Coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach: the “Jägermeister Music Tour” with Stone Sour, Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, and S.C. band Souls Harbor hits the stage on Fri. April 13; Piedmont rocker Edwin McCain shares the bill with Low Stars on Sat. April 14; Ga. rock/jam trio Gov’t Mule perform a special “evening with” gig on Mon. April 16; and Flaming Lips sling out the theatrical rock with support from Stardeath & White Dwarfs on Tues. April 17 (see story on p. 75). Check the schedule at www.hob.com.

Local X: Rock Election

98X’s local radio show Local X celebrates a two-year anniversary on Fri. May 4 with a big, free rock show at the Music Farm. Listeners and fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite local groups to determine the five-band lineup. “Just go to our Myspace.com page, click on the blog titled ‘Vote for the Local X 2 Year Anniversary Show at the Music Farm,’ and post your band of choice that you’d like to see on the show,” says host Amy Hutto. Voting runs until April 25. See www.98xonline.com and www.myspace.com/localx for more.


Proprietor Clay Scales and his staff at 52.5 Records (561 King St.) have a pretty full schedule of in-store performances set for April and May. This week, look for local rascals Commander Cool to play on the rug at 7 p.m. on Fri. April 13. Upcoming acts this month include a set from songwriter Chris Trapper on Sat. April 14 (he plays later that night at the Village Tavern), an early-evening set from ambient/electro Boston act Arms & Sleepers on Wed. April 18, a set of rock from local trio Rooster Scratch on Fri. April 20, and an instrumental/improv set from local trio Morimoto on Fri. April 27. See www.corporaterocksucks.com for more.

MerleFest is Upon Us

Held each year on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C., the annual MerleFest is set for April 27-29 with an impressive lineup of bluegrass, folk, and roots acts. Standout performers include Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Quicksilver, The Lovell Sisters, Sam Bush, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Del McCoury, Elvis Costello (!), Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Donna the Buffalo, Béla Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Toubab Krewe, John Hammond, The Waybacks, and many more. Call 336-838-6100 or check www.merlefest.org for more info. —T. Ballard Lesemann