MB Road Trip!
Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: the newly-solidified INXS (with TV reality show recruitment JD Fortune on lead vocals) perform with As Fast As on Sat. Nov. 18 (see story at www.charlestoncitypaper.com); the Joan Jett & The Blackhearts gig scheduled for Sun. Nov. 19 has been postponed; Tues. Nov. 21 brings a hefty bill of metal and shock-rock with Mötley Crüe and The Genitorturers; Redman and Raekwon co-headline the "Rock The Bells" tour stop on Wed. Nov. 22; The Deftones share the stage with Deadsy for a night of modern-rock noize on Sun. Nov. 26; and Reel Big Fish jam with support from Streetlight Manifesto, Suburban Legends, and Westbound Train on Thurs. Nov. 30. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com. –TBL
The hard-hitting post--post-rock band Death Becomes Even the Maiden (from Columbia) will perform a free in-store set "on the rug" at 52.5 records on Fri. Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. "They play powerful, frantic indie-rock," says shopkeep Clay Scales. "It should appeal to fans of Shellac, Fugazi and the like." –TBL
3/4 Time Again
Still celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of director Martin Scorsese's concert film, The Last Waltz, (featuring The Band and a long list of rock and pop legends), Atlanta-based The Last Waltz Tribute Ensemble make a return to the Pour House on Sat. Nov. 18 with special guests The Sundogs, Robert Page, Tony G., Benji Shanks (of Captain Soularcat), and The Beards From Italy. Guitarist Kris Gloer, of the Atlanta group Houndog, has been at the stagefront alongside a solid lineup of players. The current tour is raising money and awareness for the Ricky Keller Foundation, which funds music lessons for children who show musical talent but who are unable to afford lessons. Check www.lastwaltztribute.com for more. –TBL
Turn Those Smiles Upside Down
Happy-go-lucky jamsters The String Cheese Incident, who played an impressive bluegrass-laden show at Blackbaud Stadium last month, posted on their website this week that lead man Billy Nershi is leaving the band. "Cheeseheads," known for their hula-hooping love-yer-neighbor vibes, are speculating that Nershi is frustrated with the funk/trance direction the band was taking, away from their bluegrass roots. The "stringed-out" tour rat contingent is extremely concerned about the thinning number of bands worth following around. Bummer, dude – time to become a sandwich artist. –Stratton Lawrence
HEAVY HITTERS GO TO CHURCH
Charleston Southern University presents a special night of jazz with Mark Sterbank Jazz Group the on Sun. Nov. 19 at the East Cooper Baptist Church (located at 361 Egypt Road in Mt. Pleasant). Saxophonist and artist-in-residence Sterbank (a former member of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band) welcomes Manning, S.C.-based trombonist Fred Wesley Jr. (the musical director for James Brown)‚ local pianist Tommy Gill, bassist Herman Burney Jr. (formerly with Freddie Cole), local trumpeter Charlton Singleton (of Plane Jane), and drummer Quentin Baxter for special campus concerts. "The last two years have been hymns and spirituals concerts," says Singleton. "We take well-known hymns and spirituals and arrange them for a jazz sextet. It is very well done." The event benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods and non-perishables. Music starts at 7 p.m. See www.ecbconline.com for more.
One of the sharpest prog-rock bands of the Lowcountry is performing yet another "free show" at the Pour House. Local four-piece Vehicle – guitarist Justin Cain (formerly of Azwethinkweiz), bassist Tad Fletcher, keyboardist John Fitzgerald (of The Secrets), and drummer Alan Brisendine (sax man and keyboardist with Booty Call) – crank out the mindblowingly heavy grooves and odd time signatures on Tues. Nov. 21. Be prepared this may be the only local rock band will balls enough to pull off a 20 minute, multiple movement symphonietta on stage. –TBL
Charleston guitarist-at-large Lee Barbour, of trio Gradual Lean, presents a new project called the Illuminati Outro at a show at the Albert Simons Center for the Arts on St. Phillips St. at 8 p.m. on Mon. Nov. 20. The lineup features bassist Jeremy Wolf, horn player and accordionist Nathan Koci, and drummer Ron Wiltrout. "The Illuminati Outro is the convergence of four musician/composers, armed with acoustic and electronic tendencies, to collaborate on the creation of new music with little time," explains Barbour. "Seeking to build a shaky bridge between composition and improvisation, all the pieces will be premiere performances using whatever means are available to bend sound to the will of this one-time collective. It will be dark, and probably loud." Check out www.myspace.com/leebarbour. –TBL
The Sound Affects: Debut Performance
Newly-formed Charleston trio The Sound Affects – E. Glenn Horres (vocals, bass), James McKinney (vocals, guitar), Bal Buckler (vocals, drum kit) – make their proper club debut this Fri. Nov. 17 at The Windjammer with two sets of cool British Invasion, UK "class of '77 punk," non-chhesy "new wave" classics, and alternative rock faves. Picking up where they left off with such projects as The Islands, The Nabors, The Sound Committee, Honey Wagon, Velveeta, and other dynamic rock actions, the Affects have "collectively assembled the finer hits and deep cuts from their personal rock background from the early British Invasion and '60s rock through the power-pop of the '70s to the song-oriented punk/new-wave masters of the '80s and the 'alternative rock' craftsmen of the '90s." "Are we too old to rock?" asks guitarist McKinney, who recently played with Horres in popular party band Velveeta. "Come to the Windjammer to see for yourself. Glenn and I started playing music together in the fall of 1988. Some of our musical ventures over the years have been more successful – i.e. 'cheesy' – than others. Now at age 40, our latest project is a three-piece garage punk/pop/British Invasion cover band called the Sound Affects. This is our first gig outside of the garage. It will either be really cool or it will bomb hard. Either way, you probably would want to be there to watch it." Showtime is 10-ish p.m. For more, check out www.myspace.com/thesoundaffects1. –TBL