5/26/2017

Dylan Swinson Releases New EP 'Prove Em Wrong Kid'


Dylan Swinson is a local singer-songwriter who just released his new EP Prove Em Wrong Kid. Dylan grew up in Summerville and started playing guitar at the young age of 10. His father served in the Air Force and that prompted the family's 2005 move to Delaware when Dylan attended high school and started writing lyrics. By his junior year he was recording demos, and upon graduating in 2011 he came back to Charleston to pursue an education at The Art Institute of Charleston.

Dylan released his debut EP Freedom & Solitude in 2015, a mostly acoustic record that took influence from early 2000s pop-punk bands. Prove Em Wrong Kid serves as an electric follow-up to his debut, with a welcome improvement in production and recording quality, as well as a maturation in his lyrical ability. If you're into bands like All Time Low and Mayday Parade, you'll dig Dylan's sophomore effort Prove Em Wrong Kid.

In celebration of the EP's release, Dylan will play a show on Saturday, May 26th at The Sparrow in North Charleston. It's a free show, and doors open at 8pm. He will be joined by local bands Go Jenny Go and King Tide, and copies of the EP will be available for purchase at the show, as well as Shem Creek Music, The Vinyl Countdown, Monster Music and Movies, and Coastal Coffee Roasters. Stream the EP below.

5/25/2017

The Dumbest Kids in School - Hair Metal Is Dead (But I Still Like To Party) [Single]


The Dumbest Kids in School pays homage to the 80s with this new track "Hair Metal Is Dead (But I Still Like To Party)", which comes in anticipation of tomorrow night's house show with Heyrocco and Ballerina Dave. The show is downtown at 3 Bogard and starts around 7:30pm. Since it's at a house and not a bar the show has to end fairly early to avoid interference from the authorities, so don't be late. It's free but you should throw $5 so these awesome bands can get paid to play. Stream the single below and don't miss the show tomorrow. Poster is under the streaming link.



5/24/2017

Quinn Cicala - Bad Dad Productions Live Sessions


Myrtle Beach based Quinn Cicala and his band teamed up with Philadelphia's Bad Dad Productions to film and record a few live sessions. Quinn played 3 songs, two of which were on his recent album Dream I Had, and "Sim", of which a studio version has yet to be released. The band went on tour back in April to promote the new album, and I guess these videos were recorded along the way. Enjoy a live listen to Quinn Cicala's heartfelt songwriting below.

Quinn Cicala - In A Diner In Poughkeepsie (Bad Dad Productions)


Quinn Cicala - Sim (Bad Dad Productions)


Quinn Cicala - August 2015 (Bad Dad Productions)

Runaway Gin Returns Home to Close Spring Phorward Tour


Runaway Gin-A Tribute to Phish will be returning home to The Charleston Pour House Sunday, May 28 for an indoor Sunday Phunday. With their Spring Phorward Tour recently ending, Gin is excited to return to their hometown venue, phans, and start to their highly anticipated summer tour.

This past weekend, Gin was at a private, invitation only festival called Hidden in the Hollow. While there, they got up with Melissa Reeves for "Turn On Your Lovelight." If you don't know Reeves, she is a fiery singer and guitarist that adds spontaneity to every performance. The nod for Lovelight seemed quite fitting for the Joe Scott written and Grateful Dead covered piece as it is known for scatting, rapping, and drawn out improvisation.

Photo Credit: Sense & Color

Last month, Greenberg told me how excited they were to come home after their sold out Atlanta show at the Hard Rock Cafe. With the show in the midst of Memorial Day Weekend, Runaway Gin noted "Can't let any surprises out of the bag, but it is Memorial Day so there is your clue."

Photo Credit: Ellison White

Since most of us have off Monday, it is a perfect excuse to head to The Pour House and enjoy some tight Type 2 Phish jamming along with some drinks. Information for Memorial Day Indoor Sunday Phunday w/ Runaway Gin - 240th Show is here. Head there at 6:30 to catch Thomas Wynn and The Believers on the deck. Check these guys out!



Here is the recording of Runaway Gin's rendition of You Enjoy Myself>Crosseyed & Painless. Enjoy:


5/19/2017

Little Stanger Release 'Techniques EP' with Party at The Royal American


Little Stranger's Techniques EP dropped this morning, serving as a healthy follow-up to their 2015 debut Buddha the Beast. The 5-song EP features self-production and shows that the duo has spent the nearly two years since the debut honing their 'Techniques' to create a sound that brings them up not one level, but two. Where Buddha the Beast came as a side project of John and Kevin Shields', Techniques steps in with a solidified sense of direction and shows that Little Stranger has rightfully become the main focus of the dudes involved.

