Slow Runner, R.I.P. Leroi Moore, Road Trip: House of Blues, Blues Club's First Anniversary, Break It Up 

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SLOW RUNNER IN PASTE

Charleston indie-pop quartet Slow Runner made the sampler disc of Paste in the September issue as part of the magazine's "Culture Club: The Best of What's Next" series. Last year, singer/keyboardist Michael Flynn, drummer/guitarist Josh Kaler, and company celebrated the release of a terrific new studio album titled Shiv. They followed up this year with a disc titled Mermaids. Paste noted the band was "worth watching" due to the "sonic atmosphere — elegant, corroded, and lurking about ... Slow Runner is the rare band that can mourn and bewail, then hope and ramble on, all with one hand on the blip-and-bloop button for good measure." Visit www.pastemagazine.com and www.slowrunnermusic.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

R.I.P. LeRoi Moore

LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died on Aug. 19 at the age of 47. His death came nearly a month after an ATV accident in which he punctured a lung and broke several ribs. At the conclusion of the band's performance of "Bartender" on the day of Moore's death, Matthews paused and announced to a sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles: "We all had some bad news today. Our good friend LeRoi Moore passed on and gave his ghost up today and we will miss him forever." The crowd responded by chanting Moore's name. Jeff Coffin of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones continues to play saxophone for DMB in Moore's absence. —Myles Hutto

ROAD TRIP: HOUSE OF BLUES

Upcoming shows at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach? There are some biggies. "Tailgate 2008" goes down on Thurs. Aug. 28 with grooves from Slightly Stoopid with Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang. Alt-rock jammers Sister Hazel and Nelo share the stage on Fri. Aug. 29. Shag/soul act Chairmen of the Board headline on Sat. Aug. 30. Longhaired Kentucky rock ensemble My Morning Jacket play on Sun. Aug. 31 in support of their critically-acclaimed new disc Evil Urges (ATO). Bullet For My Valentine bang with Black Tide on Fri. Sept. 5. See the schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach. —TBL

BLUES CLUB'S FIRST ANNIVERSARY

The Lowcountry Blues Club — a group of like-minded blues cats and music fans who meet weekly at the East Cooper venue A Dough Re Mi Pizzeria — celebrate their first anniversary at 8 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 29 with electric and acoustic blues from Hitman, Jeff Norwood, and an all-star rotation from the regular players. A year ago, booking agent and sound engineer Stuart "Allnight" Johnson (of local band Allnightkungfu), singer/guitarist Tommy Thunderfoot, photographer and promoter Dereck Curry, and several other enthusiasts organized the Tuesday evening jam sessions, scheduling theme nights and special guests. Word spread and the series caught on as a cool, well-conducted, family-friendly gig that encouraged rookie and veteran blues and rock musicians to participate. "It's hard to believe it turns one this month," says Thunderfoot. "And it has been an amazing year. We're going to celebrate with a very special anniversary blues jam. We've only done a handful of Friday night jams in the past, and they've always turned out to be monsters." The Lowcountry Blues Club considers itself "the community club for anyone who loves the blues" and congregates every Tuesday evening at A Dough Re Mi at 7 p.m. Here's to another year of boogie riffs and soulful jams. Visit www.myspace.com/lowcountrybluesclub and www.adoughremi.com for more. —TBL

BREAK IT UP

Now might be the time to rent a copy of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo and brush up on some classic steps. Set for Sat. Sept. 20, the Future Sound of Breaks World Tour presents an all-day breakbeat/hip-hop event outside the Music Farm on Ann Street — an eight-hour jam session with local and visiting DJs, graffiti competitions, and a three-part "2-on-2" breakdance competition. The Future Sound of Breaks movement was created in 2003 with the aim of showcasing breakbeat producers and DJs in the scene. The tour hits major markets like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Charlotte, Phoenix, Portland, Miami, Burning Man in Nevada, Baltimore, and San Francisco. "The event will be paced as a timeline of breakbeat culture, starting in the early '70s of hip-hop, soul, and funk — when two turntables and mixing the 'breaks' of a record was created through the evening," says event organizers. Featured tunrtablists and emcees include Keith MacKenzie & MC Flipside (from Chicago and Toronto), Hydraulix Live PA (from Miami), Eric Berretta (from Orlando), Aaron Sigmon (from Charlotte), and local turntablists Skitch, Unfadable Fader Operators, Prueph vs. Samadhi, Spaced Invaders, and Moja Deejay Corey B. For more info, check out www.fsobcharleston.com. —TBL


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