SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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OI/Punk | The Business
w/ Roger Miret & The Disasters, Brain Failure
Wed. May 10
Cumberland's
$10 ($13 under 21)

Getting their start in South London in 1979, The Business picked up where the original punk movement left off and led a new wave of anthemic "street punk-style" hardcore and Oi! music. Their four-chord songs and working-class singalongs were cranked up a few more notches in tempo, volume, and snotty attitude than the Sex Pistols and their colleagues. Led by vocalist Mickey Fitz (pictured), The Business had more in common with the bands of the early American hardcore scene. Their first singles included "Harry May," "Drinking and Driving," and "Smash the Discos," both included on the CD re-issue of the Suburban Rebels album. Their most recent proper release is the 2003 album Under the Influence. Also on tonight's impressive bill is vocalist Roger Miret (formerly of Agnostic Front) with his band, The Disasters. Brain Failure opens at 9 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY


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JAZZ/POP | Ruby Rosa
w/ Bill Carson
Thurs. May 11
Redux Contemporary Art Center
$8

Prodigal son and masterful guitarist Clay Ross returns to Charleston with another intriguing musical outfit from his new homebase of New York City: the slyly funky Ruby Rosa, featuring Ross on guitar and otherworldly singer Krystle Warren on the mic. Named for the hedonistic Dominican diplomat Porfiro Rubirosa, the band takes listeners on an aural vacation with an "emotionally intoxicating" blend of jazzy originals, old standbys, and modern songs. Anyone familiar with Ross' old Charleston bands, the Gradual Lean and Otus, knows just how hot his licks can get — paired with Warren's versatile pipes, they set an undeniable mood that you have to feel to believe. Local old-timey crooner Bill Carson opens. —Sara Miller THURSDAY


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AMERICANA | Hayes Carll
w/ Danielle Howle
Fri. May 12
The American Theatre
$20 ($15 adv.)

Way out off the sidelines of mainstream hoky-doky country music, Texas-based singer/guitarist Hayes Carll sings and strums with a sincerity often associated with such twangy folk/country artists as Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Artistically, the budding songwriter is in a great place. Commercially, he's still just below the radar. "It's up and down, and it's not always an easy life," Carll says. "I can't complain. I know that most of the people I meet would rather have my job than theirs — and I'd rather have my job than theirs, too. I'm doing what I never thought I'd be able to do, but always wanted to do, you know? I'm living that dream." Touring behind a new album titled Little Rock (Highway 87), Carll headlines a show promoted by local agency Sun Coast (www.suncoastpromotions.com) alongside Carolina favorite Danielle Howle — a zany, veteran folkie based out of Columbia who has her own strong new album, Thank You, Mark. The American Theater is located downtown at 446 King St. Showtime is 7 p.m. —TBL FRIDAY


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PURE FUNK | Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Mon. May 15
The Windjammer
$10

New Orleans-bred keyboardist and vocalist Ivan Neville —son of the legendary Aaron Neville (of the notorious Neville Brothers) — obviously soaked up the spark, soul, and deep grooves of his hometown's vibrant scene. His latest group, Dumpstaphunk (www.dumpstaphunk.com ) sticks to the roots of the real-deal stuff — Sly, P-Funk, Stevie Wonder, The Isleys, etc. — and jams with a peppery dynamic. Ivan first learned to play keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, and drums as a teenager alongside his father and his uncles, Art, Charles, and Cyril (also of the Neville Brothers). Through the '80s and '90s, he played as a recording and touring member of Bonnie Raitt's band, Rufus, Keith Richards & the Xpensive Winos, and the Spin Doctors. His most recent solo album is a mix of rock, soul, and deep-fried funk titled Saturday Morning Music. "The album was a chance to express myself and reflect on my life," he says. "The sound is a mix of the music I grew up with as well as the music I've been involved with in the past couple of years. The songs are my story and the people who collaborated with me are not only my friends and family, but also my mentors." —TBL FRIDAY



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