Music Scene: AFI, 12th Planet, The Tarlatans

AFI will perform Friday at the Music Farm.

In 1991, three high school classmates from the small Northern California town of Ukiah formed what would become one of the longest-running and most well-known bands of the melodic hardcore and horror punk genres.

A Fire Inside, better known as AFI, has spent those last two decades perfecting its sound, building its international fan base, and defining itself as a seminal act within the punk and hardcore subculture.

Led by frontman Davey Havok's Gothic-inspired image and booming, almost theatrical voice, AFI's influence has been felt across the country in your local pop punk and metal bands and by Hot Topic patrons.

Today, they continue to deliver its anthemic live performances and records. The band celebrated the release of its ninth studio album, "Burials," last fall.

AFI will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Youth Code and Coming. Tickets are $27 in advance, $30 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show set to start at 8 p.m. This is an all-ages event.

Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.

Los Angeles-based producer and DJ John Dadzie, aka 12th Planet, has been called the American Dubstep King.

That title may not be as prestigious as the King of Pop or simply The King, titles bestowed upon Michael Jackson and Elvis, respectively, but it is an honor that's sure to become more respected with time. Why?

As dubstep gains steam and legitimacy in mainstream America, music historians, critics and the public in general have begun trying to identify the pioneers in an apparent effort to trace its roots and give proper credit to its innovators. America loves innovators. America also clearly loves kings.

12th Planet began producing dubstep albums in 2006 after recording several drum and bass records under the moniker Infiltrata. His mixes have led him to collaborate with dubstep stars such as Skrillex, Skream, Plastician and Rusko, among others.

The 31-year-old L.A. native has since been working tirelessly, performing at Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra and SXSW, among other festivals, and has released at least two EPs or singles a year since 2008, not to mention remix and compilation albums.

12th Planet will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., as part of the Smog City Tour with Two Fresh, Protohype, Flinch and Steady. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.

With a surprising void in local, underground Americana/alt-country bands, Charleston-based quartet The Tarlatans is making a strong run at filling in the gap.

The group's 2012 debut is a dynamic collection of pop-friendly folk, bluegrass and classic country that straddles modern and historic with a firm stance on authenticity.

Having spent the last few years cutting their teeth on the road and earning respect from around the region, The Tarlatans seem to possess the right combination of maturity and hunger to make this a defining year and offer them a shot at becoming Charleston's newest hometown favorite.

The Tarlatans will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Johnny Delaware. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Local singer-songwriter Luke Cunningham will be on the deck beginning at 4 p.m.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.