Fri. July 7

For those of still not sold on dance music’s place outside a club or sans a vodka tonic, Pre-Release ‘A’, a dance mix by George Horn and Adam Abouraya (a.k.a. The Blu Sound, pictured above), makes a great starting point. A few of the tracks, like opener “Sounds of Blu” and “Submerged,” explore the versatility of electronica, but are subdued enough to make great background music at home or in the car. The two men spun together during a residency at the Blue Room in Jacksonville, Fla., last year, but Horn, a mixed-media artist, returns to Charleston alone; the James Island native now spins at Torch on Friday nights. For tracks through the meat of the album, the percussion-heavy patterns are too similar for back-to-back listening. In the last four tracks, however, the presence of funky, guitar-like riffs and a greater range of background sounds provide depth beyond mere dancing beats. In one of the few times Horn incorporates vocals into the mix, a woman’s husky voice asks: “Have you ever done this before?” Even if you haven’t, Pre-Release ‘A’ offers a listenable way to try. Check www.noizerecordings.com for more. —Lynsy Smithson-Stanley FRIDAY


ROCK | Tim Reynolds
w/ Roni Zagoria
Sat. July 8
The Pour House

Tim Reynolds loves risk. The veteran guitarist and longtime Dave Matthews colleague rarely plays it safe, whether solo on stage, in front of a full band (often his own combo called the TR3), or in the studio. The German-born, Virginia-raised rock experimentalist is a masterful player from all angles. He first gained notice playing in and around the fertile Charlottesville music scene. He formed the jazzy TR3 in the late ’80s and explored a wild fusion of musical styles (rock, reggae, funk, psychedelic). Reynolds played guitar on seven albums with hometown colleague Dave Matthews through the ’90s and gradually broke out on his own with a series of solo albums on the Bama and TR Music labels. His latest collection, the two-disc Parallel Universe, branches far away from his normal rock guitar fare with a mix of electronic samples, unusual percussion, and synth string arrangements. Local singer/pianist Roni Zagoria opens with a solo set at at 10 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY


ALT-POP | Tristan Prettyman
w/ Michael Tolcher
Sun. July 9
Music Farm
$12, $10 (adv.)

“I don’t really think much about writing songs,” says Calif.-based singer/songwriter and surfing enthusiast Tristan Prettyman, 23. “Like everything else in my life, I try to just let it happen very spontaneously. I basically sit down to write and whatever comes out, comes out. I don’t really begin to understand what my songs are saying until much later, when I can look at them from a distance and think, ‘So that’s what I meant.'” Prettyman recently emerged from the strummy side of things in the West Coast alt-pop scene. The Del Mar native is currently on the road behind her Virgin Records debut, twentythree, an uncluttered collection soulful modern-pop tunes. Inspired by such folkies as Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell, Dylan — and contemporary singer/guitarists Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper — Prettyman’s approach is simple and honest. “Most of the songs on the record are first takes, recorded live to tape,” she says. “It’s very basic — guitars, bass, pedal steel — but I didn’t want to make a major label pop record. I wanted to fill out the sound but still keep it raw and honest.” See www.tristanprettyman.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY


ROCK | Vehicle
Tues. July 11
The Pour House

When guitarist Justin Cain, formerly of Azwethinkweiz, decided to assemble a new, more progressive, futuristic band last year with bassist Tad Fletcher, keyboardist John Fitzgerald, and drummer Alan Brisendire, local prog rock fans rejoiced. Only a few have actually heard the hungry quartet at various, scattered-but-inspired performances. Some of these guys are genuine scenesters. Cain’s Azwethinkweiz made a splash in the scene a few years back and recorded a stack of tunes at Fusion 5 Studios before disbanding in 2004. Fitzgerald has been thumping the keys with The Secrets for over a year now. Brisendire has been spotted playing sax and keys with such funk-powered acts as Fatty Arbuckle, Key of Q, and Booty Call. Clubgoers get to check out the heavy grooves and top chops in the loungy digs of the Pour House — a venue frequented by all the bandmembers in recent months. “It’s our first official show in a year,” says Brisendire. “Expects some originals, grooves, and progressive rock … and a cheap cover!” —TBL TUESDAY

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