WednesdayJay Clifford

— Jay Clifford gained regional notoriety as the frontman of Charleston’s Jump, Little Children, whose debut, The Licorice Tea Demos, was a marvelous melding of Celtic-tinged folk and chamber-pop. It wasn’t for a lack of talent, particularly Clifford’s songwriting and choirboy vocals, but the band never could recapture the magic of those first sessions and went on hiatus in 2006. Fortunately, Clifford hasn’t stopped writing and performing, as this show and his forthcoming debut, Driving Blind, indicate. Opening is Slow Runner, which features former Jump bassist Jonathan Gray and the rich piano-led pop of which is a perfect fit for fans of Ben Folds Five and Fountains of Wayne. K. Foster

Five Points Pub: 8 p.m., $12 ($10 advance); 253-7888,

Jay Clifford


— Long before Jack and Meg White came along, Jucifer’s Amber Valentine and Edgar Livengood were playing the mixed-couples circuit and winning devotees along the way. Originally from the fertile fields of Athens, Ga., Amber and Ed have lived in a Winnebago since 2001, paying their dues (and tolls) along the way. Their “amalgamated metal” — a dingy combination of sludge, noise, grind and rock — first caught the attention of Capricorn Records in 1999, but they’ve since joined the ranks of Relapse Records, who released If Thine Enemy Hunger in 2006. A new double-LP, L’autrichienne, is expected in March and will no doubt test the mettle of metal maniacs. Opening are Darsombra and Shallow Palace. K. Foster

Headliners: 8 p.m., $10; 796-2333,



—If you were to guess, knowing nothing else of the band but its songs, you might say Veara would fit nicely into the roster of bands on Side One Dummy or Fat Wreck Chords. Energized rhythms, bouncy guitars and a vocal sound just to the left of Fountains of Wayne all belie this band’s Southern roots. Veara has been wrangling its own demons of late with significant lineup changes, but that hasn’t stopped the band from hitting the road to support its new long-player, The Walls Have Ears, and it shouldn’t stop you from a trip to the Tavern to see what all the fuss is about just across our border. Automatic Loveletter, Say Vandelay and Headfirst for Halos open. J. Cataldo

New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m., $7; 791-4413, FridayBeats for Eats

— Music is always best when it carries a message or champions a cause. (See: FarmAid, Tibetan Freedom Festival, “We Are the World.”) The artists performing at the Beats for Eats charity benefit concert — impressively organized by students from Brookland-Cayce high school — are out to eradicate (or at least alleviate) child hunger, rocking to raise funds and donations for the Feed the Children foundation. Hey, Whitney Houston did say the children were our future. Among the philanthropists: Upstate singer-songwriter Corey Crowder; the Eric Skelton-led Marry a Thief; power-pop quintet The Decade; the Jason Mraz-esque Zach Fowler and the Essentials; and positive hip-hoppers The Elements. Everything goes to a good cause, so please give generously. P. Wall

Northside Baptist Church: 6 p.m., $7 ($5 advance or with canned good donation); 665-2535.Sterling Y

— As a supporter of our hometown music scene — and you are, aren’t you? — it has to churn up mixed emotions when a band leaves the Metro for the perceived greener pastures someplace else. Case in point: Sterling Y. Current Nashville residents and former winners of WARQ-FM’s Locals Live competition, Sterling Y seemingly outgrew the confines of our little burg and headed off to record a debut album with noted knob-twister Rogers Masson (The Mavericks, Eric Clapton). The band has found some real success in its adopted hometown and made time to finish a second record of songs that gleefully straddle the fence between modern-rock, alt-country and Americana. Prodigal sons? Hardly. Gone City and Last November open. J. Cataldo

Headliners: 8 p.m., $5; 796-2333, SaturdayRob Crosby

— In the early ‘90s, Sumter’s Rob Crosby had a brief run of hits on country radio, including “She’s a Natural,” penned for country group Shenandoah. Prior to that, however, he had spent years in South Carolina-based bands like Savanna and The Rob Crosby Group before breaking into Nashville with “Holdin’ a Good Hand,” a cut made famous by Lee Greenwood. Crosby has remained an in-demand songwriter, with numerous mainstream country artists performing his songs over the years, and he has branched out into production work. He’s even put out a couple of releases in Europe this decade. K. Oliver

