SOUND CHECKS ‌ Notable Shows in the Next Week 

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ROCK/POP | Richard Buckner
Wed. Nov. 8
Village Tavern

Now based in N.Y.C., brooding-but-clever singer/songwriter Richard Buckner has travelled all over this here land, playing all sorts of moody and melodic rock music and recording masterful album after masterful album. This summer, he released his eighth studio effort — a dense, weathered-sounding, guitar-driven, 10-song collection titled Meadow (Merge). According to his label, "Buckner's body of work has always seemed to be about motion vs. stillness: about the impulse to run away or towards something; or watching something/someone leave or approach. The restless energy of the heart, full speed ahead, the consequences taken and embraced, the good and the bad. The false starts, roadblocks and pitfalls along the way only add to the richness of the journey." Indeed. And he had some great help recording this stuff from such "all-star" musicians as Doug Gillard (of Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde); Kevin March (also GBV, Those Bastard Souls, Dambuilders); JD Foster (who also produced the new album), and Steven Goulding (The Mekons, Gram Parker, Waco Brothers). —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY

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JAM/ROCK | New Monsoon
Fri. Nov. 10
Pour House

Relatively new on the jam band circuit, San Francisco six-piece New Monsoon are already being compared to the likes of the Allman Brothers and Santana. Guitarists Bo Carper, Jeff Miller, and Phil Ferlino (all classmates from Penn State), Indian-born tabla player Rajiv Parikh, drummer Marty Ylitalo, congist Brian Carey, and bassist Ben Bernstein work with an inventive mix of styles that draws from an array of different musical traditions. Their third studio album, The Sound, emanates reactions to some very negative subjects such as the media, the president, and the war in Iraq. On tour, however, they focus on a more optimistic view of issues they feel are important and devote a lot of attention and effort to spinning the negative aspects of both society and life on the road to something positive and uplifting. Check for more. —Cassie Childers FRIDAY

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BLUEGRASS | The Biscuit Burners
Sat. Nov. 11
The Pour House

The last time Brevard, N.C.'s Biscuit Burners visited Charleston, they filled the West Ashley Bait & Tackle to fire marshal-mandated capacity. If that blazing-hot pickin' party serves as any indication, their return should be smokin'. Led by the sultry vocal harmonies of Shannon Whitworth (clawhammer banjo) and Mary Lucey (standup bass), the co-ed Burners round out their "fiery mountain music" with boys Billy, Jon, and Dan on resophonic guitar, mandolin, and acoustic guitar, respectively. Billy and Mary recently travelled to Calcutta to study with Indian slide guitar master Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, adding yet another element to their resplendent melodies. American Songwriter calls their music "as clean and smooth as a mountain stream," aptly describing their most recent studio release, A Mountain Apart. Those same songs become flint and steel on stage. Check them out at Even here in the level lands, we still get fire on the mountain. —Stratton Lawrence SATURDAY

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COUNTRY | Tracy Lawrence
Tues. Nov. 14
The Plex
$12.50 ($10 adv.)

The Plex and Cat Country 107.5 FM present an evening of contemporary country boy boogie and ballads on Tuesday. Touring behind a greatest hits package titled Then & Now: The Hits Collection, Arkansas-bred modern country star Tracy Lawrence (now mullet-less in his mature age) is known for delivering a solid performance on stage. Through the '90s, the singer/songwriter earned praise from the fans and the media for his radio-friendly blend of outlaw country, melodic Southern rock, and red-blooded Americana lyrics. His long string of radio hits include "Runnin' Behind," "Today's Lonely Fool," "Somebody Paints the Wall," "Can't Break It to My Heart," "My Second Home," "Texas Tornado," and "Lessons Learned." Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through and at Millennium, Cat's Music, Monster Movies & Music, and the Plex box office (call 225-7539). Check out for more. —TBL TUESDAY


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