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Haley Mae Campbell

Thursday 11

Patrick Davis Songwriters Series — The second of four weekly songwriter nights hosted by Camden native and longtime Nashville tunesmith Patrick Davis, this edition is a bit of a rock-leaning outlier. Villanova frontman Brian Conner made his rep in hard rock-tinged genre mashups (even as he’s proven adept in acoustic pop-rock formats alongside that), the Americana-tinged Stephen Fiore dabbles in indie rock territory and Taylor Nicholson leads Atlas Road Crew with blues-rock panache. — Kyle Petersen The White Mule: 8 p.m., $25 ($20 advance; $70 full four-show series); 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com  

Sabin Sharpe — Sabin Sharpe may be a Swansea boy, but he’s no stranger to the road, bringing his country-rock tales of broken hearts, Friday nights and brown liquor as far north as New York. His subject matter isn’t anything new, but he’s got a rock ‘n’ roll spirit that somehow works well with his singing voice. His vocals are deep and Southern, of the classic country variety, and Sharpe is smart enough not to let it occupy the same musical space as his more ripping guitar lines. He performs here as part of the outdoor Vista After Five concert series. — Michael Spawn The Senate/Tin Roof: 6 p.m., free; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com


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Friday 12 — Hudson Moore

With Rolling Stone’s seal of approval, Hudson Moore may be a name to watch in country music circles. His take on the music is fairly boilerplate, but his self-presentation is anything but. Moore is the sensitive guy hanging out among his party-obsessed peers — almost like Music Row’s answer to Dashboard Confessional. He falls in love a lot, it doesn’t seem to work out, he falls in love again, he mends his heart, etc., etc. Truth be told, it’s pretty refreshing, and his songs are sturdy enough to stand on their own against most anything else Nashville is currently churning out. | Tin Roof: 7 p.m., $10; 771-1558, tinroofcolumbia.com


Friday 12 — Haley Mae Campbell

Charleston’s Haley Mae Campbell has likewise been making serious waves within the country music world, and it’s not hard to see why. Her youthful vitality and kiss-off sass is a perfect antidote to the macho-man nonsense that has country music by the short hairs. Her songs are accessible, her voice is excellent, and her sense of humor is pretty wicked for a 20-year-old. Of these two country bills, this one gets my vote, if only for the potential “I saw her when” factor. With The Blue Pickups, Hayden Coffman. | New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $6 ($10 under 21; all-ages) 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Friday 12

Red Not Chili Peppers - In its days formerly known as Music Farm Columbia, The Senate often took flack for having a show calendar chock full of tribute bands and not much else. Though new ownership and booking strategies have changed that, this bill featuring the national touring Red Not Chili Peppers and Columbia’s own Hey Johnny Park, a Foo Fighters tribute, provides something for those looking to go hear some famous songs performed well without the hefty price tag of seeing the real band live. — Cam Powell The Senate: 8 p.m., $15 ($10 in advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Reggie Graves & Jazz Theory — Jazz is a language. Its idiolect is built on theories that, to the lay listener, seem complex — chord tensions, leading tones, dominants, subdominants, substitute dominants. Greenville guitarist Reggie Graves speaks the language. With his group, Jazz Theory, he simplifies its codification, parsing jazz’s multiplex syntax by applying it toward smooth-jazz takes on the black pop canon (think: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince). Think of it like Muzzy. But for jazz instead of German. — Patrick Wall Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $20-$25; 8-3=563-8375, chayzlounge.com



Friday 21-Saturday 13 — Birdfest

For 16 years, a gathering in rural South Carolina has quietly grown into a full-fledged music festival featuring bluegrass and Americana-leaning acts. This year’s lineup includes the long-running North Carolina group Acoustic Syndicate, which has combined bluegrass sounds with a jam-friendly rock ‘n’ roll sensibility over 20 years now; traditional bluegrass band Town Mountain; and roots and blues songwriter Seth Walker at the top of the ticket, with a host of others on the schedule including David Myles, Ric Robertson, The Matchsellers, Lovers Leap, 5j Barrow and more. The Birdfest Album Band will cover Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline in its entirety as well. — Kevin Oliver 2377 Gaymon Rd. (Pinewood): 6 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. Saturday; $50 ($40 advance); birdfestmusic.com

Saturday 13

BURNINGxHAMMER, Heel Turn, Rat Poison — If Wrestlemania wasn’t quite enough to satisfy your need for excitement, this gig might just be for you. “Bring your championship belts, your masks, your face paint and your best moves,” suggests the promotion for this “wrestling-themed hardcore display.” Local hardcore crew BURNINGxHAMMER anchors the bill with churning straight-edge hardcore, while Alabama’s Heel Turn use wrestling as thematic fodder for vicious metallic hardcore. Rat Poison opens. — Bryan C. Reed Hunter Gatherer (Main Street): 10 p.m., $5; 803-748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com

