Soundchecks 

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ROCK — Tim Reynolds
Thurs. Nov. 10
w/ Graham Whorley
$15
Pour House

Guitar wiz and longtime Dave Matthews colleague Tim Reynolds has been playing his hyper-weird style of rock music since the early '90s. Born in Germany and raised in Virginia, the masterful player became an important character of the Charlottesville music scene. He formed the eclectic TR3 band in the late '80s, playing wild mashes of jazz-fusion, reggae, classic funk, psyche-y tunes, and jams. Through the '90s, he recorded on seven albums with Matthews -- a feat which will surely cast him in the shadow of the Davehead phenomenon for years to come. However, determined to make his own mark, Reynolds continues to record and perform wildly unpredictable stuff. Fortunately, he has the fancy chops to pull it off at every show. --T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY



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ROCK — Stewart Brown & Catbelly
Fri. Nov. 11
w/ Entropy
$5
Pour House

Anyone remember the Hollywood Squares? Longtime locals might recall a time before the reign of Plane Jane when the Squares -- featuring singer-guitarist Stewart Brown, bassist Marty Martinez, and drummer Keith Bradshaw (currently a guitarist with Plane Jane, by the way) -- were the hottest rock cover band in town (from 1985-'90 or so). Brown relocated to his hometown of Atlanta in 1991 and pursued songwriting and studio production work there. He returns to Charleston this weekend as he brings his latest act Catbelly -- featuring bassist Wayne Mitchum, drummer John Etheridge, and local guests -- to the Pour House for an opening set before Atlanta funk quartet Entropy. The band features Brown's "most soulful singing and acoustic and electric guitar work ... a music that goes beyond the artist and his individual merits, grounded in Brown's Southern roots in R&B and blues." New Catbelly discs will be available at the show. --TBL FRIDAY



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R&B — John Legend
Sat. Nov. 12
w/ Ne-Yo
$39, $35 (adv.)
The Plex

Vocalist John Legend has gotten plenty of attention for his significant role in Kanye West's critically acclaimed 2004 CD, The College Dropout. The ties were only deepened with West producing and co-writing four songs on Legend's debut, Get Lifted (Columbia). But Legend says he isn't worried about being seen simply as a protégé of West. As far as he's concerned, Get Lifted proves he is his own man when it comes to his music. "I think as soon as they buy the album, I think they get it," Legend says. "Even though you hear some of Kanye's influence, it's clearly a John Legend album that reflects me more than anything else." Get Lifted is a stirring R&B album that draws heavily from classic soul, blending in a notable element of hip-hop along the way. The album visited the Top 5 on Billboard's album chart, while the song "Ordinary People" was a top five single on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. His solo success, however, won't affect his partnership with West. "We're great friends," Legend says. "We're going to work together for a long time in the future, I hope. So I'm in no way embarrassed or ashamed of being connected to him or his career." Showtime at the Plex is 8 p.m. --Alan Sculley SATURDAY



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ROCK — Hatebreed
Mon. Nov. 14
w/ Full Blown Chaos, Most Precious Blood, Gizzmachi, If Hope Dies, Mantis
$16, $14 (adv.)
Music Farm

It's not farfetched that Hatebreed have titled their new album The Rise of Brutality, because brutality has always been their modus operandi. They command the most pummeling, aggressive assault in modern music -- guttural growls, snarling guitars, machine-gun drumming, and the nastiest breakdowns in hardcore. Playing over 300 shows a year, they've honed a work ethic that helped them sell over 200,000 copies of Satisfaction is the Death of Desire virtually from the back of a van. Then, with Perseverance, Hatebreed blew the lid off of the presupposed sales cap for a hardcore band, selling over 28,000 records in the first week. But, perhaps what has connected with fans the most is the glimmer of hope that bubbles beneath the ferocity. There has always been positivity in singer Jamey Jasta's lyrics that could console, encourage, and inspire ... "Face your torment and dismantle your doubt/Refuse this legacy of shame and deceit/Remain steadfast ... " --Damian Joseph MONDAY



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