Slightly Stoopid

Reggae-rock group Slightly Stoopid made a lot of commotion when the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime signed the San Diego-based band to his Skunk Records in 1995, while the members were still in high school.

Such a signing was a very public show of respect, and expectation, for the young band. And fans of Sublime immediately took note, adding to the already tense atmosphere of releasing a major-label debut.

Slightly Stoopid's self-titled debut came in 1996 with only a thousand copies being printed. Its larger follow-up, "The Longest Barrel Ride," came two years later and properly introduced the band to a wider audience.

The band failed to win over most critics and a mainstream audience, but a strong following grew from the group's grassroots efforts and counterculture appeal.

Having been on large-scale tours since 2007 with the likes of G. Love, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Pepper, Shwayze and Cisco Adler, Stephen Marley, SOJA and others, Slightly Stoopid released its first album since 2008 in 2012 titled "Top of the World," and have been touring almost relentlessly ever since.

Slightly Stoopid will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Expanders as support. Tickets are $27.50-$30 and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Go to or call 577-6989 for more information.

The Specs

The transition from the 1990s to the 2000s was a little sloppy: fear of a computer apocalypse loomed; questions about the progress of those hover cars and ray guns future-based movies had predicted went unanswered; when asked how to say the year aloud, people panicked; and music began to pick up the slack left from the obsession, and apparent disappointment, with the Digital Age.

Charleston-based indie-pop quartet The Specs was born during that crossover time in rock music, the one in which grunge and metal began cleaning itself up and reading more books, online, of course. The Information Age had ushered in a wider accessibility to music and culture, creating opportunities for bands anywhere to weave a more rounded future from the best, or at least most self-appealing, fabrics of the past.

Being born straddling that rift in eras, The Specs, then based in Columbia, made good use of bridging the gap and creating a modern mix of dream pop, post-punk and British Invasion-ish rock.

As part of the core Cord and Pedal collective, along with Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of Shovels and Rope, Bill Carson and others, The Specs helped cast a national spotlight on the Charleston music scene, but bowed out of it in lieu of the chaos and discomfort success can sometimes bring.

Since then, the band has kept it simple, playing occasionally rather than burning itself out on the road and recording when the mood strikes and the members aren't busy with other endeavors.

The Specs will perform Friday at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Call 571-0775 for more information.

Hot Buttered Rum

San Francisco may seem like an unlikely place to start a bluegrass group, but Hot Buttered Rum hasn't let geography stand in their path.

In fact, during its short time in the national spotlight, the five-piece acoustic bluegrass unit has become one of the foremost genre acts in the country. Hot Buttered Rum melds barbershop harmonies, traditional-inspired bluegrass and a twist of classical influence to create a sound that is new but not detached.

Though the band released a live album in 2012, they will celebrate the release of its first studio album since 2009 with a self-titled effort this month.

Hot Buttered Rum will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Allie Kral, formerly of Cornmeal. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show, and are available online at or at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show set to begin at 9:45 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.