Sound Checks of the Week 

Audio clips from some of the stand-out acts in Charleston, July 22-26

There's plenty of cool musical events going on in town the week, from the small beach clubs and downtown bars to the outdoor stages. 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.

Self-proclaimed "hair-metal rock stars" Iron Cherry bring their wings and gear to the stage at Jimbo's Rock Lounge in West Ashley on Fri. July 22 as part of their controversial Summer of Sleaze World Tour. Be prepared for a pile of hits by such acts as Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, and Poison. (facebook.com/ironcherry)

Funk/soul fans will get a big kick out of the Dynamites at the Pour House on Fri. July 22. It's been four years since this skillful Nashville group came to town. Led by vocalist Charles Walker and composer, guitarist, and producer Bill Elder (a.k.a. Leo Black), they return in full force behind a disc titled Burn It Down. (thedynamites.net)

On Sat. July 23, Spectra Records and Boone Hall Plantation present an "all-star rock concert" with five pop/soft-rock acts from the 1970s and early '80s. The showcase takes place on the main lawn at the plantation. Featured acts include Orleans ("Dance with Me," "Still the One"), John Cafferty of the Beaver Brown Band ("On the Dark Side"), Robbie Dupree ("Steal Away"), David Pack of Ambrosia ("How Much I Feel," "Biggest Part of Me"), and John Ford Coley of England Dan ("I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"). They'll be backed by a band of "world-class musicians that include current and former members of the Elton John Band, Orleans, the Pat Travers Band, and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. If you don't remember their soft-rockin' hits, your parents, uncles, and aunts surely do. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (events.admitoneproducts.com)

Columbia-based indie-pop band Death of Paris pulls triple-duty in the Lowcountry on Sun. July 24 in support of their new self-titled album. Monster Music & Movies will host a free acoustic performance by the band at 2 p.m. The quintet plays an acoustic show at Fiddler's Green in Mt. Pleasant at 6 p.m. that evening. They'll end the busy day with a set at the Tin Roof in West Ashley at 10 p.m. (myspace.com/deathofparis)

Local soul-pop duo Yellowknife has been getting the act together this year. Singer/keyboardist/guitarist Stephen Jenkins and drummer Stratton Moore already have several tracks in the works at local musician Jim Donnelly's Island Sounds studio. They get funky on Folly Beach on Sun. July 24 at 3 p.m. with a free set at Loggerhead's Beach Grill.

Look ahead to two notable post-weekend concerts as well.

California native (and current resident of Hawaii) Donavon Frankenreiter returns to the Windjammer on Monday and Tuesday (July 25-26) in support of a melodic new full-band album titled Glow. (donavonf.com)

Songwriter Josh Ritter and his backing group the Royal City Band are ready to rumble at the Music Farm on Tues. July 26 in support of a new disc titled So Runs the World Away. Ritter's debut novel, Bright's Passage, recently made a splash in the literary world, too. Texas songwriter Sam Cohen and the Yellowbirds open at 8 p.m. (joshritter.com)


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