GARAGE/PUNKABILLY | The Vultures
w/ The Defilers, Johnny Fever & The Frantics
Fri. July 13
The Map Room
The Vultures Check List:
1. Hailing from a former Confederate state. Check.
2. Hailing from the "south side" of their hometown, St. Louis. Check.
3. Creepy band name. Check.
4. Cool chick bass player with a hep Betty Page hair-do. Check.
5. Guitarists with long mutton-chops and greasy hair. Check.
6. Formed "after a drunk conversation that took place at a party." Check.
7. Released an EP and a 7-inch on a label called Big Muddy Records. Check.
8. Named The Cramps, Robert Johnson, and X as influences. Check.
9. Confirmed a date with local trio The Defilers and Columbia band The Frantics. Check.
10. Secured a cool spot online at www.myspace.com/thevulturesmusic. Check. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY
ACOUSTIC ROCK | David Bethany
Fri. July 13 / Sat. July 14
The Banana Cabana
While longtime Charleston singer/guitarist and songwriter David Bethany has played summertime solo gigs at the IOP venue Banana Cabana (1130 Ocean Blvd., 886-4361) for years, he may be best known among older music fans as the frontman for the city's most accomplished and original New Wave band, The Killer Whales. Bethany, bassist Jim Blakeslee, and drummer Murphy Pitts first started playing their blues 'n' boogie-influenced pop-rock around Charleston in the late-'70s. At the Cabana, I do about half-and-half originals-covers, says the guitarist. The cover songs I do are usually somewhat obscure. I do tunes by John Hiatt, Walter Hyatt, and Tom Waits, as well as more recognizable stuff from Jackson Brown, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, etc. I do a few songs from The Killer Whales. The Banana Cabana is a perfect gig for me. It's outdoors, so when the weather is right it's absolute fresh-air heaven. The sound there is actually really good from the stage, so I can hear what I'm doing. And the audiences, though subdued it is, after all, a restaurant are always extremely appreciative. All in all, it's an undiscovered gem of a venue, very laid back, very comfortable, where I can play what I like for an audience that likes what I do. What more could I ask? Based on Sullivan's Island, Bethany currently splits his time working as a family therapist/counselor and gigging occasionally on Sullivan's, the IOP, and around town. He still retains his smooth rhythm guitar style and earnest baritone. Shout out for a Whales tune this weekend or Bo Diddley's "Gun Slinger!" Showtime is 7 p.m. both nights. —TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY
NOISE-ROCK | Parts & Labor
Sat. July 14
The Village Tavern
Brooklyn noise-punks Parts & Labor Dan Friel (vocals, keyboard, guitar, electronics), B.J. Warshaw (vocals, bass, keyboard, electronics), and Christopher R. Weingarten (drums) lumber into town this Saturday behind a massive, dense, fuzzy, 12-song collection titled Mapmaker. Released recently on the Jagjaguwar/Brah label, the trio "explore a wider array of berserk, malfunctioning instruments and intricate, pummeling rhythms." Can one detect the hooks, licks, choruses, verses, and ambitious themes through all the electro-chaos and excitement? What? Huh? Can you speak up? See www.partsandlabor.net for more info. —TBL SATURDAY
BLUES-ROCK | Seth Walker
Sun. July 15
The Pour House
A N.C. native now based in Austin, Texas, singer/guitarist Seth Walker specializes in a soulful mix of electric urban blues, rock, and high-octane old-time R&B in the vein of B.B. King, the Vaughan brothers, and the Neville Brothers. Walker made his recording debut in 1997. His most recent collection — a self-titled disc released a few month back on the Pacific Blues Recording Co. label — features bassist Nathan Rowe, organist/keyboardist Stefano Intelisano, drummer Brannen Temple. The whole crew are set to play an early set at the Pour House this Sunday (doors are at 8 p.m. and music starts between 9-9:30 p.m.). Visit www.sethwalker.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY