Sometimes, life on the road just isn’t sustainable. You love playing all of the cool venues and meeting your fans, but you need some stability. The tour is over, and it is time for a hiatus. That being said, #MusicMonday is coming to an end… for now. Think of it as an indefinite hiatus. There might be a reunion tour, or there might be a whole new supergroup that rises from the ashes. Either way, keep your eyes peeled for the next iteration of your Monday media fix.
Thursday: Harlem River Noise @ The Velo Fellow, 9:30 PM
One of the things that fascinate me about music is that the styles and genres can be merged and reinvented time and time again. It is not a recycling of things as much as a reimagining the music of yesteryear from a modern perspective. When done well, the result is a sound that is both modern and nostalgic, looking toward the future with a proper homage to the past.
For a perfect example of this, look no further than Harlem River Noise at the Velo Fellow this Thursday. The New York-based ensemble is a young band, just coming together last year, with a heavy influence of 1950’s rock, rockabilly, and swing. The result is equal parts Happy Days, Elvis, and Buddy Holly with a modern twist and is, without a doubt, abundantly pleasing to the ear.
The beauty of all of this is how well Harlem River Noise weaves in and out of different sounds. A track like 2018’s “I’ve Been Shaking” would be right at home on an Elvis Presley album (that’s prime 1950’s Elvis, mind you, not the fat 70’s version). Then you have a track like “South to Carolina” that is throttling rockabilly at its best with a Reverend Horton Heat level of tempo and energy. Then you have the song “Your Move” which breaks out the horns for a vibe that would best be consumed in a smoky speakeasy or nightclub with a proper cocktail in hand.
Despite the variety of influences the band weaves in, the sound is still definitively Harlem River Noise. As much as their sound varies from song to song, it still has their own fingerprints all over it speaking to the originality and power in their own voice. This is get up and dance and fall-in-love-with-a-new-band music all in one and the Upstate is lucky to welcome them back for another visit.
Additionally, if you have never seen a show at the Velo Fellow, this is the perfect opportunity to remedy that situation. The front half of the establishment is a classic English pub with a great bar menu and drink selection while the back has become one of the best listening rooms in the Upstate, complete with its own non-brewery right on site. It is a fabulous establishment to visit on any occasion and the perfect place to take in a band like Harlem River Noise.
Friday & Saturday: Pablopalooza II
This weekend also sees the return of Pablopalooza, now in its second year. Pablo is the name of a popular Clemson residence known for its abundance of house shows. As such, the first day of the festivities will take place at the house and will feature bands such as Tom Angst, Dinner Time, and more. Saturday, the shenanigans move over to the Radio Room for a larger audience and a great lineup of music featuring Apricot Blush, Daddy’s Beemer, Wallpaper, Prozac Dreams, J.S. Terry, Hugger Mugger, and Gardeners. This is a great celebration of local, independent music that will offer a little something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
Other Performances You Won’t Want to Miss…
- The Last Tycoon @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Atlanta Americana indie rockers The Last Tycoon is a great reason to catch a midweek show with support from local favorites Darby Wilcox and Mourning Dove. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Snails @ The Firmament, 8 PM: Producer and DJ Snails brings his Shell 2.0 tour to the Firmament for a unique holographic bass music experience. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Koo Koo Kanga Roo @ Ground Zero, 6 PM: Koo Koo Kanga Roo is a dance-along live comedy show experience that is every bit as eccentric as the name suggests. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything here.
- Valle Crucis Album Release Show @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Black metal rockers Valle Crucis celebrate the release of their album Iron & Blood with their friends Rapheumet’s Well, Von Nacht, and Engulfed in Blackness. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein @ Ground Zero, 7 PM: Better known as simply Doyle and also known as the guitarist for the Misfits, this is going to be a great evening of monster metal at Ground Zero. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Muscadine Bloodline @ The Blind Horse Saloon, 7 PM: Alabama pop-country duo Muscadine Bloodline pays a visit to the Blind Horse Saloon. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Atlas Road Crew @ The Radio Room, 8 PM: Charleston rockers Atlas Road Crew are making quite the name for themselves on the regional music scene and they are here at the Radio Room to show you why that is this Friday night. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles @ The Firmament, 8 PM: Organ virtuoso Cory Henry brings the funk to the Firmament for a great Friday night show. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- The Bragg Benefit @ Gottrocks, 9 PM: Silver Tongue Devils, Arcane, and Broken Testimony gather to raise money for a friend in need. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
- Whitechapel @ The Firmament, 6 PM: Heavy metal rockers Whitechapel celebrate their 10th-anniversary tour with a five-band lineup sure to blow your minds and, possibly, your eardrums. For more information, check out our Calendar of Everything.
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