ROCK — Shaman Mary
w/ Volusia, Eye to I
Thurs. Nov. 17

Shaman Mary are alive and well. They’ve been working at their loud, riffy, aggressive style of rock music for years. They’ve gigged hard at the local clubs and parties. They’ve been consistently featured on 98X’s “Local Noise” show (listen for them again this Sun. Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.). They’ve frightened college freshmen and old townsfolk. They’ve survived a number of lineup changes. And they’ve managed to get their new material together for an upcoming recording session. “We will be recording two new tracks in the beginning of December and we are very amped about finally getting to work with Eric Bass,” says singer Jason Dalter. “We can’t wait to get them out too, so stay tuned for updates so you can get your hands on a disc as soon as possible. We have been part of Charleston’s burgeoning music scene for well over a decade. We have seen the highs and lows of performing and still come back for more. We cannot be stopped, cannot be swayed, and cannot be reckoned with.” Catch ’em opening for Lethal Injection at A Dough Re Mi on Friday, too. —T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY


ROCK — Fin Fang Foom
Fri. Nov. 18
w/ Ben Davis, Mouse
Village Tavern

North Carolina-based indie songwriter Ben Davis (also of Bats & Mice, Sleepytime Trio, and Milemarker) recently signed to Lovitt Records and released The Hushed Patterns of Relief, a tightly knit collaboration of Chapel Hill musicians. Davis calls it a “mix of melancholy rock and bright, textured pop.” His current back-up band features members of labelmates Fin Fang Foom, a musically ambitious trio from Chapel Hill (by way of Jacksonville, Fla.) comprised of guitarist/keyboardist Michael Triplett, bassist/keyboardist Edwin Sanchez, and drummer Michael Glass. The Foom’s specialty is a mixture of angular math rock and classic prog, full of unexpected flourishes — a broad, post-rock sound that would perfectly complement groups like Slint, June of 44, Polvo, and the Mercury Program. The mash of classic orchestral pop and proggier styles on the VT stage should make for a memorable show. —TBL FRIDAY


ROCK — Sol Driven Train
Thurs. Nov. 17 / Sat. Nov. 19 / Sun. Nov. 20
Firehouse — WA / Windjammer / Oceansong Café

Local roots-groove ensemble Sol Driven Train has stayed super-active in the local venues this season since returning from the N.C. mountains. In early December, they plan to release a new “children’s album” titled Tajar Tracks, which was recorded over the summer at Camp Gwynn Valley in Brevard, where most of the band worked as councelors. The 16 songs feature vocal performances from the camp kids as well as piano work from longtime camp worker Debbie Debord. A CD release event is planned for Sat. Dec. 3 at Creative Spark Center for the Arts on Longpoint Road in Mt. Pleasant (visit www.soldriventrain.com and www.gwynnvalley.com for more). In the meantime, catch their wordly music and jams this Thursday in West Ashley and over the weekend at the Isle of Palms. —TBL THURSDAY / SATURDAY / SUNDAY


ROCK — Rose Hill Drive
w/ Josh Roberts & The Hinges
Sat. Nov. 19
Pour House

Despite growing up around the pozi-vibes of Boulder’s hippied-out band scene, the three longhairs of hard rock power trio Rose Hill Drive — guitarist Daniel Sproul, brother/bassist Jacob Sproul, and drummer Nate Barnes — manage to crank up the nastiness and distortion levels beyond expectations. They’re the Blue Cheer of the Rockies … one of the heaviest, riffiest acid-rock bands on the “jam band” circuit. They surely opened some ears and eyes on their recent tour with Gov’t Mule. And none of them are over 23 years old. Opening the Sat. show are Columbia-based roots-rockers Josh Roberts and the Hinges — featuring guitarist Josh Roberts, drummer Larry Gornto, guitarist Robert Walker, and bassist Joby Wetzel. They have a new album titled The Sugar Bird Test — a collection “built on the blues, country, folk, and rock music.” —TBL SATURDAY