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INDIE | Babe Club
w/ Airpark, Tom Angst
Sat. Nov. 10
9 p.m.
$10
The Royal American

It’s been less than a month since Babe Club members Jenna Desmond and Corey Campbell announced their departure from indie band SUSTO to pursue their side project full time. Between now and then, the band hit the ground running with new single “Hate Myself,” a tour, and the announcement that their first LP will be out in mid-2019. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot of songwriting from Justin [Osborne] because he’s really great at storytelling, and I feel like that’s really characteristic of Southern music,” says Desmond. “I feel like that’s kind of where our music has gone, but it’s more urban, more pop, more rock, maybe a bit more angstier.” Campbell says that the band is going to be “a little experimental” and try to bend genres with their music in the near future. For this tour, Babe Club has performed alongside alternative-pop duo Airpark, who will also be at the Royal American show on November 10. “When our band started, we started as pretty minimalist,” says Michael Ford of Airpark. “It was essentially guitars and drums and vocals.” But, as the band began, Michael and brother Ben Ford grew the songs in the studio, consequently adding a backing band for live shows to closely recreate their studio sound. —Heath Ellison SATURDAY

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MISC | Live in the Streets
w/ Lindsay Holler, Mechanical River, Katie Small
Wed. Nov. 14
7:30 p.m.
$8
The Terrace Theater

Award-winning filmmaker Andy Coon (Talent Freaks, Often Awesome) saw the beauty of Charleston in everything from the live music scene to the places that draw the community in, so he decided to do what he does best: document it. Live in the Streets is a new webseries featuring some of Charleston’s finest musical talent — singer-songwriters Mechanical River, Lindsay Holler, and Graham Whorley, opera singer Katie Small, the soulful Megan Jean & the KFB, and even the jazzy, piano-playing Mayor John Tecklenburg — popping up with flash shows in recognizable locales, like the farmers market, Second Sunday, and the First Friday Art Walk. The strum of Joel Hamilton’s guitar as he floats on Shem Creek atop an air mattress is nothing short of stunning, and seeing the looks on the faces of Saturday morning shoppers awakened to the sounds of a capella opera is just another of the many highlights that Live in the Streets. The screening of all six mini films at the Terrace is treat enough, but these will be accompanied by live performances by Small, Holler, and Hamilton. A perfect way to spend an hour or two on a Wednesday. —Kelly Rae Smith Wednesday

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VINTAGE ALT-ROCK | The Psychedelic Furs
Thurs. Nov. 8
8 p.m.
$30
Music Farm

If you’re an ’80s rock band, is it better to have several years of chart-busting success and risk oversaturation (Def Leppard, we’re looking in your direction), or to hover around the edges of mainstream acceptance, like the Psychedelic Furs did? The Richard-Butler-led English band popped up on the mass-success radar every once in a while during the 1980s, with moody, goth-tinged tracks like “Love My Way” and “Pretty in Pink,” and they finally broke through to the Top 40 with 1986’s “Heartbreak Beat,” but the Furs never broke through the way fellow sour-puss bands like the Cure did. And perhaps in the long term, that’s for the best. Rather than the eye-rolling kitsch that overplayed vintage ’80s songs can produce when they come on the radio, the Furs remain a rare enough treat that they can be appreciated without any of the accompanying hooha. That way, the nostalgia is for solid rock songs with good hooks rather than cheesy outfits or over-sprayed hair. —Vincent Harris THURSDAY

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FESTIVAL | Rockabillique
Sat. Nov. 10
11 a.m.
Free
Southern Roots Park Circle

There will be 30 bands playing on five different stages at the sixth annual Rockabillique festival on Saturday, and most of them fit comfortably into the festival’s throwback muscle-cars-and-pinups vibe. Bands like Hillbilly Casino, Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho Devilles, Slim & the Gems, and Beau & the Burners can crank out the hiccupping rockabilly beat with the best of them, occasionally dipping into the revved-up punkabilly genre to really put the guitar needle in the red. But nestled among those hot rods is a mild-mannered performer named Joe Garner, a.k.a. The Kernal, a man who loves the warm burr of 1950s and ’60s country far more than he loves the slap-back bass of vintage rockabilly. And he comes by that influence honestly: His father performed at the Grand Ole Opry and played drums with Sleepy LaBeef, the Kendalls, and Del Reeves. “It’s always there,” the Kernal says of his family connection to vintage country. “As I’ve gone on, I’ve made what I’m doing my own thing, but it’s never divorced from that. Seeing my dad play and being around that music when I was young, I think about that a lot. It’s very meaningful for me to be able to continue, especially now that my dad isn’t here anymore.”
Vincent Harris SATURDAY