Sunday, May 21, 6 p.m.
Jack & Diane’s, 115 N. Brown St., Greenville
$8 adv/$10 door
Usually when singer/songwriter/cellist Sarah Clanton comes back to her hometown of Greenville, she’s got something big going on. Last time out it was a slot on the 2016 Fall for Greenville music schedule. The time before that, her first EP had just been released. And this time, she’s got more going on than ever before. “It’s been really exciting year,” she says. “I just signed a record deal and I’m working with a new management company in Nashville called Torque Entertainment. And I’m going to be in the area because I’m a showcase artist at the Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance conference in Montreat, N.C. I’ve been invited to come and perform, so I thought I need to go do a show in Greenville.” Clanton will not only have her new band, upright bassist Mark Fain and guitarist Seth Taylor, in tow, but she’ll have a new live EP for her hometown fans, as well. “My goal is to not go too long without coming back to Greenville,” she says. “Everybody’s so wonderful.”
Kylie Odetta (CD release show) with Estuarie
Saturday, May 20th, 6 p.m.
Swamp Rabbit Crossfit, 25 Delano Drive, Greenville
Singer/songwriter Kylie Odetta is only 19 years old, but she’s been performing for more than a decade and recording since she was 12. She’s bounced through a series of different styles on her recordings, from electronic dance music to polished alt-pop to stripped-down folk. But on her last release, Odetta says she found the key to her sound in a subdued, shimmering piano-driven ballad called “Can’t Erase It.” “I describe as the pivotal point in my style,” Odetta says. “It was during the recording of that song that I really found a sweet spot in my vocals.” That song was the jumping-off point for Odetta’s new EP, “Undertow,” which is the most confident recording she’s done. Over a loosely jazzy base of guitars and piano, Odetta stretches out her vocals, pulling at the verses and diving into the choruses with glee. “As you grow as a person, you find what’s the most true to you,” she says. “I kept dabbling in different sounds because I hadn’t found what was right for me yet. I feel as confident as I ever have in this style, musically and vocally.”
The Cherry Icees with Cinema Novo and Warship
Friday, May 19, 9:30 p.m.
Radio Room, 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
One of the coolest things about punk- and punk-related music is how deceptive it can be. If a songwriter piles on the charred, distorted riffs and anthemic, singalong choruses, they can get some truly important, and in many cases personal, ideas across in their lyrics. That’s what Shelby Icee, aka Shelby Switchblade, singer and guitarist for The Cherry Icees, does with her music. Underneath the guitars and shiny hooks of her songs on the band’s most recent release, “Less Power, More Flowers,” she talks about the struggles she’s had with her gender transition and the dysphoria she experienced early in her life. “When I first started the band, a lot of those songs were about what I was going through,” she says. “I started the band around the same time I was transitioning publicly as female.” As for the music, she says that she’s always gravitated towards loud, hard, and catchy songs, and if they deliver a message at the same time, all the better. “The songs sound really cheery, but when you read the lyric sheet it makes you think twice,” she says. “Somebody has to write about people who are alone and outside the norm.”