ROCK | The Channels
w/ The Book of Lies, Stereofixx
Fri. Aug. 24
The Map Room

This Friday, Charleston rock trio The Channels — singer/guitarist Chuck Phipps, drummer Scottie Joyner, and bassist Cullen Hill — celebrate the release of a new mini-album titled Tension Escape Routes. The guitar-heavy, gutsy five-song collection was recorded at their own Undertoad studio near Summerville earlier this year. The band’s style leans in a power-pop/garage rock direction. “Our earlier sound was more mellow and very Beatles-influenced, and in the three years since I’ve joined, the sound has gradually moved towards something more raw, a la Queen,” says Hill. Joyner and Hill, friends since high school, played together in a rock band called Wood. “Chuck met Scottie through a mutual friend of theirs via Gene’s Haufbrau, where they often hung out,” says Hill. “I’d say our influences are punk, alternative, and classic rock … Social Distortion, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, The Beatles, Radiohead, The Strokes, Elvis Costello, etc.” The Book Of Lies and Stereofixx open. The $5 cover gets you in the door and a copy of the new CD. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


Sat. Aug. 25
North Charleston Coliseum

Knockin’ on 60, shaggy rock legend Joe Walsh is still a big kid with an electric guitar. Getting his start in the Cleveland scene in the late ’60s he led the terrifically riffy power trio The James Gang through a few albums (the hits included “Funk 49” and “Walk Away”) before joining The Eagles in 1974 for their On the Border album. His solo work through the 1970s and ’80s included the slow-moping “Life’s Been Good,” “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Ordinary Average Guy,” and “Life of Illusion.” Tickets are available for $65 (plus applicable fees) at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.joewalsh.com for more info. —TBL SATURDAY


w/ DJ Pericles,
DJ Irish, DJ Wolf, DJ Firespade
Sun. Aug. 26
The Purple Tree Lounge

Organized by local turntablist DJ Pericles (a.k.a. John Perk), a special night of trance/Euro/house is set for Sunday at the Purple Tree Lounge (upstairs at 36 Market St., 722-4222). Featured spinners include Florida’s DJ Irish, New York’s DJ Wolf, local DJ Firespade, and DJ MXM (a.k.a. Mike Taylor). “MXM is our heavy hitter and my DJ mentor,” says Pericles. “He is an international touring DJ based in Hilton Head Island and one of the original DJs of New York club Studio 54. This will hopefully be an important installment of the European trance music here in Charleston. With MXM, we’re expecting it to sell out. Hopefully, one really intensely great show can start the fire for the movement to grow in this city.” In the past couple of years, MXM has started producing electronic dance music and will release a full-length album in late 2007. The all-ages event starts at 9 p.m. —TBL SUNDAY


Tues. Aug. 28
The Pour House

You might expect a Rastafarian, international reggae superstar, especially one whose last name is Dube (actually pronounced “doo-bay,” not doobie) to burn one down every once in awhile. Lucky Dube keeps his “ital” lifestyle totally pure, though, refraining from drinking or smoking since childhood. That clear-headed approach allowed the South African songwriter to release 21 albums over the last 25 years, including massive hits like “Taxman” and “The Way It Is.” His first several albums were sang in Zulu, his native tongue, before transitioning into English and reggae music in the late ’80s. Come out for some quality ukucula and ukusina (singing and dancing) and if you like what you hear, shaza izandla (clap your hands)! There’s also a few fun facts. Lucky once recorded a duet with Sinead O’Connor over the internet, and his favorite bands are Bruce Hornsby, Aerosmith, and Toto. The socially-conscious Dube is touring behind his 2006 release Respect. See www.luckydubemusic.com for more. —Stratton Lawrence TUESDAY