Soundchecks: Dallas Baker & Friends; The Money$; Petty Hearts; Tribute; Beatles vs. Elvis; In The Whale 

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BLUEGRASS | Grass in the Hall
w/ Dallas Baker & Friends, Yeehaw Junction, Southern Flavor Bluegrass
Fri. Aug. 10
8 p.m.
$15/adv., $17/door
Charleston Music Hall

The final Grass in the Hall is kicking off, and it’s going out with some local favorites in the country/folk scene. “We just wanted to do three of these bluegrass events that highlight local and regional bluegrass artists,” says Charleston Music Hall Director Charles Carmody. “We just thought it would be a fun series for the summer.” City Paper Bluegrass Band of the Year winners Dallas Baker & Friends will bring their amalgamous tunes to the stage, juxtaposed with bluegrass traditionalists YeeHaw Junction and vocal-centric band Southern Flavor Bluegrass. “It [bluegrass] fits really well in the space. It’s a seated room, it’s a listening room,” says Carmody. “Those style songs are storytelling songs, more acoustic based, which sounds the best in the Hall.” —Heath Ellison FRIDAY

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PUNK | The Money$
w/ Longshot Odds
Thurs. Aug. 9
9 p.m.
$5
The Sparrow

518 Productions is a relatively new group that sets their sights on high-energy punk shows in town. The group, consisting of spouses Rick and Stacy Burick, hosts punk shows, brining in artists from in and out of state. “We just want to bring in punk music that people can enjoy and feel free,” says Rick Burick. For the upcoming gig at the Sparrow, the Buricks are bringing out Massachusetts cash grabbing hardcore group The MONEY$. Next to the self described “currency core” band will be Columbia’s punk metal hybrid Longshot Odds. 518 hopes that they can help nurture the Charleston punk scene further. “I’m just trying to help it [the scene] and help it grow, and let everyone enjoy it,” says Burick. —Heath Ellison THURSDAY


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TRIBUTES | The Petty Hearts and Tribute: A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band
The Petty Hearts
Fri. Aug. 10
8 p.m.
$12
Music Farm

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Tribute: A Celebration Of The Allman Brothers Band
Sat. Aug. 11
9:30 p.m.
$12/adv., $15/door
Pour House

In a sense, it’s great that these two events are taking place, giving us one more chance to enjoy the uniquely American rock music of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Allman Brothers Band. In another, more painful sense, it’s a damn shame that we have to pay tribute to them instead of watching them play live one more time. That being said, there’s no denying that the eight-piece juggernaut Tribute does a damn fine job bringing the Allmans back to life, particularly when singer Oliver Nichols lets loose with a fiery, throat-rending howl that sounds for all the world like Gregg is walking among us again. Petty Hearts have a vocalist who sounds enough like Tom Petty to get by, but their ace in the hole is that they’re incredible at recreating the Rickenbacker-heavy rock of the Heartbreakers. Seriously; the guitar and organ sounds these guys get are eerily close to the real thing. —Vincent Harris FRIDAY & SATURDAY


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TRIBUTE | Beatles Vs. Elvis: A Musical Showdown
Sun. Aug. 12
7 p.m.
$25-$35
Charleston Music Hall

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When you learn what the concept behind Beatles Vs. Elvis: A Musical Showdown is, it’s kind of surprising that someone didn’t think of this sooner. Take a world-class Elvis impersonator, Scot Bruce, and a first-rate Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road, and essentially pit them against one another to see who achieves rock ‘n’ roll supremacy. Each act performs three sets, then at the end of the night, after a fast-paced flurry of beloved classics, the performers do a series of encores as one group. There’s no real “winner” between these two acts, because let’s face it, this isn’t a polarizing debate like the Beatles vs. the Stones, but the audience will certainly come away all the better for the effort, having heard a few hours of classics like “Hound Dog,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “She Loves You,” “Burning Love,” and more, all delivered back-to-back by expert tribute artists just a few days before Elvis’ death anniversary, no less. —Vincent Harris SUNDAY

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PUNK ROCK | In The Whale w/ Soda City Riot, Hale Bopp Astronauts and But, Pyrite
Tues. Aug. 14
8 p.m.
$10
The Sparrow

Interesting collection of bands on this bill. Denver’s In The Whale is a guitar-drums duo, which means they spend just about every second ramming away at their instruments trying to create as much noise as possible. And it’s an impressive racket that launches razor-sharp riffs and pummeling beats into the listener’s solar plexus, sounding like some sort of punkabilly mutation. But, Pyrite (ha, ha) is a lot more straightforward: It’s just balls-to-the-wall, sneering hardcore punk with zero manners. Hale Bopp Astronauts take that punk propulsion in a more pop-song-oriented direction; it’s catchy, funny, and aggressive, like the best pop-punk should be. Columbia’s Soda City Riot is the biggest reason to check this show out, though. This is a quartet of angry, crusty veteran punk-rockers who adhere to the early ’80s West-Coast punk model, with ganged-up vocals, short songs, loud-as-fuck guitars, and some seriously trenchant social commentary, delivered with a withering belch, middle fingers extended. —Vincent Harris TUESDAY


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