According to the folks at the Music Farm, the big 311 gig scheduled for Thurs. April 23 is already sold out. The late-’90s metal/rap/reggae band — lead singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer/turntablist Doug “SA” Martinez, lead guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist Aaron “P-Nut” Wills, and drummer Chad Sexton — returned to the road this month for a nationwide spring tour in support of a new album titled Uplifter — a collection produced by Bob Rock. They recorded the new stuff at the band’s Hive Studio. See www.musicfarm.com and www.311.com for more.


Charleston hard-rock band Leslie celebrate the long-awaited release of a new EP titled The Rebel Souls with a gig at the Music Farm on Sat. April 4. Local band Firework Show and Nashville’s Sterling Y are on the bill as well. The show is co-presented by local stations the Bridge at 105.5 and 98X. Lead singer/guitarist Sadler Vaden, drummer Jonathan Carmen, and bassist Jason Fox recorded the four-song disc in Memphis at 747 Studios with producer Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Saliva). Advance tunes are available at the band’s MySpace page. The entire collection will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com, Napster, Rhapsody, and other sites on Tues. March 31. Leslie heads out to Austin for three showcase gigs at the annual South By Southwest conference this week as well. Check out www.myspace.com/leslierock and www.musicfarm.com for more.


Speaking of SXSW, congrats to frantic local artist, writer, and musician Charlie McAlister. He’s one of only two acts from S.C. featured on the lengthy roster. The annual event showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over 80 stages in downtown Austin. McAlister makes some peculiar noise at a club called the Hideout on Thurs. March 19. Visit www.sxsw.com and www.myspace.com/charliemcalister for more.


The 2009 Savannah Music Festival is set to go. Scheduled for Wed. March 18 through Sun. April 5, it will feature a lineup of over 100 classical, jazz, rock, Americana, gospel, and bluegrass artists performing at various venues around the city’s historic district. The programming combines “elegance and soul in a way that mirrors the history and culture of Savannah.” Tickets can be purchased through Trustees Theater’s box office (912-525-5050). Some events are free. See www.savannahmusicfestival.org for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann