CHRISTMAS MUSIC | The White/Bogan Duo’s Acid Christmas
Wed. Dec. 13
10 p.m.
Pour House

For the past three years, keyboardist Ross Bogan and drummer Stuart White have truly enjoyed effing with Christmas songs, blending samples, odd time signatures, icy synths, and propulsive beats to make an off-the-wall evening of holiday music, which is perhaps fitting for a band that originally came together to do a night of Black Sabbath music on drums and keyboards. “We just wanted to put together a weird Christmas thing because we just kind of like to get weird in general,” Bogan says. “I think Christmas is so over the top sometimes, and everyone feels it, so we’re exploring that.” More recently, the duo has begun incorporating old Christmas specials and other multi-media wizardry into their show, just to make it even more bizarre. “We have those old Claymation movies like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Abominable Snowman being kaleidoscopically looped and tampered with,” Bogan says. “And we do a lot of sampling of speeches about Christmas and the holiday season, and some of them are pretty intense.” —Vincent Harris WEDNESDAY


HIP-HOP | Sunny Malin
w/ Terraphonics, Sista Misses, DJ Scrib
Sat. Dec. 16
8 p.m.
The Royal American

Sunny Malin doesn’t want us to know anything about his new album. “I don’t want to get too into it because it exposes its silhouette,” says Malin. It’s “not necessarily a complete surprise but just a clean palate” that he wants for listeners when they give it a listen. But, anyone who’s checked out Malin’s work knows he can rhyme with the best of them. His flow changes up by the second on “MSSNGR,” while Malin raps lightning-quick, then melodic on “Creatures’ Elixir.” Over trippy production, he spits lyrics like he’s got something to prove on every track. If the new album is anything like that, it’ll be a winner. Malin’s performance at the Royal American will be part of Ill Vibe The Tribe’s Art Binge series featuring visual artists Sasha Martoni, Destini Jihada, and Garbage Humans. Emily Bamfield is on live art duty with henna tattoos, while Los’ Lumpias appeals to your taste buds with its delicious lumpias. —Heath Ellison SATURDAY


CHRISTMAS MUSIC | Lowcountry Voices & Charlton Singleton
Sat. Dec. 16
5:30 p.m.
Mt. Zion AME

Charleston Jazz Orchestra artistic director, conductor, and trumpet player Charlton Singleton has been joining forces with the Lowcountry Voices choir for years to lend some jazz chops to gospel songs and hymns, and they’ve been mixing up the format for just as long. “What we do with the Lowcountry Voices concert is different almost every time,” Singleton says. “Depending on the year, I bring in my quintet and we do gospel songs and hymns and rearrange them so that they’re jazz songs, or I sit in with the choir and we’ll create some spots for me to improvise over whatever they’re singing.” This year, Singleton is sitting in on his own, and he’s excited both by the material and the chance to play with some of his friends. “You can get creative with arranging these songs,” he says. “You can almost do them however you want. If you want to take a hymn and make it into a bebop tune or rearrange the chords, there are a lot of ways you can do it. And there’s definitely a close connection between the two types of music. Plus these are good friends of mine, and we’ve played together in the past. It’s easy and fun to jump right in.” —Vincent Harris SATURDAY


FOLK | Faith Lyn
Sun. Dec. 17
7 p.m.
Art Institute of Charleston

Singer-songwriter Faith Lyn released two albums prior to her newest, 1706, but she still considers her newest work to be an introduction to her music. “It’s an acoustic album, and I wanted to make it an acoustic album because I wanted to present it as raw,” says Lyn. “It’s kind of like the exposition of me, just what I’ve learned the past two years and how it’s molded me.” Lyn is striving for a more mature sound, like that of someone who has begun to really know herself. Her stripped-down lead single “She Called Again” indicates the quiet places she’s taking her music. The track is a gentle song about love, longing, and heartbreak. Despite its sad ballad status, it features a power chorus that lets Lyn showcase her range as a singer and guitarist. 1706 is also an effort to get away from the “overproduced” sound of her first two albums. Lyn’s performance on Sun. Dec. 17 will feature paintings from a local female artist and a professional dancer providing an interpretive dance for Lyn’s music. “I really wanted to embrace the arts and I love empowering women in the arts,” she says. Lyn will also discuss the songs and themes with the audience throughout the evening. —Heath Ellison SUNDAY


Sun. Dec. 17
8 p.m.
Tin Roof

Sure, Tin Roof is decked out for Christmas year-round — what with the lit wise man, multi-colored lights, and actual ornaments that hang from the ceiling. But Jinglebang! is when the venue really turns it up a notch and Christmas just sorta voms all over the place. It’s ace. The Roof promises this benefit show will be another “cheerful mess of a party” complete with the annual Santia (The Mill’s Tia Clark dressed as Saint Nick) photo booth, boozy eggnog, and, maybe, an embarrassing druncle or two. Festive AF music will be provided by the Silver Bells, Meowy Catmas, Christ on a Cracker, the Joy Pilots, Matt Williams, Jordan Igoe, Mojo McGee, Eric Barfield, Rich Nobody Rollheim, Mansteamer, Peter Kfourty, George Fetner, Maya Morrill, and more. As for the dress code, don we now our gay apparel, y’all. This is the night for breaking out, say, your tackiest sweater, or that Rudolph tie, Santa hat, or Mrs. Claus dress. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY

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