When he started out as a singles-artist on the Jamaican music scene, Bob Marley was part of a trio with Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh called the Wailers, but as time went on and Marley’s obvious star power began to overpower the group, Livingston (a.k.a. Bunny Wailer) and Tosh moved on.
The new version of the Wailers is the band most people will remember, creating that distinctive easy-skankin' riddim behind Marley’s mid-to-late ’70s classic reggae albums like Natty Dread, Survival, and Uprising.
Guitarist Al Anderson and drummer Aston “Family Man” Barrett were part of that backing group and a vital part of Marley’s sound. Anderson’s stinging lead guitar and percussive rhythm playing provided some of the most recognizable riffs and licks in reggae history, and Barrett’s laid-back, in-the-pocket bass-playing style was a hallmark of Marley’s sound. It’s fitting, then, that both men have reunited their separate versions of the Wailers to keep the spirit of Marley’s classics alive.
w/ Skatter Brainz, Hearts on Fire, Drunk Couples
Tues. Aug 23
Orange County, Fla. punk-rockers of Agent Orange have been around for a while now. However, that’s a good thing in the world of the punk — it means you’re one of the classics, man.
In a genre that intrinsically lends itself to blending with other genres and sounds (perhaps against some punk purists’ wishes), Agent Orange is heralded as one of the first groups to combine the sounds of surf with punk rock. Their 1980 breakout hit “Bloodstains” is just as frantic and jaded as any other punk anthem, but it captures the duality of suicidal recklessness in a sunny, surf/skate-oriented city.
With no-nonsense power-chords and chanted lyrics such as “Bloodstains, speed kills / Fast cars, cheap thrills,” the band’s hit single is just as much a testament to the punk sound of The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and Black Flag as it is a precursor for future surf and skate-punk acts like FIDLAR or even early Blink-182.
Alongside Agent Orange are fellow FL punks Skatter Brainz, promising to bring some gritty, hardcore skate punk. Also backing up the Sunshine State rockers are Charleston’s own punk outfit Hearts on Fire as well as local party punksters Drunk Couples.
Update: Tickets to this show are only sold out online. Tickets are available at the venue.
One-time Charleston band Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band announced on Facebook this week that they’re back in the studio for more. On a mission to complete the duo’s third album, a follow-up to 2013’s The Devil Herself, the hardcore-touring couple have been taking time between driving and playing gigs to record demos in their van.
“I’ve never worked this hard on anything in my life,” Megan Jean said in a recent Facebook post. “We did preproduction and writing on this album for three years. We did demos of every single part on every track, and I have given this body of work my whole soul and focus for the past six months. We’ve been possessed by this material. It’s been our all-consuming focus. I don’t watch TV anymore. I don’t listen to anything unless I’m trying to achieve a certain production quality. I can’t sleep, because the songs might have something else to say.”
Titled Tarantistas, the new collection is due out sometime in 2017, even if the duo has to sacrifice it all to make it happen.
“Here’s to going for broke, to the brink of madness,” Megan Jean says. “Here’s to letting the music consume you as everything around you seems to be on the verge of collapse. Here’s to knowing you ain’t got a shot and doing the goddamn thing anyway. In a way, it doesn’t matter what happens with this record, because it’s my life story and I got to tell it exactly how I wanted.”
The Charleston Music Hall is on a roll right now as it launches a locally focused concert series and embarks on a season of shows that celebrate the music and progressively powerful draw of the Holy City.
The venue announced yesterday the launch of a brand-new series, A Celebration of Charleston Music, which will showcase the hard work and talent of musicians and bands from around the region.
The first show of the series welcomes music from the Travelin’ Kine, HoneySmoke, and Dallas Baker & Friends on Sat. Sept 3 at 8 p.m. Each act will perform a half-hour show of cover songs that have inspired the artists in addition to three originals, all of which is designed to offer the audience a unique window into the evolution, influence, and stories of each featured act.
Comparing the format to the “Grand Ole Opry meets VH1’s Behind the Music,” the folks at the Hall plan to present the Celebration once every month.
That’s not all that’s going down at the Hall: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ along with Patrick Davis & His Midnight Choir will perform for the taping of the next episode of Live at Charleston Music Hall on Thurs. Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Created by Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan, the half-hour ETV show features superb songwriters, award-winning artists, insightful interview segments, and recognizable Charleston scenes throughout each episode.
Modeled after PBS’s Austin City Limits, the program offers a glimpse into the invigorating growth of the Holy City. Look for the DNC episode on PBS sometime in 2017.
In addition to these uniquely curated shows, the Hall recently announced a string of high-profile concerts, including Todd Snider’s East Nashville Revue on Sun. Sept. 11, The James Brown Band on Wed. Sept. 14, Squirrel Nut Zippers on Wed. Sept. 21, Violent Femmes on Tues. Sept. 27, the Dandy Warhols on Thurs. Sept. 29, and Blues Traveler on Mon. Oct. 10.
Later this month, the venue will also co-host New Music Confab, a music-centric conference modeled after SXSW that hopes to give Charleston the extra boost it needs to really put the city on the map of America’s top music cities.
It’s all happening, guys — all of the above and much more. For more info and/or tickets, go to charlestonmusichall.com.