ROCK | Though I’m Told
Sat. Aug. 26
w/ Allnightkungfu, Hot Charlie
A Dough Re Mi

Up and coming, Boston-based alt-rock band Though I’m Told — singer/guitarists Nick McLean and Zach McLean, lead guitarist Michelangelo Quirinale, bassist Matt Anderson, and drummer Chris Santos — make a stop in Mt. Pleasant this weekend, sharing the stage with punk-minded local trio Hot Charlie and East Cooper psyche-blues rock act Allnightkungfu. With a loopy, loose garage band sound, Though I’m Told mix bits of ’90s-style lo-fi college rock with amusingly metallic guitar (and triple-guitar) licks straight out of the Iron Maiden/.38 Special catalogs. Allnightkungfu guitarist (and club sound engineer and booking agent) Stuart Johnson likes to refer to his band as “old hippy rockers in an unholy union of classic rock inspired audacity … music for fans of beer, rock, and stage dives.” —T. Ballard Lesemann SATURDAY


ROCK | Leslie
Sat. Aug. 26
w/ Explorers Club, Firework Show
Music Farm
$6 ($9 under 21)

“This is going to be a very special night,” states guitarist Sadler Vaden, of Leslie. “We’re excited to have all three bands on the bill. Who knows? We might wreak some integrated musical havoc upon the crowd at the end of the night.” Vaden, drummer Jonathan Carman, and bassist Jason Fox have blown up this year with their gritty, riffy rock sound. Local pop/rock ensemble Explorers Club have kept extremely busy as well. Frontman Jason Brewer, guitarist Jim Faust, organist Stefan Rogenmoser, bassist Walter Reddington, drummer Neil Thomas, and multi-instrumentalist David Ellis toured from the East Coast to California. “It will be a very diverse rock show,” says Zach Botdorf, of opening act Firework Show (pictured). “Leslie is very Zeppelin-esque while Explorers Club is Beach Boys psychedelia.” Firework Show stole the show at this year’s CofC’s “Battle of the Bands” with a boisterous set. Botdorf, drummer Brandon Gallagher, and bassist Sean Robinson make their way back on stage for the first time since last spring. Go online to www.charlestoncitypaper.com for more from all three acts. —TBL SATURDAY


SOUL/POP | Toby Lightman
Sun. Aug. 27
Music Farm

Songwriter and vocalist Toby Lightman may not be a household name quite yet, but she’s well on her way. With a confident, soulful singing voice, the New Jersey/Philly native hits all the right notes with feeling on her new album, Bird On a Wire. The blend of styles features tuneful bits of vintage funk, Motown, modern rock, and acoustic-based soul/pop. In 2003, Lightman caught the ear of producer Peter Zizzo (Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne) and struck a deal with Lava/Atlantic. Her first singles — “Devils and Angels,” “Connect Set,” and “Real Love” — made waves on adult contemporary radio playlists, but she didn’t really hit the road hard until 2005. “After being on the road for a year and a half,” she explains, “I fell in love with the live aspect of performing, and relying on humans rather than programmed computers. It was then I decided I wanted my music to become more organic.” —TBL SUNDAY


Sun. Aug. 27
Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Soil, Dropping Daylight, and Evans Blue, Souls Harbor
Blackbaud Stadium
$30, $27.50 (adv.)

Billed as “seven bands … nine hours of rock,” this Sunday’s big rock concert at Blackbaud should prove to be one of the sweatiest, loudest, most excruciating contemporary live rock events of the summer. Mega-band Staind return to the Lowcountry to headline the all-ages concert behind their well-polished, 12-song collection Chapter V (Atlantic). The single “Right Here” hit number one on the Mainstream Rock charts last fall. Lead singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki make it all look so serious. The six supporting acts include several from the “heavy rock” playlists of 98X: Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Soil, Dropping Daylight, Evans Blue, and semi-local band Souls Harbor (see Pulse on p. 50). Presented by 98X, the House of Blues, and The Plex. See www.theplexonline.com and www.staind.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY

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