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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week

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COUNTRY JAM-ROCK | New Riders of the Purple Sage
w/ Iridescent Sol
Thurs. Jan. 19
The Pour House
$18, $15 (adv.)

As any self-respecting Deadhead would know by heart, the New Riders of the Purple Sage have a long-running history that meanders beyond the Haight-Ashbury scene of the late-'60s to northern California's twangy roots and folk scenes. The NRPS officially formed in 1969 with guidance from the Dead's Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh, who were all eager to play their own country music-inspired material in a loose but musically challenging setting. The band released a number of albums through the '70s (1974's The Adventures of Panama Red sold the best) and drifted in and out of existence through the '80s. While guitarist John "Marmaduke" Dawson has been sidelined due to health problems, two original Riders — guitarist David Nelson and pedal steel player Buddy Cage —will enjoy backing from mandolinist/guitarist Michael Falzarano (of Hot Tuna), and two Stir Fried vets — drummer Johnny Markowski and bassist Ronnie Penque — for a special performance at the Pour House. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


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ROCK | The Lowercase Thieves
w/ Steve Hit Mike
Thurs. Jan. 19
Village Tavern
$6

Independence-minded rock trio The Lowercase Thieves (pictured above) have kept busy over the last few months, hollering into the mics and smacking the power chords and cracked cymbals around the stages. Made up of former members of 351 Cleveland (bassist Dustin Fanning), Maytag (drummer Stephen Blackmore), and Edison (guitarist Ryan Carducci), the busy local band plays an aggressive, edgy, bulky style of rock in the vein of classic Volcano Suns, Superchunk, Scratch Acid, and Fugazi. Comprised of singer-guitarist Jeff Riddle, drummer Brian Cochran, guitarist Chris Love, and bassist Jamie Simpson, Summerville rock act Steve Hit Mike recently celebrated the official release of a rapid-fire, kick-ass five-song EP titled Twelve Feet Under. Recorded at Fusion 5 Studio with clean production from engineers Jordan Herschaft and Jeff Leonard, the disc draws from the same, four-chord, no-nonsense punk sound of London's class of '77 and early-'80s Cali-punk scene. SHM headlines this Thursday. —TBL THURSDAY


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ELECTRO-JAM | Dubconscious


w/ Black Market
Fri. Jan. 20
The Pour House
$6

As the name implies, Athens, Ga. "dub reggae collective" Dubconscious specialize in a free-spirited, psychedelic mix of styles and a high-minded approach. Guitarists James Keane and Adrian Zelski, bassist Solomon Wright, percussionist Scott Pridgen, and keyboardist Jerry Hendelberg seem as concerned with positive vibes and energy as they are about deep Caribbean grooves. Interstellar psychedelic reggae? There's documentation of such stuff on the band's 2003 album Word of Life and their latest studio effort, The American Dream, a 17-track collection of syncopated downbeats, exotic instrumentation, and socio-political messages. —TBL FRIDAY


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ROCK | Story of the Year
w/ Every Time I Die, First to Last, Adair
Sat. Jan. 21
The Plex
$20, $17.50 (adv.)

In the Wake of Determination, Story of the Year's sophomore album, stands as one of the best records of 2005. Gone is the super-slick production and the cookie-cutter screamo elements of the St. Louis quintet's major-label debut Page Avenue. In their place is an overall heavier sound with crunching guitars, hardcore breakdowns and plenty of clap-along moments. Despite the harder rock feel, every song is still catchy as hell and the guys have even thrown in a couple of slower numbers, just to demonstrate a little versatility. "We wanted to make a record full of good rock songs," explains guitarist Philip Sneed. "We just wanted to make sure that our live performance and the feel of our band live was on a CD finally, and I think we did it." The group successfully recreate the band's energetic stage sound. Look for them on Warped's upcoming "Taste of Chaos Tour." —Leah Weinberg SATURDAY


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