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Notable Shows in the Next Week

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POP-ROCK | Owen Beverly
w/ Val Emmich, Nathan Asher
Wed. April 25
Cumberland’s
$6

Owen Beverly has ridden a bit of an odd career arc. He started early, playing guitar with a touring blues band as a teenager in Mississippi, and shot through high school and college, busting his ass to finish his music degree at College of Charleston in roughly three years. Somehow, in the midst of all that late-night cramming, he found time to form a band — the outlet for his active musical imagination. Beverly’s voice owes something to Jeff Buckley, but his compositions are entirely original, with slippery, sexy guitar riffs floating through the songs on his Drunk Lover EP, released in 2003. Unfortunately for Charleston, Beverly moved back to Mississippi shortly after graduation, leaving Holy City fans to thirst for the occasional appearance back in town. Well, he’ll be here this Wednesday night, and he’s playing with a full band — Evan Bivins on drums, Ash Hopkins on bass, and Josh Kaler, probably playing a rotating plethora of instruments. And, after four years on the market, his old EP recently got some major props when HBO selected the song “Drunk Lover” to hype their latest season of Entourage. Visit the City Paper website to watch the commercial, and visit Cumberland’s on Wednesday to see Beverly with Raleigh-based roots-pop band Nathan Asher and the Infantry and New Jersey indie-pop songwriter Val Emmich, whose latest is titled Sunlight Searchparty. See www.myspace.com/owenbeverly for more. —Sara Miller WEDNESDAY

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REGGAE/GROOVE | Mad Professor
w/ Dubconscious
Wed. April 25
Pour House
$10

UK dub-reggae/electronica artist, turntablist, audio engineer, and world traveler Neal Fraser — a.k.a. "Mad Professor" — visits Charleston this Wed. for a special co-bill gig with Athens, Ga. reggae/groove ensemble Dubconscious. Mad Professor recently released a collection titled Dub You Crazy 2007 on his own label, Ariwa Records. He recorded the jams in his own studio in London. On stage, he "recreates his home studio" every night with a massive battery of mixing consoles, effects racks, and a hard disc recorder with all of the separate instrument tracks. Dubconscious recently released a self-produced EP titled Stereotype (see review on p. 61). Showtime is 8 p.m. Check www.madprofessor.com and www.dubconscious.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY

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GROOVE-ROCK | Carbon Leaf
w/ Gran Bel Fisher
Fri. April 27
Windjammer
$10

Carbon Leaf fans have noticed that the Richmond-based band's two most recent albums — 2004's Indian Summer and the newly released Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat — demonstrated a shift in musical style and sound. Early in their career, singer Barry Privett and his bandmates — Carter Gravatt (guitar/mandolin), Terry Clark (guitar), Jordan Medas (bass), and Scott Milstead (drums) — were labeled by some as Celtic/bluegrass band. It's not that they wanted to abandon their Celtic roots or had forgotten about that influence; it's just the last time the band got its "Irish" up, the results were less than enthralling. "The albums are decidedly non-Celtic," Privett says of the new stuff. "They weren't intended to get us out of that [Celtic] box so much that we had kind of grown tired of that box. A lot of the songs had that Celtic influence, but we had already kind of been mining that territory for a few years." Their new recordings have emphasized Carbon Leaf's rock and pop influences for sure. See www.the-windjammer.com and www.carbonleaf.com for more. —Alan Sculley FRIDAY

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HIP-HOP/R&B | Bow Wow
w/ Huey, Crime Mob, Jibbs
Fri. April 27
North Charleston Coliseum
$46, $36, $26

It seems he's grown up from a jersey-clad, dreadlocked teenage rhymer into a suave, smooth, clean-cut 20-year-old. Young veteran rapper and vocalist Bow Wow (formerly "Lil' Bow Wow") is not the little Scrappy Do he used to be. He's currently on tour behind his fifth Sony release, a 13-song collection titled The Price of Fame. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, it's a full-fired follow-up to last year's Wanted, a collection that featured the single "Like You" (also included in the compilation Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 20). His latest radio singles include "Shortie Like Mine" (featuring Chris Brown and Dupri) and "Outta My System." Friday night's show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 554-6060. Check www.bowwow87.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more. —TBL FRIDAY

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INDIE-ROCK | John Vanderslice
w/ St. Vincent
Sat. April 28
The Map Room
$10

San Fran-based singer-guitarist John Vanderslice visited Charleston twice in the last year or so in support of his latest semi-conceptual collection, Pixel Revolt (Barsuk) — a mix of vocal melodies, oddball keyboard sounds, and unusual orchestration (acoustic guitars, piano, harpsichord, and strings). This Saturday, fresh off a spring tour supporting Death Cab For Cutie across the UK and Europe, he and drummer/Moog-handler Dave Douglas return for a West Ashley gig. Vanderslice previously fronted the critically-acclaimed indie band MK Ultra. After the band's sudden break-up in 2000, Vanderslice released four solo albums on the Barsuk label — each featuring his distinctive low-tone singing voice. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist St. Vincent — a.k.a. Annie Clark — is known for her work playing with The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. She opens the show in support of a new album on Beggar's Banquet titled Marry Me. See www.johnvanderslice.com and www.ilovestvincent.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY

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