RAP | Run the Jewels
w/ Baby, Baby and The Outfit, TX
Sat. Oct. 25
8 p.m.
Music Farm

At first, Killer Mike and El-P, the two indispensable emcees that comprise stick-up, rip-shit rap duo Run the Jewels, seem an unlikely pairing. El-P’s panic-attack flow runs deep in no-bullshit, independent-as-fuck Brooklyn rap; Killer Mike’s an intellectually potent and cucumber-cool down-South Dungeon Family, strip-club connoisseur with a rebel-without-a-cause political conscience. Mike hit his solo peak with 2012’s superlative R.A.P. Music, which was produced by El-P, who had his own pretty great 2012 with the stellar Cancer for Cure. Run the Jewels was supposed to be a low-stakes slack-off, a free-download victory lap following two banner years. But the back-and-forth one-upmanship of the freebie was natural, with its knuckles-first antagonism (“These motherfuckers all thorn, no rose,” El spits on the title track). The record’s malapert, all-in dynamism made it of the most enjoyable and essential listens of last year. Two days after this Music Farm show, Mike and El drop Run the Jewels 2, and if the early leaks — the acidic “Darling Don’t Cry,” the rubbery “Blockbuster Night Part 1” — are any indication, it’s leaner and meaner than its predecessor. “This Run the Jewels is murder mayhem melodic music,” Mike says on “Blockbuster Night Part 1.” Damn right it is. —Patrick Wall SATURDAY


COVER | Halloween Cover Show
Sat. Oct. 25
7 p.m.
Tin Roof

Even musicians want to become someone else for Halloween, especially if that means being a band totally unlike themselves. Tin Roof’s tradition of turning Halloween into a fun cover-band fest continues, with local musicians Grace Joyner, Bully Pulpit, Fantasy Eyewolf See Me Naked, Magic Camp, Scott Dence, Kevin Hanley, Half Strangers, and Greg and Ellen Elias on the bill for this year’s festivities. In the past, the show has seen a ton of cool transformations, like members of the Royal Tinfoil becoming Ween, for example. We can’t divulge who’s covering who this year, mainly because organizer Brett Nash won’t tell us — and we wouldn’t wanna ruin the surprise, either. But you can have a guess yourself as to who’s taking on the sounds of Ace of Base, Black Sabbath, Cap’n Jazz, Destroyer, Eagles of Death Metal, Jawbreaker, Lightning Bolt, Metallica, The Residents, Rilo Kiley, and Sparks. All attendees are encouraged to come as whoever they want, too. Expect scary-great sounds and know that the cover-show cover charge is going to a good cause — Girls Rock Charleston, a summer music camp for young girls and transgender youth. —Kelly Rae Smith SATURDAY


ROCK | Band Together for ALS
w/ Graham Whorley, Lily Slay, members of Sol Driven Train, and Wax Groove Revival
Sat. Oct. 25
6 p.m.
Brick House Party Plantation

Now is the time to get educated on the disease behind this summer’s most popular viral marketing campaign, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Although millions of dollars were raised for ALS, not all participants of the Ice Bucket Challenge fully understand what the disease actually does to the body. Charleston songwriter Graham Whorley has been trying to educate others about ALS ever since he lost his sister to the disease eight years ago. This year, Whorley is teaming up with the Bright Side of the Road foundation, a group dedicated to preventing and curing ALS, to bring another installment of his annual Band Together for ALS concert. Whorley wants this event to be an uplifting evening that focuses on ALS education and not so much on the doom and gloom that it can bring to a family. —J. Chapa SATURDAY


BLUEGRASS | Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen
w/ Circus Mutt
Fri. Oct. 24
6 p.m.
Palmetto Brewery

Every member of Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen knows exactly when to step in and out of the spotlight. They can solo like the proficient musicians they are or hang back and tastefully accompany their bandmates. This fantastic chemistry recently earned them four 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Award nominations. Frank Solivan himself was nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year and Mandolin Player of the Year. Mike Munford, the Dirty Kitchen’s virtuoso banjo picker, was nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, and the whole band took home the award for Instrumental Group of the Year. Bassist Danny Booth and guitarist Chris Luquette round out the award-winning group. The guys recently released Cold Spell, a 10-track album that demonstrates influences that reach into genres other than bluegrass. This progressive bluegrass outfit will make fans of those searching for razor-sharp picking, seamless instrumental chemistry, and towering vocal harmonies. —J. Chapa FRIDAY