Music Scene: The Black Cadillacs, Bobby Bare Jr., Stereo Reform

The Black Cadillacs

As a bluesy indie-rock band in Tennessee, slipping quietly into the farewells of insignificance within the bloated genre made particularly cool by acts like The White Stripes and The Black Keys is inevitable for some, likely for most.

But there are a few who make that sweet, good "noise," the kind of garage-recorded rock 'n' blues that rises above the odds and the monotony.

The Black Cadillacs have spent the past six years earning one of those elusive spots, relying on creative songwriting and sturdy musicianship to lend maturity and technical soundness to the ruggedness.

The five-piece group is comprised of friends and musicians from the Knoxville, Tenn., area and, like any other respectable band, spends most of its time rough-hewing its craft on the road the way the echoes of its past would have done.

The group's latest album, "Run," was released in 2012 on Young Giant Records.

The Black Cadillacs will perform Thursday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Thomas Wynn and The Believers. Tickets are $5 at the door, which open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 886-8596 for more information.

Bobby Bare Jr. made his musical debut in 1974 at the age of six on a Grammy-nominated duet with his father, '70s-era country star Bobby Bare.

In 1999, he re-emerged with his band, Bare Jr., and its major label release, "Boo-Tay."

The garage/rock outfit released a second album, "Brainwasher," the following year before calling it quits, prompting the singer-songwriter to pursue a solo career and numerous side projects.

Bare Jr.'s solo work takes a more stripped-down approach than his grungy musical past, but he remains a performer capable of awakening the most jaded of crowds with his large personality, self-deprecating humor and compelling songwriting.

Throughout his career, Bare has toured with such artists as Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, My Morning Jacket and The Black Crowes. He also produced albums, including his father's 2006 release "The Moon was Blue" and one for longtime friend and collaborator Shel Silverstein, a tribute album titled "Twistable, Turnable Man" in 2010 featuring members from My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog, John Prine, Lucinda Williams and Kris Kristofferson, among others.

Bare Jr.'s latest effort, "Undefeated," was released earlier this year.

The singer-songwriter will perform Wednesday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.

Stereo Reform began in Charleston several years ago before moving west to Los Angeles in search of a larger fan base for its funk-inspired music style and spirited live performances.

After leaving L.A. to tour for a year on the road, the trio decided to return to South Carolina and resettled in Greenville, where it has remained for the past few years.

Musically, the band builds on a foundation laid by such funk/rock bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More, but reverberates with more modern influences ranging from the Kings of Leon to Ghostland Observatory.

The band's live performance is a sweaty collision of impassioned theatrical performance and steady musicianship that transforms shows into the kind of frenetic dance party that Charleston so adores.

Stereo Reform will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $8 at the door or online at Doors open at 9 p.m.

Go to or call 571-4343 for more information.