ROCK | Earl Greyhound
w/ Rose Hill Drive
Fri. April 20
Pour House

You may not yet have heard of the Voltronic power trio Earl Greyhound, but in late fall of last year the NYC -based band released one of the best singles of 2006 — arguably, of all time — “S.O.S.” In the five-minute slugger from their debut album, Soft Targets (Some), singer/guitarist Matt Whyte serves up some crunchy-ass licks that would make Jimmy Page proud. His bluesy vocals, punctuated by bassist Kamara Thomas’s unearthly yowls, are held up by the and the totemic assault of the brick wall that is drummer Ricc Sheridan. The band recently garnered an on-stage introduction by the Mayor of Austin, Texas, at this year’s SXSW (where they played a whopping six shows in four days) and a bit of unexpected off-stage famous fan appreciation in Athens, Ga. “When we played in Athens at Tasty World,” Whyte says, “we looked down and there dancing in the front row were three of the B-52’s! We were pretty fucking psyched.” So don’t take it from me, take it from Fred, Kate, and Keith (or maybe it was Cindy?) — you might want to head to the Pour House and check Earl Greyhound out while they’re still “small” enough to hit the Holy City. Boulder “hard-rock” trio Rose Hill Drive headline. See www.rosehilldrive.com and www.earlgreyhound.com for more. —Sara Miller FRIDAY


JAM-ROCK | Perpetual Groove
Fri. April 20 / Sat. April 21
Music Farm
$18 ($15 adv.)

“I don’t exactly know how to put too fine a point on it,” says Perpetual Groove guitarist Brock Butler, taking a break from a mid-day rehearsal at the Georgia Theatre in the band’s current hometown of Athens, Ga. “Ours is definitely very thick, rich sound … it wraps around the eardrums like a warm blanket. Hopefully, it’s never too harsh.” The Savannah-born quartet have stayed quite busy over the last two years, touring across the South and out West and back with a jazzy, funky, contemporary, electrified guitar-driven sound. P-Groove are currently one of the more ambitious improv-rock acts on the Southeastern circuit. Butler, keyboardist Matt “K-Car” McDonald, drummer Albert Suttle, and bassist Adam Perry toured North America heavily in support of the critically-acclaimed collection All This Everything. They return to Charleston for a special two-night stint at the Music Farm behind their new studio album, LiveLoveDie, coproduced by engineer Robert Hannon (Outkast, Speakerboxxx). The disc was released on the Tree Leaf Music label, which branched off of the Tree Sound Studios facility in Atlanta. Check out www.musicfarm.com and www.pgroove.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


GROOVE-ROCK | Overstood
“CD Release”
Sat. April 21

Overstood, comprised of three members of the Family Thompson, have stayed consistently busy on the local bar scene, jammin’ on strummy, melodic original songs and clever reworkings of reggae and rock classics. Lead guitarist Charlie Thompson (ex-Flyin’ Blind, The Parrots) is the dad. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Cortie Thompson and bassist/vocalist Matty Thompson are the sons. They celebrate the release of a self-produced, self-titled album this weekend. “There will be free Overstood koozies for the first 100 guests and a nice food spread,” says Charlie on the big release party. “The band will perform a special set from the CD, and we’re expecting a big crowd. Music starts at 10:30 p.m.” Cortie and Matt play as a duo every Thursday at Henry’s on the Market. The full band also perform at the Silver Dollar on Wed. April 18, on “Lowcountry Live” on WCIV-TV at 10 a.m. on Thurs. April 19, and at the Kickin’ Chicken on James Island on Fri. April 20. CDs will be available locally at Millennium, Monster, Cat’s, and at live shows. Check www.overstood.net for more. —TBL SATURDAY


POP-ROCK | Tyrone Wells
w/ Leigh Nash, Ernie Halter
Sun. April 22

He looks like a middle-class grad student but he croons like a veteran soul-rock champ. With the positive critical and fan response for his the brand-new major label debut, Hold On, Southern-Calif. singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells is well on his way toward the mainstream spotlight. The native of Spokane, Wash., emerged as a serious songwriter during college. “I want to be a storyteller,” he says. “When I feel like I’ve communicated something important to someone in the audience, that’s when I feel the magic.” By early 2006, he was regularly selling out big L.A. clubs and signed to Universal Republic Records. The first single, “What Are We Fighting For?”, demonstrates his smooth blend of musical styles, from the swingin’ funk of Stevie Wonder and Prince to the blue-eyed soul of Randy Newman and James Taylor. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Leigh Nash (ex-Sixpence None the Richer) and L.A. songsmith Ernie Halter open. Showtime is 8 p.m. See www.tyronewells.com for more. —TBL SUNDAY