Buck Stanley frontman Stan Gardner | photo by Sean Rayford
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The appeal of Buck Stanley lies in a very specific combination — a visceral amalgam of honky-tonk gallop and spaghetti Western zeal paired with a generous amount of smart-aleck charm. It’s a formula that has always elevated the band’s somewhat generic rock ‘n’ roll, a strength that shines on this self-titled EP.
What: Buck Stanley (EP Release)
Where: New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.
When: 9 p.m., Friday, March 21
With: Thee Knee Jerks, The Wage Slaves, T.C. Costello
Price: $5, $8 under 21
More Info: newbrooklandtavern.com
Fronted by the deep-throated and sharp-tongued Stan Gardner, more often seen behind a drum kit, Buck Stanley is rounded out by Jam Room head honcho Jay Matheson on bass, Sarah Quick on fiddle, John Furr on lead guitar, and Troy Tague on drums, all of whom deliver raucous energy and acute professionalism to tunes that would otherwise feel a bit too paint-by-numbers.
Despite the talent on hand, the most striking element here is Gardner’s lyrics; his words pull no punches in their middle-class lampooning. “Healed” comes across as an agnostic sneer at true believers, while songs like “Without You,” “S O B,” and “Suburban Home” take direct aim at the comfy consumerism of most of the group’s Gen-X fan base. Gardner knows how to sell his barbs, howling and whistling like a grizzled carnival barker, but the net effect narrows the album’s appeal, undermining the band’s populist sound.
But once you’re wrapped up in these infectious songs, it’s hard not to laugh along.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
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October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
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Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
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3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
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