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Thursday 16

Hawthorne Heights, Emery — Surviving the death of founding co-vocalist Casey Calvert and subsequent lineup shuffles, Ohio’s Hawthorne Heights have nevertheless carried on, riding the momentum of their peak as mid-’00s emo stars. Their blend of chunky riffs and volleys of melodic and harsh vocals helped form the pop-crossover template for a generation of post-hardcore bands that followed. Emery, the Seattle-via-Rock Hill post-hardcore outfit, opens. — Bryan C. Reed | The Senate: 7 p.m., $26 ($21 advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Admiral Radio, Darby Wilcox — Admiral Radio is an Americana duo that combines country and folk influences. Through the project, Becca Smith and Coty Hoover showcase soft acoustics andpowerful vocals, sharing lyrics relatable to any old soul. Darby Wilcox is a Greenville local whose powerhouse music is comparable to that of Janis Joplin, soulful and bluesy. With Stephen Babcock. — Hallie Hayes  | Indah Coffee (Cottontown): 6-9:30 p.m., $5; 803-708-0275, indahcoffee.com

Occasional Milkshake, Peter Holsapple Combo — Just a few months removed from their epic three-night stand at Colonial Life Arena, Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan and touring multi-instrumentalist Peter Holsapple return to Soda City with decidedly more humble purposes. Occasional Milkshake is Bryan’s long-running side trio that delivers his charming, low-stakes solo material, while the Peter Holsapple Combo is the singer-songwriter’s latest post-dBs effort that continues to delve into the simple pleasures of jangle-pop. Veteran big-time players at small gigs like this are a treasure — enjoy it. — Kyle Petersen | The White Mule: 8 p.m., $15; 803-661-8199, whitemulemusic.com

Side Hustle — A guitar/bass/keys/drums quartet with a penchant for jamming, Jacksonville’s Side Hustle conjure the spirit of Vermont noodle gods Phish through both its high level of musicianship and often nonsensical lyrics. While the Florida foursome is clearly at home strutting a funky backbeat, it’s at its most interesting when dropping the envelope filter in favor of the delicate arrangement skills exhibited on “Fly Back Home” (off its EP, Common Ground). — Cam Powell The Aristocrat: 8 p.m., free; 803-708-8004, thearistocrat803.com

Friday 17

Balsam Range — Contemporary bluegrass bands walk a fine line between honoring tradition and forging their own original path, and few do it better than North Carolina’s Balsam Range, combining a newgrass sensibility with a command of the genre’s archetypes. 2019’s Aeonic showcased the two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners’ range well, from the uptempo Beatles cover “If I Needed Someone” to the tearjerker country take on Paul Thorn’s “Angel Too Soon.” — Kevin OliverNewberry Opera House: 8 p.m., 803-276-6264; $45-$55, newberryoperahouse.com.

Reggie Graves & Jazz Theory — Reggie Graves has an extensive background in gospel music, with a resume that includes stints with Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood, The Clark Sisters, and Shirley Caesar, and his jazz credentials include Jeff Kawshua of the Rippingtons, and Paul Taylor. His current band plays with a definite gospel and R&B feel, taking smooth jazz and adding a little bit of soul to familiar classics. — Kevin Oliver Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $20 ($25 reserved seating); 803-563-8375, chayzlounge.com

Iamdynamite, Dead Spring — The Raleigh duo Iamdynamite maximizes its slim lineup with loops and samples that add an electronic pop groove to its buoyant indie pop. Akin to big-tent indie peers like Portugal, the Man or Cage the Elephant, IAmDynamite thrive on ebullient rhythms that propel drifting, dreamy vocals into big pop-rock vamps. Columbia’s Dead Spring offers a more gritty, down-to-earth vision of indie rock classicism, embracing the sound of cranked amps and earnest vocals. The Strongboys open. — Bryan C. Reed New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $8 ($10 under 21); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Saturday 18

Deepfield — When Deepfield saw radio play in the mid-to-late-’00s, the Charleston-native band had cultivated a post-grunge hard rock sound that fit easily alongside contemporaries Shinedown, Chevelle and the like. As the popularity of that genre faded, Deepfield revamped into an acoustic act with the release of 2019’s The Acoustic Sessions. The resulting sound stays true to the verging-on-emo lyricism of its original material while trading crunching electric guitars for shimmering strummed acoustics. — Cam Powell The White Mule: 7 p.m., $10 ($8 in advance); 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

