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ROCK — Green Milk From the Planet Orange

The loud, shouty, proggy, Tokyo-based pysche-rock band Green Milk from the Planet Orange perform at the final music event for Redux's Sawaguzo! Festival this Friday. The trio are back in town in support of a new album titled City Calls Revolution, released on Beta-lactam Ring Records. The album is basically a long and winding jam session with all the raw rock energy of the late-'60s psychedelic era. There's a 20-minute opener titled "Concrete City Breakdown." There's the 38-minute opus titled "A Day in the Planet Orange." The Milk describe it all as "an eruption of Vesuvian intensity, thick with Magma." Indeed. Local noise champs Genrevolta give 'em a run for their money. --T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


Fri. Nov. 4
w/ Genrevolta
$7
Village Tavern

BLUEs — Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton

Sure, it's a novelty act, but the music and gumbo guitarist, ringleader, and head chef Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton dishes out is pretty damn tasty. A Florida native, the Sauce Boss has toured across the U.S. for 15 years, playing his own Cajun-tinged, swampy style of blues-rock with his full band while actually cooking a full vat of gumbo on stage for his audiences. His early single "Let the Big Dog Eat" was featured in Jonathan Demme's film Something Wild. "It's a soul-shouting picnic of rock 'n' roll brotherhood involving everyone,: he says. "And at the end of the show, everyone eats." The Boss returns to Charleston in support of his latest release, Come and Get It! Visit www.planetgumbo.org and www.sauceboss.com for more. --TBL FRIDAY


Fri. Nov. 4
Wild Wing Café -- NC
Free

ROCK — Black Eyed Susan

It took all summer to finally get everyone down to Charleston from their native Baltimore, but things are finally in place and the schedule is full. This season, funky blues-rock improv trio Black Eyed Susan started hitting the club and bar scene with their own, serious-minded blend of rock and grooves. Singer-keyboardist Aaron Levy, guitarist and bassist Matt Chase, and drummer Adam Chase switch instruments and share vocal duties through their live shows. They carefully describe their sound and approach as "soul and sophistication; structure and improvisation." Despite the risk of "overplaying," the band is booked almost nightly through much of November. In addition to headlining shows at Johnson's and Off the Hook, Black Eyed Susan also play this week on Thursday at Big John's Tavern (they're there every Thursday in November), and on Friday at the Pour House opening for The Bridge. Dig it. --TBL FRIDAY


Wed. Nov. 2 / Sat. Nov. 5
Johnson's Pub / Off The Hook
$5 / Free

BLUES-ROCK — Elliot Holden Group

Local blues fans have taken notice of the constant efforts from the bookers at A Dough Re Mi to secure solid live musical acts of all shades of rock, particularly "blues-rock." This weekend's highlight stands right up there with the rest of the best, as Georgia-based songwriter Elliot Holden -- a brilliant electric guitarist with a smooth, versatile style similar to that of Eric Johnson -- brings his trio back to town for a headlining show. Holden, born in Germany and raised near Augusta, Ga., began playing guitar at age 14. His early work with jazz/blues player Toby Boone and Augusta band First Born led to his embarking on a solo career in the early '90s. Opening the show is local cat Steve "Dr. Steve" Schultz, a "chiropractor by day ... Telecaster shredder by night," capable of playing in a variety of styles. --TBL SATURDAY


Sat. Nov. 5
w/ Steve "Dr. Steve" Schultz
A Dough Re Mi
$7

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