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FUNK | Entropy
w/ The Greyhounds
Thurs. March 1
The Pour House
$5

Jamming hard on a deep mix of vintage James Brown, brass-driven old-school funk, and modern electro groove, Atlanta band Entropy are set to release their new disc, Crawl -- their second major studio effort. Lead vocalist and keyboardist Rod Williams, guitarist Bryan "Slappy" Goodman, bassist Scott Jones, drummer Rob Robinson, and sax players Jailan Jagne and Myron "Hawk" Harvey formed the band in Athens, Ga., in 2000. The new collection sounds a bit jumpier, tighter, and more polished than the 14-song 2004 collection, Live.Rebel.Funk.Love. Say what, now?! Now say it again! Working from a mix of classic funk, jazz, and old-school Southern boogie, Texas-based jam rock trio Greyhounds return to Charleston for the opening slot. Check www.charlestonpourhouse.com and www.entropyfunk.com for more. --T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


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JAZZ/POP | Harry Connick Jr.
"My New Orleans Tour"
Fri. March 2
N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
$76, $56, $46

As part of his current "My New Orleans Tour," dapper jazz/pop crooner and musician Harry Connick Jr. lays it down at the Performing Arts Center this Friday night at 8 p.m. The songwriter and pianist recently released two new albums -- Oh, My NOLA and Chanson du Vieux Carré (an album of instrumental jazz by Connick's Big Band). Royalties from the sales of the new single, "All These People," and a portion of his royalties from both discs will benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, a project conceived by Connick and his longtime friend and colleague Branford Marsalis. See www.harryconnickjr.com for more info. --TBL FRIDAY


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POP-ROCK | Sparklehorse
w/ Jesse Sykes
Sat. March 3
Music Farm
$15

Led in careful steps by mastermind pop songwriter, arranger, and bespectacled frontman Mark Linkous, the N.C. based rock ensemble Sparklehorse has come back into the light after a dim hiatus. Clean and sober after several years of dealing with depression, drug abuse, and bizarre physical ailments, Linkous has a great new collection of less-melancholy-than-usual songs. The success of his 1995 debut, vivadixiesubmarinetransmissions, led to tours opening for R.E.M. and Radiohead. Good Morning Spider followed in 1999 with a darker vibe and a more echo-y sound. The critically-acclaimed 2001 release It's a Wonderful Life featured guest performances from Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, and Cardigans vocalist Nina Persson. The latest, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (Astralwerks), features a slightly more upbeat, raggedy roots/pop sound -- thanks in part, perhaps, to production by Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), of Gnarls Barkley. Seattle-based alt-country/pop band Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter (fronted by singer/guitarist Jesse Sykes) perform in support of their latest, Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls (Fargo). See www.sparklehorse.com and www.jessesykes.com for more. --TBL SATURDAY


INDIE-ROCK | The Whigs
w/ Wax Fang, Shellshag
Tues. March 6
Cumberland's
$6

Indie-rock trio The Whigs survived their first major push. The Athens, Ga., rock trio hit the road hard in late-2005 and most of '06 behind the 11-song debut album Give 'Em All a Big Fat Lip. After an amicable shift in their lineup, singer, guitarist, and keyboardist Parker Gispert and drummer Julian Dorio recently replaced co-founding bassist/guitarist Hank Sullivant with a temporary tag-team rotation of bassist/guitarists Craig McQuiston (of The Glands, The Tom Collins) and Sam Gunn (of Iron Hero, Reading). Louisville psyche-rock band Wax Fang make it back to town behind their new LP, The Black & Endless Night. See www.thewhigs.com, www.waxfang.com, and www.starcleaner.com. --TBL TUESDAY

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