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. News: Father-Daughter duo wins songwriting contest
Dan and Kasey Barnhart, a father and daughter team, won the top prize at the inaugural Muse on the Waccamaw songwriters competition at Coastal Carolina University on Saturday. The pair, who often perform together at Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse, won first in the band category for their song "Monsters" and were later named the overall winners.
" I want to thank everyone who went onto the Muse on the Waccamaw contest website and voted for us, if it weren't for you we wouldn't have been finalists," wrote Kasey Branhart on her YouTube page. "I would finally like to thank everyone who didn't think we would be able to do this, if it weren't for you I wouldn't have been motivated to take it to the next mile."
Winning in the individual category was Mike Seay, who beat out fellow finalists Alex Muller and David M. Cooper with his song "Broken Cisterns." Seay was also named a finalist in the band category and the instrumental category as well.
The contest, which was organized by CREATE Conway members Brian Roessler and Barbara Streeter, also featured poetry by finalists Ellen Ficarra (A Soldier's Epitaph), Wanda Tribble (Is It El Nino), Stanley Tribble (I Almost Gave Up) and teen entrant Jonathan Dillard (Here I Am).
3. Shows: Best Bets for midweek music
Monday: As has been the case almost all summer, Monday's biggest party is Club Glow Global at the House of Blues. However, this week's bash is going to be even more crazy as HOB will first play host to one of the hottest names in hip-hop, Wiz Khalifa, who will perform with Big Sean & Chevy Woods beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets to the show are SOLD OUT, but there's still room at the Club Glow Global after party which will feature performances by Big Sean and Woods. Details here.
In addition, Suck Bang Blow will begin hosting METAL MONDAYS, Reggae & Dancehall will jam from REGGAE HOT MONDAY at 3rd Ave. S Bar & Grill and as always country lives at the Bowery with Lee Travis & The Bounty Hunters.
Tuesday: This is the 35th anniversary of the best-selling live album of all time and Tuesday, guitarist Peter Frampton will come to HOB in North Myrtle Beach to play his "Frampton Comes Alive!" record front to back. Tickets to An Evening With Peter Frampton are $35 and the show begins at 8 p.m. Details here.
Also, the Zulu Lounge will host one of the area's most rockin' blues acts, Refried Blues for a party beginning at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Details here.
Wednesday: Local musician Joshua Grant (John Owens Journal) will bring together his group Sideway Derby for the first time in more than a year at Bubba's Love Shack in Murrells Inlet at 8 p.m. Performing alongside Grant will be Brian Mckenzie on Guitar (S.A.V.A.S., Electric bird Noise,), Jeremy Dunham on bass (Bullfrog) and St. Mark Holt on drums (The Independents). Details here.
Or try the Surf & Sand band playing beach and variety at Apache Pier orrockers Know Good play SIN night at Jackson's Inlet Bar & Grill in Murrells.
In addition, 2001's Club Touch will continue its Thursday Night Live Summer Concert Series with a performance from Ten Toes Up beginning at 8 p.m. and Drew Jacobs & The Sauce will headline a show with Alex Muller at the brand-new The Music Station.
2. Rant & Raves: Moore love for The IZM
Just wanted to give a quick rave about Jaesen Moore of The IZM who is still probably the best pure frontman Myrtle Beach has to offer.
The former Weekly Surge Male Vocalist of the Year 2009 — as he's quick to point out — has the perfect blend of bravado and the slight bit of insanity it takes to make for truly great on stage antics.
Things such as an impromptu acapella rendition of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" before the band even started their set, an animated on-stage presence that fits his band's jerky System of a Down-esque songs and running around the bar high fiving as much of the crowd as possible, make for a high-energy performance that is worth checking out.
I can only assume not enough people know about The IZM or realize that the band is back to playing out because the crowd at Friday's show did not match the level of talent in the room. If you haven't kept up with these guys hear their music at Myspace, read our feature here and make a point to come out to their next show.
4. Links: Local Internet radio & more!
- Give a listen to Conway-based internet radio station 101.9 FOX FM The Grand Strand's Pure Hard Rock Station which plays a mix of mainstream, underground and even local tunes.
- Check out the weekly update from Glenn "Houndog" Hanson on his Sunday Serandes shows with some of the area's best acoustic musicians in Surfside.
- Relaunched Beach music station 94.9 The Surf has added of "Spider" Webb to its staff and launched a brand new Facebook page. Check it out.
- If you haven't checked out local deal blog Myrtle Beach on the Cheap, give these guys a try. They recently posted about a free music sampler SPIN Magazine put out from the iTune festival in London.
- Want to get the wor out about something your band or group is doing to a professional audience. Check out PitchEngine, which a great way for indviduals to make their own press releases in a more modern way.
- Any old-school Wu-Tang Clan fans will want to give this a listen. Wugzai's 13 Chambers combines classic Enter the 36 Chambers Wu with tracks from post-hardcore/emo giants Fugazi.
- Also check out MixCloud, a cool new way to socially interact with DJ mixes, radio, talk radio, etc. and creat your own mixes that you can easily embed in websites, blogs etc.
5. Artist of the week: Carey Murdock & NoStar
Yet another in a long line of regional acts we've got stuck in our craw is Carey Murdock & NoStar. Originally hailing from North Augusta, S.C., alt country/roots music songster Carey Murdock and his band NoStar have been playing tout of Augusta, GA, for some time but are in the midst of a move to Nashville.
The band released its second record "Baby, Don't Look Down" in December and is currently pushing out tracks such as the ramblin' country track "Baby My Heart" and the Beach-influenced "Nobody Like My Girl." Give them both a listen below and check out the album on iTunes.
"Nobody Like My Girl"