Nobodies, the music club that opened earlier this month in a building owned by a downtown church, is searching for a new location, a partner in the business confirmed to Free Times.
For a little while there, it seemed like Marshall Brown did nothing but live and breathe his own distinctive and increasingly accomplished vis…
Since its creation in 2018, the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble has aimed for the rafters in both the size and scope of its goals. Gathering 18 t…
Columbia’s newest music club is set to open on the campus of a downtown church.
Like many things, the concert industry is starting to open up.
The music didn’t just stop for live bands during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. It stopped for Columbia DJs, too.
Colonial Life Arena has announced a new concert that will be its first since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
With the first two songs on the 2020 Indigo Girls album “Look Long,” Amy Ray and Emily Saliers take turns establishing the essential tension.
Free Times sent The Main Course some questions about becoming a music venue, which co-owner Scott Middleton answered through a publicist.
For Zach Seibert, who these days leads the folk-rock band E.Z. Shakes, 2021 was the time to let people meet or get reacquainted with his 2009 …
A writer behind NBC's "Last Comic Standing" is producing a reality show that will debut on Amazon Prime in May and feature a Lowcountry musician.
Trumpeter Mark Rapp is, by his very nature, a cool cat.
Grace Potter’s fame is inexorably tied to the thrill of her live performances. A powerhouse vocalist with a knack for writing big, stirring me…
COVID-19 has triggered a major cancellation on Columbia's events calendar.
Leave it to one of the most resilient forces in Columbia music to arrive in the (hopefully) waning days of the COVID-19 pandemic feeling energ…
It appears that Columbia may have a legitimate new challenger when it comes to rock clubs.
The veteran Columbia duo Prettier Than Matt is known for sunny, catchy acoustic pop. It’s their thing.
Before we get to Rev. Marv Ward’s new album, “Sparkling Isolation,” we need to pause and be grateful that he is still making music at all. He …
The Cola Concerts series continues its push to make big shows work in a socially distanced environment. Having just hosted a four-night stand …
The inherent difficulty in continuing to one-up yourself with the headliner for your music festival is that there comes a point when you reall…
The creative population, which has often been associated with higher rates of mental illness (though that correlation has recently been questioned), is a piece of the puzzle when it comes to evaluating heightened mental health struggles during COVID-19.
Getting back to normal is hard. That lesson is around us all the time right now, especially as it applies to Columbia’s regular spate of sprin…
Valley Maker’s “When the Day Leaves” is a record about trying to find a sense of place during a time of uncertainty.
Colonial Life Arena is set to host its first performance since the COVID-19 shutdown last March, a comedy bill headlined by Mike Epps.
The inability to perform as normal has impacted many creatives during the past year. But Columbia singer-songwriter TiffanyJ (AKA Tiffany Joyc…
The notion that heavy metal is a corrupting influence, in league with demonic forces, has become quaint.
Rosewood Crawfish Festival plans to proceed with its annual celebration of live music and freshwater crustaceans, returning after canceling its 2020 outing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cola Concerts will get back to business next month with its biggest booking yet.
If you’re a fan of live music, you’ve probably watched a lot of live-streamed shows during the last year. As venues everywhere have remained c…
Pretty much every prominent event has canceled plans, adjusted plans, and then canceled them again during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
Post Malone, Hootie & the Blowfish and Pokemon are three pop culture icons you would never expect to be in the same headline, and yet here we are.
The best live albums make you question whether the artist should bother recording in a studio. “Thank You So Much, We’re Dear Blanca” is such an album.
When it comes to coverage of women and nonbinary guitarists and bassists, there aren't many dedicated platforms.
The charm of Ken Baldwin’s “A Strange Brew” is its sense of togetherness.
Watching fans and artists enjoy and interact as they watched pre-recorded sets from 15 local groups performed at the venerable West Columbia rock dive New Brookland Tavern was an affirming experience during a turbulent year.
Fat Rat da Czar didn’t have to include a pair of surprising, well-chosen samples from Netflix favorites at the top of his new release to prove…
Preach Jacobs is a busy man. Even during a pandemic, Jacobs has several different projects going on all at the same time.
This follows 2020, when Five Points was forced to pull the plug on its annual March event just 10 days before it was scheduled to take place as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.
I really wanted to hate “Smiling Politely,” the new album by Hillmouse, AKA Columbia singer-songwriter Tyler Gordon.
Columbia rapper 2Ru3’s new release “Lil Sumthin’” is hands-down the most accurately titled album of 2020.
Arrested Development isn’t just a ’90s band.
The building that holds West Columbia's Comedy Closet is up for rent, but its owner says the comedy stage will live on — there or elsewhere.
The White Mule is in no condition to hold a concert.
We keep up the tradition of ranking the best albums South Carolina mustered in 2020 for the same reason that we do it every year — to celebrate local music, and to get you all talking about and interacting with it.
COVID-19 shook up the lives of the artists that made this year’s Best of South Carolina Music List, and the way they were able to promote their winning albums.
A Folly Beach couple, John and Margaret Downs, has donated 400 pieces of memorabilia from Kiss, including instruments played by the band and original art work from guitarist Paul Stanley, to the state's largest college.
Famously Hot New Year is transforming its typical New Year’s Eve block party into a virtual event in response to COVID-19.
In 2016, veteran Palmetto State musicians Dave Britt and Bobby Sutton started Ashes Of Old Ways, a group that split the difference between ragged rock and mournful honky-tonk country right down the middle.
The duo’s relationship to the country music industrial complex has always been more convenient rhetorical stance than legitimate beef.