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Thursday 25

Big Thunder and the Rumblefish — This Columbia band’s vibe is somewhere between the Allman Brothers and The Black Keys. It’s the kind of indulgent big classic rock that sounds like the leather seats in a Cadillac Eldorado or cocaine lines divvied up on the Record’s Plant mixing console. Their debut record leans into their jammy predilections. It’s a full landscape of sound that mixes modes and genre with aplomb. — Ethan Fogus | Breakers Live: 11 p.m., free; 803-771-6360, breakerslive.com

Dance Gavin Dance — Sacramento’s Dance Gavin Dance has occupied a gray area between math rock and hardcore for more than a decade, with frequent jazzy guitar breaks leaning it more toward the former, while heavy, screamed choruses shift it back to the latter. On the new single, “Head Hunter,” the two styles mesh as well as it has in the band’s career, with Tilian Pearson’s clean vocals anchoring the track through crunching turns and blindsiding guitar sweeps. — Cam Powell The Senate: 6:30 p.m., $28 ($23 in advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Ultra Deluxe, Stress Fractures — New York duo Ultra Deluxe arrives in support of its 2018 release, Contact, a sci-fi concept album the band describes as a “gay dystopian space opera.” Boldly mixing the lo-fi electronics of chiptunes and bedroom synth-pop with aggressive vocals and gritty basslines borrowed from screamo and post-hardcore, the group arrives at an idiosyncratic sound that is as driven by melodic hooks as by raw emotive outbursts. Charlotte-via-Columbia outfit Stress Fractures offers a similarly earnest, but more traditionally guitar-driven sound. Coma Therapy and Lleau open. — Bryan C. Reed The Space Hall (Tapp’s Arts Center): 8 p.m., $10 ($7 advance); 803-988-0013, tappsartscenter.com

Friday 26

Empty, Never I, Wiltwither — The thread that binds South Carolina’s Empty and Wiltwither and Charlotte’s Never I? Pain — physical, emotional, self-inflicted, what have you. Well, that and the means by which they express and exorcise it. Metalcore forms the foundation for each band. Death growls, thrashy drop-tuned distortion and minor-second dissonance abound. Empty and Never I take things in a slightly more approachable direction, offering somber, clean singing in the verses. Wiltwither keeps things at a steady pummel. — Patrick Wall Hunter-Gatherer (Main Street): 9 p.m., $8; 803-748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com

Fusion Jonez — Ask most musicians how they feel now about the music they put out in their youth and they’ll likely hand you a CD they never sold and ask you to light it on fire. While the members of Charleston funk outfit Fusion Jonez appear to be in their early 20s at the most, this year’s Around Town live record showcases the group’s advanced groove powers, something it can look back on positively as it continues to gel. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $10 ($6 21-plus; 18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Drew Parker — A small-town Georgia boy at heart, Drew Parker’s eponymous 2018 EP has just enough honesty drawn from his roots to peek through the record’s thick Nashville tint. By the same token, references to Bud Light, a Dawgs sweatshirt, fishin’ holes and backroads turn them into a killer card for a game of Pop Country Bingo. Still, there’s an earnest quality to Parker’s voice that makes you believe he isn’t just blue collar pandering. — Cam Powell Tin Roof: 7 p.m., $5; 803-771-1558, tinroofcolumbia.com

Maddie Rean — Growing up in Swansea and Red Bank, Maddie Rean undoubtedly heard more than just country music, but it appears that’s what stuck with her as she began to play the local bar circuit. Along with some promising original tunes including new single “Last Call,” Rean’s repertoire leans to strong country women such as Gretchen Wilson and classic rockers such as Janis Joplin, all pointing to her own considerable vocal talent. — Kevin Oliver | Carolina Western Pub: 9 p.m.; $5; (803) 401-5379; carolinawesternpub.com

South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble — The 18-member South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble closes out its inaugural year in the warm and welcoming Harbison Theatre as the highly skilled core group works its way through jazz standards the way they were meant to be played. The Ensemble’s performance is also the last in the Carolina Shout! Series, a program curated by local bassist Reggie Sullivan that demonstrates the range and breadth of the Midlands jazz community. —Kyle Petersen | Harbison Theatre: 7:30 p.m., $15-$20; 803-407-5011, harbisontheatre.org

When I Say Jump — There’s no half-assing on Separation Anxiety, the new album by the Columbia punk quintet When I Say Jump. Vocalist John Davis tears his guts out over needle-in-the-red guitars and absolutely relentless rhythms, and the music is so genuinely visceral that it’s almost disturbing. This isn’t really “punk” music as we typically think of it — it’s more like some unholy mix of emo self-flagellation, tech-metal proficiency (especially in the rhythm section) and gut-churning, vintage hardcore anger. It’s also incredibly compelling. With In Angles, Angels Among Ashes, Fist 2 Abyss. — Vincent Harris Art Bar: 7 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Saturday 27

