THE MONKS ON FILM
The Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun St.) screens the film Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback — an internationally awarded new documentary film on the obscure but totally vital and noisy '60s rock band The Monks — on Sat. Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios released the film in Europe this fall. The Monks were five American ex-GIs who formed a garage/mod rock band in 1964 in Köln, Germany, wore black robes or suits, and performed with their heads shaved in monk-like tonsures. Their only album was the bizarre and scratchy-sounding 1965 Polydor release Black Monk Time, which was re-released as a 19-song collection on the Infinite Zero label in 1997. Rolling Stone calls the film "a long overdue history lesson." The Monks reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts. Call (843) 805-6842 or visit www.ccpl.org and www.playloud.org/themonks for more.
COLD HEART #3
Folks are buzzing about the upcoming Third Annual Holy City Cold Heart Revival — a roots/Americana showcase at the Pour House featuring Justin Townes Earle (the talented son of Steve Earle), Lindsey Holler's Western Polaroids, American Aquarium, Shovels & Rope, Kentucky Shoes, Harrison Ray, Mac Leaphart, and Quasiphonics. "It's that time of year again — another chance to save your soul," says organizer Holler. "We've got a great, great line-up this year, with Earle headlining." The show takes place on Sat. Nov. 15. Check out www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more.
SOUND TRIBE & JEF JEL
Santa Cruz-based progressive/electronic band Sound Tribe Sector 9 (a.k.a. STS9) return to Charleston on Wed. Nov. 12 to headline a big fund-raiser at the Charleston Music Hall for the Jef Jel Project. The event is aimed at raising money and awareness for the project, which regularly donates time and money to a "dying village" in Africa. According to co-producer Alfred Garrett, the Senegal village of Ndangane needs food, water, shelter, clothes, electricity, education facilities, and medicine. Garrett visited Ndangane several times in recent years and helped the village establish their first freshwater pipeline. STS9 performed a similar concert in town in 2006. Tickets for the concert are available for $27 in advance though Etix.com and at Cat's Music and Monster Movies & Music stores. Visit www.charlestonmusichall.com and www.jefjelproject.org for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann