SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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JAM-FUSION | The Malah
Thurs. Jan. 12 / Fri. Jan. 13
Music Farm / Kickin' Chicken -- JI

Cranking out a bleepy, syncopated mix of electro-rock grooves, Greenville-based quartet The Malah regularly hits Charleston's club scene with a modern "jam" sound. Originally formed by guitarist Brandon Maynard, bassist Elliott Vaughn, and drummer Seth Fankhauser, the band recently welcomed percussionist Andrew Perkins to the lineup, expanding further on their Southern-tinged, funk-filled, rhythm-heavy foundation. The Malah perform two shows in town this week — Thursday at the Music Farm and Friday at the Kickin' Chicken on James Island. Look for their forthcoming album on Pangea Productions. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY/FRIDAY

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ROCK/IMPROV | Klarcnova
w/ Col. Bruce Hampton & The Codetalkers
Fri. Jan. 13
The Pour House

Guitarist, "chazoid" player, and poet Bruce Hampton is known among fans for his oddball songcrafting and on-stage antics. Hampton jammed some zany Southern funk with the Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Fiji Mariners through the years and has recently been co-fronting the jazzy rock ensemble, The Codetalkers, alongside Bobby Lee Rodgers on banjo and guitar, Tyler Greenwell on drums, and Ted Pecchio on bass. Occasionally, guitarist Jimmy Herring makes his way into the mix. They share the stage this evening with instrumental trio Klarcnova, an up-and-coming jazz-rock act out of the fertile Asheville, N.C. scene who describe their music as "a funky, melodic, captivating jazz-rock fusion from Memphis, via New York, San Francisco, and Asheville, influenced by Hendrix, Metheny, Al Green, and the Beasties Boys. Guitarist Andy John (also of Ruby Slippers), bassist Shayne Heather (of Cabo Verde), and drummer Robin Tolleson (of both Ruby Slippers and Cabo Verde) deliver their stuff in a loose but orderly manner ... sort of like the Band of Gypsys doing a soundcheck with Scofield. Smooth stuff. —TBL FRIDAY

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Fri. Jan. 13
Firehouse -- WA

Among the hardest working funk-rock cover bands in town, Charleston's MacDaddy plays a variety of vintage soul and disco, top 40, and '80s rock with the emphasis on the heavy dance beat. Fronted by bodacious lead vocalist Allison Tysinger, the band includes keyboardist Jim Hall, drummer/vocalist Jim Ratcliffe, and guitarist J.R. Getches handling standard funk and disco stuff with ease. And they know how to crank it up with some rockin' anthems and diva classics — all of which utilize Tysinger's high vocal range and soulful delivery. What should someone who's never seen you before expect from the band at the Firehouse? "High energy, fun, danceable tunes you loved the first time they came out, done well," says Tysinger. "We try and give the audience a show as well as playing music. I think that has gotten lost in the last decade. We wear funky stuff, get a little goofy at times and I think it really gets the crowd going." Get down. —TBL FRIDAY

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ROCK | Kapone
w/ Aslan, Goodnight Moon
Sat. Jan. 14
Music Farm

Charleston rock band Kapone — singer Brian Montgomery, guitarists Harold Johnson and Chris Nelson, and drummer Evan Lampkin — began as a just-outta-high-school garage band attempting their own version of contemporary emo-punk and alternative-rock and gradually evolved into a mature-minded rock act. In May, the band celebrated the release of a self-released album titled Vampires Are the New Pink (produced by local engineer Eric Bass). Dynamic and spaced-out, the music on Vampires veers from a very clean, mellowed-out sound to something very heavy and aggressive. Kapone recently welcomed bassist Ryan Cargile into the cast. "Currently we have no dates for any touring or recording," says Nelson. "We're just writing and writing. Our set for the show will include a bunch of new material, plus the older jams. You know ... tell everyone to bring their dancin' shoesies." —TBL FRIDAY


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