Thurs. Nov. 20
10 p.m.
The Mill

Austin-based Izzy Cox has the voice of an angel, but she’ll burn your home to the ground if you cross her. In the foot-stomping track “Bad Bad Woman,” Cox pleasantly sings, “I stole your car last night/ Took it for a ride/ Set your girlfriend’s house on fire/ Now I’m doing time.” After learning about her past, it doesn’t surprise us that Cox is tough as nails. “I was a runaway between the ages of 11 and 16,” says Cox. “I grew up quick, and by the time I was 16, I was married, lost a child, got divorced, made national news, lost a career I was good at, and was strung out on drugs.” Although Cox has led a rough life, there may be a silver lining to all of this — her experiences have made for some good tunes. Cox calls herself an “outlaw Americana hellbilly steampunk anarchist crooner,” and we think that’s pretty damn accurate. While some songwriters seem like they’re weaving tall-tales in their lyrics, there’s a trustworthiness in Cox’s voice that tells us she is being completely genuine when she sings, “Stop telling me those lies every single night/ Somebody’s gonna have to die.” Cox says, “I relate to music that speaks the truth. If folks are playing music about the hell they have lived through, that’s where I relate.” —J. Chapa THURSDAY


FOLK POP | Bombadil
w/ Johnny Delaware, Stefanie Santana
Thurs. Nov. 20
8 p.m.
$10/adv., $13.50/door
Charleston Music Hall

Daniel Michalek, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist of Raleigh-based Bombadil, is inspired by everything from NPR’s Marketplace to Stephen King’s The Stand — and even church radio. “Every once in a while, I like to put on the Bible channel [Bible Broadcasting Network],” he tells us. “And there’s always a nice man who tells you parables about the Bible, and then they always play these 18th-century or early-1900s hymns where there’s like 40 people singing, and it’s sounds, like, warbling. I like listening to that.” Bombadil creates charming folk-pop music full of heaven-sent harmonies, a likely byproduct of the band’s Bible Belt upbringing. The beauty of Bombadil is that they can surprise you every once in a while, like when Michalek decides to rap. That’s what he did on “Isn’t it Funny?” off Bombadil’s last release, Metrics of Affection, when he didn’t know what else to do. “There was a period of time when I had injured my arms and I couldn’t really play an instrument, but I still wanted to do music,” Michalek says. “I think at the time I was listening to a lot of rap because I think rap is also kind of like dark, mad music, and I was mad and angry a lot, and so it kind of resonated with me and I wanted to do songs that described my experience. So this was one way where I could make music without actually playing anything because rapping is just rapping with a beat underneath. We actually have a whole album of hip-hop we hope to release one day.” But the band’s departure from indie rock won’t happen just yet. Even on the day of our chat with Michalek, Bombadil was hard at work on a new album with more horns than hip-hop. The as-yet-to-be-titled record, their sixth full-length to date, is due out in March. —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY


AMERICANA | The Bad Popes
w/ Donna Hughes
Fri. Nov. 21
6 p.m.
Palmetto Brewing

Fri. Nov. 21
10 p.m.
Home Team BBQ
Sullivan’s Island

For Americana band The Bad Popes, the name of the band has caused a bit of confusion. “When some people hear the name, they think we’re a punk band, anti-Catholic, or that the title is somehow sacrilegious,” says guitarist/vocalist Jef Chandler. “It’s not like that at all.” The Bad Popes are actually named after the book The Bad Popes written in 1969 by E. R. Chamberlin. The book is about the lives of eight controversial popes in the Middle Ages. But The Bad Popes of today consist of guitarist/vocalist Charles Hedgepath, bassist Chris Garrett, pedal steel player Mike Bagwell, drummer Joe Cash, and Chandler. Together, they write music that can either leave you crying into your beer or chugging it while you head for the dance floor. Veterans of the Upstate music scene, the band formed in 2002 and are currently working on the follow-up to their 2012 release Town & Country. “There are 13 songs on the CD, which will be called Rounders, named after the game from which baseball evolved,” says Chandler. —J. Chapa FRIDAY


SURF ROCK | Triathalon
and YR Lad
Sat. Nov. 22
9 p.m.
Tin Roof

Savannah, Ga.’s Triathalon composes dreamy surf tunes for your ears’ delight. In October, Triathalon released Lo-Tide, a 10-song collection that remind us of bands like Real Estate and, at times, a melodic version of Charleston’s own Dumb Doctors. Triathalon describes their style of music as “sketchy.” What the hell is sketchy music you ask? “It’s somewhere between dark and sexy,” says frontman Adam Intrator. “Like music you would get down to but feel weird playing in front of a girl. I guess the only sketchy thing about Triathalon is us, not our music. Our music is happy.” Triathalon was named back when the band was a one-man show. “The name started off back in college when I was playing shows by myself. Lots of looping was involved,” says Intrator. “So doing several things at once was kind of the musical equivalent of participating in a triathlon.” Despite misspelling their band name, Triathalon is holding down the surf music scene in Savannah. But they’re not catching too many gnarly waves. “I surfed once,” Intrator says. “Pretty terrible. But at least we have some swell cred.” —J. Chapa SATURDAY