Stoner Rock | Midnight Ghost Train
Thurs. Jan. 31
The Mill

Prior to forming the stoner rock outfit Midnight Ghost Train, Steve Moss didn’t know diddly about the Sabbath-inspired genre that first lifted its half-baked head back in the mid-1990s, thanks to Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu, and the late, great Kyuss. “To tell you the truth, I can’t stand stoner rock or metal, but I love our band,” Moss says. The Ghost Train singer-guitarist adds, “I’m a blues guy, but I like to play loud and bang my head.” Moss and company are currently touring in support of their 2012 effort, Buffalo, a walloping collection of bottom-heavy grooves and sonic trips. “I love loud amps, heavy drums, and groovy beats,” Moss says. “Our music just comes out of us the way it does because of how we feel.” If that’s the case, then Steve Moss must feel like an interstellar Viking plundering and pillaging the faraway galaxy of Badassery. Godspeed, Mr. Moss. Godspeed. —Chris Haire THURSDAY

Americana | Matt Pond
w/ Company

Fri. Feb. 1
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

Matt Pond grew up in northern New Hampshire playing the French horn and trumpet, and those influences still glimmer in his music. For the last 14 years, Pond has worked with a rotating cast of collaborators to create eight albums and nine EPs of baroque indie pop. During that time, he’s diversified his interests to incorporate shuffling rock, jangly folk, and ’60 roots-psych while retaining a passion for bright melodies and rich arrangements. Those changes really manifested on his last two discs, 2007’s Last Light and 2010’s The Dark Leaves, both of which reduce the lushness and periodically pick up the tempos. Perhaps succumbing to this restlessness, Pond has since recast himself as a “solo” artist, abandoning the band conceit of Matt Pond PA. He arrives in Charleston days ahead of his Feb. 5 solo debut, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, and a month after his free download The Natural Lines EP. Both feature warm melodies and a less-is-more ethos. —Chris Parker FRIDAY

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w/ Tyler Mechem, Dave Conner
Fri. Feb. 1
7 p.m.
Morgan Creek Grill

It’s a rare thing to see Lindsay Holler playing solo. The former Dirty Kids frontwoman prefers to stay busy with her bands, the Western Polaroids, Matadero, and Oh Ginger, rather than take the stage on her own. But that’s exactly what she’ll be doing at this Friday’s acoustic performance. “Music is more of a collaborative thing for me,” Holler says. “I enjoy being OK with not knowing where something’s going to go, with that collaborative process.” Last year was a packed one for Holler — in addition to a solid performing schedule, she released a CD with Oh Ginger, her project with former Dirty Kid Michael Hanf, and even ventured into production. This year, she hopes to tip the scales back toward playing her own music. “I’ve been wanting to get more of a balance [between producing and performing]. I can’t forget that I’m a musician and I need to get out there,” she says. Judging from this gig, it looks like she’s starting things off right. Tyler Mechem of the now-defunct Crowfield and David Knight of Rustic Remedy will also perform. —Elizabeth Pandolfi FRIDAY

Psychobilly | Lux Interior Tribute Party
Mon. Feb. 4
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

Four years ago, the music world lost one of punk’s most enduring frontmen, Lux Interior of the Cramps. This week, a few of Interior’s Holy City fans are coming together to celebrate the psychobilly sounds of the Cramps. For City Paper contributor Kelly Rae Smith, the organizer of the rock show, Interior’s legacy lives on. “Lux was an important guy because he used his band to not only create a new sound with an old soul, but he reminded everyone of where music came from,” Smith says. “I love the rockabilly mixed in with a little crazy. To me, that equates to something insanely fun, while paying a little homage to the rock ‘n’ roll gods who came before him. I know the image of the Cramps may seem a little goth and sinister, but to me they’re actually more accessible than people may think.” Smith adds, “Lux started something that had never been done before and has yet to be repeated. He entered the punk scene with the likes of the Ramones, but there’s just no one then or still who sound anything like the psychobilly sound the Cramps engineered all themselves. I think that has to be worth remembering.” The Lean Few’s Justin and Phil Allen, the Fairy God Mutha’s T. Ballard Lesemann, and Alswell will all be performing. Proceeds from the show will go to the local nonprofit Mental Health Heroes, which supports the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center. —Chris Haire MONDAY

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