CELTIC | Gaelic Storm
“Downtown Sundown”
Thurs. June 29
Charleston Maritime Center

Gaelic Storm’s authentic Celtic folk music is ear candy to those weary of the usual weekend cover band circuit. They’ve been entertaining audiences worldwide with their lighthearted, traditional Irish odes to booze and heavier Celtic-influenced jams. The group consists of Patrick Murphy of Cork City, Ireland (vocals, accordion, harmonica), New Yorker Steve Wehmeyer (vocals, bodhran, digeridoo), Steve Twigger of Coventry, England (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Canadian Pete Purvis (highland pipes), and two Yanks — Ryan Lacey (drums, world percussion) and Ellery Klein (fiddle). While the band pretty much have the monopoly on headlining Irish festivals internationally, they’ve also recently been featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza and will make their fourth appearance on The Rock Boat festival in the Caribbean in January. Their Charleston show will no doubt feature some of the band’s newest music from their latest album, Bring Yer Wellies, due on July 25. Check www.gaelicstorm.com for more. 5 p.m. —Kristen George THURSDAY


w/ Aslan, Vena Amori, Goodnight Moon
Thurs. June 29
Village Tavern

Based in Morristown, N.J., indie-metal/post-hardcore quintet Trophy Scars are on one of the longest, most ambitious road trips of their four-year career. They’ve hit the road for a six-week tour across the States behind a new album titled Alphabet Alphabets alongside labelmates Vena Amori, a death-metal/rock quartet out of Kansas City, who are touring behind their own new full-length, The Seduction of an American Housewife: The True Story of the Dalton Murders (Death Scene). Aiming for something both “brutal and beautiful,” Trophy Scars singer/guitarist John Ferrara, drummer Brian Ferrara, lead singer Jerry Jones, rhythm guitarist A.J. Hanson, and bassist Andy Farrell (pictured above) are, as they put it, “on continuous pursuit to touch more of the musical spectrum.” Local alt/metal bands Aslan and Goodnight Moon open. 9 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


ALT-POP | Nathan Angelo
w/ Steve Fiore
Fri. June 30
Johnson’s Pub

With a shuffling, polished, highly-melodic, groove-based, modern pop/rock sound, Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Nathan Angelo is quickly making his mark on the regional music scene. The shaggy-haired pianist and vocalist makes his way to Charleston for a set in the music room at Johnson’s Pub behind his new 13-song collection Through Playing Me (Na Records). With so many piano-led tunes, much of the album falls in well alongside the sophisticated tunefulness of Ben Folds, The Fray, peppier Randy Newman stuff, and even U2’s slower-rolling material with The Edge on keys. The album officially hits stores in July (see www.nathanangelo.com for more). Local singer, guitarist, and songwriter Steve Fiore — the Lowcountry’s own version of Lou Barlow — plays his own melodic style of acoustic indie rock, which he says is influenced by the likes of Ben Gibbard, The Decemberists, Simon & Garfunkel, and many others. 9 p.m. —TBL FRIDAY


JAM-ROCK | Moonshine Still
w/ Josh Roberts & The Hinges,
Old Union
Fri. June 30/ Sat. July 1
Pour House

For over a decade, jam-based rock band Moonshine Still have been touring the States, delivering high-energy live performances of high-minded funk-rock tunes and jams. The Georgia-based (Macon and Atlanta, mostly) group — guitarist/lead vocalist Scot Baston, lead guitarist David Shore, keyboardist Trippe Wright, bassist Ray Petren, drummer Jon Joiner (who recently replaced longtime stickman Will Robinson), and percussionist Bill Jarrett (who utilizes acoustic and electronic battery) — return to town for another weekend stint presented by the Terrapin Beer Co. Moonshine Still headline an “Independence Day Celebration” on Friday with Josh Roberts & The Hinges and on Saturday with Old Union. The band recently played Terrapin JamFest, Bonnaroo, Wakarusa in Kansas, and The Joshua Tree Music Festival in Calif. Their latest album, [R]evolution, was released last year.. —TBL FRIDAY/SATURDAY

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