METAL | In Hope, We Return
w/ The Death In Me, Beshiba, If Only, and Amor Exitium
Fri. Sept. 2
8 p.m.
Cory’s Grilled Cheese

Florence metal quintet In Hope, We Return has been together for five years or so, but they haven’t done much recording. So if you’ve heard them in the past playing a brand of thrash metal with progressive-rock style instrumental flourishes, you might be surprised by the sound of their new single, the streamlined, anthemic “Broken Hands.” Sure the signature throat-ripping vocals of their hardcore past are still intact, but the music is tighter and more melodic. “The older stuff that we play is pretty amateur compared to what we play now,” says In Hope guitarist Ethan Lewis. “On the new single, no one expected what it was going to be — it’s way more mainstream.” Despite that shift, Lewis says In Hope, and his other band Beshiba, have found a great deal of acceptance in Charleston’s burgeoning metal community. “Charleston’s been really great to us,” he says. “They treat us like family. It’s a really good scene. Whether it’s five people or 50 people at a show, they really appreciate what we’re doing.”
—Vincent Harris FRIDAY


LOCAL SERIES | CMH Live: A Celebration of Charleston Music
The Travelin’ Kine, HoneySmoke,
and Dallas Baker & Friends
Sat. Sept. 3
8 p.m.
Charleston Music Hall

Turns out that South Carolina’s small towns aren’t the only ones having trouble drawing crowds for local shows — just ask Charleston Music Hall director, Charles Carmody. “The big struggle we’ve had in the past is that it’s just hard to get people to come out and see local music, which sucks,” he says. So the folks at the Music Hall devised the CMH Live concert series, designed to alleviate that problem. Multiple bands will perform at each installment of the series, and the program will consist of both their own songs and covers of artists the bands cite as influences. “We wanted to find a unique way to present local artists in this space,” Carmody says. “You can see local artists all over the place, so we wanted to offer something different to warrant them playing in a 950-seat room. So we hope by doing the series with kind of a different format that we could entice folks to come out and learn about our local artists and their creative process.”
—Vincent Harris SATURDAY


Tues. Sept. 6
9 p.m.
The Commodore

Local Hearts & Plugs artist Michael Flynn creates an ethereal, haunting brand of music that combines electronic washes of synthesizers and programmed percussion with simple, melodic acoustic piano lines. But there’s a sly sense of humor at work in his music as well. The opening track on his 2014 album Face in the Cloud, called “Lens Flare,” spends a little over three minutes establishing a muted, pulsing instrumental mood that gently ties a variety of keyboard and percussion sounds together before shifting gears completely in the last few seconds and turning into a kaleidoscopically weird Danny Elfman-style spookfest, throwing all manner of ominous drones and sounds into the mix. His music is reminiscent of M83’s massive soundscapes, but there’s more of a pop-music sense of melody in Flynn’s work, especially when his soothing, understated vocals come into play. Flynn’s show with the similarly atmospheric rock of FALINE is the first in Hearts & Plugs’ September residency series at The Commodore. —Vincent Harris TUESDAY


THE BAND TRIBUTE | The Last Waltz Ensemble
Fri. Sept. 2
9 p.m.
$13/adv., $15/door
Pour House

This week is the Pour House’s 14th anniversary, and as a part of the celebration, they are welcoming tribute band the Last Waltz Ensemble to play an anniversary show of their own. The Atlanta-based group was formed in reverence to the Band’s 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, a show made even more memorable when it was turned into a documentary/concert film of the same name directed by Martin Scorsese two years later. The Band was joined by other artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, and Eric Clapton. The Last Waltz is turning 40 soon, and the Ensemble will commemorate the gathering of greats with a progressive, jam-band-flavored night of the Band and Dylan tunes, ranging from the Band’s the Hawks days to the more underground Band-Dylan collab The Basement Tapes. Though the Ensemble has a core lineup of seven players right now, the group possesses an improvisational attitude and sound, remaining open to guest performances in concert and piecing together classic folk-rock anthems in an alternative but faithful style. It’s a tight amalgam of rock, folk, and jam that’s just as sure to pay fitting homage to ’70s roots-rock as is it to create a good time. —Graham Crolley FRIDAY