IRISH/ROCK | Paddy Gibney
Fri. April 13 / Sat. April 14
Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub & Seafood Restaurant

Tommy Condon ’s Irish Pub (160 Church St., 577-3818) mixes things up this weekend as they welcome Irish singer/guitarist Paddy Gibney — a young performer from Dublin now based in Fayetteville, N.C. — to their front-room stage for a night of traditional and modern Irish/Celtic folk, cleverly reworked rock faves, and enthusiastic drinking songs (some of which may be a bit salty for the more timid or fragile). Gibney’s latest releases include the raucous live collection Shamrock ’n’ Roll and the 13-song studio album Live.Love.Now. Singer/percussionist Bill Ayerbe and other guests will be on hand for both shows on Friday and Saturday. 9 p.m. showtimes. See www.tommycondons.com and www.paddygibney.com for more. Slainte and cheers! —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY/SATURDAY


ALT-ROCK | The DaliDrama
w/ Hybrid L, Dope Sandwich
Sat. April 14

Charleston alternative-rock band The DaliDrama made their official debut last fall and did not waste any time jumping in the studios and on the road with their aggressive mix of classic and modern rock styles Singer/guitarist Chris Patterson (ex-Maestro, Wormbelly, pictured above), guitarist John Emerson (formerly of Green Jello, Harriett), drummer Stephen Blackmore (ex-Maytag, Lowercase Thieves), and bassist Todd Few (ex-Wormbelly) already have an album’s-worth of tunes in the can …stuff powered by 16th-note grooves, complex dual-guitar patterns, heavy-handed drum fills, and minor key grimaces (look for a CD release this summer or so). Think Robert Fripp-meets-Filter-meets-Kravitz-meets Alice in Chains. Opening band Hybrid L are a heavy-rock act from Kathleen, Ga. with a new CD titled Once More. Dope Sandwich are an independently run hip-hop/music collective based out of Savannah. Check www.myspace.com/thedalidrama for more. —TBL SATURDAY


POP-ROCK | The Films
w/ Eastern Conference Champions
Sun. April 15
Music Farm

The Films are currently at full-throttle. Singer/guitarist Michael Trent, guitarist/keyboardist Kenneth Harris, bassist Jacob Sinclair, and drummer Adam Blake signed a deal with Warmer Bros. in 2005. The one-time Charlestonians moved to N.Y.C. last year and continued to track demos and record various sessions for a forthcoming album (due in late summer). The band recently toured the UK behind a single release for “Black Shoes,” released through 7Hz Recordings (on limited edition 7” vinyl). After a month-long trip out to the West Coast and Canada this month, they return to the UK and Europe (Germany, Holland, Ireland) for a tour lasting through June. A full-length collection is already available in Europe. One recent piece of press in Germany read, “Das Debüt-Album Don’t Dance Rattlesnake, besticht durch energiegeladene Rocksongs, die sich nur schwer in eine Schublade stecken lassen,” which kinda translates into: “The debut-album Don’t Dance Rattlesnake bribes through energetic skirt songs, that can be stuck only heavily into a drawer,” or something like that. Check out www.the-films.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY


JAM-ROCK | Vinyl Soup
w/ Hit or Miss
Tues. April 17
The Pour House

Nashville-based jam-rock band Vinyl Soup — lead guitarist Andrew Hooker, bassist Wes Lloyd, drummer Joseph Carter on drums, and pianist/organist Justin Smith — visit the Pour House’s main stage on Tuesday with a set of tunes and grooves they describe as “robust sonic melange that refuses to be pigeon-holed.” Their trebly rhythm guitar work is reminiscent of the classic James Brown and Sly Stone albums. Their lounge grooves are akin to those on the early Van Morrison LPs. Their drunky piano stuff and unusual vocal harmonies (are those characters from the Muppet Show singing backup?) are amusing. Reportedly, they have a new album ready for a summer release titled Brandon and Travis. Early in the evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., Hit or Miss are set to jam. A familiar local rock/groove duo previously listed as “Ward & Joel,” the duo consists of singer/guitarist Joel Timmons and singer/guitarist/horn player Ward Buckheister — both of Sol Driven Train. See www.vinylsoup.com, www.soldriventrain.com, and www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more. —TBL TUESDAY

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