News and events from the Charleston music community


Charleston will have to bid local trio A Decent Animal farewell in a few weeks. The indefatigable band — singer/guitarist Jonathan Nicholson, bassist Richard Weld, and drummer George Baerreis — are heading to San Francisco in late March. "Jonathan is from San Francisco, and he's dying to get back there," says Weld. "We're all looking for a change in scenery as well." While not yet signed to a record label, they did recently put ink to paper with N.Y.-based booking agency Inland Empire. The Animal perform this week, opening for metal/rock duo Jucifer at the Music Farm on Sat. Feb. 9. Their "farewell show" is set for Sat. March 15 at the Pour House. Visit www.myspace.com/adecentanimal.


Bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler — the rhythm section of mod/punk U.K. power-trio The Jam — are on the their first U.S. tour together since the band's break-up in 1982. Under the name From The Jam (with Dave Moore and Russell Hastings filling in for original guitarist/vocalist Paul Weller), they're playing tunes from all five studio albums. From The Jam are scheduled to perform only one Southeast show at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta (3110 Roswell Road) on Wed. Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Visit www.charlestoncitypaper.com for an exclusive Q&A with Foxton and Buckler. Check out www.fromthejam.net for more.


Still in the midst of their hot youth, Charleston-based pop/rock act Band of Horses packed the Music Farm last month and return for an encore at the venue on Sun. Feb. 10 with support from Cass McCombs & The Middle Class and Tyler Ramsey. The event was originally scheduled for Tues. Feb. 12 at the Village Tavern as a "fan club-only" show. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available to the general public for $20 ($18 adv.) through the Farm box office (843-577-6969) or online at www.etix.com. Visit www.bandofhorses.com.


Grammy Award-wining mandolinist/string player Sam Bush is set to perform at the Charleston Music Hall on Thurs. March 6 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale this week for $30 and $50 at www.etix.com and at Millennium and Cat's Music locations. All proceeds benefit Carolina Studios, an after-school music program for at-risk children. Visit www.sambush.com and www.charlestonmusichall.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


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