SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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JAM | Pnuma Trio
Thurs. Nov. 30
Pour House
$7

Pnuma Trio's recent release, Live From Out There, confirms their claims of the Disco Biscuits and Sound Tribe Sector 9 as primary musical influences. The instrumental, heavily improvised "livetronica" is often indistinguishable from their influences and other elecronic-age jammers like Particle, Lotus, and RAQ. The Memphis-based trio is pretty damn talented nonetheless — keyboardist Ben Hazlegrove was classically trained at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. They've got their work cut out to distinguish themselves from the vast pool of no-vocal electronic peakers, but as a young band (they formed in Dec. 2004) that's already played major festivals in the U.S., Japan, and Australia, they might just bust it big. If those mushroom chocolates have been burning a hole and you love bright lights, epic peaks, and a frantic dance floor, Pnuma might be your band. —Stratton Lawrence THURSDAY


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POP/ROCK | Frank Royster
"CD Release"
Sat. Dec. 2
Purple Music
Free

Charleston singer/guitarist and power-pop songsmith Frank Royster may be best known as the laid-back frontman for busy bar-rock cover band The Hed Shop Boys. This season, he may establish himself as a more serious-minded and talented figure. Royster officially releases his first proper solo album this week with a special in-store set at James Island head shop Purple Music (915 Folly Road, 762-1120). The 10-song Thru The Years is a carefully-crafted collection of melodic, guitar-driven, Beatles/Wings/Smithereens-style power-pop in which he played (almost) all the instruments and sang all the melodies. Check out the sounds at www.myspace.com/franklinroyster and look and listen for Royster and a full backing band at 6 p.m. on Saturday. T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY


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VINTAGE ROCK | Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks
w/ Gigi Dover & The Big Love
Sun. Dec. 3
The Village Playhouse
$18

Ace rhythm guitarist, singer, rock songwriter (and occasional film actor) Webb Wilder embraces the grit and guts of early rock 'n' roll — the clang, clatter, and reverberation of the best stuff from the 1950s, '60s, and beyond, from Chuck Berry and The Ventures through the British Invasion and the grimiest blues-rock of the '70s. Wilder is also a man with a credo: "Work hard, rock hard, sleep hard, eat hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em." The bespectacled bandleader and his gang —guitarist George Dradfute, bassist Tom Comet, and drummer Jimmy Lester — are casually touring the region in support of last year's full-length About Time and a great new DVD/Live CD package called Tough it Out!, released this year on Landslide Records. Check www.charlestoncitypaper.com for a full Q&A with the frontman and see www.webbwilder.com for more. Gigi Dover & The Big Love open at 7 p.m. —TBL SUNDAY


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ROCK/NOIZE | Skeleton Key
w/ Billy Nayer Show, The Stolen Babies
Mon. Dec. 4
The Village Tavern
$8

New York's Skeleton Key are equal parts noise-rock, art-pop ... and chaotic metallurgy. The band lumbered onto the scene in the '90s with a clangy set of tough rock tunes replete with loud, junky, workshop noises, and a thump of industrial brutalism. "It's chaos and it's beautiful," says bassist/vocalist Erik Sanko, formerly of The Lounge Lizards. "It's a big crazy mess. It's also very vulnerable and very fragile at the same time." Their latest release is The Lyons Quintette, a five-song EP on Do Tell Records. The NY-based Billy Nayer Show recently released a weird rock record titled Rabbit. Gothy-arty Calif. quartet Stolen Babies have a funny and very noisy new collection titled There Be Squabbles Ahead. —TBL MONDAY



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