Friday, July 25, 2014

Live Music: Harlem Downtrotters; Adron; Jim and Sam; Overmountain Men

Great live music to check out this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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PUNK POP | Harlem Downtrotters
w/ Supersuckers, Skye Paige, and El Camino
Sun. July 27
7 p.m.
The Sparrow

A punk band hailing from Columbia, S.C., The Harlem Downtrotters have a pretty simple motto: “Get in, get out, be done with it.” At least that’s how lead guitarist and vocalist Kyle Cooley puts it. With no song longer than two minutes and 30 seconds, the Downtrotters use the short-and-sweet pop-song template to mix catchy pop-punk melodies with top-volume, three-part harmonies. The guys look to bands like The Lawrence Arms and The Copyrights as influences, while a lot of their lyrical inspiration starts with current events, personal struggles, and situations that are relatable to everyone. For Cooley and company, playing music is a way for them to let off some steam. “All of my aggression and frustration comes out when I’m singing at the top of my lungs and hitting the strings as hard as I can. To some people, coming to a punk show and watching bands do that is their release, and we are grateful to be able to give it to them,” says Cooley. The Harlem Downtrotters’ new album Don’t Panic! comes out on July 29, and they’ll begin their tour up the East Coast August 8. —Teddi Aaron SUNDAY


Tues. July 29
The Mill

w/ John Boling, The Hungry Monks, Mike Amason, Ginger Winn, Andy Vaughan and the Driveline, and Quinn DeVeaux
Wed. July 30
6 p.m.
Awendaw Green

People complain that there is nothing new under the sun, and while this may be true to a degree, thank God for artists like Adron who gleefully attempt to make you change your mind. What else can you say about an artist who mixes modern indie pop with the resonance of classic folk? Adron embraces all manner of world music, including tropicalia, which has a delightful, sun-kissed way about it that puts you in the lazy-day-on-the-beach mindset. Whether she is serenely singing “Don’t fuck up my island/ You can’t do it/ No matter how hard you try” on “Paradise Island Tropical Vacation” or playfully singing in Portuguese on “Basta,” the songs from her most recent album, 2011’s Organismo, are marked by a self-assured, easygoing sensibility that seems impervious to the troubles of life. Add in a calm-inducing, morphine-like chorus of “na na na” to the bossa nova-tinged “Mister My Lord” and the almost dreamlike fashion with which Adron says, “Pyramids fucking exist” in “Pyramids,” and the stress of your day is almost sure to dissipate in no time at all. Left-of-center and languidly engaging without being soulless, Adron’s music is a study in giving people the unexpected. —Brian Palmer NEXT WEDNESDAY


INDIE FOLK | Jim and Sam
w/ Haley Shaw
Sun. July 27
9 p.m.
Royal American

Los Angeles-based duo Jim and Sam make polished folk music ripe with dark harmonies, melodic stories, and Scandinavian-pop vibes. That’s probably because the twosome’s new album was recorded at the legendary Puk Studios in Denmark with Swedish producer Lasse Marten (Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John). Jim Hanft and Samantha Yonack got acquainted in the States, though. “We met at a friends comedy show in L.A.,” Yonach tells us. “We were both playing music separately and decided we should try singing together. First, it was a few harmonies here and there, then we started writing together. Then we did everything together. The music was just better that way.” The band’s latest single “My Body My Bones” is a delicate and beautifully layered track that wouldn’t sound out of place if covered by The National. Yonack says their as-yet-to-be released debut record is nicely filled out with drums, pedal steel, and distortion, while their live set is stripped down and raw. Jim and Sam’s Royal American show is likely to feature sneak peaks of the record, plus freshly composed songs. “We are constantly writing new material,” Yonack says. “Playing live and writing are our favorite things to do.” —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY


AMERICANA | Overmountain Men
w/ Mozo
Fri. July 25
5:30 p.m.
Palmetto Brewing

When Overmountain Men frontman David Childers left music in 2007, bad health and dampened spirits had him believing he would never return to the industry. But 2009’s forecast got sunnier, and the former leader of the Modern Don Juans was back in business, thanks to friend and Avett Brothers’ bassist Bob Crawford. Overmountain Men became a project for the pals after Crawford took lyrics Childers had sent him, put them to music, and proved to Childers’ his songs were worth hearing. Crawford no longer plays with the group, but Childers has continued on with his son Robert on drums and vocals, guitarist Dale Shumaker, bassist Corey Dudley, and Geoff White on fiddle and banjo. On the North Carolina band’s upcoming album Serpents of Reformation, Childers retells a number of biblical stories in his own words. “One of the songs is called ‘Cain and Abel,’ and there are a few about Jesus, where he’s a character in them,” Childers says. “It’s not a gospel album though … It’s most closely along the lines of country or rock ‘n’ roll.” The five-piece band is still on a high from performing at Merle Fest back in April and will stop in Charleston this Friday to take part in Palmetto Brewing’s Loading Dock music series. —Michaela Michienzi FRIDAY

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