SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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DANCE | My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
w/ Cylab
Wed. Feb. 22
Music Farm
$15

Industrial-strength, Chicago-based dance act My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult hit the Farm this evening on a stop during their "TwoThousandSex Tour." Vocalist Franke "Groovie Mann" Nardiello, volcalist/keyboardist Marston "Buzz McCoy" Daley, bassist Levi Levi, drummer Justin Thyme, and newly-added vocalist Pepper Somerset are traveling in support of their latest Rykodisc release Gay, Black and Married — the "mysterious, long-awaited 'disco' project that was written nearly a decade ago that takes the best of late-'70s dance music adding the Kult's trademark lurid, darkly campy, industrial sound." The TKK formed in 1987, taking their name from the soundtrack for an art film project. They incorporate B-movie and horror film imagery, synth-laden dance beats, vocal samples, and goth-styled rock guitar sounds to make "a unique mixture of electro-glam-punk-funk-lounge music." The uninitiated may want to check out the 2004 DVD The Kult Collection. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY


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ROCK | The Noise Machine
Fri. Feb. 24
A Dough Re Mi
$3

Through the fall and winter, Myrtle Beach-based rock band The Noise Machine have made their way into the Charleston scene with a guitar-driven, power-pop sound and a long list of new wave and rock standards. Fronted by singer/guitarist Rachel Ayers, the core lineup includes drummer Tommy Tipton and bassist Kevin Singleton. Lead guitarist James Magilton joins in for certain "all night party gigs," where the Machine pulls from a list of over 100 cover tunes. "When we come down from Myrtle Beach to play A Dough Re Mi, we look forward to the perfect crowd," says Ayers. "We can play our original music to an appreciative crowd that will actually buy our CD; and we can have a great time playing some fun covers and help add to the party atmosphere. We don't really like to call ourselves a cover band, though, because we work just as hard on our original gigs. But we can play more often with our extensive list of covers." —TBL FRIDAY


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ROCK | The Whigs
w/ The Explorers Club, The Chimney Sweeps
Sat. Feb. 25
Village Tavern
$6

Undistracted by the recent waves of critical praise and fan hoopla in their hometown press and airwaves, Athens, Ga. indie-rock trio The Whigs press ahead with their trademark casual confidence. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Parker Gispert, bassist/guitarist Hank Sullivant, and drummer Julian Dorio — all recent UGA students by way of Atlanta — started playing around the smaller clubs and party houses of Atlanta and Athens in late 2002. By 2004, they were opening for such big-name alternative acts as Franz Ferdinand, Drive-By Truckers, Maroon 5, The Killers, The Futureheads, and Jason Loewenstein. Their independently-released new album, Give 'em All a Big Fat Lip, was recorded last July in an empty fraternity SAE house (known as the Ross Crane House). It's a hell of a production and marks the first official release of any material for the trio. Sharing the stage with local popsters The Explorers Club and The Chimney Sweeps. —TBL THURSDAY


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POP-ROCK | The Veronicas
w/ The Jonas Brothers, October Fall
Sat. Feb. 25
Music Farm
$10

Australia's pop rock princesses The Veronicas have the press schtick licked — they can play up either a) the fact that they are hot, 20-year-old twin sisters who happen to like dark eyeliner, short skirts, and rock 'n' roll, or b) they were once sued by Archie Comics over copyright infringement (which was settled in a deal that resulted in cross-promo for both the comic book giant and Sire Records, The Veronicas' label). Option "c" is probably the one the girls are hoping for, though — that they avoid being lumped in the Avril Lavigne/bubblegum pop-with-attitude crowd while still drawing in the drooling boys and starry-eyed girls who tune into TRL. They have over a decade of music experience and some solid harmonies, so it may just be possible. Teenage power-pop trio The Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joseph, and Nicholas) and October Fall open. All ages. Showtime is 8 p.m. —Shawnté Salabert SATURDAY



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