Every Monday, we help our readers get off to a musical start with five quick hits on some of the most interesting stories, sites and songs to wrap up the past 7 days and look forward to another great week:
1. Shows: Broadway rules mid-week action
When it comes to catching some mid-week music action, Broadway at the Beach is the place to be this week with two out of the best shows happening here:
Tonight, Rise Against will perform with Bad Religion and Four Years Strong at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. The show starts at 7 p.m. and there are still tickets available for $35.50 general admission, day of show. Details at HOB.com/myrtlebeach.
Wednesday, Blarney Stones Irish Pub & Cigar Bar will host Baltimore-based reggae rockers Ballyhoo! and Atlanta punk/ska outfit The Bastard Suns. The show starts at 9 p.m. and there's a $5 cover. We caught The Bastard Suns a few weeks back with Three Legged Fox at Bourbon Street (photos here) and they're worth the trip on their own.
Thursday, Octopus Jones will hold the local version of their CD Release Party for their new album "Treat Yourself" (which is officially out Tuesday) at Stool Pigeons. The free show is also slated to feature Michael Wood's band M is We. Check out OctopusJones.com or click here to hear some of the new album now.
Thursday, two very talented local musicians Corey Holden and Joe Meckley are giving a senior recital at Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright Auditorium. The free concert will start at 7:30 p.m. with the duo performing a variety of solo performances and ensemble pieces ranging from classical music to Weather Report, Santana, original compositions, Tool, and others. Details on Facebook.
For more of what's happening this week, check out our events page.
2. Rants & Raves: Murrells > Myrtle?
We spent some time Saturday down on the Inlet hopping around to various venues to catch some music and were reminded of a fact that we often forget: Murrells Inlet is a lot more happening musically than Myrtle Beach.
On any given night, there are at least five or ten places playing live music, and if Saturday is any indication it's not uncommon to find a good mix of covers (The Mullets at Dead Dog), Rock (DL Token at Wahoo's), Reggae (Fish Out of Water at Hot Fish Club) and Heavy stuff (Rabble N Rebellion, Hollywood Water Rats at Uncle Tito's) in the same night.
There are plenty of great places to hear local music in this town, but none with the volume of acts or variety of the Inlet's many laid-back, outdoor venues.
This is probably not news to anyone, but it's a good reminder for folks who don't make it to the south end enough to get down that way every once in awhile for some proof the live music is alive and well here on the Grand Strand.
3. Site of the week: We Are The Upstate
We talked a few months back about the start of a second branch of Columbia's successful online music magazine SceneSC, called SceneSC Upstate, and now it appears the Greenville area has another dog in the fight when it comes to musical coverage.
Editor Wes Gilliam and a bunch of staffers from SceneSC Upstate — which launched in January — have branched off to do their own thing with a new site called We Are The Upstate. The site will keep a similar format, with news, reviews, interviews and even the popular Couchsurfing performance videos, but will operate under a new name.
David Stringer and the SceneSC crew will continue to operate SceneSC Upstate, but will be in for some tough competition from the upstart Upstate site. Either way, there's some great music up that way, so give it a try.
4. Links of the week: Big Ass Sandwich Co. Burns
- Myrtle Beach Restaurant news reports on the fire at sometimes musical venue Big Ass Sandwich Company and a cool musical spot in Georgetown Backstage Cafe.
- There's still time to enter Conway's Muse on The Waccamaw Song Contest, but if you're interested in getting in on the poetry and music competition, you best hurry because the deadline for submission is Saturday.
- Details about this weekend's Jamz Island Music & Arts Festival featuring a tone of great acts including Edit (of The Glitch Mob), Zoogma, Archnemesis and more. via The Digitel Charleston.
- Fun story about old-school Blues and swing dancing in Charleston via CharlestonScene.
- Paul Grimshaw on Joe Buck Yourself via Weekly Surge.
5. Songs of the week: "Zero Heroes"
For the past week or so, we've been pimping out the artist — Witchita, Kan., native XV — to anyone who will listen. He was scheduled to do a show in Wilmington Sunday, and even though that date got cancelled it was still enough to turn us on to the consistently clever flows of his "Zero Heroes" which dropped April 15.
The mixtape, which really sounds more like a full fledged album has guest appearances from Just Blaze, J.Cole, Donnis and Pusha T (of Clipse) among others and is hot from start to finish. Get it for FREE at Datpiff or follow him on Twitter for more updates on XV.