Relative newcomers The Dunder Chiefs delivered a strong full-length debut earlier this year with the release of "Kicking Rocks" in January. The 11-song self-released album helped set the scene for what audiences can expect from the bluegrass- and ragtime-affected rock trio.
The struggle of rising from the masses of a tiring alt-bluegrass genre isn't lost on The Dunder Chiefs, whose members hope to be seen as something other than another young, banjo-pickin' Avett Brothers fan group. And the pieces for such a feat are in line.
The group adequately diversifies its sound on "Kicking Rocks" to stand away from lazy comparisons, twisting from hoedown to anthemic to indie ballad with an impressive ear for melody and seamless harmony layering between the members.
The Dunder Chiefs will perform Friday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with HoneySmoke, Whiskey Diablo and The Brushfires. There's a $5 cover at the door, with the show set to start at 9 p.m.
Go to TheRoyalAmerican.com or call 817-6925 for more information.
James Island music venue The Pour House is commemorating its 12th year in operation this week with a celebration featuring music from regional and local acts and a live mural-painting exhibit by locally chosen artists.
The anniversary festivities will continue through the weekend with free daily music performances outside, where audience members can also watch artists compete in the mural competition, and nightly shows for varying admission prices.
Despite its modest size, 8,000 square feet with a 500-head maximum, the club has consistently been one of the busiest venues in town, booking more than 300 shows a year and hosting daytime shows on the deck almost daily.
For owners Alex and Vanessa Harris, the vision has remained the same since The PoHo opened in 2002: to support "local art, organic music and ... local food from local farms."
Doors to the indoor shows will open at 9 p.m. each night. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will perform Thursday with Big Jon Belly; tickets are $10. Bloodkin will perform Friday with Sam Holt; tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show. Zoogma will perform Saturday with Tauk; tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show. Sol Driven Train will close out the anniversary celebration Sunday with The Travelin' Kine; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show.
For more, go to Charleston PourHouse.com.
Since getting its start almost 30 years ago, the Atlanta-based group Drivin' N' Cryin' has been labeled everything from Southern rock to country to a jam band. But founder, singer and songwriter Kevin Kinney's categorical interpretation of the band has always been a garage band with an English blues tint.
With 14 albums and thousands of shows under its belt, Drivin' N' Cryin' has become a master of the live show and a pioneer of the now-popular garage rock and alt-country genre.
Drivin' N' Cryin' will perform Saturday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Call 571-4343 for more information.