Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Live Music: The Outervention; Chris Boone; Sisters With Voices; Conor Donohue

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

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SPACE ROCK | The Outervention
w/ Analog Moon
Sat. July 19
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

King Hippo (Jeff Kozelski) and Blue Sphere (Ian Grimshaw) claim to have formed The Outervention from the depths of the Earth, but perhaps Charleston, S.C. is more accurate. Kozelski and Grimshaw jammed together in high school, but things really started up when they bumped into each other years later in the Holy City. “It’s hard to remember why it fizzled out, but it’s always been a lot of fun, which matters the most,” Kozelski says of their collaboration. The two eventually ditched “Hotel California” from their repertoire and changed their sound altogether by adding keyboardist Philip Noland, drummer Alan Brisendine, and bassist Frank Nelson. The local indie/alt/funk/jam/rock band (take your pick) started making the show circuit and wound up meeting Analog Moon, who they’ll reunite with for a night at Tin Roof. These days, Outervention has a whittled-down set. The show will be just bass, drums, and guitar with a few covers as well as acoustic originals. The missing members are on hiatus, a.k.a adventuring (Grimshaw is on a month-long motorcycle pilgrimage with his wife). But Kozelski promises “guitar riff killer funk” will be in store. —Kalyn Oyer SATURDAY

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w/ Edgefield C. Johnston
Wed. July 16
9 p.m.
The Sparrow

With a lot of Southern grit, some harmonica, folky lyrics, and lots of rhythm, local musician Chris Boone created his newest album Whiskey Truth & Lies back in February. Throughout this work, Boone shows inspiration from greats like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and Björk. “The list could go on and on, but unique expression is usually what interests me in other artists, especially when they write seemingly timeless music,” says Boone. While he has traversed the country from LA to NYC, Boone is permanently back in Charleston to be closer to family. He also wants to slow down in the South with his own wife and kids. “You don’t get these years back and family is so important. It just so happened that being the musical city that Charleston is, I have been fortunate to make a living playing music full time. Work is unbelievably challenging, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” says Boone. As for the future, Boone is focusing on promoting Whiskey Truth & Lies and working on a fifth album. —Teddi Aaron WEDNESDAY

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’90s R&B | Sisters With Voices
Sat. July 19
8 p.m.
Memminger Auditorium

If you’re looking for a dose of nostalgia, this gig should do the trick. Cheryl Gamble, Tamara Johnson, and Leanne Lyons got together in 1990 to make gospel music, but eventually cranked out hip-hop hits as R&B trio Sisters With Voices (a.k.a. SWV). Tracks like “I’m So Into You,” “Weak,” and “Right Here,” helped the girls rise to the top of the charts before their breakup over 15 years ago. Tensions in the group caused them to go on a hiatus and allowed Gamble to do some solo work while Johnson got married, had kids, and appeared on the reality TV show, Survivor. All three original members reunited in 2012, releasing the appropriately named comeback album, I Missed Us. Now on tour, the threesome is making a Charleston stop this week during their trip down memory lane. —Teddi Aaron SATURDAY

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INDIE | Conor Donohue
w/ Punks&Snakes
Mon. July 21
9 p.m.
The Royal American

Charleston indie artist Conor Donohue has gathered up a fresh set of talents for his cool new whatchamacallit band. “I have used the name Conor Donohue & The Wet Bandits in the past, but this is a unique group, and I haven’t found the right name for it,” he says. The crew is mostly made up of local Americana band Matadero: Ron Wiltrout, George Baerreis, Gerald Gregory, and Lindsey Holler. “Lindsay is my favorite voice in town,” Donohue admits. Holler joined Donohue on vocals for his latest single — the hauntingly beautiful ballad “Loose Lilacs Waltz” — produced by Bill Carson with Nick Jenkins on drums. The track will be included on Donohue’s new LP Cayenne, which he’s recording now at Tyler Ross’ (Faces For Radio) home studio, Poor People Food. The album is due out this fall/early winter, but you can hear a sample of its sound this Monday. Donohue, Wiltrout, and Baerreis will also back up opening act Punks&Snakes. —Kelly Rae Smith MONDAY

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