Longtime Dave Matthews collaborator and guitarist Tim Reynolds and his full band TR3 (with Mick Vaughn on bass and Dan Martier on drums) return to the Pour House this week for an industrial-strength set of complex, acoustic-based rock/fusion grooves. Reynolds’ recent album Parallel Universe is far more experimental and “out there” than some of the material DMB fans might be familiar with. (With Dave in town the next day, might there be a chance he’ll show up unexpectedly at the Pour House? Just trying to spark a rumor here…). Local trio The Graham Whorley Band and Denver-based singer/guitarist Rob Drabkin and his band open. Tickets are $15 ($12 adv.). Check out and for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann


Ridiculously popular groove/rock quintet O.A.R (a.k.a. Of A Revolution) are back on tour supporting a forthcoming album, All Sides (the band’s first new studio album since 2005’s Stories of a Stranger), due on July 15. They packed the Family Circle Magazine Stadium last September behind their recent album Live From Madison Square Garden — a two-disc CD and DVD package. The band performs at the stadium at 8 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 20. Through July 14, fans may go to iTunes and pre-order a copy of All Sides. They will get a Ticketmaster password giving them access to select shows on the fall tour before they go on sale to the general public. As an added bonus for pre-ordering the album, fans will receive a demo of “The Fallout” with the album and a copy of “Shattered” immediately upon purchase. Fans can also purchase a limited edition package of All Sides at O.A.R.’s online store ( VIP passes will allow admittance into a meet-and-greet with the band at select summer and fall tour dates to be announced soon. Visit and for more. —TBL


Downtown venue The Brick (213-B E. Bay St., 843-720-7788) celebrates Independence Day (and the Dave Matthews concert) on Fri. July 4. Brickapalooza features live rock and grooves from Almost Steve, Dangermuffin, and Nathan & Jared during the all-day party. The action includes a complimentary shuttle service to and from The Joe, a live remote from The Bridge at 105.5, and other promos and giveaways. Music starts at noon. —TBL


Songwriter Frank Royster (singer/guitarist of The Hed Shop Boys) and his backing band are set to play at the Charlotte Pop Fest — a two-day “power pop” music festival to take place on Fri. July 4 and Sat. July 5 at The Alley Cat (314 N. College St.). Royster recently recorded a rendition of The Posies’ “Under Easy” (from the band’s debut Failure) with engineer Jamie Hoover for the newly-released, three-disc Posies tribute compilation, Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited (Burning Sky). The tickets are $12 apiece and good for both nights of the festival. “I will sell pairs for $20,” says Royster. “Two days of the best power-pop music from all over the Carolinas — as well other states! A must for all Beatles and pop fanatics.” E-mail him at for tickets, and visit,, and for more. —TBL


We in the A&E journalism field used to believe promotional CDs were for promotional purposes only. We could listen to them, we could review them, but we didn’t own them. The record labels were merely licensing them to us. Stickers on CDs made this clear loudly, authoritatively, threateningly: Record companies could recall CDs at any time (though they never did); selling them on eBay was a violation of federal and state law. It turns out this legal assertion had never been tested. Until now. A federal judge in California ruled last month that recipients of promotional CDs have the right to do whatever they want with them. U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero said that, according to the first sale doctrine of copyright law, once copyright owners give away the item in question — CD, DVD, or book — ownership is transferred to the recipient. The ruling came after Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music company, sued Troy Augusto, a record collector, for copyright infringement after he sold a handful of promo CDs, including a highly prized and hugely valuable recording by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, on eBay. UMG plans to appeal Otero’s ruling. It’s clear that UMG’s theatrical efforts to intimidate a record collector are fueled by the music industry’s already heightened state of panic over illicit downloading and the near total lack of control over its products. In the past, record labels would have let people like Augusto slide. Now, there’s too much at stake. That there’s too much at stake may suggest that something has always been wrong with the music industry. It’s just taken this long for us to see what was broken. —John Stoehr