SOUL-ROCK | The Dead 27s
w/ Trongone Band
Sat. July 16
10 p.m.
The Windjammer

Late last year, Charleston’s Dead 27s began work on a new full-length to follow 2014 EP Chase Your Devils Down. For the ultimate musical inspiration, the Southern soul-rock troupe headed to New Orleans to record with Grammy Award-nominated producer Ben Ellman of Galactic. The result is Ghosts Are Calling Out, an LP the guys can’t wait to share with fans. But first they’ve got one more goal: to raise funds via album pre-orders on their PledgeMusic campaign page. The site lists tons of price points and rewards, beginning at $10, and the campaign will conclude on Fri. July 22. In the meantime, the band will put the finishing touches on the record and continue to gear up for the album’s listening party at Lo-Fi Brewing on Sun. Aug. 21 — which, by the way, you can buy admission to via PledgeMusic. What else do you get by pre-ordering the album? “You get instant access to a special part of the site via the AccessPass,” the band says on their campaign page. “Here, we’ll bring you into our world. You’ll hear streams of new songs, see videos of us recording in the studio, check out pics of us at home, and much, much more. You’ll be fully immersed in this album before it’s ever in stores.” The AccessPass is $10 and also includes a digital download of Ghosts Are Calling Out. To pledge your support, go to pledgemusic.com/projects/dead27s. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


INDIE-ROCK | In the Whale
w/ Hale Bopp Astronauts
Thurs. July 14
8 p.m.
The Sparrow

When they first started jamming together in Greeley, Colo. a few years back, guitarist Nate Valdez and drummer Eric Riley didn’t think their jam sessions would turn into a band, so why bother adding anyone else? Five years later, the duo has churned out two EPs and a couple singles’ worth of gritty, razor-sharp proto-punk as In the Whale. And they still don’t have a bassist. “Once we decided to make this our main band, we decided that we liked the dynamic of a two-piece,” Riley says. “We like the way it looks onstage with the drums up front. Adding another member would just mess up that dynamic. We wanted it to sound big and sound full but keep it at two pieces.” Unfortunately, being a loud electric-guitar-and-drums duo comes with some preconceptions these days. “One of the biggest hurdles is that people think of the setup as a lo-fi kind of thing.” Riley says. “People will see us setting up and say, ‘I’m done, I’m leaving. I know exactly what this is. Let’s go to the patio.’” Valdez says that despite appearances, they’re not a new version of the White Stripes or the Black Keys. “It might be splitting hairs, but we really don’t do the blues-rock thing,” he says. “It’s more punk in that regard.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY


ROCK | The Struts
w/ Dorothy
Sat. July 16
9 p.m.
$16/adv., $18/door
Music Farm

Luke Spiller, lead singer and songwriter for the Struts, knows that there’s been a certain lack of big, skyscraping rock anthems over the last few years, and he and his band are happy to correct that. But just because this English outfit harkens back to arena-filling rock gods like Queen doesn’t mean they’re a tongue-in-cheek parody act like the Darkness. “I never started out to be some sort of revival act,” Spiller says. “That’s not the reason I’m doing this. This is just the world in which I and the band sort of live in. These are the bands we love, and this is what we want to sound like. So it’s a beautiful coincidence that there seems to be a lack of this melodic stadium rock. It’s just what we like to do.” Actually, the first time that the band released their album Everybody Wants the Struts in July 2014, it seemed as if no one was that interested. “Nothing really happened, and we’d kind of run out of money,” Spiller says. That was before an out-of-nowhere opening gig for the Stones and a deal with Interscope Records, who remastered and rereleased the album to larger success. “I think going through that the first time the album came out helped us grow as a group,” Spiller says. “It made us a lot more humble and hungry to get to the next level.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


TRIBUTE | The Sound of Minneapolis
w/ Mike Quinn, Charlton Singleton, Calvin Baxter, Rodrick Simmons, Stephen Washington, Vaughn Green, Greg Loney, Quiana Parler, Zandrina Dunning
Fri. July 15
9:30 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door
Pour House

Saxophonist and funk enthusiast Mike Quinn is back at it again with a tribute show, this time honoring the playful and soulful vibes of Minneapolis. Quinn will be joined by friends in two high-energy sets covering greats like Prince, Morris Day and the Time, Janet Jackson, Mint Condition, Jesse Johnson, Sheila E, and more. “The Minneapolis sound is so variable, yet somehow so recognizable at the same time,” says Quinn. “Take a brand new, or relatively new, tune — ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars. This song is straight out of the Minneapolis lexicon. I’ll quote a friend of mine, who will remain anonymous, calling it ‘broke-ass Prince.’ I’ll never forget that.” For those who caught Quinn’s recent Sly and the Family Stone tribute show, he assures us that the contagious energy and funky stage presence will still be there, just shown in a different light with different tunes. As for the guests making it happen on stage with him, he refers to them with respect as “the heaviest gospel and funk cats around … Every time I find myself in a room with these guys, I feel like I just graduated to a new level of musical understanding, conceptually and technically. That’s why I do these tributes. Oh, and also because it’s an incredible amount of fun.” —Graham Crolley FRIDAY

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