FOLK-ROCK | Danielle Howle (Album-release)
w/ Benyaro
Fri. Nov. 3rd
7 p.m.
Home Team BBQ
West Ashley

There’s something infectious about the music of Danielle Howle, particularly when she’s playing live. Her husky voice throws off sparks against her crisply strummed acoustic, and there are moments when it’s hard to tell if she’s a folk singer, a country gal, or a rock ‘n’ roller, sometimes within the same song. On her new album Live from the Home Team, which is being presented, fittingly enough, by Home Team BBQ, Howle is absolutely in her element, up on a stage spinning out stories, playing with the melodies of her songs, and stretching out the verses, laughing and whooping it up between lines. On the first single, “Spring,” a quick monologue about the weather leads into an uptempo bouncer about a change in season, recalling the full-band work of the early Indigo Girls with a little more grit and a lot more mischief. And Howle’s guitar work just might be her secret weapon; she can pick the hell out of an acoustic six-string. —Vincent Harris FRIDAY


Fri. Nov. 3
7 p.m.
$15/adv., $12/students and groups
Charleston Music Hall

This weekend’s tribute to the Allman Brothers Band is more than an ode to a legendary group — it’s a reunion of local musicians who started performing together decades ago at places like Myskyn’s Tavern, a popular old-school venue that once lived on Faber Street as well as Market Street. Local and visiting acts found their groove there in the 1970s and 1980s, including the guys gathering for Friday’s Idlewild Reunion (named after the Allman Brothers’ 1970 album Idlewild South) on the Music Hall stage: Bassist Wayne Mitchum (local performer since the late ’70s, with Plane Jane for nine years now), drummer Wes Powers of Sol Driven Train, prolific local keyboardist Bill Nance, guitarist Michael Davis of Ye Olde Music Shop, drummer J.T. Rollerson of Super Deluxe, and guitarist Johnny Mac of the Jumper Cables. Yes, there are even two drummers, just like the original Brothers. “A lot of people never got to see the Allman Brothers live and have no idea what it’s like to see the band, and I think this is a golden opportunity for those people to get some kind of idea of what it was all about,” Davis says. “We’re all big Allman Brothers fans and have played that material for years. If you could handpick a band to play a tribute to the Allman Brothers, this is who you’d wind up with. It’s just the guys you’d want up there doing it.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY


FESTIVAL | 5th Annual Southern Roots Smokehouse Rockabillaque
w/ Megan Jean & the KFB, Whiskey Diablo, 17 Comeback Special, Don Merckle & the Blacksmiths, Jesse Shannon, Nash Rambler and Spare Parts, Erin John, more
Sat. Nov. 4th
11 a.m.
Park Circle

Depending on when you might have seen them over the past couple of years, Megan Jean and Byrne Klay, a.k.a. Megan Jean & The Klay Family Band, have had completely different configurations and different sounds. They’ve moved from an acoustic-guitar-friendly folk act to a more undefinable Americana sound, mixing Megan Jean’s powerhouse voice with auxiliary percussion and banjo to a more propulsive style with Jean behind a drum kit and Klay electrifying his banjo. “I love playing the drums,” Jean says, “and you can hear Byrne better because he’s playing an electric banjo now through a bunch of effects pedals. But I think the biggest difference you’d notice is that we’re having more fun.” What’s perhaps frustrating for both the band and their fans is that much of their evolution has gone unrecorded; it’s been four years since their last album. But they’re finally fixing that problem with their new album, Tarantista, out in 2018. “There were definitely times I thought we wouldn’t be able to pull off the scale of what we wanted to do,” Jean says. “But Zac Thomas over there at the Jam Room in Columbia is the dang man. He can just catch what you’re going for and keep you on your grind until you get there.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


PUNK POP | Wavves
w/ Joyce Manor and Culture Abuse
Sat. Nov. 4th
7 p.m.
Music Farm

More or less since their inception in 2008, the San Diego band Wavves has been identified as a “surf-punk” group. And though there are certainly elements of that genre in their sound (the massive, sculpted guitars of Nathan Williams and Alex Gates, for example), their new album You’re Welcome does a lot to shrug off that classification. It’s a mix of tight, bouncing beats, stacked guitars, and occasional electronic touches, with Beatles-esque vocal harmonies up top. But to hear bassist Stephen Pope tell it, You’re Welcome isn’t a departure because the band was never what people thought they were in the first place. “I’m sure you could apply the ‘surf punk’ thing to a few songs, but it’s always been just a part of our sound,” he says. “I think that people attached the surf-punk label to us because we started in San Diego and the band is called Wavves, so it’s an easy go-to. But I don’t think any of our records have ever been in that genre. I feel like we have a fairly diverse catalog, and what we do varies with each record.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY

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