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AMERICANA | Todd Snider
Thurs. Aug. 30
The Windjammer
$15

Tennessee-based songwriter and storyteller Todd Snider has made a point of hitting Charleston several time to support his recent studio albums East Nashville Skyline (released on John Prine's independent Oh Boy record label) and The Devil You Know (New Door/Universal). Both are twangy, rootsy efforts that dig a bit deeper into country music than his previous pop-rock albums. The latest collection is full of sharp humor, wit, and social commentary. A new collection of rarities, B-sides, and demos titled Peace, Love, and Anarchy Vol. 1 is available this fall. Expect a lively show from Snider, his well-worn acoustic, and trusty harmonica. It should be hoot. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

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POP-ROCK | The Explorers Club
Fri. Aug. 31
The Village Tavern
$5

Hard-touring Charleston guitar-pop band The Explorers Club spent their winter and spring gigging with the likes of Apples in Stereo, The Zombies, Beck, Polyphonic Spree, and Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals) in support of a recently self-released, critically-hailed EP. Guitarists Jason Brewer and Jim Faust, organist Stefan Rogenmoser, bassist Walter Reddington, drummer Neil Thomas, and multi-instrumentalist David Ellis honed their guitar-driven, high-jive music from a tinkerin' British Invasion/California '60s pop hybrid into something more severe and rockin' over the years. They recently landed an official record deal with cool indie label Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar's subsidiary, Dead Oceans, who plan to release a single this fall and a full-length album in early 2008. Check out more at www.myspace.com/explorersclub. —TBL FRIDAY

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INDIE-ROCK | Something About Vampires & Sluts
w/ Subterranean Bleu Mind(s), Port City Music
Fri. Aug. 31
The Map Room
$5

The Map Room welcomes stylish Myrtle Beach rock/new wave/punk/electronica band Something About Vampires & Sluts this Friday. The theatrical, heavy-handed ensemble describe their new disc Pretend Endings (No More Stars) as "dark and sexual, yet undoubtedly fun and campy." It's modern, dancey, amusingly Gothy stuff ... imagine a meeting between The Faint, The Gun Club, Joy Division, and The Killers. Local electronic/hip-hop/experimental quartet Subterranean Bleu Mind(s) and Savannah-based indie rockers Port City Music open. Visit www.myspace.com/savas and www.themaproom.net for more. —TBL FRIDAY

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GROOVE/ROCK | "One World Vibrations/Jef Jel Project Benefit"
w/ Sol Driven Train, Cary Ann Hearst
Sun. Sept. 2
Daily Dose
$10

Last fall, local organizer Alfred Garrett (of One World Vibrations) put a special "Vegetation Vibration" gig together featuring Soundtribe Sector 9 with the aim to raise money and awareness for the Jef Jel Project — a grassroots economic development project founded a decade ago by Karim Ndiaye and Kellie Lartique, a Senegalese/American couple. Garrett (pictured) visited Ndangane, Senegal several times recently, working to help the village establish their first freshwater pipeline. This Sunday, he follows with the "Construction Vibration" benefit show (to raise money to help build a hardware store, which will house supplies needed to build more houses and shelters) at James Island venue Daily Dose (1622 Highland Ave., 795-1010) with live music from two popular rock/groove acts, Cary Ann Hearst and Sol Driven Train. Music starts at 7 p.m. A $10 donation will be asked at the door. For more information, contact Garrett via e-mail at AlfredDeanGarrett@yahoo.com. —TBL SUNDAY


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