Saturday, Feb. 24
Brooks Dixon Band
Smiley’s Acoustic Café
111 Augusta St.
If you’re a fan of Greenville singer-songwriter Brooks Dixon, you probably know that none of his single or EP releases have sounded quite the same as the others. He’s moved from acoustic folk to gentle rock and even to danceable R&B, but he’s never sounded quite as comfortable as he does on his new EP, “White Roses.”
The five songs on the EP are so unified stylistically that they almost come off like a suite. Using bassist Luis Espaillat (Trace Adkins), Nashville fiddle player Brenna Fitzgerald, and harmony vocalist Ira Well, Dixon has recast his songs in a rootsy alt-country style that suits them perfectly.
“I’d released versions of some of these songs before, but they’re a bit different here,” he says. “There were some songs I felt had more of an alt-country feel at the core, and I really wanted to hear what that sounded like. So it was almost like a concept EP, if you will.” –Vincent Harris
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Rodriguez w/ Victory Boyd
300 S. Main St.
The story of Sixto Rodriguez, told more completely in the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man,” is one of the more unusual in music history. The singer-songwriter recorded two albums of passionate, mildly psychedelic rock in 1970 and 1971: “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality.” The albums, marked by Rodriguez’s passionate, yearning voice and incisive lyrics, came and went with little notice in the U.S., but they gradually became iconic overseas, especially in South Africa.
The slow build allowed Rodriguez to successfully tour Australia in the late ’70s, but he faded into obscurity after that, to the extent that as his albums sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world, many thought he had committed suicide. In fact, he was working a day job in his native Detroit while his songs inspired the revolutionary spirit of South Africa during the struggle to end apartheid. Since being rediscovered in the last decade, Rodriguez’s music has returned to its homeland, and his albums finally made the Billboard charts in the wake of the 2012 documentary. –Vincent Harris
Friday, Feb. 23
Chunx w/ Totally Slow, Irata, In Case Of Emergency, and Coffin Torture
110 Poinsett Highway
The way the members of Chunx see it, it’s not that surprising that they ended up forming a band. After all, the four of them loved to skate, loved punk music, and lived in Easley. “We all knew each other in the local skate scene either personally or through mutual friends,” says vocalist Clean Gene. “If you really think about it, in a small mill hill town like Easley, we were bound to get together and form a band.”
After they formed in 2013, there was little doubt what the foundation of their music would be. The band’s self-titled album is all speed, tight riffs, and sneering attitude, like the punk they grew up loving. “We get stoked on all kind of music at this point,” Gene says. “And why wouldn’t you? There’s all kinds of great music out there! As long as it gets us through the day in a positive way, we’re down. But regardless what riff we jam to, at the heart of it all there will be always be punk rock.” –Vincent Harris