Everyone knows, music is best experienced on vinyl. And if not vinyl, then a worn-out cassette tape. And preferably while sitting in complete silence with your equally silent best friends while you ponder the glories of the high-and-tight haircut. But sometimes that’s just not possible. In those cases, we guess that live music will have to do.

Awendaw Green Barn Jam
Every Wed.

Local and national acts love to perform at this cool boho venue that’s a twee bit off the beaten path. Located north of Mt. Pleasant on Highway 17 behind the Seewee Outpost, Awendaw Green isn’t really too far to go considering the good time that awaits. Wednesday nights’ Barn Jams mix it up so much, you can often find punk juxtaposed with Americana, folk, country, rock, bluegrass, and more.

Lowcountry Death Fest

July 18

For some, a day in the sun doesn’t mean a light melody and an acoustic guitar — it means it’s time to rawk. This year, 843Core Promotions has put together a killer lineup of regional metal acts for the first ever Lowcountry Death Fest at the Hive in Ladson. Expect a full day of everything from Atlanta deathcore to Rock Hill prog metal and Summerville metalcore.

Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Series

Every Fri.

On Fridays when the clock strikes five, few things sound better than enjoying a cold one and some live tunes outside in the fresh air. That’s why the Loading Dock Series at Palmetto Brewing on Huger Street is a good call. Each Friday, you can catch live acts like Katina Rose, John Cusatis, and Danielle Howle.

Rockin’ at the River

First Thurs. of the month

Should you find yourself looking for something to do on the first Thursday of the month, head over to Riverfront Park in North Charleston to catch a grand view of the Cooper River, along with some good grooves at Rockin’ at the River. Through September, you can catch local acts like Sgt. Submarine, Bootless, and Plane Jane — for absolutely no charge. — while enjoying the goods from local food trucks and breweries.

Sol Slam

July 31-Aug. 1 br />

For the fifth year in a row, the Windjammer hosts Sol Slam 2015. Overlooking the ocean or in the open-air bar, you’ll get to see acts like Sol Driven Train, The Broadcast, Rushad Eggleston, Marcus King Band, Danielle Howle & Jordan Igoe, Gaslight Street, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit Music and Memory, a nonprofit that helps elders in care facilities suffering from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection through music.