Jesus Rock | Jars of Clay
w/ The Last Bison, The Tarlatans
Sun. Aug. 18
9 p.m.
Music Farm

In case you’re not an acoustic-rock aficionado or former church youth group kid, a word of introduction: Jars of Clay was one of the quintessential crossover Christian acts of the ’90s, scoring at least one big radio hit, “Flood,” with secular and Bible-believing crowds alike. As with fellow Christian-but-also-mainstream act Switchfoot, they’re still kicking — and they’ve turned up the volume. Jars of Clay’s 2006 album Good Monsters marked a departure in style for the band, adding a little crunchy distortion and a heavy dose of fist-pumping stadium rock. If you catch this concert, expect to see a lot of blissed-out believers swaying to the beat and mouthing the words in closed-eyed devotion. Still, most of the lyrics aren’t directly religious, creating the ambiguity so aptly pointed out in a classic episode of South Park: Is this song about Jesus or a girl? For example, try to parse the lyrics to the band’s 2002 track “Fly” and decide if they’re about a man pursuing a woman or God pursuing a person: “And I’ll fly with you through the night/ So you know I’m not letting go/ I’m not letting go/ Tears like rain fill up the sky/ Oh my love, I’m not letting go/ I won’t let you go.” In addition to the old hits, fans can expect to hear some new material from the band’s upcoming album Inland, due out Aug. 27. —Paul Bowers SUNDAY


NEO-SOUL | The Secret B-Sides
Sun. Aug. 18
10 p.m.
Surf Bar

Asheville’s Secret B-Sides are on a mission to make everyone on planet Earth feel a little bit sexy. And we’re happy to report that the smooth groovin’, galactic beat-laying Secret B-Sides are well on their way to completing their mission. Lead man Juan Holladay gets some backup from Robin Tolleson on drums, Shayne Heather on bass, and Jeff K’norr on the keys, and together these R&B lovers mix old school soul with futuristic funk in an epic mash-up of Marvin Gaye and Cee Lo Green (or you can think of it as an interstellar combo of Yo! MTV Raps and Soul Train). There’s no mistaking just who the Secret B-Sides’ influences are after you listen to their three psychedelic, sexy-slow albums Easy Magic, Flowers & Chocolate, and Live on the Mothership. The Secret B-Sides will be bringing their spacy swagger to the Surf Bar on Folly Beach, so get ready to move your sandy feet because standing still will not be an option. —Kalyn Oyer SUNDAY


Sat. Aug. 17
9 p.m.
The Sparrow

It’s rare to hear a collection that’s as bare bones as Montauk’s World’s Greatest. It’s even rarer to hear one where the vocals are so nonchalant and dreary that they feel almost dismissive. But in the end, Montauk’s Cheyne Dowds (vocals, guitar) and Nick Bowman (drummer, guitar) have crafted an EP that is refreshingly honest, if a little bit ugly. “To me, half the goal is to just not be cheesy and fake,” Dowds says. “It seems like so many bands just fall into a generic look and sound, like a fake country accent or the whole rockabilly shtick. I just wanted to be a kind of adult, real person making music.” Dowds in particular is inspired by Will Oldham, Sam Beam, and the late Jason Molina. “I’m kind of a big fan of the emptiness of a lot of music,” the Montauk singer-songwriter says. “Those dudes convey so much emotion with the simplest arrangements. It’s like, come on now, it’s 2013, amps don’t go to 11. You can’t get any crazier, louder, or gnarlier than has already been done, but if you can write a good real song and somebody can connect to it, you did something right.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY


w/ Lily Slay, Mackie Boles, Joel Hamilton, Lindsay Holler, and more
Fri. Aug. 16
7 p.m.
Tin Roof

From 1968 to 1973, Elvis Presley was on one helluva roll. There was his 1968 comeback TV special, followed by the chart-topping soul-gospel groove of 1969’s From Elvis in Memphis, a collection of tracks taken from the same session that yielded “Suspicious Minds” and “Kentucky Rain.” Elvis Country came next, with the King zeroing in on country ballads and old-time gospel. But as good as those were, Elvis felt there was new ground to cover, so he turned his attention to the crew at the legendary Stax Records. While the results of the two recording sessions were spread out over several mediocre albums, they’ve finally been gathered together in one big ol’ collection, the recently released Elvis at Stax three-disc box set. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Elvis get funky — and we’re talking about “Shaft” and “Superfly”-style funk — this is it. Speaking of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Tin Roof is hosting an Elvis tribute show this week featuring some of the Holy City’s finest musicians. The Elvis-themed festivities kick off at 7 p.m., but the music starts at 9 p.m. With Lily Slay, Lindsay Holler, and Mackie Boles, it’s sure to be one badass show. —Chris Haire FRIDAY