Although the band has mostly said farewell to their past projects, the Techniques EP proves that they have not forgotten their roots. Once upon a time John Shields played in a little Philadelphia/Charleston band called Long Miles (still does sometimes), and I went to a ton of their shows during my early years at the College of Charleston (shout out Party at the Point circa 2013). At some point, one of my buddies handed me a copy of their Philadelphonic EP, on which the opening track was a catchy tune called "Girl, Don't Come Around". Little Stranger has reimagined "Girl, Don't Come Around" as "Girl III" on their new EP, and it has the same summer vibe with a fresh hip-hop spin, as well as some serious nostalgia for those who were present for the Long Miles heyday.

The Techniques EP is an awesome album for the summer, and I've already given it the Folly Beach stamp of approval, which means it goes hand in hand with cold beer and warm sunshine. The beats are at times reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s production, with kick and snare dominating the background and various instruments thrown in for style. Then Kevin Shields comes in with his smooth rhymes that swim around and keep it fly. The strong production combined with an airy vibe makes for a light listen that puts you in the mood to (extra) chill.

Little Stranger told the Charleston City Paper that this EP is one of two that will be released this year, and with the second EP they will release vinyl that combines them both. Techniques is a a major step in the right direction for Little Stranger and I think that we will be hearing a lot more about them in the future. Catch them tonight at The Royal American with the White Bogan Duo and 2 Slices. Doors are at 9pm, tickets are $10 and include a copy of the 'Techniques' EP. Head on out to Royal tonight for a taste of Little Stranger's stage presence and an even bigger taste of cheap beer. Stream the EP below.



Charleston Beer Garden to Feature Home Brewed Beer and Music


Charleston Beer Garden returns for the 6th time on Saturday, May 20 to The Grove at Patriots Point. All proceeds from the consumption of suds will benefit the Lowcountry AIDS Services. Tickets here.

Charleston Beer Garden is known as Charleston's largest pop-up Beer Garden as the team will turn The Grove at Patriots Point into an oasis from craft beer enthusiasts. The jubilee will have a ridiculous array of craft beet, games, live music and much more. This event is 21 and over only and will host breweries and home brews from all over. Check out the list of breweries and food vendors here.


The most interesting thing about this festival is the amount of homebrewers that will be participating. The Charleston Beer Garden's homebrewers donate their brews to sample for free. When it's gone, it's gone and the brewers are always up for conversation. Check the Charleston Beer Garden Guide upon arrival and sample these brews below. There will also be plenty of fun to be had from a cornhole tournament, a Pony Hope Race, Beer Trivia, Kan Jam, and more.

Live music will provide entertainment from artists like DJ Trail Mix, Samba Batucada, and Copoeira

2017 HOMEBREW PARTICIPANTS:

Jack Davis, Drahthaar Haus Brauerie, Charleston, SC
Brian Ruswinkle and Jimmy Noble, For The People, Brookhaven, GA
Bill Lockard, Frylock Brewing, Charleston, SC
Chris Hochreiter, Duck Ditch Brewing, Goose Creek, SC
Larry Fox, Twisted Fox Brewing, Greer, SC
Steve Short, Frogtown Brewing, Johns Island, SC
Scott LaForge, Great Scott Brewing, Mount Pleasant, SC
Jeremy Frazier, Charleston Brew Collective, Summerville SC
Kevin Drinkwater, Beer Engineer Supply, Johns Island, SC
Nic Crawford, Worn Path, Columbia, SC
Christopher Ranere, Huskypup Brewing, Mount Pleasant, SC
Matt Gibson, J&M Brewing Project, Ladson SC
Akai Antia-obong, The Pepper Brothers, Charleston, SC
Jeff Nelson, Sun Dog Brewing Company, Daniel Island, SC
Jeff Pascoe, Southern Coastal Brewing, Mount Pleasant, SC

As they say, Drink Beer, Do Good. Cheers.

General Admission Ticket Includes:
Commemorative Festival Mug
5 Beer Tickets
Festival Admission & Live Entertainment
Beer Games Competitions for Prizes
Homebrewers’ Village Access

VIP Oasis Admission Ticket Includes:
Commemorative Festival Mug
15 Beer Tickets
Festival Admission & Live Entertainment
Beer Games Competitions for Prizes
Homebrewers’ Village Access
VIP Expedited Entrance to the Festival
VIP Swag Table
VIP Oasis Access with Shade Tent, Private Seating, VIP Exclusive Activities, Fans, and Private Portajohns