SondorBlue Returns to The Royal American on July 25th with Ned and the Dirt and Youngster

On Tuesday, July 25th, SondorBlue will return to The Royal American with fellow Charleston band Youngster and Ned and the Dirt from Los Angeles. SondorBlue hasn't played at Royal in a few months, and last I talked to them they had been working on a bunch of new tunes, so there's a solid chance we'll hear some new stuff that night. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are $8 at the door. I've included a stream of some music from SondorBlue and Ned and the Dirt Below. Youngster has yet to release any recordings, so you'll just have to take my word for it, they're good. RSVP on Facebook here.

Ned and the Dirt - Giants (Full Album)

SondorBlue - Realometer EP


Little Stranger - Me & You (Live at The Royal American)

Little Stranger just released this live version of "Me & You", a song off their recent Techniques EP. The video was taken at their last Royal American show a few months back. Little Stranger will return to The Royal American this Saturday night for a pool party with Human Resources, Soul Power Productions, and Damn Skippy. Stream the live video below and head on out to the Royal American Saturday night for yet another night of Genesee and live music at your favorite neighborhood bar.

Little Stranger - Me & You (Live)

Drink With Jesus One Last Time at Theatre 99

Drinking With Jesus is a one-man comedy show that premiered in November 2016 at Theatre 99, and this Saturday, July 22nd the show will return for the last time before writer and performer Hunter Gardner makes a move to New York City. The show explores the problem of finding a balance between virtue and vice, and warns against getting too wrapped up in either drinking or Jesus.

Gardner created the show with his friend Henry Riggs, one half of Charleston-based sketch comedy group Nameless Numberhead. Riggs serves as director and and Gardner the actor, and the two have collaborated on a number of projects over the years.

You can catch the final Charleston performance of Drinking With Jesus on July 22nd starting at 10pm sharp. Tickets are $12 and the show will run for about an hour. Get your tickets here. Just so you know, Theatre 99 serves beer. See a teaser video for Drinking With Jesus below.

Secret Guest Announces New Album and Releases "No Buzz" Video via New Record Label

A lot of cool announcements were made yesterday surrounding Secret Guest and the newly formed collective, APT. First of all, they released the music video for "No Buzz", their newest song that was first released on the 2017 Scene SC Sampler. The video was directed and produced by former Secret Guest bassist Dorian Warneck and his new project Person People. You can watch that below.

Secret Guest - No Buzz (Music Video)

In addition to the "No Buzz" video, Secret Guest also announced that the song will serve as the first single off their upcoming album, Dry Jest, which will be released on September 1st. The album will be available on vinyl, cassette, and of course digitally. You can pre-order your copy of the new album here.

That leads me to the subject of the new label, APT. Formed by Brett Nash of Secret Guest and Wilson W. Wilson of ET Anderson, the label will feature artists from multiple genres and curate sounds that encompass the vision of Brett and Wilson. Dry Jest will be the first APT release. APT will also conduct collaborative projects between artists, to create sounds that you won't hear anywhere else.

Finally, Secret Guest and ET Anderson announced that they will combine as one to play a handful of shows as Secret Anderson. Those dates are below. All shows are with Wing Dam and Jenny Besetzt. As a special bonus, two of the Secret Anderson shows will include a performance from the a reuinited Elim Bolt, a band that once played on the Hearts & Plugs label. The shows with Elim Bolt are marked with an asterisk.

8/3 Columbia, SC at New Brookland Tavern*
8/4 Charleston, SC at The Royal American*
8/5 Raleigh, NC at Kings
8/7 Kill Devil Hills (OBX), NC at Bonzer Shack

Secret Guest will also play at the Tin Roof on 8/11 with Peyote Coyote.

Take a moment to gather yourself, and then go ahead and share this with a bunch of people and spread the good word. This is the summer of Secret Guest, and we're stoked about it. You should be, too.


The High Divers Announce New Summer Tour Dates

After a rough month and a cancelled tour, The High Divers are back and ready to rock once more. They'll be hitting the road later this week for a summer tour that continues all the way through September and includes stops at a few festivals like Bragg Jam and Mile of Music. They'll hit it at The Royal American in the final quarter of the tour, September 8th, but we can cheer them on from home until then.

Stream their 2015 album Riverlust below, and watch out for announcements on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages about new music and other exciting things coming up.


Good Vibes Summer Tour Makes Charleston Stop this Friday with Rebelution, HIRIE, and More

This Friday, July 21st, Riverfront Park will be packed out with another night of music from some of the top reggae artists around. Rebelution will headline the night after performances from Collie Buddz, Nahko, Medicine for The People, and HIRIE. This show is part of The Good Vibes Summer Tour that just finished up its West Coast leg, and now they're headed over to our side of the country to kick off the East Coast leg of the tour, starting Thursday night in North Carolina.

HIRIE is a strong up-and-comer in the reggae scene, having just released her sophomore album Wandering Soul to critical acclaim, including a #1 spot on Billboard's Reggae Album Chart at the time of its release. Rebelution just released their first live album, Live at Red Rocks, and it has also done well on the Billboard Charts. Collie Buddz has a a new album out too, called Good Life, which has been receiving some heavy rotation in reggae circles.

Tickets are still available for $30 in advance, and if you wait until the day of the show they will set you back $35. Get your tickets here. Doors open at 6pm and the music runs until nearly midnight.

Rebelution - Live at Red Rocks (Full Album)

HIRIE - Wandering Soul (Full Album

Collie Buddz - Good Life (Full Album)