SHOEGAZE | Spirits and the Melchizedek Children
Tues. Oct. 14
10 p.m.
Tin Roof

Spirits and the Melchizedek Children create music that slowly but steadily penetrates the emotional realm of the brain. A few headphone sessions of their second full-length So Happy, It’s Sad will eventually conjure up memories of heartache and failure. Give it a few more listens, and you’ll recall your triumphs, too. There is something about the way frontman Jason Elliott’s voice seamlessly slides from major to minor keys that evokes heavy emotions. “Sad minor keys in music is something that we all, in some way, have strong feelings about,” says Elliott. “We want listeners to cast away and feel something real. In order for you to be truly happy, you have to be truly sad.” The Atlanta band has a unique writing style that allows their music to breathe. The group shows their incredible restraint and wisdom in knowing that not every second of an album must be filled with sound. A freshly rosined bow skims along strings while the drum beats in tribal patterns. There’s a profound space filled only by the sound of a telecaster slowly decaying note by note. “We constantly want to drench and wash things out to make it more of a tonal thing,” says Elliott. “However, there is a fine line. We want things to sound expansive, yet close.” —J. Chapa


INDIE FOLK | The Cave Singers
w/The Devil Makes Three
Wed. Oct 8
8:30 p.m.
Music Farm

Seattle-based The Cave Singers make some of the most beautiful folk music you’re likely to come across right now. Forming in 2007, the band’s lineup comprises frontman Pete Quirk, guitarist Derek Fudesco, drummer Marty Lund, and bassist Morgan Henderson. The band tours extensively, even supporting Charleston’s beloved Band of Horses back in 2007 during a U.K. tour. Having already released three full-length albums — Invitation Songs (2007), Welcome Joy (2009), and No Witch (2011) — the band unleashed its last LP Naomi last year. Catchy melodies and tenor-led storytelling are still common threads, but Naomi also presents The Cave Singers with a more pronounced and polished sound. Though the band’s prettily imagined, lush albums are all worth hearing, their live show is where they truly shine. “We don’t get to make it down there very often,” says Quirk. “We’ve been down there before, but we want to make new fans and show people down there what we have as far as our live show.” —Lindsay Anne Bower


HARDCORE | Rocktoberfest
w/ Norma Jean, Emery, Marytre, Being As An Ocean, Fit For A King, Gideon, ’68, Wolves At The Gate, & More
Sat. Oct. 11
11 a.m.
$15/adv., $20/door
Charleston Skate Park

Not many genres of music create a sense of community quite like hardcore — its fans thoroughly bonding through breakdowns and pig squeals. Norma Jean and Emery are two of the most loved bands in the hardcore business, and rightly so, they’ve been at it for nearly two decades. The two groups stand side-by-side with legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, James Brown, and Bell Biv Devoe, who all have been honored with 20th Century Masters albums of greatest hits. That’s kind of a big deal. These two celebrated acts will headline this year’s Rocktoberfest, an all-day festival celebrating hardcore music from all over the U.S. Brian Buchanan founded the event three years ago, but this is the first time it’s ever been to Charleston — and something tells us this one will be memorable. “The festival takes place inside a skate park, so it’s pretty unique,” says Buchanan. “The two stages will be on opposite ends and in between there will be some skating.” Although this is Rocktoberfest’s inaugural year here, everything seems to be falling into place for Buchanan and his cohorts. “We got word that Emery and Norma Jean were touring and wanted a show here,” says Buchanan. “We knew we had to make it happen.” —J. Chapa


HIP-HOP | Matt Monday
w/ special guests Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, New Galaxy, Oxymoron, Savage Souls, Damn Skippy, and Luis Skye
Thurs. Oct. 9
9:30 p.m.
Pour House

Matt Monday, the hip-hop artist formerly known as Righchus, left the Holy City for the Big Apple last year, trading the slow, Southern life for a more fast-paced adventure. “The trains suck, but everything else is pretty cool,” he says. “I’m getting exposed to a lot of different things.” Over the summer, Monday released “The Lomax” off his new record Filthy, and the video for the hoppin’ track premiered on swimclique.com last week. Since the move, Monday has also started up the label S.W.I.M. (Southern Wealth in Music) with partners Jeffery Berry and Mike Santos. The venture allows Monday to do what he wants with his music, while helping other artists, too. “Had I known the things I know now about the business when I was 21, things would be completely different, so I definitely want to pass that knowledge on,” Monday says. “Having your own label isn’t complicated at all. Just requires talent, dedication, and a good knowledge of the business.” Monday’s performance this week is his first since moving away and changing his name. All proceeds from the show will benefit H1gher Learning, a non-profit that rewards the academic excellence of at-risk students with brand-new sneakers. —Kelly Rae Smith