SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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FUNK | Shanti Groove
w/ Spoonfed Tribe
Wed. Feb. 15
Pour House

Building up their local following, Boulder, Colo. jam combo Shanti Groove — comprised of acoustic guitarist Jason Scroggins, fiddler/bassist Juri Freeman, banjo player Jason Flournoy, mandolinist John Heiland, and drummer Christian Carland — return to Charleston for a headlining set of mountain-grown sophisticated grooves. Describing themselves as an "amplified acoustic band focusing on live improvisation," the band's sound works off of a percussion-heavy jazz/fusion/rock foundation mixed with contemporary bluegrass and folk styles. The Denver Post loves 'em. Their latest release is a live DVD titled Home at the Fox, featuring the second annual Fall Barn Burner and various live performances. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY

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FOLK-ROCK | Lucy Kaplansky
w/ Danielle Howle
Fri. Feb. 17
Footlight Players Theatre

Veteran singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky — an artist with a remarkably strong voice and an expressive, poetic writing style —arrives in town this Friday for her annual performance at the intimate Queen Street theatre. A former clinical psychologist, Kaplansky got her start in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the late '70s and early '80s. By the mid '90s, she had released a handful of melodic recordings on Red House Records, including her 1994 debut, The Tide, which has just been re-mastered and re-released with two additional tracks: a Jesse Winchester titled "Everybody Knows But Me," and Paul McCartney's "I've Just Seen a Face." Her latest studio effort, The Red Thread, is a concept album based on an ancient Chinese tradition about invisible "red threads" that connect newborn babies with the people in their lives. Danielle Howle opens. 8 p.m. —TBL FRIDAY

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ROCK | Action City Blackout
w/ Watershed
Fri. Feb. 17

Newly-formed local alt-rock quintet Action City Blackout is comprised of singer Emily Richards, guitarist Jack Hunter, and guitarist Collin Debruhl — all three best known for their work in popular, new wave-tinged local band Skintight — along with drummer Josh Martin (ex-Young Republicans), and bassist James Morgan (ex-Movie Star). They're "just looking for a kiss and a fix." Okay, so what can people expect from what some may consider the "new" Skintight? "Well, for starters, don't expect Skintight," says Hunter. "While Emily's familiar face is still fronting the band, ACB is a harder and more pure rock. Our music is very guitar riff-based and the sound is very '70s hard rock, a little early '80s, with some Iggy and Dead Boys punk rock thrown in." Based out of Columbus, Ohio, show headliner Watershed is back on the road in support of their latest Idol Records release, The Fifth of July —a guitar-heavy, ultra-catchy 11-song LP featuring the single "Slowly Then Suddenly." —TBL FRIDAY

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POWER-POP | The Click 5
w/ Saving Jane
Mon. Feb. 20
Music Farm

While Entertainment Weekly calls necktied power-pop quintet The Click 5 "the missing link between Backstreet Boys and Fountains of Wayne," they're actually more the manufactured resurrection of early MTV-era power-pop band The Producers (a reference surely lost on their teeny-bop audience). Consider the similarities between the image and audio stylings on The Click 5's smash major label debut Greetings from Imrie House (Lava) and The Producers' first two discs‚ 1981' self-titled effort and 1982's You Make the Heat — all those adorable photos of the bands with their coordinated hairdos and matching suits; all those beefy starts 'n' stops between verses; all those sugary lyrics about puppy love and teenager heartbreak; all those emotive vocal harmonies; all those neatly-placed drum fills; all those comical synthesizer sounds, etc. In their early 20s, lead singer/guitarist Eric Dill, lead guitarist Joe Guese, bassist Ethan Mentzer, drummer Joey Zehr, and synth player Ben "Wayne Famous" Romans stand as the most tubular of the current new-new-wave bunch. —TBL MONDAY


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