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. With the long holiday weekend, we've pushed it back a day, but we're still here to help you kick off the work week...
1. News: Young Jeezy announces HOB date
Fresh off the release of a new single "Ballin'" with Lil' Wayne and an upcoming album "Thug Motivation 103" which is set to drop in late July, rapper Young Jeezy has announced his TM 103 tour will stop at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on Aug. 3.
The rapper — who was born in Columbia, SC — is known for his 2005 debut album "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" and for being featured on singles such as "Soul Survivor" with Akon, "Hard" with Rihanna and "Love In This Club" with Usher.
In addition, the House of Blues has announced a Teen Night this Thursday at 8 p.m. with DJ Jeff (Tickets $10) and another edition of the Myrtle Beach Rocks concert series call MB Rocks The South with Midway Blue, Sequoyah Prep School and Wide Open on July 16 (Tickets $5).
2. Shows: Colt Ford, Blue Mother Tupelo, Punk show @ FWIW
The week after July 4th is generally one of the busiest weeks of the year for Myrtle Beach and the happenings on the local music scene are plentiful this week.
Wednesday: Options include acoustic player Alex Austin performing at the Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill beginning at 5 p.m., local rockers Know Good continuing their run of summer shows at Jackson's Inleter Bar & Grill in Murrells Inlet at 8 p.m. and some of Columbia's best will be in town as Jacob's Ladder, The Private Life of David Reed and Death of Paris perform at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside Beach at 9 p.m. In addition, popular country/hip-hop act Colt Ford will perform at the House of Blues beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: Philadelphia-based jammaster Jay D Clark will return to the Grand Strand with local reggae rockers Treehouse as his backing band. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside. In addition, Charleston-based artist Jeff Norwood will open for Blue Mother Tupelo in a great night of Blues at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet. Norwood will perfrom 5-8 p.m. with Blues Motrh Tupleo going from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Friday: There are a ton of options (full calendar here) but some of the best include Cortez & The Killers at Mama Rue's Blues Garden in Pawley's Island at 8 p.m., Spider Webb & The Boogie Blues Revue at Surfside Live at 9 p.m., Below The Bassline at Island Bar & Grill Surfside at 9 p.m. and a punk showcase at For What It's Worth including The Slobz, Bamboo Forest, Swift Kicks and Take Cover beginning at 9 p.m.
3. Links: Incubs livestream + cool music sites
- One of our favorite bands, Incubus, is doing live streamed performances this week as they prepare for a new tour and album check it out: http://www.livestream.com/incubus
- Bands in Town is a really cool site that gives you personalized concert listings and suggestions based on bands it knows you like based on your Facebook, Twitter, etc. Definitely check this one out http://www.bandsintown.com/
- Awesome blog, called the Album Art Exchange which is a must see if you're as into the art on the outside of an album as the music on the inside. http://www.albumartexchange.us/
- Check out music location site Gruvr for a list of shows in Myrtle Beach. The offerings are pretty slim at this point, but seems like a cool tool that could be worthwhile if used correctly. Gruvr.com
- Weekly Surge on Hot Summer Nights and The Delta Saints. WeeklySurge.com
4. Songs of the week: "A New Start"
Some of our favorite new music this week comes from Charleston-based singer-songwriter Tyler Boone, who released his single "Austin" earlier this year and has now followed it up witha four-song EP called "A New Start," which he recorded with producer MJ Fick. If you like heartfelt, soulful acoustic rock tunes, do yourself a favor and check this guy out, he's been really making some noise as one of S.C.'s best up and coming songwriters the past few years.