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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable shows in the next week

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EXPERI-POP | Body of John the Baptist
w/ Yukari Yucca
Thurs. July 13
The Map Room
$5

Asheville-based "dream pop" act Body of John the Baptist, comprised of songwriters and sound manipulators Jamie Hepler and Nathaniel Markham, recently released two echo-filled EPs, I Caution You: This is the Lonely Distance and The Music You Are Hearing is a Harness on Your Head. I Caution You... was recorded by Patrick Kukucka at Hi-Five Studio in Asheville. The Music You Are Hearing... was recorded in Hepler's apartment on a four track machine. Local performer Yukari Yucca (of Maniquinn) shares the stage. She started working on her solo act — a keyboard-driven "dreamy pop" thing of her own — for last year's local Sawaguzo! Festival. "The show consists of story and simple film background with music performance," she says. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


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FUNK/FUSION | The Frank & Joe Show
Thurs. July 13
The Pour House
$7

Guitarist Frank Vignola and drummer/percussionist Joe Ascione aren't exactly putting on a wacky variety stage show or anything. They're more into throwing their funky, Latin-tinged jazz/fusion jams and deadpan song lyrics out there as The Frank & Joe Show for laughs and smiles. Vignola played guitar and various stringed instruments for years with such rock and jazz greats as Les Paul, Hank Jones, and Mark O'Connor. Ascione, a former Buddy Rich roadie, performed on dozens of acclaimed albums and world tours. They recently formed their own combo and released three albums. Their latest is the 10-song Submarine Bus (Barn Burner), featuring Rich Zukor on additional drums and bass, and Vinnie Raniolo on additional bass, vocals, and guitars. Musically, it's all over the map —from Django gypsy swing and Latin funk to goofball rock and vintage, '70s-style funk. —TBL THURSDAY


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PUNK ROCK | Sex Slaves
w/ American Gun
Fri. July 14
Cumberland's
$8

Sex Slaves embarked on their tour earlier this month in support of recent release Bite Your Tongue. "We call our sound 'New York City outlaw rock 'n' roll,'" says bassist Del Cheetah. He and singer/guitarist Eric13 and drummer J-Bomb formed a few years back in Manhattan's Lower East Side. They remained loyal to their motto: "It's not just music; it's a fucking balls-out rock 'n' roll movement." As Cheetah says, their live shows "tend to end with girls dancing around naked, making out, and chugging Jack Daniels." Columbia's American Gun play their own heavy-handed style of twangy, punk-inspired rock — equal parts 1980 U.S. punk and '90s Americana. —TBL FRIDAY


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COUNTRY | Pat Green
w/ The Diesel Brothers
Sun. July 16
Music Farm
$20, $18 (adv.)

The stop in Charleston for Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green comes just weeks before the release of his tenth album, Cannonball, and six nights opening for the Dave Matthew's Band. Green, who just welcomed his second child, says although this album deals primarily with the loyalty to and responsibility of family, the musical influences sound more Counting Crows than the vintage rock of previous albums. Such references could seem odd for a farm boy who sings about the glory days of Robert Earl Keen and Jerry Jeff Walker, and whose videos appear on CMT — not MTV. But the two-time Grammy nominee says layering harder guitar work with traditional instruments such as the fiddle reflects how rock often resonates later in country. For more from Green, look for an exclusive Q&A at www.charlestoncitypaper.com. — Lynsy Smithson Stanley SUNDAY


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