Josh Roberts and The Hinges

Josh Roberts and The Hinges are coming up on a decade playing the regional circuit as one of the area's most underrated rock bands, but the lack of notice hasn't deterred the quintet from self-releasing four LPs over nine years.

A Columbia native, Roberts himself is a tragically overlooked songwriter and performer known for his enthusiastic, almost spastic, presentation and masterful guitar skills. He combines the oddities of Les Claypool and Frank Zappa with the passion of Jimi Hendrix and the raucous Southern soul of Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) to create an imaginative and unique character all his own.

The Hinges, too, stand alone as something altogether special and engaging, combining individual backgrounds and inputs ranging from blues, country, punk, and experimental and psychedelic rock to form a singular, genuine experience unlike anything else you will hear.

Josh Roberts and The Hinges will perform Thursday at Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St., on Sullivan's Island. Tickets are $5 at the door with the show starting at 10 p.m.

Go to HomeTeamBBQ.com or call 883-3131 for more information.

Brother Dege

It's been a long, colorful road so far for Louisiana-born Dege Legg. The musician and writer's life experiences read like a romanticized list of a man on a journey, making him a songwriter's songwriter in the truest sense.

In the early '90s, Legg founded the underground rock group Santeria, developing a self-describe style of "psyouthern rock" throughout the decade.

Following the band's dissolution in 2002, Legg continued recording solo material while working as a journalist and writing on his experiences living in low-rent motels for nine months. He would go on to win a Louisiana Press Association award for his piece about briefly living in a homeless camp in 2007, an experience that led him to a case worker position in a men's homeless shelter.

Like most aspiring artists, Legg has held plenty of odd jobs to support his dream, among them being a fry cook, mechanic, cab driver, dishwasher and machinist.

Along the way, he has documented his performances in nontraditional venues, such as Dumpsters, bathrooms, caves, woods, parking decks and beyond and often records in unconventional settings, such as his mobile home park.

The Deep South native exudes the influences of Delta blues, folk, country, Cajun, zydeco, jazz and rock 'n' roll he soaked up throughout these experiences and his childhood for a novel-like lyrical collection and honest musical style.

Brother Dege is the singer-songwriter's latest project, and will perform Thursday at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Road. Tickets for the 21-and-over show are $5 at the door, with the show slated to start at 8 p.m.

Call 571-0775 for more information.