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Published on July 11th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Ticker: News Bits from Charleston’s Music Scene

Three-Band Feedback Showcase at the Mill

Local music blog Rock ‘n’ Roll Feedback will present a three-band showcase at the Mill in Park Circle on Fri. July 12. Launched last October by music fan and freelance writer Prisha Verrier (an occasional contributor to Metronome Charleston), Rock ‘n’ Roll Feedback covers a variety of indie/underground music in the Lowcountry with reviews, listings, and features. It focuses on “the artists and organizations whose calloused hands and road weary souls are driving the Southeast music community to be an undeniably integral facet of rock ‘n’ roll’s rebirth,” as Verrier puts it.

Atlanta punk band Look Alive (pictured above) are the featured act for the June 12 show (read about their new EP Mistakes & Milestones here). Local rockers El Camino and Loners Society share the bill. Check out for full effect.


De Lions of Jah (provided)

More Reggae at the James Island Co. Park

Presented by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, the summertime Reggae Nights series continues this week with a performance from De Lions of Jah. The series kicked off last month with a concert by reggae/rock trio Selah Dubb on June 1, and local band the Dubplates performed on June 22. On Sat. July 13, the Jacksonville Beach-based roots reggae/funk ensemble De Lions of Jah will bring a mix of traditional roots music, contemporary dance hall, and dub influences.

Local cuisine, beer, wine, artwork, and crafts will be on hand. The gates open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. The final musical event of the series features Mystic Vibrations on August 3. Admission is $8 Visit and for more.

Wolf Lord Guys Goon Up in ‘Necromancer’ Clip

Sabbath-esque guitar riffs. Cymbal crashes. Bloody breasts. Mullet wigs. Spankings. Gorilla suits. Jump castle panty parties. Subliminal hot dog imagery. Cans of PBR. Growling. The new Wold Lord music video for the song “Necromancer” is quite entertaining. The Charleston metal band officially released it this week at a gig at the Tin Roof. See for more.


Megan Jean and Byrne Klay Return to FloydFest, The Royal Tinfoil Comes Ready to Rumble

Currently based in Atlanta, longtime Charleston duo Megan Jean and the KFB — singer/guitarist/percussionist Megan Jean Glemboski and banjo player/bassist Byrne Klay — have been touring as heavily as ever this spring and summer behind their exotic and jumpy new collection The Devil Herself. This month, the twosome will travel through the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee before landing at the massive FloydFest music festival in Floyd, Virginia where they won the 15-band “Under the Radar” contest in 2012. A pre-party soundcheck day for special ticket holders is scheduled for 11:45 p.m. on Wed. July 24.  The big show at 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 25, with an additional performance on Fri., July 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Charleston-based The Royal Tinfoil are scheduled to bring some Southern charm to FloydFest as well, with performances on Thurs., July 25, at 8:15 p.m. and  Fri., July 26, at 12:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Wish them luck in the “On the Rise” contest — prizes include a FloydFest 2014 main stage performance slot, complete with a hefty paycheck and fancy mic package. Visit,, and for more.


Sol Driven Train (photo by Vikas Nambiar)

Sol Driven Train’s ‘Sol Slam’ on the Way

Charleston groove-rock band Sol Driven Train will celebrate the summer sun and vibes as they present the third annual “Sol Slam” at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms on July 19-20.

Day One will features two sets from singer/guitarist Joel Timmons, sax player/singer Russell Clarke, singer/guitarist/trombonist Ward Buckheister, bassist Rusty Cole, and drummer Wes Powers with a special opening set from local rock ensemble Fowler’s Mustache (featuring guitarist Nick Collins).

Day Two will kick off early in the afternoon with a kid-friendly, all-ages showcase from 1-6 p.m. on the deck featuring members of Sol Driven Train, Dead 27s, the Royal Tinfoil, Graham Whorley, and the Shack Band. The evening performances on the main stage kick up at 7 p.m. with sets from the Reckoning, Yarn (from New York), Dangermuffin, and Sol Driven Train.

A portion of all proceeds from Sol Slam will benefit the Rainforest Action Network in memory of Becky Tarbotton, the organization’s former executive director and a close friend of the band. Weekend passes are available for $35.

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Jamisun (provided)

New Stuff on the Way from JamiSun

Lowcountry songsmith JamiSun has been gigging hard at club shows and festival all year —from the Charleston, Murrell’s Inlet, and Myrtle Beach club scenes to more exotic international hotspots. Between shows, he’s been working on new recordings in Atlanta at Infectious Connections Studios with producer Andrew Burn. Special guests on the sessions have included guitarist/bassist Ben Fagan and drummer Quentin Ravenel (both of the Holy City Hooligans). Additional studio work is going on at Encore Music in Mt. Pleasant, too.

“I’m recording one song at a time,” JamiSun says. “I’ll be releasing singles as they are completed. No more full albums. As it stands now, I’ve played over 2,000 shows since New Year’s of 2007. I’ve traveled back and forth to Costa Rica five times, touring and playing the Best Fest and Envision Fest. I also went to England, Paris, Amsterdam, and Germany. I’m looking to hit up California or Chicago in late August.”

JamiSun performs two weekly gigs this summer: Saturdays at Loggerhead’s on Folly Beach and Wednesdays at Coconut Joe’s on the Isle of Palms. Check out for updates.


Tyler Boone (provided)

Tyler Boone’s Kickstarter

After he gets home from his solo acoustic tour of Southern California this month, Charleston-based songwriter, bandleader, and studio engineer Tyler Boone will conduct a Kickstarter campaign this summer to fund the studio sessions for his next album. Boone released of his last studio album Changing Pace (King City) last fall. He tracked the tidy collection of originals at Ocean Industries on James Island. He and his band hope to return to the facility in September. See for more.

Country-Rockers at Boone Hall

A healthy crowd of baby boomers and aging rock fans showed up at Boone Hall Plantation on July 5 for Eddie Money/Georgia Satellites concert. The East Cooper venue has another big outdoor show on the horizon — a concert featuring veteran Florida country-rock band Sawyer Brown and Nashville-based country-rock act Little Texas on Sat. Aug. 10. Advance tickets are available for $20 ($35 for VIP seats). Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the music will start around 7 p.m. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets allowed. Check out for ticket info, and 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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