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Singer/bandleader Michael Flynn, of Charleston-based pop-rock band Slow Runner, secured a special performance at Cumberland's on Sat. Sept. 8. It's officially an unofficial album release party with a bittersweet vibe. "It's been a tumultuous year for us, riding the label rollercoaster, touring all over," Flynn says. "We're basically back exactly where we started, putting shit out ourselves, booking our own shows, doing our own promo ... rising from the ashes like a glorious falcon with demonic claws and exotic plumage." Visit for more.


Local greaser-rock trio The Defilers announced some lineup changes this week. Drummer Duck Reynolds, a member of the band for the last five years, is moving on. "It's a totally amicable separation," says Defilers guitarist and singer Arleigh Hertzler. "Duck is at a different point in his life and we respect that. We're friends before we are bandmates, and recently we have come to a point where we realize that his personal and professional interests are suffering from the time and energy that he is expending on the band. We respect his decision." The trio perform their last show with Reynolds at the "Hillbilly Lowcountry Invasion Benefit" at the Map Room on Sat. Sept. 22 with Tarheel rock acts The Hick'ry Hawkins Band and The Bo-Stevens (proceeds benefit MUSC's Burned Children's Fund). See for more.


Veteran jazz drummer Max Roach — a legend and an integral player in the N.Y.C. be-bop scene of the 1940s and '50s — passed away on Thurs. Aug. 16 in Manhattan. He was 83.


Sub Pop recording artists The Shins (natives of Albuquerque,) visit Charleston on Thurs. Oct. 18 for a big show at The Plex. Singer/guitarist James Mercer, drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, and bassist Dave Hernandez are back on the road this fall support of their recent album Wincing the Night Away. Tickets for the all-ages show are now available for $32.50 through (every customer must create an account; there is a four-ticket limit per customer). Special guests Vetiver (from San Francisco) are set to open (others may be announced later). Doors open at 8 p.m. and show time is 9 p.m. Check and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


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