David Nail — The transformation that singer-songwriter David Nail made between his 2016 album Fighter and his 2019 EP Oh Mother is startling. Four years ago, he was a pop-country guy with a good voice but lightweight songs that ran the gamut from, “Let’s party!” to, “Let’s party and then do it!” But on 2018’s Only This and Nothing More and especially the aforementioned Oh Mother, he blossoms into an understated, incredibly effective performer who blends electronics with achingly intimate folk-style songwriting. It’s like if Luke Bryan suddenly turned into Coldplay or Needtobreathe. I’m not sure what the hell happened, but I hope he keeps it up. — Vincent Harris Skyline Club: 8 p.m., $20-$50; 803-995-5220, skylineclubsc.com

Steam Killed Lula, Bull Moose Party — Steam Killed Lula’s alternative folk gives off a gentle tone, pure and relaxing. The softness of the Columbia act’s instrumentals and vocals conjure bluesy translucence. Bull Moose Party, another local band, is is a blues-rock trio that produces a raw, powerful sound and performs as though it’s on stage in front of huge crowds, cranking energy levels to the max. With Blue Footed Boobies. — Hallie Hayes New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $8 ($10 under 21); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

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TiffanyJ — It’s tough to find the right space for R&B these days, particularly as more traditional or neo-soul styles take a backseat to hip-hop on the charts. TiffanyJ knows the hustle, though, and pairs her consummate vocal skills with a self-empowerment message and a bevy of other pursuits to forge a distinct identity that’s a perfect match for dreamy, gospel-tinged soul jams. — Kyle Petersen The Gold Den: 8 p.m., $20; 803-569-6173, thegoldden.com

Jack Wright-Rob Stabinsky Duo — Rob Stabinksy and Jack Wright are free musicians with impressive pedigrees: Stabinsky, a pianist and synth manipulator, has toured with irreverent jazz outfit Mostly Other People Do the Killing and heatstroked alt-rock band the Meat Puppets; Wright, a saxophonist, has been teasing at the far reaches of improvised jazz since the ’70s. As a duo, the musicians freely go where their whims take them. Could be blow-your-brains-out free jazz. Could be hushed, chamber-like improv. Therein lies the adventure. — Patrick Wall if ART Gallery: 8:30 p.m., $10; 803-238-2351, ifartgallery.blogspot.com.

Terence Young and the Finesse Band — Guitarist Terence Young is a familiar presence on the Columbia music and cultural scene as a jazz guitarist and R&B bandleader. This club show features his most versatile combo, the Finesse Band, which has been one of the premiere dance and party bands in the Midlands for more than 15 years. If it’s a party song, and you can dance to it, chances are pretty good this band can play it. — Kevin Oliver The Main Course: 8 p.m.; $10; 803-726-2230; maincoursesc.com

Sunday 19

Ward Davis — Arkansas tunesmith Ward Davis is one of those traditional-minded country artists (Chris Stapleton and Brent Cobb come to mind) who has attempted to find a space between the machinations of Music City and his own troubadour trajectory. Davis has penned songs for the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Trace Adkins, Bucky Covington and others, but he’s got one of those rich baritones and a timeless sense of country lyricism that makes him a formidable artist in his own right. — Kyle Petersen New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $25; 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com  

Tuesday 21

Fastball — More than two decades on from the release of their breakthrough album, All the Pain Money Can Buy, Fastball’s Tony Scalzo and Miles Zuniga have stripped their seminal ’90s power-pop down to an acoustic duo for their current tour. While the driving keys of that LP will be missed, the sing-along ability of hits “The Way” and “Out of My Head” will undoubtedly remain. Columbia’s Pet Peeves and fk mt. kick off the night with their respective brands of emotive pop-punk and proto-grunge fury. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $25 ($20 in advance); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Travis Tritt — Look, you can knock his forced, blustery “tough guy” voice and his key role in reuniting the Eagles in the ’90s, but when it comes to Travis Tritt, I’m never gonna come all the way down on the man who wrote “Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares),” one of the great kiss-offs in music history. And he was always a good showman, so a live show where he bangs out the hits might be the ideal level of Tritt you need in your life. — Vincent Harris Newberry Opera House: 8 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday); $105-$120; 803-276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

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