SOUL-ROCK | Regina Ferguson
w/ George Porter Jr., The Runnin’ Pardners
Thurs. July 21
9 p.m.
$15/adv., $18/door
Pour House

Regina Ferguson has spent most of the last two years in Charleston doing a wide variety of gigs, from straight jazz to weddings. Those shows paid the rent and showed off her versatile, powerful voice, but there was a problem. “I was doing all kinds of different things, and through that process, I realized that what I really wanted to do was original music,” she says. “And if I continued to do these types of gigs, I was progressing financially, but I wasn’t progressing as an artist.” So rather than hit an artistic dead end, Ferguson gathered up a year or so’s worth of songs, headed out to California and made her debut full-length album, Movin’ On. Fergusons’ music is an alluring mix of jazz phrasing, pop hooks, and old-school soul, a blend that her flexible vocals fit perfectly. “I wanted to make a record I was proud of,” she says. “This is the music that I’ve been inspired to write.” —Vincent Harris THURSDAY


w/ Sad Baxter, Townhouse
Fri. July 22
9 p.m.
Tin Roof

Gláss’ Aaron Burke isn’t used to the god-awful heat of the South. “I’m standing outside work right now and fucking sweating,” he says. “I hate it.” He wrote about such sentiments — see “Stifling Quarters” or “Glass(-accent)”— in his band’s most recent offering, Accent, which chronicles everything that sucks about transitioning to a new home. The lyrics are always simple, but that doesn’t mean the depth of the song suffers. Rather, the post-rock tracks build textures through interesting garage and surf-rock rhythms, over which Burke’s deep vocals sing of the sweltering heat and going home again. Burke was born in London and raised in Ireland before moving to Scotland for 10 years. When his American father got a job in Greenville, S.C., Burke was still in high school in the U.K. “When you’re 16, that is such a pinnacle age,” he says. “Your friends are the most important thing in the world. You’re starting to develop opinions and create strong bonds.” So starting anew in the States was not awesome at first. No one understood his background or his accent, which is all over the place — the first Southern/Scottish/Irish one we’ve ever heard. But at least he got some songs out of the experience. And besides, he’s past all that now. “I was thinking about being in the States [with Accent] but also looking around and realizing that I am going to adjust to change and adjust to living here and that I might start to feel at home here, whether I like it or not — which has happened,” Burke says. “You get to that point where you just get on with it. Before you know it, a lot of time has passed, and it’s a funny moment when you stop thinking about when you’re going to move back.” —Kelly Rae Smith FRIDAY


DOOM METAL | Hooded Eagle
w/ Circle Back
Tues. July 26
9 p.m.
Recovery Room

When Hooded Eagle singer/bassist Lynn Wise started looking for some musicians to play with in 2009, he didn’t exactly have a monolithic stoner metal band in mind. “I had put up an ad as a guitarist looking to start a hardcore punk band,” Wise says. “And I got a response saying, ‘This is not what you’re looking for at all, but we’re a stoner metal/sludge band looking for a bassist.’ So I went and tried out for that.” After a couple of months as an instrumental group that played none-more-black music that doesn’t so much flow as it oozes, the band asked Wise to become their singer, and he added his demon-being-exorcised voice over top of the group’s thundering, slow-moving epics. Most of the band’s riff-heavy songs, which typically stretch past 10 minutes, drip with a brooding atmosphere that would make Nick Cave shudder. Wise says that mood is entirely intentional. “Whenever we discuss songwriting, the general idea is that we’re willing to play anything as long as it is evil or sad or heavy,” he says. —Vincent Harris TUESDAY


JAM ROCK | Dave Matthews Band
Tues. July 26
8 p.m.
North Charleston Coliseum

Who else ordered Under the Table and Dreaming as a freshman in college through one of those infamous 12 CDs for a penny offers? I know I did. And I admittedly went on to become one of those semi-stereotypical Dave Matthews Band junkies of the ’90s. I traveled on a shoestring to see DMB live simply because I got to roadtrip, party, and listen to music with about a jillion of my closest friends. Since those memorable days of driving to Tampa in a borrowed car on a whim or taking a 20-hour Greyhound to New York City or tailgating in an RV at Soldier Field in Chicago or camping out at the Gorge in George, Washington, I’ve moved on. But there will also be a part of me (and maybe you?) that gets nostalgic during the first few notes of tracks like “Two Step.” And I may not get the same high from those old songs 15, 20 years later, but I’ll never regret those days. Especially that one day when a dozen new CDs arrived at my dorm — you know, the ones every college freshman in 1995 owned. The first track off Under the Table, “The Best of What’s Around,” was an instant favorite, and its words are some that I still remember probably as often as every single week, because they still ring true: “Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters.” —Kelly Rae Smith TUESDAY