HIP-HOP | Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
w / Mike Relm, Motion Man, Bukue, A-Plus
Wed. Oct. 11
The Village Tavern

This week (tonight, in fact, if you’re reading this on Wednesday), Del Tha Funkee Homosapien will tear into town, toting one of the most distinct voices in hip-hop today and injecting his fun, funky rhymes with just the right amount of humor. Native West Coaster Del got his start in his cousin Ice Cube’s backing band at age 18, but soon emerged from Cube’s formidable shadow in 1993 with his second album, the jazzy, upbeat No Need for Alarm. After a split with former label Elektra/Asylum, Del joined forces with West Coast group Souls of Mischief on their label, Hieroglyphics Records, and released Future Development in 1998. Everything hit for Del as the new century began, with the 2000 release of his collaboration with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala, turntablist’s delight Deltron 3030, and the 2001 release of Gorillaz self-titled CD, which featured Del’s smooth-as-silk vocals delivering the verses of their smash hit “Clint Eastwood” (“Rhythm — you have it or you don’t/That’s a fallacy” — remember? The hottest jam of the summer of 2001? We thought you would). —Sara Miller WEDNESDAY


COUNTRY | Dierks Bentley
w / Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers
Thurs. Oct. 12
North Charleston Coliseum

Shaggy-haired country music nice guy Dierks Bentley returns to Charleston on his “Locked & Loaded Tour 2006” in support of his new album, Long Trip Alone. He started playing gigs as a teenager in Phoenix before relocating to Nashville. He worked his way into the local club circuit and established himself as a wholesome character, stylistically situated nicely between the neo-traditionalist Americana movement and the commercially-driven major label scene. Capitol Records signed him in 2003 and released his honky-tonky self-titled debut. Last year’s Modern Day Drifter yielded the chart-toppers “Come A Little Closer” and “Settle for a Slowdown.” Bentley hopes to keep the momentum rolling. “I think every album has been a snapshot of where I’ve been at that moment in time,” says the singer. “This album is a conscious effort to tie in the road and the studio.” See www.dierks.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


ALT-ROCK | Last November
w/ Namedropper
Thurs. Oct. 12
Fresh out of Atlantis Music Conference & Festival in Georgia and “Meanyfest” in New York, alternative rock quartet Last November make their way to Cumberland’s this week behind a new disc titled All the Gory Details (Southern Tracks Records). Through heavy touring and a high-profile presence on Myspace.com, the well-polished act out of the busy Atlanta scene — lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Luke Pilgrim, drummer Taylor Woodruff, keyboardist Chris Jones, and bassist Jimmy Bradley — have already made a splash in the national modern “underground rock” world (they’ve been featured on MTV’s Real World and the Vans Warped Tour 2006). “Since the band got together, people would always ask us, ‘what kind of music do you play,?’ and we would respond, ‘rock’ — or we would all spout out different styles of music that we incorporate into ours,” says Pilgrim. “We just wrote music and tried to avoid putting a label on it because, inevitably, that label would keep us from growing.” For more, check www.myspace.com/lastnovember. —TBL THURSDAY


Fri. Oct. 13
Music Farm
$15 ($5 off with Widespread Panic ticket stub)

Supply and Demand, singer/songwriter and Philadelphia-native Amos Lee’s sophomore album from Blue Note, succeeds with the same unhurried, blues-based folk that defined last year’s Amos Lee. He injects more gospel into this project, though, demonstrating the range both of his voice and background accompaniments, which include organ and Wurlitzer. Thankfully, the decision means the themes underscoring the whole album — loss and heartache — are never overbearing, despite the sincerity Lee’s falsetto style captures while exploring them. Lee hasn’t forgotten his midland S.C. experience (he says he found his voice while attending USC during the mid-’90s) and will undoubtedly include “Southern Girl,” a Yankee’s heartfelt good-bye, when he visits the Music Farm on Friday. See www.amoslee.com for more. —Lynsy Smithson Stanley FRIDAY