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Music Scene: Dangermuffin, Minnesota, Matisyahu

Music Scene: Dangermuffin, Minnesota, Matisyahu


Over the last several years, local trio Dangermuffin has emerged as one of Charleston's hardest working and most generous music acts, having toured tirelessly for nearly eight years and making all four of its albums available for free download online, relying instead on donations and ticket profits from its loyal following.

Dangermuffin has built a reputation as a band that encapsulates the spirit of the Lowcountry, with its tapestry of country twang, Appalachian bluegrass, jam band and beach side rock all culminating into a sound that is unique to the three-piece.

The band will release its latest effort, "Songs for the Universe," with a special performance Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway.

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The album contains what singer and lead songwriter Dan Lotti describes as "the influence of Appalachia" while not parting ways with "the salty vibes of the Carolina coast." The record examines a new set of influences for Lotti, who recently married and moved from Folly Beach to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

"Since moving, a lot of my time has been spent in meditation and doing private yogic practices, abstaining from alcohol and connecting with plants," says Lotti.

The change in lifestyle shows on the album. Lyrically, and within the spirit of the record itself, "Songs of the Universe" ponders a philosophy of veganism and adhering to a lifestyle that distances itself from the "distractions of modern existence."

Tickets for the release party and performance are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343.

Christian Bauhofer was on the lip of adulthood when he left Minneapolis for Santa Cruz, Calif., to attend University of California, Santa Cruz. The then-18-year-old adapted quickly to his new environment, immersing himself in the budding electronic dance music culture and earning the nickname "Minnesota."

The skinny kid from Minnesota, donning glasses and flannel, began making a name for himself, first through his hip-hop remixes for friends and later as a promoter in the Bay Area for hip-hop and EDM shows.

A guitar player from the age of 12, Bauhofer had spent years trying, and failing, to form a rock band before embracing EDM's freedom to create and perform without other members.

The switch has since led the dubstep/glitch-hop producer to trade college classes for a full-time music career, which includes nationwide tours with Big Gigantic, STS9, Gramatik and Mimosa, among others, and appearances at nearly every major electronic music festival in the country over the past four years.

Having adopted Minnesota as both a nickname and stage name, Bauhofer released his eighth record, "Voyager," in May.

Minnesota will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, as part of his "Mind Machine" tour with G Jones and Jackal. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343.

Transformation has been a longstanding part of Matthew Miller's life. The evidence of his searching rests in the changes made by the 35-year-old musician over the past two decades.

Better known by his Yiddish/stage name Matisyahu, Miller's musical genesis began as a drug-sampling, Phish-following teen in White Plains, N.Y., where he would eventually drop out of school.

He moved to Bend, Ore., and enrolled in a wilderness program that allowed him to complete his high school studies while focusing on his personal drug rehabilitation.

Miller returned to New York and took a more serious interest in reggae and Judaism. Six years later, Miller had transformed into Matisyahu, the Hasidic MC and reggae artist. His debut album, "Shake Off the Dust ... Arise," was released under the now-defunct label JDub Records. The album, with hits like "King Without a Crown," "Chop 'Em Down" and "Got No Water," won over the secular mainstream and the jam band underground, climaxing in 2005 when Phish's Trey Anastasio invited him to perform for his Bonnaroo set.

Matisyahu went on to release three back-to-back No. 1 albums on the Billboard reggae charts. For years, Matisyahu maintained a prominent beard and sidelocks and abstained from performing on Shabbat (Friday nights).

In 2011, he posed beardless and without his traditional clothing and sidelocks, telling fans that he was "reclaiming himself."

In June, he released "Akeda," which explores new electronic and pop ground atop his reggae and hip-hop foundation. The album has since reached No. 36 on the Billboard 200.

Matisyahu will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Radical Something. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 8:30 p.m.

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