Pavilion Coffee Shop: 5 p.m., free (donations encouraged); 936-0500,

— In the ever-shifting world of bluegrass-band lineup changes, a supergroup like Grasstowne is almost inevitable, as talented pickers tend to congregate for a while before moving on. Mandolinist Alan Bibey has been a member of IIIrd Tyme Out and Blue Ridge and spent a number of years playing at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach; vocalist and guitarist Steve Gulley was previously a member of Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver band and a founding member of Mountain Heart; and Phil Leadbetter’s Reso-phonic guitar was part of J.D. Crowe’s New South ensemble for a decade before forming Wildfire. Together with a couple of younger players, the veterans’ new band has topped the bluegrass charts for the past three months with its debut disc and the single “Dixie Flyer.” K. Oliver

Bill’s Music Shop: 8 p.m., $12; 796-6477,

The Loved One

Tom House

— Someone once said to me that Tom House is to country music what Tom Waits is to rock music. While I think a more apt comparison might be what Kimya Dawson is to folk music, the sentiment is the same: As a country artist, House embodies the outsider mentality that sets Waits and Dawson head-and-shoulders apart from the rock and folk circles, respectively. Indeed, it’s almost anti-country: Like contemporaries David Olney, Malcolm Holcombe and Sam Baker, House takes inspiration from the grand Appalachian musical storytelling tradition and fleshes out his gloomy, plaintive lyrics and nutty, Chipmunk-esque tenor with stark, Texas folk-blues-style arrangements. This is a house concert; call for reservations and directions. P. Wall

Alien Carnival House Concert: 5:30 p.m., $15; 413-5676.The Loved Ones

— Just days after the release of its new full-length, Build and Burn, Philly-based band of punk populists The Loved Ones bring their songs of hope and change to the Capital City. But don’t confuse the populist tag with its oft-bandied pop-punk cousin — this is a whole different scene in both music and ideology. “Punk is a big part of how we all came to play music, and that spirit is still all over this album,” vocalist Dave Hause says on the band’s web site. “I’d rather write in a way that’s completely honest, regardless of genre labels, and reach people.” It’s a sound and attitude that’s reminiscent of The Alarm circa 68 Guns and a welcome diversion from bands that that take themselves all too seriously. The Gaslight Anthem, Of Angels and Lions and Measured in Grey open. J. Cataldo

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $10 ($8 advance); 791-4413, MiKenPike

—MiKenPike emerged on the scene a couple of years ago with a frat-friendly formula that quickly found a following, but the band’s been challenging itself and its fans since with a bigger, more mature sound that really and truly deserves a second listen from would-be haters. As for The Heist and the Accomplice, I am amazed that groups like The Black Kids can become underserved darlings of the blogosphere, while much of the world remains unaware of the seemingly boundless talent of these blokes. Tune in, and get turned on. Lastly, I’d be selling The Drownout way short if I simply called them a Killers knockoff because there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about them that bests Brandon Flowers and company. K. Foster

Art Bar: 10 p.m., $3; 929-0198, Star

— An award-winning guitar, banjo and mandolin player, Brooklynite Orrin Star might be the only Jewish Northeasterner to have won a National Flatpicking guitar contest — he took home the top prize back in 1976 — and he has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. After years on the folk and bluegrass circuit, Star also did some time as a stand-up comic, honing his storytelling skills to the point where such yarns are now as much a part of his shows as the music, which bounces from traditional Irish and Appalachian folk to bluegrass standards and Western swing. K. Oliver

Doc’s Gumbo Grille: 8 p.m., $15; 256-4440.SundayThe Temptations

— We shouldn’t have to tell you who The Temptations are, but should you need a refresher, here it is: Like their female counterparts The Supremes, The Temptations are the prime examples of the classic Motown sound, evidenced on timeless songs such as “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Of the members of the original “Classic Five” lineup of The Temptations, Otis Williams is the sole survivor. But Williams still keeps the Temptations torch a-burnin’, touring and making records that stick close to the vocal group’s classic Motown sound: Smooth dynamic shifts, syncopated horn stabs and intricate vocal harmonies. (Ed.’s note: At press time, this show was sold out.) P. Wall

Newberry Opera House: 7 p.m., $50; 803-276-6264,