POP-ROCK | Nutria
w/ The Wagoneers
Fri. Aug. 3
Village Tavern

(**Athens, Ga. band Nutria have canceled their appearance**) While late-’90s Athens, Ga. pop-rock bands The Possibilities and The Eskimos never enjoyed the regional or national acclaim they deserved, members of both groups carry on with the same determination and vibe. The Possibilities were the Big Star of Clarke County — twangy, melodic, and sincere. The Eskimos were the Classic City’s version of Dylan and The Band — twangy, melodic, and sincere. These days, guitarist Bob Spires and Jay Gonzales (both of The Possibilities) have joined forces with bassist Dave Weiglein and drummer Jason Eshelman (both ex-Eskimos) in a similarly unassuming power-pop setting under the name Nutria. They released an album in 2005 titled Metronome and another last year titled Cheef — both filled with ambitious arrangements, vocal harmonies, and echoey riffs. Visit www.nutriaworld.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


Party Band
“Party at the Point”
Fri. Aug. 3
Charleston Harbor Resort

This summer’s weekly “Party at the Point” events come to an end this Friday with a grand performance from Carolina favorites East Coast Party Band. The veteran Lowcountry act works from a wide repertoire of beach, R&B, soul, and oldies — from medleys of tunes by the likes of The Platters, The Drifters, and James Brown to funky dance numbers from the ’70s and ’80s. Their horns are strong, their rhythms are tight, and their outfits match. The grand finale at Patriots Point takes place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Charleston Harbor Resort (20 Patriots Point Blvd.), just past the U.S.S. Yorktown. Visit www.partyatthepointonline.com for more. —TBL FRIDAY


ALT/PUNK | Joe Jack Talcum
w/ Doug Cheatwood & The Bastards of Fate
Tues. Aug. 7
$8, $5 (all ages)

Whaddaya mean, you’ve never heard of Joe Jack Talcum? The bug-eyed rascal was a staple on MTV’s much-missed 120 Minutes series, belting out his nasally/flat renditions of “Punk Rock Girl” and “Bitchin’ Camaro” with his old Philly punk band The Dead Milkmen. Talcum co-founded the band in 1983 and played guitar and sang with them until they broke up in 1995. These days, he keeps busy making solo home-recordings of snotty anthems and weird ditties that resemble collaborations between Daniel Johnston, Jerry Lewis, and Gordon Gano. In recent years, he spent time playing in indie bands The Low Budgets and The Cheesies, while also continuing to record and perform solo. He plays solo and shares the stage on Tuesday with buddies Doug Cheatwood & The Bastards of Fate, a “melodramatic pop” group from Roanoke, Va. See www.joejacktalcum.com for more. —TBL TUESDAY


JAM/ROCK | Brock Butler & Friends
Tues. Aug. 7
The Pour House

Brock Butler is addicted to playing guitar. It’s not enough that Perpetual Groove, the band he co-founded in Savannah, has become one of the most popular touring acts on the jam band circuit nationwide. While PGroove takes a brief summer respite, Brock is cultivating musical friendships throughout the Southeast with his laid-back, acoustic loop creations. Brock and “Friends” might mean another PGroover sitting in. His friends now include the Disco Biscuits (he pulls off an impressive solo acoustic version of their epic “Home Again”) and moe., who he joined on stage last month for their lauded performance at the All Good Festival. The only sure bet is that he’ll play some crowd-pleasers (“Graceland,” “Get Down Tonight,” or the theme from The Sopranos, anyone?). See www.pgroove.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence TUESDAY

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