Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band

It takes extreme courage to be a tribute band.

With an open invitation for comparison to one's musical idol, the stakes are high and the chances for failure to deliver a reasonable resemblance of perceived perfection are higher.

Chapel Hill's longtime Michael Jackson tribute band, Who's Bad, has navigated through those odds with such practiced accuracy that the octet has earned countless mentions of being the closest experience next to seeing the King of Pop himself.

The group's impressive theatrical performances and spot-on instrumental and vocal recreations have carried it around the world, selling out more than 50 venues in the United Kingdom during its 2010 tour, including London's O2 Arena.

The eight-piece also sells out regularly throughout the U.S., thanks in large part to receiving high-profile gigs alongside artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, The Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men and Pitbull.

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band will perform Friday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Super Deluxe. Tickets are $15-$17 and are available at the door or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989 for more information.

The Royal Tinfoil

It's painful, but you would never really know it when you hear it. In fact, there's something very primal and afflicted but still happy - happy in a psychotic, cackling kind of way; the kind of thing that makes you feel afraid and uncomfortable yet loose and excited, like a haunted house with a great soundtrack.

Perhaps the simplest way to describe The Royal Tinfoil's music is to call it madly upbeat, but even that seems cliche.

The Charleston-based trio formed in early 2011 and has quickly made its presence known in the local music scene by performing multiple shows each month. The band's music is an assortment of folk, punk and blues that rolls off the tongue as easily as it trembles down your spine.

There's a certain maniacal spirit to it all that brings the bluesy ghosts and mystery of the band's style and lyrics to life without sounding too over-thought or cheesy.

The Royal Tinfoil will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Can't Kids and Jordan Igoe. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show slated to begin at 9:45 p.m.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.

Same as it Ever Was

Knoxville, Tenn.-based tribute act Same as it Ever Was has spent the last decade re-creating the music of its idols, Talking Heads, and so far the group shows no signs of slowing down.

With a catalog that covers all the biggest hits to the rare, little-known B-sides, Same as it Ever Was delivers near replicas of the experimental post-punk band's songs while also seeking to embody the eccentrically liberated attitude the iconic band represented.

Same as it Ever Was tours extensively through the Southeast nearly year round and will stop in Charleston for back-to-back performances at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, on Saturday and Sunday night. Tickets for each show are $10-$12 and are available at the door or online at CharlestonPourHouse.StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. both nights.

Go to CharlestonPourHouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.