INDIE-FOLK ROCK | Johnny Irion and Sarah Lee Guthrie
w/ Mark and Wendy Bryan
Thurs. March 12
8 p.m
Theatre 99

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion’s story began in Los Angeles back in 1999. Irion had moved to California from South Carolina the very same week that Guthrie — Arlo’s daughter and Woody’s granddaughter — relocated there. Irion and Guthrie’s mutual friends, the Black Crowes, introduced the future husband-and-wife folk-rock duo to each other. “We both certainly feel like fate had a hand in that,” Guthrie tells us. Today, the couple are seasoned road warriors. Over the course of the past 15 years, they’ve spent an average of eight to nine months a year in a van. They’ve even raised their kids — now ages seven and nine — on the road. But seeing as how Guthrie was brought up on tour with her father, that way of life just runs in her blood. And it was also through her family that she connected with Jeff Tweedy, who co-produced Irion and Guthrie’s last record Wassaic Way. The Wilco frontman became acquainted with the Guthrie family during the creation of Mermaid Avenue, a series of records in which Wilco and Billy Bragg took some unused Woody Guthrie lyrics and added music. Later, Tweedy invited the husband and wife to the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts. “He asked us to come sing ‘California Stars’ [off Mermaid Avenue Vol.1] with him, and it was such a highlight for me,” Guthrie says. “For me, it was a very full-circle feeling. Here’s somebody I admire so much, and he had worked with Woody’s lyrics, and we’re having this great moment of singing Woody’s songs together. And when we got off stage, I just went, ‘We gotta do that again.’” The duo are currently working on a new record that’s slated for a 2016 release. Guthrie says, “I’m trying to get away from being on the road as much and just sit down and make more albums.” —Kelly Rae Smith THURSDAY


Sat. Mar. 14
9:30 p.m.
$10/adv., $12/door
Pour House

The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road LIVE! has played 50 to 60 shows a year since 2002. However, the Beatles weren’t always their forte. “We use to have an original music band in the ’90s called Fuzzy Sprouts, and we randomly decided to learn the Abbey Road album for a show,” member Michael Wegner explains. “We were a four-piece band with the same instrumentation as the Beatles, and we all loved the Beatles, so it made sense.” The band went on to learn over 100 Beatles songs, with an emphasis on the Fab Four’s later works. The band members have collaborated with other tribute acts, including the Magical Mystery Horns and the Lonely Hearts Strings. Recently, Indian sitars and tablas have been added to the group’s musical repertoire. As a band that strives to balance creativity with accuracy, there’s one element that can’t be predicted: the audience. Wegner tells us, “There was one time we were playing a festival out in Oregon, and a middle-aged topless woman jumped up on stage and just hung out there dancing and grinning and twirling in her colorful skirt.” The one thing that Abbey Road LIVE! seems to more confidently predict for this weekend is a good time. Wegner says, “When we’re playing ‘All You Need is Love’ or ‘Hey Jude’ and the crowd is arm-and-arm, smiling, and singing at the top of their lungs, it does make us feel like we’re doing something good for the world.” —Sarah Eastwood SATURDAY


INDIE FOLK | Deadwin
w/ The Specs
Sun. March 15
2 p.m.
Jack of Cups Saloon

Nate Edwin began recording music in 2005, but it wasn’t until he left South Bend, Ind. for Charleston about a year ago that he teamed up with drummer Marc Horne to form Deadwin. Beautifully composed, with layers of instrumentation and quiet vocals, Edwin’s hypnotic indie-folk songs have always been melancholy masterpieces. However, Deadwin’s vibe is a bit more energetic. “I’d like for people to move with the tunes, unlike my sleepy solo sound,” Edwin explains. “I was landlocked for far too long, and a lot of new writing has been inspired by this location.” Edwin can often be seen on Folly Beach performing on the Chico Feo stage or out and about downtown. “I never knew much of Charleston and have been amazed at the creativity and ambition here,” he explains. “The community I’m getting introduced to is an amazing one, and the location brings daily inspiration.” Deadwin is currently working on a debut record slated for a late-spring release. Tracks like “Rocco” and “Dorian” are directly influenced by Edwin’s new home. Deadwin will perform with The Specs this weekend for Jack of Cups Saloon’s first anniversary celebration. —Kelly Rae Smith SUNDAY


ROCK | Couches
w/ Elim Bolt and Magic Camp
Sun. March 15
9:30 p.m.
Tin Roof

“Chill” might be the most appropriate word to describe the band Couches. Hailing from San Francisco, Calif., Couches is a slacker-rock trio whose current lineup consists of David Mitchell (vocals/guitar), Chris Griley (bass), and new drummer Alfred Hernandez. Formed nearly three years ago, the collective has since been able to establish a sound that’s riff-driven and frenzied yet still very mellow. While the band is clearly inspired by their Gen-X forbearers, Couches draws from contemporaries too, like Mosshead, Ugly Winner, and Light Thieves. With Couches’ latest release, the aptly titled Slackin’ Since the ’80s, it’s clear that the band has latched onto a laid-back, grunge-inspired sound. Regardless of the EP’s namesake, the band’s been hard at work traveling the country on multiple tours, as well as releasing a litany of music videos and a seven-inch for their song “California.” —Viraj Naik SUNDAY