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JAM-ROCK — Perpetual Groove

Fri. Dec. 9 /Sat. Dec. 10
Music Farm
$10

Obviously, Savannah-born quartet Perpetual Groove are on a serious roll, building on audiences across the South and West with contemporary electrified guitar-driven sound. Hailed by critics, fans, and Jambase.com experts as one of the more ambitious Southern improv-rock bands on the circuit, the band — keyboardist Matt “K-Car” McDonald, drummer Albert Suttle, bassist Adam Perry, and guitarist/dobro player Brock Butler — hit the farm this weekend for a two-night stint. Compared to their early work, P-Groove’s latest album, All This Everything (Harmonized) jams with a more modern, electronically-enhanced approach to riff-rock and funk grooves. —T. Ballard Lesemann FRIDAY

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ELECTRO-GROOVE — The Key of Q

Fri. Dec. 9
Pour House
$5

The ever-expanding, all-instrumental funk-improv ensemble Key of Q recently celebrated three years of work with former drummer Ry Hudnall, who said his good-byes to the local scene last month. The band recently inducted new keyboardist Justin Aubuchon (formerly of The Family Jules) and drummer Donald “Coop” Dozier and are geared up for a special “comeback show” this Friday at the Pour House. According to a recent press release, they plan to “bring their deep jazz grooves with transcendental funk and hip-hop beats back to the stage.” Look for the group with longtime turntablist/colleague DJ Kurfu at Johnson’s Pub on Sat. Dec. 17; visit www.thekeyofq.com for more. —TBL

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FOLK-ROCK — Fayssoux Starling & Brandon Turner

Sat. Dec. 10
Oceansong Café
Free

Long known among Carolina folk and country music fans, singer/guitarist Fayssoux Starling (recently known as “Fayssoux McLean”) makes the jaunt down from her home in Spartanburg for a special performance ion the Isle of Palms along with young singer/guitarist Brandon Turner, who recently finished a bluesy acoustic album with guitarist Joe Littell under the duo name “The Catfish Brothers.” Starling has worked with a slew of roots music greats over the years, including Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, and Ricky Skaggs. She recently recorded a new collection of tunes in Nashville. “Fayssoux puts on a great show,” says Oceansong’s Carroll Brown. “With a voice that warms you, and with a keen sense of harmony, listeners are drawn into her music. Then she captures you with her stories, her smile, and her kind humor. You’re going to want to hear her again and again.” —TBL SATURDAY

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POP-ROCK — The Silent Type

w/ A Decent Animal
Sat. Dec. 10
Cumberland’s
$6

After months of touring behind their recent debut album Of Writing/Of Violence (Limekiln), the five sharp-minded Virginians pop-rock band The Silent Type — singer/pianist Amber Blankenship, bassist Billy Mutter, cellist Evan Setzer, drummer Jared Laine, guitarist/pianist Nathan Altice — have figured out how to play a an aggressive rock show with a severe dynamics. They’ve figured out how to whisper, tap a tambourine, strike a minor chord on the keys, and strum an acoustic guitar within a song … and have the cross-armed indie crowds take notice. Compared in recent clippings to the likes of Red House Painters, Bright Eyes, Mogwai, Kings of Convenience, and Neutral Milk Hotel, locals can expect some smart orchestral twists and detours throughout the show. —TBL SATURDAY