Wednesday Sept. 12

Alabama trio Hexxus manages to bring nuance and dynamics into monolithic doom metal, with all three members adding their own harsh vocal timbres and riffs that bludgeon and smother without falling into monotone. Accents of jagged math-rock and noisecore add dimension to a sludgy mass, but never unroot the band from its mire. Local outfit Sein zum Tode shares an affection for jagged melodic trajectories in its spazzy and remarkably playful take on vicious metal, which suggests the acrobatic blasts of acts like The Locust and Dysrhythmia. The two bands play New Brookland Tavern at 8 p.m. Show costs $6 ($10 for those under 21). More info available at — Bryan C. Reed

Thursday Sept. 13

The Lexington Live concert series at the Icehouse Amphitheater rolls on with the Men Of Distinction, a seven-piece variety band that covers the gamut, from AC/DC to Frank Sinatra. They throw in beach music, R&B, soul, country and big band, and they’re accomplished enough at their craft to have taken home a Cammy Award (Carolina Beach Music Association) for Artist of the Year. The event is also kid-friendly, with face painters on site, and it’s free. Visit for more information. — Vincent Harris

Friday Sept. 14

Often times, it’s the simplest premises that prove the strongest. The Basement, the recurring dance night rallied at Tapp’s Arts Center’s underground Space Hall by Columbia DJ Platonic Bae proves the point. “Think Boiler Room / Studio 54,” the Facebook event for this latest edition describes, “Dress in *all black* if you can / want to.” Coupled with the tight confines and ingenuitive projection displays of Space Hall and Platonic Bae’s predilection for tunes that set thunderous drops adrift in a laconic haze, it’s a pretty airtight concept. This week’s party marks the host’s last appearance ahead of a six-month hiatus. Bobby Tony will also spin. Tickets for the 10:30 p.m. event cost $8 ($7 in advance). Head to to find out more. — Jordan Lawrence [Update: This event has been postponed to Sept. 20.]

Journey was one of the biggest rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, selling nearly 50 million albums in America alone on the strength of hits like “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Open Arms” and the immortal “Don’t Stop Believin.’” Journey still tours in slightly reconstituted form (without lead singer Steve Perry), but bands like Resurrection can recreate the Perry era with uncanny accuracy. Hear all the classic hits at Icehouse Amphitheater for $19 in advance and $24 day-of-show. Go to for more. — Vincent Harris

The Theta Girl, the gory head trip of an indie flick by local filmmakers Chris Bickel and David Axe, has made quite the splash since screening for the first time last year. Case in point: The film’s first proper release on Sept. 18 comes via the beloved movie publication Film Threat, which grabbed The Theta Girl as the first title in its new foray into distribution. Ahead of the official release date, the creators will host a signing at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe, where you can get your copy a few days early. More info available at — Jordan Lawrence

Saturday Sept. 15

The South Carolina State Museum will host Celebración de la Herencia Hispana, an event meant to pay tribute to Hispanic culture, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music (including salsa and merengue tunes) by the Latin band Pachanga, a dance demonstration by Compania de Danza Herencia Latina, a fashion show by the Latina Project, various children’s activities (including an “unbreakable” piñata) and authentic Latin American cuisine on-hand from Los Bellos Portales. For more info, visit — Vincent Harris [Update: This event is canceled.]

Columbia Children’s Theatre has always had a nose for what makes for a magical theater experience for kids and parents alike and, somehow, Schoolhouse Rock Live is exactly that. The 45-years-young series of musical educational videos that teach everything from math and grammar to civics or economics and manages to instill nostalgia in adults while, you know, educating the tykes. The show opens tonight and runs through Sept. 23. — Kyle Petersen

Sunday Sept. 16

Art inspires art, right? That’s the idea behind the Write Around Series at the Columbia Museum of Art. City poet laureate Ed Madden and CMA writer-in-residence Ray McManus will be teaming up to launch the series by talking about themes they’ve pulled from the newly installed collection galleries and debut some new poems inspired by them. Talk starts at 3 p.m., and is free with museum admission. — Kyle Petersen [Update: This event is postponed until Sept. 30]

Monday Sept. 17

Vegans are no wimps — they’ll battle you over anything, even barbecue. Yes, many varieties of meatless barbecue-style dishes will be put to the test at the SC Vegan BBQ Battle at 701 Whaley to see what flavor and meat substitute comes out victorious at 701 Whaley. While the event (slated to run 7 to 9 p.m.) has already sold out, the sponsoring group, Vegan Outreach, is putting on more of these themed food events to get people to test their food boundaries in a safe environment. Find out more at [This event has been postponed until Sept. 24.] — April Blake

Want to get a sneak peek of what Kristian Niemi’s newest project, the Black Rooster, will taste like? This month’s Harvest Dinner at City Roots will give attendees a hint of the flavors to come from the future French brasserie that’ll overlook the Congaree River in West Columbia. Tickets for the harvest dinner are $75 per person and include cocktails from Bourbon and wine pairings from Advintage. Get tickets at — April Blake

Tuesday Sept. 18

Jubilee Circle’s monthly Words & Wine series offers more than just wine and other light refreshments. There will be acoustic guitar music performed by Ken Baldwin and Igo Agafonov, and a presentation and book signing by author A.J. Brown. Brown is a Southern horror writer whose titles include Dredging Up Memories, Voices, A Stitch Of Madness and The Forgetful Man’s Disease, and his writing approaches the psychological thriller with a proclivity for the macabre. The event is free, and it starts at 6 p.m. For more info, visit — Vincent Harris

Wednesday Sept. 19

The songs on Furtherville, the latest album from local singer-songwriter Chris Compton, don’t initially seem to lend themselves to solo acoustic performance. The voracious arrangements flit through beaming alt-country, funky delta blues, and jazzy vaudeville weirdness. But at the core of it all is Compton’s knack for cleanly affecting wordplay and engaging melody, making his the kind of song that can communicate in most any context. Here, that context will be a bar gig at the Wild Wing Cafe in the Vista, where you should expect more than a few covers interspersed with his own compositions. The free show starts at 6 p.m. Head to for more info. — Jordan Lawrence 

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