C2 and the Brothers Reed, Wombat Junction — The Kentucky-based C2 and the Brothers Reed make no bones about their love of Southern rock, providing only marginal yet hard-spun updates on Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd templates as they pound through their original tunes with a blunt blues rock fire tempered with tinges of soulful nuance. The local roots-leaning rockers in Wombat Junction provide a fitting opener for the evening. — Kyle Petersen | The White Mule: 8 p.m., $5; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com +

Fiesta Forever 3 — For the third straight year, this little festival does Rosewood the favor of packing far too many bands on Foxfield’s nice back patio. Grand Republic is the ringleader, and the band’s winningly nostalgic indie rock blend, pulling equally from the more pillowy and more nervy aspects of the genre’s pre-identity crisis ’90s, is the biggest draw. Also among the eight-act lineup is the approachably punchy goth-rock of Candy Coffins, the little bit slacker/little bit classic rock of The Poor Decisions, and the recently reunited Damn the Sun. Proceeds benefit longtime scene supporter Heather Green in her battle with a rare and serious eye infection. — Jordan Lawrence Foxfield Bar and Grille: 5 p.m., free; 803-728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar

Hudson Moore — It’s a real shame that a guitar player as good as Hudson Moore has decided to bury his talent underneath formulaic, pop-country pap, especially when it seems (God willing) that that particular genre might be on its way out. What you end up with in Moore’s music is stuff like his newest single, “Bronco,” which buries some seriously tasty acoustic-slide playing under a ton of gunky studio polish and a chorus that literally sounds just like every other chorus on country radio right now. — Vincent Harris Tin Roof: 7 p.m., $10 ($8 advance).; 803-771-1558, tinroofcolumbia.com

Withdraw — So much music is built on catharsis. Aristotle understood it. Beethoven, too, and David Byrne and Drake and John Lennon. Withdraw understands it, too. The Columbia quartet aims to purge the bilious humors caused by physical and psychic wounds via emotional melodic hardcore that’s a kissing cousin to the early catalogs of Touche Amore, Norma Jean and mewithoutYou. There’s even a strain — though it’s not nearly as fractally complex — of the technically deft shredding of Animals as Leaders and Periphery among the propulsion. — Patrick Wall New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $8 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Sunday 28

Dailey & Vincent — Sure, they have serious bluegrass music lineage, having played with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Rhonda Vincent, but at this point we should probably be talking more about their own influential run as award-winning stars of the genre via stellar musicianship and Jamie Dailey’s marvelous, soaring tenor voice. The first show is a gospel hour performance showcasing their repertoire there in a radio show style setting. — Kevin Oliver Newberry Opera House: 3 p.m.and 8 p.m; $35-$45 each show; 803-276-6264; newberryoperahouse.com 

Seaway, Free Throw — The Canadian pop-punkers in Seaway thrive on the pop aspects of their genre. Their newest album, Fresh Produce, bursts with melodramatic pop hooks, notably their beefed up rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “Hand In My Pocket”. Free Throw brings similar pop-driven energy with the addition of growling, yelled punk choruses that would fit as well in a rowdy Irish pub as they do in a raucous dive bar. With Heart Attack Man, Young Culture, Stress Fractures. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: $17 ($15 advance, all-ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Monday 29

H3RO — Before moving it to Wednesdays, The White Mule hands its open mic to H3RO, who hosts this last Monday night edition. It’s a fine choice. Not only is the Columbia rapper one of the most increasingly popular figures on the local hip-hop scene, but H3RO’s energetic style — balancing nerd-culture references with an old-school emphasis on diction and clarity, and youthful enthusiasm with biting social commentary — should prove welcoming to others hoping to show off. — Jordan Lawrence The White Mule: 8 p.m., free; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Tuesday 30

Freeway + SceneSC Songwriter Round — Befitting such an intimate listening room, The White Mule continues to emphasize local songwriter showcases on its calendar. This one is presented by the Freeway Music school and the SceneSC blog. It’s highlighted by confidently brassy country singer Jordan Igoe, Kenny McWilliams, leader of the emotive power-pop throwback Real Work, and Emily McCollum, one of the sibling masterminds behind Stagbriar’s fetching but fiery indie folk-rock. Logan Aggles of Logan and the Kidders rounds out the quartet, which will perform in the round. — Jordan Lawrence The White Mule: 7 p.m., free; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Wednesday 1

The Runout — Columbia’s The Runout has a tight sound, drawing from the kind of ballady introspection of Jackson Browne, and exploring the kind of free-floating melodicism favored by modern acts such as Charleston’s SUSTO. And lead singer Jeff Gregory can pack a whole lot of wallop into his stirring ruminations, with tasteful peals of pedal steel and gorgeous counter-melodies bolstering Gregory’s poetry into bonafide treatises. With Prettier Than Matt, Tough Old Bird, Slim Pickens. — Ethan Fogus New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m., $7 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

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