This week, RCA announced a large-scale “arena tour” for not-so-underground rockers Kings of Leon. A Charleston date is solid: Sun. May 10 at the North Charleston Coliseum. The band first made a splash with the release of a five-song EP titled Holy Roller Novocaine in early 2003. Lead singer/guitarist Caleb Followill, drummer Nathan Followill, bassist Jared Followill, and lead guitarist Matthew Followill last played in Charleston in 2005 at the Music Farm in support of Aha Shake Heartbreak. They return behind their latest, Only by the Night. Tickets go on sale Fri. Feb. 13 via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at (843) 554-6060. Visit and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


Kudos to Ye Olde Music Shop (1276 Yeamans Hall Road in Hanahan), who recently received a “best overall music supplies” designation from Music and Sound Retailer, a magazine devoted to music merchandisers. For their 25th anniversary issue, the “M.I. Spy” feature visited Charleston, going undercover to seek out the best place to buy a keyboard amongst our city’s many music stores. Ye Olde topped out for their combination of selection, pricing, and customer service. —Stratton Lawrence


Sad news came in last week on Lux Interior, the lanky and ghoulish singer of punk/psychobilly band the Cramps. According to news reports, Lux (born Eric Lee Purkhiser) passed away on Wed. Feb. 4 in Glendale, Calif. after suffering a heart attack. The Cramps formed in 1973 in Ohio and relocated to Manhattan just as the early punk scene there was taking shape. Lux and his guitar-playing wife Poison Ivy were rockabilly revivalists with an ultra-trashy style. Their 1984 compilation album Bad Music for Bad People (I.R.S.), was a starting point for many Cramps fans. Lux’s image made the cover the 1981 documentary Urgh! A Music War. Check out —TBL


More bad news from clubland: Henry’s on the Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant has closed. The posh purple-violet venue in LaFayette Village along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard was an East Cooper hotspot replete with a tapas menu, a swanky lounge area, and a dance floor. The club hired mostly dance and funk/rock cover bands. Henry’s on the Market at 54 N. Market St. will remain open. —TBL

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