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SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable shows in the next week



ROCK | The DaliDrama
w / Lowercase Thieves, DJ D-Rock
Fri. Oct. 20

This Friday marks the official stage debut of local rock band The DaliDrama — singer/guitarist Chris Patterson (ex-Maestro, Wormbelly), guitarist John Emerson (formerly of Green Jello, Harriett), bassist Todd Few (ex-Wormbelly), and drummer Stephen Blackmore (ex-Maytag, also of the Lowercase Thieves). After several months of lineup adjustments, recording sessions, and a spur-of-the-moment Wormbelly reunion gig, they're focused and ready to jam hard on a dramatic set of anthems, tricky time signatures, post-grunge fist-shakers, and guitar heroics. Check for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


ROCK | Five Star Iris
Sat. Oct. 21
Johnson's Pub

Based out of Atlanta, alternative-rock quartet Five Star Iris seem poised to become the next big thing ... or, at least, the one next in line after that. Slick, catchy, and confident, the band's newly-released, 12-song, self-titled debut (on Hooptyville Recordings) is ready for action — on commercial rock radio, cable television, and beyond. The band recorded Five Star Iris with co-producers Sylvia Massy Shivy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty) with additional production by longtime colleague Dexter Green (of Collective Soul). Luckily, singer, guitarist, and main songwriter Alex Schaefer tuneful efforts ring more sincerely than most wannabe alt-rock-star acts of the year. He and his mates — guitarist/pianist Alex Winfield, bassist Rob Schaefer, and drummer Dan Fishman (a Carolina native) — hit Charleston for a special "acoustic/electric" set or two at Johnson's Pub this weekend. See for more. —TBL SATURDAY


JAZZ | Quentin Baxter & Friends
Sun. Oct. 22
Renaissance Hotel
$30 ($25 adv.)

Considered one of the most technically proficient and musically creative drummers in town, musician and teacher Quentin Baxter has performed with many musicians here and across the globe. He regularly conducts classes at the CofC and plays weekly with several combos, including jazz/improv trio Gradual Lean (handling classic swing and bebop to more contemporary styles and experimental original pieces). This Sunday, Baxter and a small collection of guest musicians perform a "tribute set" honoring the late teacher and musician Jack White. The event is sponsored by the Charleston Jazz Society, a not-for-profit organization incorporated to be an "effective advocate for jazz as an art form by furthering awareness and appreciation through performance and education." "Our effort is to bring jazz as a important event here in Charleston," says the organization's John Robinson, a former D.C./N.Y.C-based jazz musician who recently relocated to the Lowcountry. "Our events will always be on the fourth Sunday of the month, from 4-7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel at 68 Wentworth Street." See and for more. —TBL SUNDAY


ROCK | Swearing at Motorists
w / Decibully, Olympia
Sun. Oct. 22
Village Tavern

The Dayton, Ohio, guitar 'n' drum indie-rock duo Swearing At Motorists mix Hank Williams mysticism with Neil Young-style ragged glory and Richard Hell attitude. Singer-guitarist Dave Dougham's stage presence has been described by experts as a "weird blend of Prince and Jon Spencer." They're right. Drummer Don Thrasher spent time with Guided By Voices back in the day. The act spent a good bit of time recently traipsing around Deutschland and elsewhere. They make their way from Berlin to the East Coast behind two new albums — Exile on Gippstraße and Last Night Becomes This Morning (both on Secretly Canadian). Milwaukee indie-folk-rock seven-piece Decibully return behind their latest, Sing Out America! (Polyvinyl). See and for more. —TBL SUNDAY

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