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Notable Shows in the Next Week

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ROCK | Silversun Pickups
w/ Winston Audio
Fri. March 16
Village Tavern
$10

Straight outta L.A., fuzz-rock quartet Silversun Pickups are ready for their first major foray across the country. Guitarist/singer Brian Aubert, bassist/singer Nikki Monninger, drummer Christopher Guanlao, and keyboardist Joe Lester -- all longtime players in the tangled SoCal band scene -- first came together in the early 2000s with a tough, distorted, melodic sound, dense with big drum beats and saturated guitar which drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. "In the beginning, we were just trying to figure out what we wanted to do, didn't even know if this was what we wanted to do," says Aubert. "But we were playing clubs while we were learning and I was learning to be a frontman all of a sudden. But after a little while, we started honing in on where things were going and what we liked and didn't like. It was like trial by fire, playing on stage all the time. It was scary, but you learn fast that way." They hit the Tavern on Friday behind their latest collection, Carnavas (Dangerbird). See www.silversunpickups.com for more. FRIDAY

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LOCAL ROCK | "The Scarlet Vaden Memorial Concert"
w/ The Working Title, Number One Contender, Red Handed, Leslie, Action City Blackout, Sadler Vaden & Friends
Fri. March 16
Music Farm
$15

It was sad news a few weeks back when local rock trio Leslie announced the passing of lead singer and guitarist Sadler Vaden's mother from breast cancer. In a kind gesture of support, several in the local band scene came together to organize a special memorial musical event in her honor. Co-Sponsored by 98X and The Bridge at 105.5 FM, "The Scarlet Vaden Memorial Concert" will feature performances from a variety of Charleston-based rock groups -- The Working Title, Number One Contender, Red Handed, Leslie, Action City Blackout, and Sadler with special guests. "Although it is a very sad time for me, it seems that there is some new light being shed upon me," Vaden (pictured) said in a recent announcement. "In this time of grief and sadness, I find inspiration and motivation to push even harder. The amount of support I have received from my family and friends, the fans, and the Charleston music scene has been more than amazing during these times." Proceeds benefit the Vaden family and a local breast cancer foundation. FRIDAY

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IRISH | Steve Carroll & The Bograts
Sat. March 17
Tommy Condon's Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant
Free

Now how could it be a proper downtown St. Paddy's Day celebration without getting pissed and having the craic to the melodic sounds of Steve Carroll and his band jigging through the Market streets. This week marks the 19th anniversary for Dublin-born, Charleston-based singer/songwriter and bodhran player. As ringleader of popular troupe The Bograts (one of two house bands at Tommy Condon's), Carroll and his gang regularly lead the crowd through several lively foot-tapping sets of Irish traditional classics such as "I'll Tell Me Ma," "The Fields of Athenry," and "Dublin in the Rare Ole Times." Being a cute Irish boyo, he also manages to toss in a few cleverly reworked renditions of pop tunes and songs off of their recent album, All Over the Place. The band starts at 8 p.m. Miss this and I'll tell me Ma! C'mon down for some ceol, craic agus aon focal eile ... sláinte! (translated by Adrian Garvey) SATURDAY

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ROCK | Genrevolta
w/ The Specs, Bill Carson
Sat. March 17
Cumberland's
$8

This year, St. Patrick's Day is about more than just getting trashed on cheap green beer -- it's about getting trashed on cheap green beer and Irish whiskey and watching three diverse local bands rip shit up at Cumberland's! First up is Genrevolta, who've been busy in the six long months since their last show. Lead singer Philip Estes reports that they've finished a new split EP with In the Red (a band from Riverside, Cal.) that's about to come out on local label Tick Tock Records, so there should be plenty of new math-rock madness at Sat. night's show. While Genrevolta's opening, Bill Carson will provide the Americana for the evening (word has it Carson's been listening to a lot of Neil Young these days) and The Specs round out the night with their proto-pop explosions of good times. SATURDAY


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