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Mason Jar Menagerie doesn’t sit still. Since forming three years ago, the Upstate trio has gigged relentlessly, striking out this spring with a contingent of Palmetto State bands for a showcase at Texas’ annual South By Southwest Festival. This self-titled platter, their second full-length and third release in as many years, makes good on this effort, sharpening the group’s bluesy rock ‘n’ roll.
What: Mason Jar Menagerie
Where: Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St.
When Saturday, June 14, 8 p.m.
With: Dumb Doctors, Pillage & Plunder
More Info: conundrum.us
Much of the record recalls The Black Keys as they appeared on 2008’s Attack & Release, which found the duo grinding insistently through revved-up Delta blues before their subsequent dive off the arena-rock deep end. Mason Jar Menagerie can’t match the finesse of the Keys’ give-and-take, but the band’s brash bass lines and swaggering melodies are delivered with similar conviction. Opener “Coming for You” lets guitarist Jake Garrett simmer through mournful blues licks before kickstarting the song’s frenzied riffs. The penultimate “Get Everything and Go” stomps and staggers like The White Stripes early in their run, with Garrett’s coarse croon ably backing his tough-guy barbs.
These highlights, while thrilling, are far from innovative. But the skills displayed form a bedrock from which Mason Jar might reach for more adventurous heights. Check “Concept of God,” the honky-tonk epic that closes the album. It’s a little like The Drive-By Truckers when their big-rig tunefulness breaks down. Patient strums, tender licks and far-off organ cushion Garrett, who howls as if still battling raucous volume: “Could you just take away the pain / From me?” he cries, seeking absolution without the burden of faith. It’s a powerful moment, one that draws on familiar sounds but strikes out in its own bold direction — a pattern Mason Jar would do well to repeat.
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.
King Lear in Finlay Park
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.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
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.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
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.
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