Sound Checks of the Week 

Stand-out shows and audio clips, July 15-18

Looking at the big musical events of the week, one notices a healthy diversity in musical styles — from traditional rock 'n' roll and guitar-pop to contemporary hip-hop and alternative.

There's plenty going on in the small clubs and big concert halls. City Paper's comprehensive listings in Music Board cover a lot of the action. Listed here are a few notable stand-out artists of the week, plus a few audio clips to check out.

Fans of funky electronica should take notice of Archnemesis, a newly established duo comprised of Justin Aubuchon (keyboardist with the local act Chronicles of the Landsquid) and Curt Heiny (former bassist with Asheville-based world-electronic group Telepath). They share the bill with Intermixture DJM at the Pour House on Fri. July 15. Check out the tune "It's My Turn" on the right. (archnemesismusic.com)

Local alt-rock quartet Madam Adam returns to the Windjammer on Fri. July 15 behind their recently-released, self-titled debut album on Roadrunner Records. Hear "These Are the Days" at the right. (madamadam.com)

Blues fans will dig the electric guitar stylings of virtuoso Jimmy Thackery (of the Nighthawks) with his early show at the Music Farm on Sat. July 16. Check out his hot riffage on "Jimmy's Rude Mood." (jimmythackery.com)

Gypsy-rock duo Megan Jean and the KFB (featuring bassist/banjo player Byrne Klay) survived a wild time in New Orleans this month. They play two shows in town this week — with Atlanta singer/songwriter Blair Crimmins and the Hookers at the Tin Roof on Sat. July 16 and on their own at the Tattooed Moose on Tues. July 19. (meganjean.net)

Popular alt-rock group O.A.R. returns for their annual show at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island on Sat. June 16. The Maryland-based band kicked off a 21-city tour this summer in support of their forthcoming seventh studio album, King. Click the clip from their 2011 collection Heaven. (ofarevolution.com)

The co-bill of Busta Rhymes and Big Boi will surely be remembered as one of the top hip-hop events of the year in Charleston. They share the stage at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium on Sun. July 17. Hear "Wheel of Fortune" from Busta's Back on My B.S. and Big Boi's "Shutterbugg" from Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. (bustarhymes.com)

Legendary pop/rock songwriter Elvis Costello and the Imposters — bassist Davey Faragher and two former Attractions, keyboardist Steve Nieve, and drummer Pete Thomas — visit the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Mon. July 18 with the curious Spectacular Spinning Songbook. Check out the classic "Radio, Radio" (from 1978) here. (elviscostello.com)


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