PULSE 

MB Road Trip!

Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: A reunited Alice in Chains hit the club on Fri. Oct. 20. Singer/guitarists Corey Smith and Kevn Kinney (of Drivn' n' Cryin) hit the room on Sat. Oct. 21. Gregg Allman returns with his latest band on Sun. Oct. 22 (see p. 66). Social Distortion kick out the jams on Tues. Oct. 24. Check the schedule at www.hob.com.

52.5: Ready

Independent record store 52.5 Records are finally set to reopen at their new location on upper King Street on Thurs. Oct. 19. They kick things off with a special "grand opening" show featuring a live performance "on the rug" from local rock/hybrid trio A Decent Animal. Music starts at 7 p.m. (no cover). The shop holds additional in-store gigs on Fri. Oct. 20 with sets from Relapse Records artists Misery Index and Fuck the Facts (a $6 donation is suggested), and on Sat. Oct. 21 with a live set from jazz/improv act The Gravel Trio (free show). The store moved out of its previous spot on Wentworth Street in May but eventually signed a lease at 561 King St., in the former Peggy's Dress Shop. Check www.corporaterocksucks.com and www.myspace.com/plate_of_shrimp.

FIRST STRING HITS #2

West Ashley hot spot Trayce's First String – a sports bar and karaoke/live music venue located at 1561 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. – celebrates its second year in business with an anniversary show on Fri. Oct. 20 featuring live tunes from house singer/guitarist Rotie (of local band Soul Fish), and rock/oldies covers from classy band First Class. Call 556-3625.

NEW MUSIC VENUE ON D.I.

Newly-opened Lowcountry/European bistro Arlaana Restaurant, located at 259 Seven Farms Dr. on Daniel Island, is now featuring live music on its spacious side patio. Look and listen for pianist Anthony Owens on Thursday evenings and acoustic singer/guitarist John Stockdale on Friday evenings. Call 471-2400 or check out www.arlaana.com. for mo' info.

TAJ: ESSENTIAL

Blues/roots singer, guitarist, and pianist Taj Mahal and his trio confirmed a show date at the Charleston Music Hall for Wed. Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Taj's recent release is a 36-track, double-disc compilation titled The Essential Taj Mahal (Columbia/Legacy). Tickets are available for $33 through www.etix.com (800-514-ETIX) and at all Charleston area Cat's Music / Monster Music & Movies locations. See www.tajblues.com for more. –TBL


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