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SOUNDCHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week

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ROCK — Vintage Velvet
Wed. Nov. 23 / Thurs. Nov. 24 / Fri. Nov. 25
Free
Torch Lounge

While there are plenty of hard-working musical groups in town handling renditions of popular songs for audiences across the tavern/lounge scene, there are few more stylish and swingin' than Vintage Velvet, a swingin' jazz and blues ensemble fronted by vocalist Regina Ruopoli (she refers to the band as "the cat's meow in lounge-jazz and blues"). With a dash of martini elegance, Vintage Velvet live up to their name with a smooth set of jazzy cocktail standards, showtunes, Latin jazz, and swing favorites, including the likes of "Fever," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't," and others. The troupe -- keyboardist Jeff Castle, guitarist Steve Coe, bassist Frank Ruopoli, and drummer Nick Jenkins -- manage to sneak in a few cleverly-rearranged versions of contemporary popular tunes, as well. The Velvets play "happy hour sets" starting at 5 p.m. this week at the Torch Lounge on upper King Street. --T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY--FRIDAY


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FUNK/ROCK — The Secrets
Fri. Nov. 25
$5
Cumberland's

Jamming from a foundation of '70s R&B, '60s Motown and soul, and the funky side of classic rock, local quintet The Secrets have long been a Charleston favorite. Bassist Johnnie Barr, drummer James "Brother" Holmes, guitarist Doug Walters, lead singer/saxophonist Bill Wilson, and keyboardist John Fitzgerald make it look easy. There's nothing simple about executing syncopated grooves with feeling, though. With over a decade of gig experience, The Secrets stand out in the local band scene as seasoned veterans who instinctively know how to groove hard. "We're happy to be at Cumberland's again this week," says guitarist Walters, who joined the group in 1996. "It's a great place for us because the people there are great and the folks who come to our shows there are like old friends. For these shows, we try and put a little extra hot sauce on everything and take things up a notch." --TBL FRIDAY


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NEWGRASS — Triple Lindy
Fri. Nov. 25
Free
Frankie Bigg's

Local acoustic trio Triple Lindy describe their mix of traditional and contemporary folk and rock music as "booty-shakin', foot-stompin newgrass." Gaines Hill (fiddle, mandolin), Hugh Price (guitar, harmonica), and Ben Edwards (upright bass) each sing lead and together in harmony through most of their live sets, which include a wide range of standards (Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs), originals, and reworkings of rock, reggae, and funk classics and jam-based favorites (Panic, Phish, Dead, Dylan, Marley, Allmans, etc.). "We aren't a 'jam band' per se, although we frequently ride the music to new places through improvisation and solos," says Price. "Unlike your typical jam band, we can also play concisely and supportively of each other when the music calls for it. We play about 50 percent bluegrass tunes, which pay a strong homage to Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and The Seldom Scene." Triple Lindy play weekly set on Tuesday nights at Atlanticville on Sullivan's Island. Look for them on Friday night at Frankie Bigg's on Folly Road. --TBL FRIDAY


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ROCK — Syraphem
w/ Shaman Mary, Belligerent
Sat. Nov. 26
$5
Music Farm

Ouch, look out: Charleston-based hardcore/metal band Syraphem just issued a new 10-song album, Life in Pain. And it's loud and angry stuff. Syraphem formed in late 2001 when four kids from Walterboro and Charleston started jamming on ideas inspired by the heaviest of underground metal bands. The name refers to "God's highest choir of angels." Guitarists Curtis Mills, drummer Jason Dean, bassist Scott Hiers, and Jamon Leveille pressed ahead and established themselves as serious players in the local underground. The current lineup features Leveille, Dean, Mills, guitarist Mike Teston, and newly-added Cecil "C-Murda" Campbell on bass. "We like to call ourselves 'Chucktown's metal madmen,'" says Teston. "It's heavy, dynamic, hardcore, for sure, man. We're excited about this show at the farm. We'll have free copies of Life in Pain for the first 50 people through the door!" Local metal bands Shaman Mary and Belligerent open. --TBL SATURDAY

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