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GARAGE-ROCK | Dirt Gypsy
w/ The Channels
Wed. Sept. 5
Cumberland's
$5

Some of their fans in Mt. Pleasant like to describe the two-guitar/one drum kit rock trio Dirt Gypsy as "Charleston's answer to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion." Singer/guitarist "Dirty Jim" Gariepy, guitarist "Dirty Chad" Hamilton, and drummer "Dirty Kyle" Tope call their scratchy/catchy style of garage-born rawk as "a mix of blues-influenced riffs and belched-out tales of ornamental vines and love gone bad." With a part-time theremin player named Darren, they're diligently gigging around the local bars and holes with a refreshing sneer. "The true essence of the Dirt is found in a live show that will leave you both captivated and also wondering why your hand smells so weird," they say. Local trio The Channels share the bill. Check www.myspace.com/dirtgypsy for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY

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HEAVY-ROCK | "Local X Live: Rock for the Deuce"
w/ Affectation, Blindsyght, The Out Trap, Patron Saints, Prologic 13
Fri. Sept. 7
Music Farm
Free

98X's "Local X" crew and local agency Knight Booking present a free showcase of local hard-rock and metal this Friday. "Rock for the Deuce" (sponsored by Who's Your Daddy Energy Drink) will rumble through five sets of riffy, dirgy, sets by up-and-coming bands Affectation (pictured above), Blindsyght, The out Trap, Patron Saints, and Prologic 13. Fans and listeners may vote on one of these five bands that they want to hear on the station's upcoming holiday release A Very Merry Local X-Mas, Volume Deuce (produced in part by Fusion 5 Studios). Music starts at 8 p.m. Visit www.98xonline.com for more info. —TBL FRIDAY

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INDIE-POP | Stephanie's Id
Sat. Sept. 8
The Map Room
Free

Asheville, N.C. band Stephanie's Id — a group specializing in "soulful dream pop" — return to Charleston for a CD release show at the Map Room. The band's new 11-song collection, Grus Americanus, is their first with the Nine Mile label. "I think there are some obvious pop moments on the new CD," says lead singer Stephanie Morgan. "For the most part, we wanted to be a little more challenging this time around; less obvious. Generally, that's the kind of music that I find has more staying power — the stuff you can return to again and again and continue to find new layers or new meaning." Morgan's chiming singing style is elegant and emotive. Check www.stephaniesid.com for more. —TBL SATURDAY

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TRIBUTE | "Van Morrison Tribute"
w/ Greg Hester & Friends
Sat. Sept. 8
The Pour House
$8

It's always around this time of year, right when summer starts to ease off just a wee bit, when the Van Morrison tribute shows really start to kick into high gear. Chalk it up to Van the Man having been born on Aug. 31, 1945. It's always nice to be able to tie a celebration to an anniversary. The "Van Morrison Tribute," featuring Augusta native Greg Hester as well as former James Brown guitarist Keith Jenkins, is what blues fans attending the get this Saturday at The Pour House: a celebration of decades of blues, folk, a sprinkle of skiffle, and a Celtic kick. "I've been a Van Morrison fan for years," says Hester. "He just kind of stays in the background, does what he loves to do, and doesn't answer to anybody – that's what I love about him." Expect tunes from such classic albums as Astral Weeks, Moondance, Into the Music, and Tupelo Honey. Visit www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more. —Jason A. Zwiker SATURDAY


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