Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Soundchecks: Ark of the Covenant, Beats Antique, Pimps of Joytime, and more

Live music to catch this week

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM


Christian metal | Ark of the Covenant

w/ Harp & Lyre, Seeker, Forty Winters, Favor the Heart
Fri. Oct. 12
$6/advance, $8/door
The Warehouse

When a band calls itself Ark of the Covenant, you know what you're getting into when you go to their show .... right? "I've actually never played it, but everybody's like, 'Are you guys a Halo band?'" says Mike Hnath, drummer in the Connecticut metal band. Actually, the subject matter of their songs has little to do with the Halo video game franchise (or with Indiana Jones, although Hnath hears that one a lot) and more to do with the biblical Ark of the Covenant. The lyrics are obscured by vocals that range from guttural barks to terrifying pig-squeals, but the songs are about their faith. Hnath says the band rarely catches flak for their outspoken Christian beliefs in the vibrant New England hardcore scene, home to Hatebreed and the Acacia Strain, and with good reason: Their music is brutal. Like, Old Testament, swarm-of-locusts, angel-of-death brutal. Their debut EP Separation is a near-impenetrable wall of djent guitar, doom-laden atmospherics, and Hnath's indefatigable double-kick drumming. "We tend to generate a lot of movement with our crowds," Hnath says. "They like to mosh and do all those weird dances none of us really do, but it's cool. We feed off of their energy, so if we get a really outgoing crowd, that means a lot." —Paul Bowers FRIDAY


world fusion | Beats Antique

w/ Lynx
Sat. Oct. 13
$15/advance, $18/door
Music Farm

The Oakland, Calif. trio Beats Antique exists at the intersection of so many post-millennial micro-trends that merely mentioning their name will cause hipsters' heads to explode. You can't blame them. The collision of world music and EDM in moody cinematic arrangements with belly dancing is almost too delicious. Multi-instrumentalists Dave Satori and Tommy Cappel dice styles like Iron Chefs layering loops and bouncing syncopated grooves through a kaleidoscopic inventory that includes downtempo, jazz, drum 'n' bass, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Balkan music. The beats are succulent enough for the club, but crafted with enough sophistication for your headphones at home. Joining them on stage is belly dancer Zoe Jakes, who spent more than a decade studying dance and a half-dozen years more in touring companies. Indeed it was her company's producer, IRS Records founder Miles Copeland, who financed the band's first record, 2007's Tribal Derivations. They've been on an album-a-year pace ever since. They're supporting their sixth LP, Contraption Vol. II. Joining them is Lynx, who was featured on Vol. II's "Crooked Muse." For more information, visit —Chris Parker SATURDAY


indie rock | Alexander Charos

w/ Brian Hannon and Scott Dence
Sun. Oct. 14
The Royal American

Alexander Charos is headed out on a fruitless tour. And we mean that quite literally. Charos, of Alexander and the Grapes fame, will embark on a small eight-city tour without his backing band. The reason for the solo tour: Charos and his wife recently marked their two-year anniversary and decided to do a little traveling to celebrate. Judging by Alexander and the Grapes' June 2012 release Hemispheres, Charos sings in a way that is equal parts shy and powerful, and his lyrics never feel fleeting. One standout track, "Ocean," has an almost new-age cowboy feel thanks to a beautifully subtle pedal steel guitar, while "Can't Waste Too Much Time" finds Charos declaring that "you're either guilty or in love." For his Royal American show, Charos will play a low-key set that will include many of the quieter songs on Hemispheres. He'll be joined by Brian Hannon (of rock band Company) and Scott Dence (Sans Jose, Boring Portals). For more information visit —Katie Kimsey SUNDAY


Festival | Charleston Green Fair

w/ Pimps of Joytime, Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, Penny Candy
Sat. Oct 13
$15/advance, $20/door
Marion Square

In a way, the Charleston Green Fair is still pretty green: The annual event is just five years old. To celebrate this big birthday, the Marion Square festival is hosting a special concert on the first day of the event. The Pimps of Joytime will headline the show with their patented brand of Afrobeat, electronica, and rock 'n' soul. The Brooklyn-based band gets some local support from the reggae-rockin' Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans and Penny Candy, a gospel-soul-R&B act led by vocalist Chris Hyatt. The night features a food truck rally with all your favorites — like Hello My Name is BBQ, the Foodie Truck, King of Pops, and a bunch more — plus more eats from Triangle Char & Bar, the Green Fair's official restaurant partner and maker of awesome grass-fed beef burgers. There will also be beverages from New Belgium Brewing Company, Bota Box Wine, Firefly Vodka, and O.N.E. Coconut Water (which you will need after sampling all that booze). Gates opens at 5 p.m. —Susan Cohen SATURDAY


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