MB ROAD TRIP!

Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Incubus share the stage with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. to another sold-out crowd on Thurs. Jan. 25; Southern rock band Blackfoot make like raggedy hobos with support from Little Soul on Fri. Jan. 26; Army of Anyone (se story on p. 56) headline BoDog's "SnoCore 2007 Tour" on Sat. Jan. 27; Check the full schedule at www.hob.com. --TBL

MAP ROOM: OPEN MIC

Ryan Brown and the busy managers at the Map Room in West Ashley have built an impressive winter schedule running through February. This week, a new weekly "Open Mic Night" gets into gear. Every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (or so), host Johnny S. welcomes singers, musicians, spoken-word, poetry, comedy, and theatrical performers. Sign-up is at 6 p.m. "Everyone is encouraged to sign up," says Johnny. "This is an open art forum for acoustic music and other performers." They allow a maximum of three instruments (no amps or drum kits) and a 15-minute window. See www.themaproom.net. --TBL

BLOWIN' UP, AUSSIE STYLE

If you've ever gotten really drunk and made the mistake of entering a musical instrument store, perhaps you've got a didgeridoo hidden away somewhere in a closet that you "always meant to learn to play." Well, here's your chance to master the ancient Australian instrument! Visiting Australian lecturer and sound therapist Phil Jones hosts two workshops this week that will teach students how to use meditation and simple breathing techniques along with the instrument to achieve a state of relaxation derived from the "primordial vibration" experienced when playing the droning didgeridoo. The workshops will be held on Fri. Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at Gage Hall (4 Archdale St.) and on Sun. Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Unity Church (2535 Leeds Ave., 566-0600). Tickets are $25. Instruments shall be provided. --Sara Miller

FEELING GRAVITY'S PULL

They've been talking it up since opening, and it looks like Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ is finally ready to launch a monthly "album showcase" in which a local band performs a featured artists' album in its entirety. On Sat. Jan. 27, local act M.E.R.M.E.R. pay tribute to Athens, Ga. band R.E.M.'s third full-length release, 1985's Fables of the Reconstruction (maybe a few tunes from 1983 Murmur will sneak into the set list, too). Automatic for the people! See www.hometeambbq.com for more. --TBL


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