Charleston will have to bid local trio A Decent Animal farewell in a few weeks. The indefatigable band — singer/guitarist Jonathan Nicholson, bassist Richard Weld, and drummer George Baerreis — are heading to San Francisco in late March. “Jonathan is from San Francisco, and he’s dying to get back there,” says Weld. “We’re all looking for a change in scenery as well.” While not yet signed to a record label, they did recently put ink to paper with N.Y.-based booking agency Inland Empire. The Animal perform this week, opening for metal/rock duo Jucifer at the Music Farm on Sat. Feb. 9. Their “farewell show” is set for Sat. March 15 at the Pour House. Visit


Bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler — the rhythm section of mod/punk U.K. power-trio The Jam — are on the their first U.S. tour together since the band’s break-up in 1982. Under the name From The Jam (with Dave Moore and Russell Hastings filling in for original guitarist/vocalist Paul Weller), they’re playing tunes from all five studio albums. From The Jam are scheduled to perform only one Southeast show at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta (3110 Roswell Road) on Wed. Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. Visit for an exclusive Q&A with Foxton and Buckler. Check out for more.


Still in the midst of their hot youth, Charleston-based pop/rock act Band of Horses packed the Music Farm last month and return for an encore at the venue on Sun. Feb. 10 with support from Cass McCombs & The Middle Class and Tyler Ramsey. The event was originally scheduled for Tues. Feb. 12 at the Village Tavern as a “fan club-only” show. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available to the general public for $20 ($18 adv.) through the Farm box office (843-577-6969) or online at Visit


Grammy Award-wining mandolinist/string player Sam Bush is set to perform at the Charleston Music Hall on Thurs. March 6 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are on sale this week for $30 and $50 at and at Millennium and Cat’s Music locations. All proceeds benefit Carolina Studios, an after-school music program for at-risk children. Visit and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann

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