Music Scene: Coheed and Cambria, Jonny Corndawg Connor Donahue

Coheed and Cambria

The fact that Coheed and Cambria has been around for 17 years is almost hard to swallow; there may even be a deafening ring of reality in your mind if you remember when the prog-rock group first began making waves all those years ago.

The realization of the band’s longevity also leaves the impact of its creative boldness reverberating within your thoughts.

The New York-based band was born in the small space between grunge’s collapse and nu-metal’s rise, a culturally rich or devoid birthplace, depending on your perspective. And while it does meander into the mutual gray areas of both genres, Coheed and Cambria has largely managed to avoid being pegged as either.

The band’s fifth album, 2010’s “Year of the Black Rainbow,” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

The band is touring in preparation for its latest album, which is due out later this year.

Coheed and Cambria will perform Monday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Pianos Become the Teeth and Moving Mountains. Tickets are $21 in advance, $23 the day of the show and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. Go to or call 577-6989.

He’s from, not surprisingly, Nashville, Tenn., and Jonny Corndawg might just save country music.

He’s a throwback, sure, but that’s what has everyone in such a tizzy. He takes listeners back to country music’s roots, back when it was happy to be sad and sang so seriously about silliness.

In a time of stuffy hipsters, auto-tuned pop stars and melodramatic country singers, Jonny Corndawg brings us back to our earthly, good-natured disposition. He tells us about how good the life of a bear is and how godly it is when a Ford man turns to Chevy, all in a spirit channeling equal parts Hank Williams and Buddy Holly with a modern Americana twist.

Jonny Corndawg is touring with Charleston’s own Shovels & Rope behind his full-length album, “Down on a Bikini Line.”

Shovels & Rope, The Royal Tinfoil and Jonny Corndawg will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show and are available online at or at the door. Go to or call 571-4343.

Local singer-songwriter Connor Donahue will celebrate the release of his debut album, “Sway,” on Monday night.

Donahue’s 10-song album mingles styles ranging from ambient, droning art rock to more upbeat indie rock.

The newcomer received plenty of help from Charleston-area musicians. Joel Hamilton produced and performed on the record while Josh Kaler mixed the album. Other guests include Elise Testone, Lindsay Holler, Nick Jenkins, Micah Nichols, Tyler Ross, Jack Burg, Stuart White, William Moore and others.

Donahue will perform Monday with Punks and Snakes at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Call 571-0775.