Published on June 13th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

Sigur Rós Tickets on Sale for Coliseum Show

Sigur Ros -Photo Credit Ryan McGinley

Sigur Ros (photo by Ryan McGinley)

The critically acclaimed Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós (fronted by singer/guitarist Jónsi Birgissonis) is solid for a concert at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sept. 25. The group returned from a brief hiatus and recently announced a fall North American tour that will hit some of the cities they missed on their American trek last year.

Sigur Rós will release a new collection titled Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings. Tickets for the PAC show go on sale Fri. June 14 at 10 a.m. Pre-sale tickets went on sale online today (June 13) at 10 a.m. (the password is “valtari”). Við erum ánægð. Visit and for more.

Steel Rollers Roll Out Debut Album

Local bluegrass/folk-rock string band the Steel Rollers are ready and excited for the official release of their debut album Right on Track this weekend. The quintet of Ryan Morris (banjo, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Dallas Baker (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Brad Poplin (upright bass, vocals), Chris Williams (dobro, guitar), and Jonathan DePriest (fiddle, cello) tracked their new collection earlier this year. They’ll return to their favorite haunt, the deck stage at the Pour House, on Fri. June 14 for an early-evening CD release show from 6-9:30 p.m.

The band will perform a weekly series of shows at the deck every Friday evening through June and July. Admission is free. Copies of the album will be available. Visit and for more.


Bathing Beauties and Party Tunes at the Jammer

Isle of Palms venue Windjammer kicked off its annual Bud Light Lime Bikini Bash series last month on its oceanfront deck. As they have for nearly 25 years, the Jammer folks boast a roster of “Charleston’s finest bikini-clad ladies” at every weekly afternoon contest with pro DJs  and live music inside and outside every Sunday afternoon. The series is cosponsored by Southern Eagle, Mix 95.9, and Bacardi Rums.

On Sun. June 16, the musical lineup features VJ Argento on the deck and Vertigo on the inside stage. On Sun. June 24, the featured act will be the newly formed ’80s party band the Spazmatics. The bashes run through August 4. Visit for photos and details.

Dubplates (provided)

A Reggae-Tinged Party at the Point

The Party at the Point concert series continues on Fri. June 14 at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Patriots Point with performances by Charleston-based reggae/funk ensemble Dub Island and the Dubplates with support from the like-minded Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans on the main stage. The music starts at 6 p.m.

Party at the Point is presented by Ear for Music, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, the Bridge 105.5, 98 Rock, and the Modern Connection. Next week’s installment (June 21) will feature East Cooper veteran groove-rockers Sol Driven Train and the twang-rock quartet the Tarlatans. The season finale with Elise Testone and guests is set for June 28. Visit for more.


Nick Jenkins, a.k.a. Mr. Jenkins (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

Mr. Jenkins at 827

The newly opened West Ashley art gallery, music space, and science lab 827 (located at 827 Savannah Hwy. in Avondale) is up and rolling and reaching out to musicians this season. The executive team describes their mission as “building an art and science community by providing innovative educational programs designed to incorporate art, music, and science where artists, musicians and scientists can collaborate in a systematic and creative way to contribute to the economic and cultural growth of Charleston.”

On Sat. June 15, Charleston-based experi-pop project Mr. Jenkins — a one-man act conducted by veteran multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Nick Jenkins — will perform a variety of original pieces in 827’s spacious main room, including selections from the latest Mr. Jenkins album Beets (released in March). Alongside indie pop band Run Dan Run (for whom Jenkins plays drums), Mr. Jenkins is one of the original/founding acts of the local Hearts & Plugs label. Check out and for tunes and info, and the venue at all (843) 789-3957 or visit for more info.

Ash Hopkins Hops back Into Town

Speaking of Hearts & Plugs, label exec Dan McCurry is excited to welcome his old friend and Run Dan Run bandmate Ash Hopkins back to town after a stint in North Carolina. Through the 2000s, Hopkins played bass and guitar with several Lowcountry pop, indie-rock, and experimental projects, including with Jump, Little Children, Cary Ann Hearst, Bain Mattox, Run Dan Run, and others over the years. In 2007, Hopkins and his wife Giovanna relocated to a rural home near Chapel Hill, N.C. Look and listen for new activities from Run Dan Run this year. Check out and for more.


Guttermouth (provided)

Guttermouth Headlines Skatepark Show

There’ll be a cool clash of West Coast and Carolina punk rock at the big Skatepark of Charleston (4791 Trade St. in North Chuck) on Thurs. June 20 at 7 p.m. California-based troupe Guttermouth has visited Charleston several times in recent years, delivering notoriously rowdy and hilarious shows at the Oasis, Jimbo’s, and other spots around town. They’ll headline the spacious skatepark with support from Florida’s Pinhole Down and three Lowcountry acts — the 33’s, Dirty Circus, and Laughing.

Guttermouth formed in Huntington Beach in 1989. Singer and founding member Mark Adkins and his gang persevered through the ’90s and 2000s. Their plates studio release is 2007’s Shave the Planet. Check out and for more.

Plow Ground Picks up Where the Hawkes Left Off

Charleston-based blues/gypsy/soul combo the Hawkes (a.k.a. Sarah Cole and the Hawkes) have overhauled its lineup and set list and come up with a new moniker. Guitarist Jesse Prichard and drummer Jim Donnelly recently welcomed vocalist Amanda Ansel into the lineup and started booking gigs under the name Plow Ground (a reference to Donnelly’s Johns Island-based recording facility). Singer/guitarist Sarah Cole is no longer affiliated with the group and pursuing new musical projects.


Plow Ground at Art’s (photo by Ballard Lesemann)

According to Donnelly, their sets still retain a healthy mix of blues, classic rock, rockabilly, and swing with a touch of reggae and Latin grooves, too. Harmonica player Mark Davis (a veteran full-timer at the Pour House) and guitarists John Kennedy and Jeff Houts are signed on to jam with the group from gig to gig as well.

Plow Ground performs every Wednesday at Art’s Bar & Grill in Mt. Pleasant at 10 p.m. (no cover). They’ll co-headline the 3rd Annual Lowcountry Blueberry Festival at Blue Pearl Farms (9760 Randall Rd., McClellanville) on Sun. June 23 alongside Tommy Thunderfoot and the Accelerators and Popcorn Chicken. Check out for more.

Tyler Mechem Survives Camping Trip and Tracks New Tune

Former Crowfield frontman Tyler Mechem (pictured above) has been writing and recording new songs this spring. Last week, he digitally released a new acoustic tune titled “New With You” on iTunes. It’s accompanied with a very woodsy, self-produced “music video/documentary” (nicknamed “From the Cabin to the Creek”) of the recording of the track and a short story he wrote about experience he had recording the song.

“I really encourage you to watch the video, read the story, and get the song on iTunes,” Mechem announced in a recent blog post. “To me, each part makes the others more meaningful. I hope you enjoy all three aspects of this release.”

Look for Mechem at the Circular Congregational Church on Fri. June 21 when he opens for Mississippi-based songwriter Charlie Mars at 8 p.m. Check out the full story at

Top photo by Ballard Lesemann.



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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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