Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: GWAR lumber through some grotesque metal mayhem on Fri. Dec. 8; Staind leave their mark once again on Sun. Dec. 10; Sevendust will crank it on Thurs. Dec. 28; Carolina singer/songwriter Edwin McCain headlines on Sat. Dec. 30; Shinedown ring in the new year on Sun. Dec. 31. Check the full schedule at www.hob.com.


After digging out a spot for themselves in the local indie rock underground last year with an aggressive guitar-heavy sound and a spry delivery, local band Parker suddenly went on extended hiatus and spun through a series of lineup adjustments. They reveal the newest/latest next week with something of a comeback show at Cumberland's on Wed. Dec. 13 with support from We Are Action. "We're back with a whole new look and lineup, new songs, and new single titled 'Without You,'" says lead singer/guitarist Ben Smith. "It's always hard when members come and go, but it gives me more of a drive to succeed. You learn things every time you have to go through struggles like this." The current lineup includes guitarist Price Ferrara and bassist Andrew Eanes. See www.myspace.com/parkerrocks for more.


Local promotion guys Shoreline Productions and Ear For Music announced a big show today: the Robert Cray Band is set to perform in town at the Charleston Music Hall on Sun. Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale for $36 (reserved seating only) this week at www.etix.com, Cat's Music, Monster Music & Movies, and Millennium Music. Cray is an acclaimed singer/guitarist who got his start in Georgia and broke into the pop/electric blues mainstream in the mid '80s with the album Strong Persuader and single "Smoking Gun." He and his band recently released a 14-song live album titled Live from Across the Pond (Nozzle/Vanguard), Check www.robertcray.com and www.charlestonmusichall.com for more.


Veteran pop artist Billy Joel is scheduled to perform a "Valentine's Day Concert" at the Colonial Center in Columbia. Earlier this year, the singer/pianist began a worldwide tour across North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Japan. (City Paper requests faithful renditions of "All for Lena," "Zanzibar," and "Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me," please). Joel and his band are touring in support of a live album titled 12 Gardens Live (recorded during a recent 12-night run at Madison Square Garden) and a five disc (four CDs and one DVD) box set titled My Lives. Tickets for the Columbia gig are on sale at the Colonial Center Box Office (1-866-4SC-TIXX) and select Piggly Wiggly locations. See www.billyjoel.com and www.thecolonialcenter.com for more.


Michigan blue-collar rocker Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band announced a Charleston concert this week. The "Seeg" is set to perform at the North Charleston Coliseum on Tues. Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. This fall, the band released a 12-song studio album titled Face The Promise (their first in 11 years). Seger began working on the collection in 2000. Tickets go on sale Sat. Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 554-6060, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Check www.coliseumpac.com and www.bobseger.com for more.


Tickets are now on sale for what the North Charleston Performing Arts Center calls "one incredible night of classic R&B" – a double-bill on Fri. March 16 featuring whatever the latest versions might be of Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops. Tickets are available for $68.50 and $53.50 (plus applicable fees) at the Coliseum Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 554-6060, and online at www.ticketmaster.com. –TBL


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