ROCK/BLUES | Spencer Dickinson
w/ The North Mississippi All-Stars
Wed. Nov. 15
Music Farm

Since debuting almost 10 years ago, the high-energy trio North Mississippi All-Stars have cut a unique swath running through blues, country, jam rock and R&B circles. Brothers Cody (drums/electric washboard) and Luther Dickinson (vocals/guitar), along with bassist Chris Chew, started out with feet planted firmly in the rowdy Hill Country blues sound personified by mentors like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Later releases saw them adding more jammy rock licks a la the Allman Brothers. For part of November, the brothers are throwing another funky monkeywrench in the works by touring as the near-whole of a package show along with the newly formed Spencer Dickinson — not a long lost sibling, but rather a trio featuring Blues Explosion headmaster Jon Spencer in the lead with Cody and Luther bringing up the bottom end. Their new disc is called The Man Who Lives For Love (YepRoc). Each show will open with the inherently unpredictable new group followed by a set from the NMAS proper. Here’s hoping the power supply holds out, as it sounds like this pairing is primed to run on sheer electricity. —Michael Andrews WEDNESDAY


DJ/DANCE | DJ Arthur Bros.
w/ DJ Kraig, Dug Oaks, Tha DJ Effect
Fri. Nov. 17
Kickin’ Chicken (Summerville)

Red Bull, Newcastle Brown Ale, and Three Olives Vodka present a dance night/big beat event at the Kickin’ Chicken in Summerville (800 N. Main St.) on Friday deemed “Funky Music & Funky Drinks.” Featured turntable spinners include Charleston-bred/Charlotte-based DJ Arthur Bros. (or “Arthur Brouthers”), DJ Kraig (a.k.a. Craig McAdams, of the Red Bull Music Academy and owner of Kairos Productions), Dug Oaks (of the Nut Brown Crew), and the Kickin’ Chicken’s own house turntablist, Tha DJ Effect. Brouthers is considered a pioneer of the house music scene in the Carolinas, has an ongoing collaboration with Luvlock Productions, and represents an international program called Red Bull Music Academy (www.redbullmusicacademy.com ). Kraig spins mostly deep funky house and downtempo. Oaks and the N.B.C. specialize in funky breaks. No cover (21 and up only). —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY


ROCK | Leslie

w/ Action City Blackout
Sat. Nov. 18
The Windjammer

Local power trio Leslie have recently established themselves as one of Charleston’s most energetic, anthemic, and authentically riffy Charleston rock bands. Lead singer/guitarist Sadler “Sideburns” Vaden, drummer Jonathan “Stickfray” Carmen, and bassist Jason “Shirtsleeves” Fox have plowed through an extremely busy year, touring the East Coast in support of their recent EP, Bee St. Sessions, headlining shows at the Music Farm and ChazzFest, and playing a showcase at the recent CMJ conference in N.Y.C. This fall, the trio have enjoyed some airplay on 96 Wave with the single “Sick,” recorded at Fusion 5 Studios with producer Eric Bass (they’ve apparently been embraced by Wave, appearing on recent episodes of The Critic’s morning show and the local segment of Bryant Stowe’s weekly “Cutting Edge” program). Opening the show is Action City Blackout (featuring former members of Skintight and the Young Republicans). For more, visit www.lesliemusic.com and www.myspace.com/actioncityblackout. —TBL SATURDAY


w/ The Defilers
Sat. Nov. 18
Village Tavern

North Carolinians say the guy known as “The Unknown Hinson” is an ex-con, gun-wielding redneck/hillbilly who’s purported to be “a 400-year-old vampire and a former carnival geek.” Others says he’s God’s gift to “womens” and country music fans. Either way, the tall-standing, heavily sideburned, Dracula-fanged singer from Charlotte was officially tapped for the new Cartoon Network Adult Swim half-half hour program Squidbillies, portraying the character “Early Kyler.” Acting aside, he spends much of his time croonin’ and sangin’ with his trio. He and the band return to the Tavern this Saturday behind the new album Target Practice (featuring such tunes as “Talk American” and “Live In Sin”). Local trio The Defilers call themselves a “rockabilly/greaser-punk/cowpunk three piece.” Guitarist Arleigh Hertzler, bassist Michael Dumas, and drummer Duck Reynolds deliver pounding stuff — rave-ups, two chord bashers, and Johnny Cash-style country knee-slappers. Yee-haw, durnnit! —TBL SATURDAY