Don’t you want to show how evolved you’ve become, like President Obama, by hanging out with The Queers? No, we’re not suggesting you attend a same-sex marriage, rather you can witness the union of a legendary punk act with a neighborhood bar when New England’s The Queers headline the Island Bar and Grill on Friday, with local opening acts Bamboo Forest, Grave Intentions and the re-united Beatholes. “While some of their songs border on sexism and homophobia, they are simply too goofy and good-natured to mean any harm with their left-back-four-grades, dumb-ass shtick,” reads an excerpt from The Queer’s biography at www.allmusic.com. The three-piece band has seen many personnel shifts since forming in 1982, with lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Joe Queer (Joe King) as the lone constant. Musically, The Queers specialize in quick, fast two-minute poppy punk songs along the lines of The Ramones. Tickets are $8 in advance, via www.brokensoundproductions.com, and $10 day of show/at the door. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
Up-and-coming country artist Randy Houser, the co-writer of Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” headlines the Jagermiester Tour stopping over Saturday at the outdoor pavilion at The Beaver Bar @ County Line. He’s hit the country charts with the 2008/2009 hits “Anything Goes,” and “Boots On,” and his latest single, “How Country Feels.” Rick Monroe is also on the bill. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Monroe is expected to hit the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by Houser at 9:30. Tickets are $15, available via www.etix.com, and at the gate. The Beaver Bar at County Line, 3381 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 357-6353, visit www.beaverbar.net.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
If you got shut out of Shinedown’s show Saturday at the House of Blues, never fear - the hard-rocking Florida band is playing the Barefoot Landing venue again on Sunday and tickets still remain for that gig. The band has built up a resume of brooding post-grunge rock from the melodic single “45” to a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” to its current hits “Bully” and “Unity” from the 2012 album “Amaryllis. Opening both nights is Las Vegas hard rockers Adelita’s Way (“Sick”). Tickets are $35-$82.50. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the shows start at 8:30 p.m. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Some things are inevitable…death, taxes, sunburned tourists, Northeastern accents and bikini-clad girls walking across the Walmart parking lot. Add summertime rock ‘n’ roll shows by one of the greatest bands not to be a household name to that list. Yes, unheralded Atlanta-based rockers drivin’ ‘n’ cryin’, which will forever go down in college party lore for the countrified anthem “Straight To Hell” returns for another gig headlining The Boathouse’s Summer Concert Series on Sunday. Kevn Kinney and the boys broke through into the mainstream in the early ‘90s with a couple of MTV-era hits – “Fly Me Courageous” and “To Build a Fire” – but have kept on trucking despite numerous personnel shifts and have recently released a rocking EP, “Songs from the Laundromat” featuring an ode to another Georgia rock powerhouse, “R.E.M.” As with all of The Boathouse’s so-called “Sunday Funday” shows, the gig is outdoors and it starts at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday. Oh yeah, and it’s free. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Are you still buzzing from the blockbuster thrill ride of “The Avengers” and in need of a superhero fix? You can get your Marvel mojo late night Monday/early Tuesday as the reboot of everyone’s favorite wall-crawling webhead hits area theaters. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” starring a completely new cast from the Tobey Maguire-starring/Sam Raimi-directed trilogy, goes back to Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) high school days as he attempts to find out what happened to his parents. Also representing a shift from the previous films and truer to the comic books, Parker invents artificial webs instead of them being organic, and his love interest is Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone). The villain du jour is The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors ( Rhys Ifans). Truth be told, we weren’t really excited at On the Fly headquarters about this reboot until the release of this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpKPiHYJc54. The film officially opens Tuesday, but will hit many area theaters at midnight (or shortly thereafter) Monday, so check www.fandango.com for local show times and ticket prices.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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