The story of New York singer/songwriter Paleface is a painfully long string of missed chances and record label neglect.

Paleface's solo career began in 1989 after meeting Daniel Johnston and finding the subsequent inspiration to create his own brand of offbeat, folk/punk tunes. Ever since, Paleface has endured drastic highs and lows in the music business due to a lack of mainstream marketability.

Paleface came up in the New York renegade folk scene with former roommate American singer and songwriter Beck, playing around the Lower East Side until signing with Polydor in 1991. Paleface was dropped in 1993 after Polydor became uneasy with Paleface's unique songwriting style.

After several years of touring and underground home recordings, Paleface began losing focus and fell into a cruel substance abuse dilemma that culminated in a near death experience after suffering from liver failure in the late '90s.

Paleface found his inspiration for song writing again in 2000 when he befriended a new crew of New York musicians including The Moldy Peaches, Langhorne Slim, Regina Spektor and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Paleface's smoky, seasoned voice and acoustic, folk/blues style draws comparisons to Tom

Waits and Bob Dylan.

Paleface will perform with The Brothels at 10 p.m. Friday at Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd. in West Ashley. Call 571-0775 for more information.

'Summer Shakedown'

Radio Free Charleston, Charleston's Americana Web radio station, will present this year's "Summer Shakedown at the Local Dive" at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy.

The event will feature regional and local musical acts within the Americana, rock, soul and bluegrass genres. Guests set to perform are Magic Bronson, Elise Testone and the Art of Soul, The Louis D Project, Ramblemuffins (featuring members of Dangermuffin and Triple Lindy), Quasiphonics, 3 Piece and a Biscuit, Reid Stone, Justin Burke and the Homebrews, Kentucky Shoes, Green Levels, Jamisun, Stratton Lawrence and Sean Waterman.

Visit charlestonpourhouse.com or call 571-4343 for more information.