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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week


INDIE-ROCK | The Capsules
w/ LowercaseThieves
Thurs. Dec. 22

Lawrence, Kansas-born, space-pop trio The Capsules -- now based in Charleston -- spent most of this year working on their stage and studio sounds. Playing only a small handful of local shows, husband and wife team Jason Shields (guitar) and Julie Shields (bass) and drummer Kevin Trevino celebrated the inclusion of their song "The Cycle Starts Again" (from the Home EP) in the soundtrack music for a new PBS television show called PBS Roadtrip Nation. They also contributed a song for an upcoming Spiritualized tribute album. The Shields duo formed the band in 2001 and honed an atmospheric, slow-rolling guitar-pop sound propelled by samplers, poly-rhythms, and Julie's dreamland voice. The band's most recent LP is titled Someone for Everyone. Local indie group Lower Case Thieves open this week's show. --T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


Nü-ROCK | Dark New Day
w/ Number One Contender, Shaman Mary
Thurs. Dec. 22
$14 ($10 adv.)
Music Farm

Pumped, amped, hyped, pumped some more ... Atlanta's heavy-hitting "nü-rock supergroup" Dark New Day is ready to dominate. The band recently formed with frontman Clint Lowery (formerly of Sevendust) on guitar and his brother Corey Lowery (ex-Stuck Mojo and Stereomud) on bass, with additional guitarists Troy McLawhorn (of Doubledrive) and Brett Hestla (ex-Virgos Merlot, Creed), and drummer Will Hunt (ex-Skrape). The quintet made a big splash on active-rock radio this year with a track featured on the soundtrack of scary flick House of Wax and a debut album titled Twelve Year Silence. Local bands Number One Contender (formerly known as "quench") and Shaman Mary warm it up for the headliners. --TBL THURSDAY


JAM-ROCK | "First Annual Winter Welcome"
w/ Graham Whorley & Iridescent Sol, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, Sol Driven Train
Fri. Dec. 23
Pour House
$8 ($6 adv.)

Thousands of years before the dawn of Christianity, cultures all around the world celebrated a similar holiday -- the Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year, the solstice usually occurs on Dec. 21. For Alex Harris and the folks at the Pour House, this Friday evening is the time for official celebration... with plenty of sol/soul. "We're gonna have plenty of live music throughout the evening," says Harris, "and we're roasting a pig out back all day with beers and drinks for everyone who comes by ... that's pretty good for eight bucks!" Local guitar-jam act Graham Whorley & Iridescent Sol -- bassist Rusty Cole, drummer Brian Ledbetter, and keyboardist Daniel Walker -- headline the event with a smooth-groovin', highly syncopated rock sound. Guitarist Josh Roberts and his bluesy country-rock band The Hinges -- drummer Larry Gornto, guitarist Robert Walker, and bassist Joby Wetzel -- share the stage with mainstays Sol Driven Train (pictured above). --TBL FRIDAY


FUNK-ROCK | Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Thurs. Dec. 29
Pour House

Since forming in 2002, Boone, N.C.'s Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band has become one of the hardest-working goofball funk groups on the Southern circuit. This seven-piece, fully costumed ensemble has been attracting swarms of dancing masses to their zany show for years. They describe their upbeat, brassy blend of styles as "slinky soul, reggae, rock, hip-hop, blues, ska and deep, deep funk." The group includes saxophonist Greg Hollowell, guitarist/bassist John-Paul Miller, percussionist Joshua Michael Phillips, guitarist Grady Gilbert, bassist Al-Al Ingram, drummer Ric Bennet, and occasional vocalist Susannah Baum. "We call it 'bounce music," they say, "when you roll up on a kickin' party and everyone can't help but to dance to the music that's playing -- that's the kind of rump shakin' grooves we lay down!" --TBL THURSDAY

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