Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: Ministry and The Revolting Cocks continue their “Masterbatour 2006” on Fri. July 14; Dark Star Orchestra jam on Sun. July 16; a full-sized version of Guster play on Mon. July 17 (see p. 53); and As I Lay Dying and Cannibal Corpse headline a night of metal on Tues. July 18. Check the schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach.

A pop/rock showcase called “Southern Summer Music Festival” has been organized by local guitarist Harrison Ray (of The April Invention). The event is set for Fri. Aug. 4 at Cumberland’s, with live music from six Southern indie bands. The bill includes several veterans of this spring’s Holy City Pop Fest. Chapel Hill’s Schooner and Pleasant, Athens, Ga.’s Morning State and former Charlestonian Peter Alvanos (of Athens band Fabulous Bird), and three Charleston acts — The April Invention, Lowercase Thieves, and The Bullets — plan to share gear and melodies on stage. Check www.cumberlands.net and www.myspace.com/southernmusicfest for more.

Irish-style pub and music venue Oceansong Café, located at 1400 Palm Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, officially closed down this week after two and a half years in business. According to proprietor Carroll Brown — a longtime singer/guitarist who frequently performed on the Oceansong stage — cites financial difficulties and all the mental and physical stress involved as the main reasons for locking the doors. Brown is scheduled to perform at Morgan Creek Grill this Sun. July 16 from 6-9 p.m. Check www.oceansongcafe.com for more.

Local classic rock bar band The Hed Shop Boys are on the lookout for a new bass player. The busy quartet recently announced the departure of longtime bassist Mike “Big Mike” Pennington. “Big Mike has left the band to pursue rest and relaxation,” reports lead singer/guitarist Frank Royster. “We play about three nights a week, so we’ll be needing someone soon. The cool thing is, we have Julian Volpe of The Fire Apes and Donny Polk of The Diesel Brothers filling in, so there’ll be no lack of talent.” The band performs twice this week — on Fri. July 14 at the Wolf Track Inn in West Ashley and on Sat. July 15 at Big Deck Daddy’s in N. Charleston. Versatile and solid players who know their way around the better albums of the British Invasion and the early FM radio rock charts should contact Rosyter at frank@hedshopboys.com. Check www.hedshopboys.com for band info, updates, and an impressively chesty T-shirt pic. —TBL