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Soundchecks: Highlights from this week's music calendar

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ROOTS/ROCK | Lindsay Holler & The Dirty Kids
w/ The Wagoneers
Fri. June 22
Cumberland's
$10 (includes a copy of the CD)

Charleston band Lindsay Holler & the Dirty Kids stayed diligent and focused all year, performing and collaborating in town, on the road, and in the studio with a unique mix of rock, roots, and fringe musical styles. This Friday, they celebrate the official release of a new collection titled Long Gone Awry. The group recorded it over the winter at Sioux Sioux Studios in Charlotte with engineer Chris Waldorf (the drummer in Pyramid). "We rolled in and recorded six songs for the EP and 10 jazz standards for another project in two-and-a-half days," Holler says. "We ended up using a lot of first takes. We recorded the songs live and then overdubbed a couple of things for texture and ambience. The band jived very well with the studio environment and the recording process. It was one of those experiences that felt really good right from the start." The bill includes local band The Wagoneers and a special guests, including Josh Kaler on pedal steel and a masterful horn section comprised of Clint Fore, Mariah Dodson, and Kevin Hackler. Visit www.lindsayholler.net for more. The $10 cover charge includes a free copy of the new disc. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

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ROCK/AMERICANA | Randall Bramblett Band
Fri. June 22
The Pour House
$8

Rich Someday, released last fall on New West Records, finds veteran multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Randall Bramblett at his best and most musically diverse. "We definitely don't fit in with any genre," he told City Paper recently. "Although this record has a few things that sound kinda country, I would not consider it a country album. The reason we're so all over the map on this stuff is because that's the way the songs are written. The influences that I have are reflected in the material I write." Bramblett, a Georgia native now based in Athens, worked with various bands in Macon and Atlanta, did time with members of the Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman (on his first solo tour), Sea Level, and The Muscle Shoals All Stars before striking out on a renewed solo career in 1997. His current group features drummer (and Rich Someday studio producer) Gerry Hansen, electric guitarist Mike Hines, bassist Michael Steele, and longtime guitarist/collaborator Davis Causey. Visit www.randallbramblett.com for more info. —TBL FRIDAY

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GROOVE/ROCK | Milhouse
w/ Glory Drive, Joal Rush Band
Fri. June 22
Music Farm
$5

Charleston band Milhouse have big plans. Singer/guitarist Matthew Herring, cellist/vocalist David Isom, mandolinist Cory Jarrett, and percussionist Dusty Painter have been experimenting and jamming on a variety of rootsy grooves and melodies for over five years. The band is wrapping up a studio session in Atlanta this summer for a follow-up release to last year's Tales of Woe & Yay (Zac Brown Band bassist John Hopkins is manning the mixing board). Staying busy with monthly gigs at the Roof Top, the Pour House, and other local spots, Milhouse plan to make this Friday's Farm show a spectacular one with a twist: a gospel choir. "I sang at our cello player's wedding last year with a choir and loved it, so ever since then, I have been wanting to do the same with Milhouse," says Herring. "It's going to be four or five gospel singers. It's our fourth time headlining the Music Farm and we're really looking forward to it." Doors are at 9 p.m. See www.myspace.com/milhouseband for more. —TBL FRIDAY

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ROCK/PUNK | "Skate Park Benefit"
w/ Decorated Dirt, The Hybrid Mutants, Motormouth Mabel, God Help Us
Tues. June 26
Cumberland's
$7 ($10 under 21)

Created in Columbia in 2006, Pour It Now, an awareness campaign spawned from the Owens Field Skate Park Association, has worked hard to raise awareness of the advantages of skateboard culture as well aiding in the construction of local skate parks in South Carolina. In an effort to rouse support for the Charleston skateboard community, Pour It Now teams up with Cumberland's to host its inaugural "Skate Park Benefit," an evening of music and merchandise galore, with T-shirts on sale at Rosita Jones and 52.5 Records. On hand to rock will be Decorated Dirt, the Hybrid Mutants (lead singer Hermann McNeill is pictured above), Motormouth Mabel, and God Help Us. A large portion of the proceeds will be donated to the construction of a new and improved, up-to-date skate park in Charleston spearheading by Pour It Now, who are currently working diligently with the City of Charleston to allocate land for a downtown location. For more information on how you can help make Charleston a skateboard-friendly habitat, visit www.pouritnow.com. —Laura Zapp TUESDAY

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