Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: O.A.R. strum it up on Wed. May 2; Aussie phenoms The John Butler Trio share the bill with Sai Collins on Thurs. May 3 (see story on p. 66); The Wailers and the Unchained Reggae Band groove on Fri. May 4; femme-metal band Kittie play with Walls of Jericho, In This Moment, and local act Souls Harbor on Sat. May 5. Check the schedule at www.hob.com.


The Plex boasts a series of big shows on their current schedule. Heavy-rock quartet Papa Roach share the stage with hard-hitting locals Number One Contender on Wed. May 2 (see story on p. 64). Cat Country 107.5 presents N.C. country/roots singer Jason Michael Carroll on Fri. May 18. Funk legends George Clinton & P-Funk are on for Sat. May 19. Local alt-rockers The Working Title headline on Sat. May 26. 95SX presents pop/rock songwriters Matt Kearney and Lily Allen on Fri. June 1. Quirky alt-rock band Cake hit the stage on Sun. June 3. Ticket and show info is available online at www.theplexonline.com and by phone at 225-PLEX.


Jello Biafra performs a spoken-word set on stage at Cumberland’s on Tues. May 8 in support of his edgy new collection, In the Grip of Official Treason (Alternative Tentacles). Advance tickets are $12. Doors open at 8 p.m. See story on p. 16 and go online to www.cumberlands.net and www.alternativetentacles.com for more.


The Meat Puppets are confirmed for a show the Windjammer on Sat. July 21, sponsored in part by Woodman Productions (hello again, Woody Bartlett!). One of the more unique rock bands of the underground scene of the 1980s, the Meat Puppets — brothers Cris Kirkwood (bass) and Curt Kirkwood (guitar and vocals) and Derrik Bostrom (drums) — first played together in their hometown of Phoenix in 1980. From their classic EP In A Car and their heyday at SST label to their last album on London (to whom they signed in 1990), they created a genre-defying sound. After a nearly five-year hiatus (during which Curt relocated to Austin, Derrik went to New York, and Curt struggled with drug addiction in Phoenix), they came back with a short-lived lineup in 2001. Now, with Cris back in the band and a new drummer named Ted Marcus, the revived Puppets are set to release a new studio album titled Rise to Your Knees this July. Check out www.themeatpuppets.com and www.the-windjammer.com. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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