local or regional band that is no longer around and bring them back from the dead," says host Amy Hutto. "Hence the show name ... duh!" Log on to www.98xonline.com for details.
ONE YEAR DOWN...
The Map Room (1650 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.) is set to celebrate its first year in operation with a two-night anniversary bash. Look and listen for live performances from The Detroit Cobras with support from King Khan and Taylor Hollingsworth on Fri. Nov. 10. A slew of local talent – including The Defilers, Book of Lies, Lindsay Holler, The Apologies, and Smoking the Ghost – on Sat. Nov. 11. Another standout event on the club's calendar is guitarist Ryan Carducci (of local indie-rock trio Lowercase Thieves), who plays solo and with special guests on Thu. Oct. 26 and Thu. Nov. 30 in a "songwriters in the round" setting. Check www.themaproom.net for more.
Speaking of Lindsay Holler: the local singer/songwriter and her current group The Hollerettes will be on 96 Wave's weekly program The Cutting Edge on Sun. Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. to discuss the upcoming "Holy City Cold Heart Revival" (initially booked as the "Alt-Country Festival") set for Sat. Nov. 4 at Cumberland's. Acts include locals Bill Carson, Kentucky Shoes, and the Hollerettes along with Athens, Ga. band The Wydelles, Raleigh's American Aquarium, NYC's Runaway Dorothy, and Florence, S.C.'s Rosewater Faire ... a lot of twang for just $10 at the door. See www.lindsayholler.net for more.
ACTION PACKED: III
"Little Steven's Underground Garage Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show" returns to the Music Farm on Tues. Nov. 28 with legendary '70s punk godfathers The New York Dolls (check out www.nydolls.org) – led by wide-mouth singer David Johansen (known briefly during the mid '80s as "Buster Poindexter") and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. The Dolls recently released their first studio album in over 30 years, One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. The Rolling Rock 'n' Roll Show will be their first national tour in as many years. Also on the bill for the Charleston gigs are Arizona rock twang-bangers The Supersuckers, N.Y. garage band The Chesterfield Kings, Chicago noisy kids The Charms (once again), to-be-announced support, the famed Garage Girls A Go-Go dancers. Check out the scene at www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com. –TBL