Daddy Lion, PATx — Daddy Lion’s electric blend of post-punk and shoegaze is emblematic of the kind of innovative cross-pollination that fuels this town’s communal energy. Jeremy Joseph opines about the ethics of technology and the anxious search for belonging. Meanwhile PATx delivers slick, consciousness-raising beats in the vein of Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper. Wi th the power poppers Blocker and the rockers National Television. — Ethan Fogus Art Bar: 8 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Headbangers Bash — As dubstep moves further from its South London roots into the mainstream, it assimilates more touchstones from a broader array of genres. As its payloads become heavier and more aggressive, why wouldn’t dubstep adopt some of the vernacular of heavy metal? This headbanger’s ball stars three DJs from the Carolinas: Duplex and Most Wanted, along with Ozztin, a Tar Heel Stater. — Patrick Wall The Senate: 9 p.m., $10 ($8 advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Official River Rocks Afterparty — No need for any judgements about the headliner here — if you do dig the jam band-friendly hip-hop of Charleston’s Little Stranger, chances are you’ll get your butt down to the banks of the Congaree to see the duo outside during its actual River Rocks festival set. But what makes this official afterparty worth it, whether you attend during the daytime or not, are the two indie rock openers born in the Upstate: the fuzzy, sparkly, new wave-y Daddy’s Beemer, now based in Charlotte, and the crunchy, bendy, deep-feeling Tom Angst, which hails from Greenville. — Jordan Lawrence The White Mule: 8 p.m., $10 ($8 advance); 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Sunday 14

Asylum, Demiser — Richmond’s Asylum rip through a blitz of crusty, near-metallic hardcore that evokes the likes of Discharge and Gauze with a thrash element that neatly complements local act Demiser’s blackened attack. With last year’s Surrender to Sin EP, Demiser emerged with a compelling mix of black metal brutality and thrash riffs that manages to feel as raw and feral as it does precise and powerful. Tonight, Charlotte’s Raw Hex and Charleston’s Timesplitter join the bill as well. — Bryan C. Reed New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $7 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Monday 15

This Wild Life — This Wild Life’s debut full-length, 2012’s Heart Flip, provided the road map for its success in today’s pop-punk landscape, following four straight-ahead guitar-and-blast beat-driven tracks with an equal number of acoustic numbers to close out the album. The latter sound stuck, as the California duo focuses on bleeding heart slice-of-life ballads that bridge the raw emotion of Dashboard Confessional with simple, moving acoustic and string arrangements. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m. $18 ($16 in advance; all-ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Tuesday 16

Megan Jean & the KFB: The Songs of Nirvana as Jazz — If you believe that Kurt Cobain was a songwriter whose tunes, despite their noise and aggression, were solidly built pop music constructions, which I do, it makes sense that they can be performed in any format, including jazz. And if you buy that Megan Jean is one of the most talented vocalists around, and that she and her husband Byrne Klay are skilled enough musicians to handle any genre, which I also do, then it makes perfect sense that they could turn “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the like into jazzified barn-burners. — Vincent Harris Curiosity Coffee Bar; 7 p.m.; $5; 803-357-2889; curiositycoffeebar.com 



SOJA — I’m not the easiest sell when it comes to reggae, but Arlington’s SOJA is so earnest about the purity of its chosen genre that it’s easy to give the band the benefit of the doubt. With eight members and loads of talent between them, there’s no version of reggae instrumentation the band can’t handle. The band’s lyrics may contain a lot of vague appeals to unity and the stars and the oneness of all things, but that seems to be standard fare for this musical turf. And I’m not against any of it. I just wish they’d get a little bit more specific. — Michael Spawn The Senate, 4/16: 8 p.m., $25; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Wednesday 17

Moon Taxi — You could call Moon Taxi a jam band for indie pop fans, or an indie pop act for jam band fans — it mostly just depends on which side of that divide your own preference lies. Whichever side of the line you fall on, there’s much to like — muscular pocket grooves paired with quixotic, Vampire Weekend-ish vocal melodies; chiming guitars and keys woven into groovy, horn-stoked instrumentals. It’s a sonic compromise that seems sure to keep winning the Nashville band a bigger audience, especially given the self-assured ease it gives off on last year’s Let the Record Play. With Luthi. — Jordan Lawrence | The Senate: 7:30 p.m., $28 ($23.50 advance; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

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