Indie | The Oarsman
w/ The Dunderchiefs
Sun. Nov. 3
9 p.m.
Royal American
w/ Julie Slonecki
Mon. Nov. 4
The Sparrow

The Oarsman’s Marcus Christopher Maloney wrote an entire album after a particularly bad breakup. That’s not uncommon. The annals of pop music are filled with dump-rock classics, but Maloney’s story is a little bit different. After he started putting some tracks online, he got discovered, more or less, by NPR — yes, NPR — and so he formed a band with a few friends. However, the Oarsman is a pretty pliable lot. “The group seems to be a rotating cast of ruffians. Sometimes there’s four. Sometimes there’s just me,” Maloney says. “Anyone who is crazy enough to want to go on tour with us is welcome.” But make no mistake, Maloney and his mates are dedicated to their music. “We all quit our jobs and gave up our apartments for this. We are called to do this and love every minute of it. Music for us is an insatiable entity, one that must be tended to, cared for, and continuously expressed.” He adds, “Nature, family, faith, girls — life is a wild cornucopia and without music to sort us out, we’d be a mess. At least this way, we’re a happy mess.” —Tamara Younkins SUNDAY


Americana | Tyler Mechem and the Flood
w/ The Tartlatans, the Bushels
Fri. Nov. 1
9 p.m.
$8/adv., $10/door
Pour House

Friday’s Pour House show is Tyler Mechem’s last as a Charlestonian. Last week, the former Crowfield frontman announced that he’ll be moving back to his home state of Indiana at the start of the new year. “This will be my last show in town. My adios and farewell to this great town,” he wrote in an Oct. 22 Facebook post. Earlier this year, Mechem played his final show with Crowfield, and recently, he formed a new band, the Flood, albeit one who’s time will be shortlived. “This will be the first and last show with the Flood. It’s a shame too because these guys are going to sound great,” says Mechem. The singer-songwriter has lived in Charleston for eight years, and he says it’ll be hard to leave the place where he met his wife, heard his songs on the radio, and played concerts in front of thousands of people. How does Mechem feel about taking the Pour House stage one last time? “It’s really a great way to go out,” he says. “Pour House was the first legitimate music venue in town to book Crowfield as a headliner. So, it’s kind of like the bookend to the beginning and end of this chapter for me.” —Corinne Boyer FRIDAY


Jawaiian | The Green
w/ Kimie
Sun. Nov. 3
8 p.m.
Music Farm

These days, reggae is all the rage in Hawaii. In fact, the Aloha State has a reggae subgenre category all its own: Jawaiian. And the Green is right up at the top. Formed in 2009, the band just released its latest disc, Hawaii ’13, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s reggae charts. “We were really happy,” says guitarist and lead vocalist Zion Thompson. “We weren’t really expecting anything. We were just happy because [the album] was really natural and it was really fun.” Of course, Thompson and company are not reggae traditionalists. “We love all types of music and we add that in our music,” Thompson says. “We love reggae, but we like to step out of that box every now and then.” And that means splashes of old school Hawaiian and soul. If you like music that makes you feel peaceful and one with the world, then these are the jams for you. The Music Farm show is 16 and up. —Stephen Pappas SUNDAY


Garage Rock | Elim Bolt
w/ The Hermit Kings, Can’t Kids
Fri. Nov. 1
9 p.m.
Tin Roof

When it comes to Elim Bolt, we’ve come to expect dreamy Americana and neo-classical rock ‘n’ roll with an indie twist. So consider us downright surprised when we first heard the Charleston indie rock band’s new EP, Dingy, Slimy, Scummy. For one, the EP is a fairly radical garage-rock departure from their previous effort, 2012’s Naked South, and two, because each of the collections three tracks are so appropriately titled. “Dingy” is a nasty little number that sounds like the flower punk of Atlanta’s Black Lips, “Slimy” is like the bizarre love child of Mollusk-era Ween and the Pixies, and “Scummy” sounds like Nirvana doing a cover of a Sonic Youth’s cover of Bad Finger’s “Baby Blue.” OK, that last one may be a little off, but needless to say, this is one grimy collection and a bold new evolution for Elim Bolt. Hats off to Johnnie Matthews and company. —Chris Haire FRIDAY