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Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Monster Music Welcomes U.K. Songwriter Jake Bugg

On the heels of last week’s semi-annual Record Store Expo, West Ashley’s Monster Music & Movies will be bustling with some special live music action this Thursday when British singer/songwriter Jake Bugg makes an exclusive in-store appearance at the store at 3 p.m.

Based out of Nottingham, England, the young songsmith made a splash in 2012 with a retro-folky sound on a self-titled album and a melodic, upbeat, acoustic guitar-driven single titled “Lightning Bolt.”

We first heard about Bugg (born Jacob Edwin Kennedy) via MOJO Magazine, which placed Bugg’s debut in its top 50 albums of the year list in 2012.


Jake Bugg (provided)

Bugg recently released his second studio album Shangri La (named after producer Rick Rubin’s historic Malibu, California-based studio). Some of the more rockin’ tunes on the new disc — like “Slumville Sunrise” (see clip below) and “What Doesn’t Kill You” — may surprise some fans who connected to Bugg’s earlier Dylan/Beatles folk-pop style. It’s good stuff. Very northern, very British.

Bugg’s current trek across the U.S. is mostly a record store tour — nothing but small, intimate performances at record shops. He’ll head to Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe before returning to the U.S. in June for a series of festival shows.

Bugg recently performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and he made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week (Fallon called Bugg “a super-cool guy”).

Monster Music is located at 946 Orleans Road in West Ashley. Visit and for more.




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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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