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GROOVE/ROCK | Sol Driven Train
w/ Special Ed & The Shortbus
Fri. Oct. 19
The Pour House
$6

“We try not to sleep on the bus, but I’ve definitely slept more nights on my Therm-a-rest in the last few months than in my bed,” says saxophonist Russell Clark of local band Sol Driven Train. The guys have gigged from Wisconsin to New England this year, and are back in town for another weekend gig at the Pour House before embarking on another tour and hunkering down to finish a new studio album. Here’s the band’s own:
“Top 10 Things Sol Driven Train Learned on the Road in 2007”
10. I-26 is in fact the most boring interstate east of the Mississippi … no maybe I-95 … no maybe I-70 through Illinois …
9. You can’t take a trailer into New York City through the Holland Tunnel.
8. Charleston does indeed have the most beautiful women in the country.
7. Saginaw sucks.
6. Almost any gas station, truck stop, or coffee shop will let you fill up an improbably large thermos for under a buck.
5. Cell phone conversations do not equal a relationship.
4. Women working at auto parts stores are generally more knowledgeable and helpful than the men.
3. Carrot is the new glass.
2. Always have a spare.
1. Every night is “hit or miss.”
Check ’em out at www.soldriventrain.com. —Stratton Lawrence FRIDAY

FOLK/AMERICANA | Kort McCumber & The McCumberland Gap
Fri. Oct. 19
A Dough Re Mi
$7

Colorado-based singer/guitarist Kort McCumber’s rich American songwriting style blends country, folk, and acoustic roots. As a youngster in Florida, he studied piano and cello, but eventually picked up guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and bouzouki. He and his backing band — violinist/singer Beth Wilberger, upright bassist/mandolinist, Dan Rose, and percussionist Tom Larson — visit town this Friday behind their studio album, Lickskillet Road, featuring guest appearances from Vince Gill, Sally Van Meter, and Don Conoscenti. “It’s always nice to come home o the Southeast,” says McCumber. “These are my roots and this is where this whole crazy journey began.” Visit www.kortmusic.com and www.adoughremi.com for more. 9:30 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

INDIE-ROCK | The Cliks
w/ The Keepers, Stereofixx
Mon. Oct. 22
The Map Room
$5

Things are happening very quickly for Canadian rock quartet The Cliks — a refreshingly original and androgynous act led by seemingly enigmatic, nasal-toned singer/guitarist Lucas Silveira. In June, the band joined Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Erasure, and the Dresden Dolls on the True Colors Tour — a project designed to raise awareness about the issues facing the gay, bi, and transgender communities. Having just returned from their European summer tour, the Toronto band are riding high from critical success for their dry, emotive, rockin’ new album Snakehouse (Silver Label/Tommy Boy) — including appearances on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and NPR’s Morning Edition. They recently signed on to open one leg of the current Cult’s Jägermeister tour. Snakehouse moves steadily from Strokes-style rockers to waltz-beat ballads and torch songs, with a radical re-working of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” thrown in for good measure. Silveira, drummer Morgan Doctor, guitarist Nina Martinez, and bassist Jen Benton share the stage with The Keepers and Sterofixx. Check out City Paper’s Q&A with Silveira online at www.charlestoncitypaper.com. Visit www.thecliks.com for more. Music starts at 10 p.m. —TBL SATURDAY

FUNK/ROCK | Mother’s Finest
w/ Plane Jane
Sat. Oct. 20
The Plex
$22.50 ($19.50 adv.)

Mother’s Finest keep it funky and heavy. For nearly 30 years, the Georgia-based band have jammed from a guitar-heavy, bass thumpin’ blend of rock, soul, and funk — equal parts Zep, James Gang, Sly, Funkadelic, and Rufus. Singer Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy (pictured) and Glenn “Doc” Murdock started playing together in Florida in the 1970s, building a fan base around Florida before moving to Atlanta. Their second album, 1977’s Another Mother Further (Epic), broke through to mainstream rock radio with such funky hits as “Mickey’s Monkey” and “Baby Love.” The current lineup features vocalists Kennedy, Murdock, bassist Wyzard, guitarists Moses Mo and John Hayes, and drummer Kerry Denton. Visit www.theplexonline.com and www.mothersfinest.com for more. Doors open at 8 p.m. —TBL SATURDAY

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