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HARDCORE/ROCK | Idea of Beauty
w/ Genrevolta, Only Half Paris
Wed. May 3
Cumberland’s
$5

North Carolina-based “post-hardcore/metal” quintet Idea of Beauty headline a big night of loud, fast rockstuff at Cumberland’s this Wednesday in an event hosted by local agency Holy City Booking (www.myspace.com/holycitybooking). Idea of Beauty — singer Brett Latta, guitarists Derek Eichmann and Justin Plumer, bassist Franco Raye, and drummer Adam Staley — recently released a debut album titled Dark. “The songwriting has the ability to bridge any gaps that may exist between fans of metal, pop, metalcore, hardcore, indie-rock, and ambient music,” reads a press statement on the band’s web page (www.ideaofbeauty.com). Melodic hardcore? It’s possible. Local trio Genrevolta — singer/guitarist Philip Estes, drummer Pete Rivas, and bassist Richard Weld — maintain their own assertive and unpredictable rock sound … or as they say, “jagged electric guitar sounds, rabid howling vocals, thundering rhythm and bass technique, amateur acrobatics, plush figurines, and renegade circuitry…” Only Half Paris opens. Showtime is 9 p.m. —T. Ballard Lesemann WEDNESDAY

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Blues | Scott Holt Band
Thurs. May 4 / Fri. May 5
Windjammer / A Dough Re Mi
$5 / $7

Hailed as one of the strongest blues men on the circuit, blues singer-guitarist, longtime Buddy Guy sideman, and young legend-in-the-making Scott Holt headlines two big club shows this weekend. Holt’s hot chops and vast collection of guitar licks were highlights during the 2006 Lowcountry Blues Bash. He and his band plan to crank up the amps and blast some the Fender Strat blues-rock East of the Cooper at the Windjammer on Thurs. May 4 and at A Dough Re Mi on Fri. May 5. Holt, 39, played with Buddy Guy through the ’80s and early ’90s before releasing his first proper solo album, Messing With the Kid, in ’98. His latest effort is a 15-song LP titled Revelator (Rockview). “Scott and his band have been one of our favorites over the past year,” says A Dough Re Mi’s Stuart Johnson. “It’s blues, rock, and country fused into a dynamic display of beyond expert level playing. Don’t miss this one.” —TBL THURSDAY/FRIDAY

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HEAVY-ROCK | Volusia
Saturday’s Muw/ Revery, Catala

Sat. May 6
Music Farm
Free

sic Farm bill stands out as the one for local metal heads and heavy rock fans to consider. Charleston metal five-piece Volusia — a long-running group who regularly crank it fully-loaded with wild guitar licks, screamy and operatic vocals, and mod double-kick drum precision — headline the free, all-ages show. The band formed in 2004 with Jim Cook on drum, Lee Jones and Jonathan Woodard on guitars, and Robbie Bendell on bass (original led singer Reid Johnson recently departed for local band Number One Contender). After an amusing series of “auditions” aired on 98X’s “Local X” show, they recently officially welcomed new singer Daniel Hendrix as their lead vocalist. “We all draw from different influences that help us carve out our own unique style of music,” sans Cook. “We still thrive on our live shows that are always packed with energy, and we remain a must-see band live.” —TBL SATURDAY

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BLUEGRASS | Sam Bush
w./ Marshgrass Mamas, Yeehaw Junction
Sat. May 6
Wannamaker Park
$20

Mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush spent 30 years challenging the conventions of old-style bluegrass. By high school graduation, he held three national fiddle championship titles. He started the New Grass Revival, a band whose name best describes their function in American music. Eventually joined by guitarist John Cowan and banjoist Bela Fleck, NGR injected pop, jazz, and reggae into bluegrass. After their 1989 break-up, Bush joined Emmylou Harris’s Nash Ramblers. Since then, he has ignored bluegrass conservatives and thrived as a prominent solo artist. Bush holds three Grammy awards, including one for his work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? original soundtrack. Bush returns to Charleston this Saturday. “Charleston … steamy, classy, a beautiful town with a classic Southern heritage and Lowcountry cuisine,” he says. “I love playing music there for an audience ready for anything.” Also check out Charleston’s ladies of bluegrass, the Marshgrass Mamas, among other musical acts. —Ian Wheeler SATURDAY