Cedric Gervais — Billboard magazine calls French-born and Miami-based EDM disk jockey Cedric Gervais “The Song Doctor,” but he might be more of a cosmetic surgeon. Gervais took Lana Del Rey’s slow-burning “Summertime Sadness” and transformed it into a red-hot (and Grammy-winning) hit; he did the same for Miley Cyrus’ “Adore You,” replacing the original’s amorphous rhythms with thumping beats and a dazzling drop in the chorus. Then again, Gervais’ mainstream attention came after years of underground cred, and singles like “Burning,” “Mauri’s Dream” and “Molly” have been turning heads for some time. — Patrick Wall
Valley Maker, Nathan Hussey — Seattle’s Valley Maker writes quiet, mostly acoustic songs that place lyrical content front and center. The band’s hushed presentation and vocal urgency recall early Bright Eyes, but wisely divert from the latter’s bratty cynicism. All Get Out frontman Nathan Hussey’s solo outing exhibits a sharp ear for hooks but holds emotional expression in equal regard, often launching without warning into cracked, throat-blistering vocal howls. Both acts succeed in creating something deeply personal and worthy of attention. With Grace Joyner. — Michael Spawn
The Ruby Brunettes, Ultrafaux — Baltimore outfit Ultrafaux takes basic elements — two acoustic guitars and a double bass — and creates fluid gypsy jazz with respectable nuance and texture for the few instruments involved. The music is celebratory and easygoing, deceptively relaxed for all its complex interplay. Locals the Ruby Brunettes also rely on acoustic instrumentation, but instead take it in a contemporary folk direction. Where Ultrafaux is a conversation of strings, vocal harmony is the Ruby Brunettes’ strength. — Corbie Hill
David Nail — Sonnets of heartbreak are nothing new to the contemporary country genre, but David Nail’s version incorporate seemingly genuine emotion behind his well balanced tenor vocals, easy-to-follow lyrics, warm single-coil rhythms and chicken-picked leads. While he doesn’t offer much for the adventurous, he compensates in musical honesty. “Let It Rain” was his first No. 1 single on the country charts back in 2012; his newest album is I’m a Fire. — Dade Driggers
Freeway Music Festival — Freeway Music, a studio for a music lessons founded by drummer Tony Lee and guitarist Don Russo, has expanded rapidly to three locations since launching in 2011. This is the second year of the studio’s music festival, designed to promote the business and raise money for its scholarship program. The bill includes former Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland, who had a string of radio rock hits in the 1990s with the group, along with a high-quality collection of close to 20 local and formerly local acts. Weaving the Fate, Danielle Howle, The Mobros, Hannah Miller, Octopus Jones, Bobby Hatfield, Jeremy Sakovich, and Youth Model will perform, among others, on two stages. Tours of the soon-to-be-open Music Farm will also be offered. — Kyle Petersen
Brewsky Brothers End of Summer Bash — With kids back on campus, summer is pretty much gone. But that’s no reason not to celebrate, and this Brewsky Brothers bash offers the opportunity to party for a good cause. The End of Summer Bash benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and some serious local star power stocks the lineup to support the cause: Rising local rapper Ben G slots as the headliner, bringing with him his B-FAM crew; Wyze Mindz, Prettier Than Matt and Jeff Liberty provide support, and DJ Dez-One spins between sets. — Patrick Wall
Journal, Casio Mio, MyBrother MySister — A benefit show for beloved music scene member Aaron Graves organized by Daddy Lion leader Jeremy Joseph, the bill is topped by the fierce trio Fishing Journal, a group that excels at cathartic slabs of high-velocity indie rock in the vein of Dinosaur Jr. or Superchunk, but also features two promising young acts in Casio Mio and MyBrotherMySister. The former is a theatrical drums-and-acoustic guitar folk band led with more than a little flair by Pedro Lopez DeVictoria, while the latter is a high school power trio with just the right balance of punk snottiness and pop hooks. — Kyle Petersen
Saturday 23 — Connect2Cola Local Showcase
Saturday brings two events aimed at the University of South Carolina’s returning hordes. The on-campus show is the more accessible, rounding up some regional indie rock bands. Georgia’s taut and percolating Reptar headlines with local support from the ragged and redemptive Dear Blanca, and fk mt., which takes a more punk-leaning path to reach similar ends. Concord America is the pocket ace here; the Atlanta trio’s grab-bag garage rock borrows Thee Oh Sees’ speed and Nick Cave’s swagger. She Returns From War and a newSC hip-hop showcase round out the impressive lineup.
Saturday 23 — Metal Cock Radio’s Back To School Metal Show
Metal Cock, student station WUSC’s heavy enclave, offers meaner entertainment across the river. The lineup boasts the sturdy thrash trio Axattack, the crazed and pummeling grindcore act WVRM, and Marrow of Earth, which injects infectious hooks into its fiercely twisting death metal. Headliner Darkentries is no longer playing. — Jordan Lawrence
New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com [online copy updated]
High and Lonesome — High and Lonesome is the conjunction of progressive musicians Jason Ajemian and Conrad Freiburg. Acoustic bassist Ajemian treats his instrument as a sort of sonic reservoir — a source of melody, yes, but also of deep groans and whale-like sighs. To be clear, he’s no backing section. Freiburg’s creativity mixes carpentry, artistry and sound, treating the three as points on a spectrum rather than as distinct disciplines: at this improv-oriented date, his likely focus is the ukulele. — Corbie Hill
Mouth of the Architect — In theory, Mouth of the Architect is a heavy metal band. In actual practice, however, the band takes risks and makes decisions most metal bands might shy away from. Though Mouth of the Architect has plenty of pummeling, chugged-out riffs, more often than not its songs are built around intricate, circular guitar patterns that resemble at times the carnivalesque intro to Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” while vocals alternate between emo-ish caterwauling and conventional throaty sludge. With Set & Setting, Ritual Oblivion and Agony Enthroned. — Michael Spawn
FoodComputer — FoodComputer’s instrumentalism descends from both post-rock and trip-hop, blending Explosions in the Sky’s intellectual moodiness with Portishead’s heavy-lidded synthetic grooves. Like a leaner, less bombastic God is an Astronaut, FoodComputer’s drum machines skitter and skip below washes of synthesizer. The result is music that’s meditative without being static and experimental without being obvious about it. This packed bill also features Ritual Abjects, Ahomari, Roomdance and Space Coke — not bad for a school night. — Corbie Hill
Conundrum Music Hall: 8:00 p.m., $5; (803) 250-1295; conundrum.us.
Dead Gaze, Daddy Lion — Dead Gaze offers a bizarre blend of shoegaze, grunge and pop peppered with electronica. Accompanying its electronic samples and instrumentation are fairly articulate lyrics — if you can understand them; saturated in effects, much of the band’s lyrical content is unintelligible, which actually fits the ambience of its peculiar compositions. Local indie quartet Daddy Lion focuses on a more typical formula of harmonized vocals, sophomoric lyrical couplets, punchy upbeat guitars, and fast-tempo percussion — an approach that should help tip this show’s appeal toward a more mainstream audience. Bojack Dawson opens. — Dade Driggers
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