Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean

Thursday 21

Chasing Vixen — Greenville’s Chasing Vixen exhibits several different musical personalities for a two-person band. In its funkier or more pop-inspired moments, there’s a slight disconnect between Justyn Fox and Haley Herauf’s vocal delivery — which tends to skew warm and sultry — and the songs’ forward momentum. It’s when they embrace the lighter side that the pieces fit together just as they should, seeming most at home during acoustic laments and folk-inspired numbers. — Michael Spawn | Breakers Live: 11 p.m., free;

Flatfoot 56 — Technically, Flatfoot 56 is a Celtic-punk band, but it’s a lot less Celtic than it is punk. The Chicago quintet does have a full-time bagpipe player, but most of the time it just feels like another element in the loud-hard-fast wall of sound the band creates for singer/guitarist Tobin Bawinkel to hock up nicotine-stained vocal loogies over. Don’t be fooled by the genre name, is what I’m saying. These guys are snotty punk with a bit of Scottish flavor. With The Black Iron Gathering, Longshot Odds. — Vincent Harris New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m.; $12 ($10 advnace; 18-plus only); 803-791-4413,

Seventy Six and Sunny — The Vista After Five series kicks off its spring slate of outdoor concerts this week, once more leaning on a local group more interested in covers than originals. Unfortunately for Seventy Six and Sunny, a popular bar band that brings exuberance and not-unremarkable chops to a variety of recognizable radio hits, the slipstream to national success that propelled another Columbia bar band called Hootie & the Blowfish to international fame is all but gone in the modern musical landscape. — Jordan LawrenceThe Senate/Tin Roof: 5:30 p.m., free; 803-252-9392,

Friday 22

Tokyo Joe — I feel certain I’m in the minority here, but I much prefer Tokyo Joe’s originals to its covers. Lead singer Greg Bickley has the showmanship and barrelling barroom pipes to excel during the group’s beloved Elton John tributes, but the Columbia group isn’t malleable enough to take on the modern jukebox setlists it embarks on during frequent bar gigs. Which, when confronted with the affably chugging and beaming ’90s radio rock on 5-5-18, the new live album it celebrates this weekend, seems like an awful waste. — Jordan Lawrence Wings & Ale: 9 p.m., free; 803-750-1700,

Adam Whitehead Band — Normally a cover band wouldn’t be at the top of my recommendations for live music. I’m sure you’ve heard more than enough without my advice. This particular band, however, is the exception — stacked with seasoned players and touring veterans like Nick Brewer on keys, Whitehead puts their considerable chops to good use on a host of country and rock ‘n’ roll classics that aren’t always the ones you’d expect to hear in a local bar. — Kevin Oliver Hemingway’s: 10 p.m.; free; 803-749-6020;

Saturday 23

Decadence, Imaginary Enemy, Venus Invictus — Local stalwart Decadence headlines tonight’s show with a heavy take on modern rock that balances driving melody with guttural metal riffs. It’s joined by Imaginary Enemy, which cites prog-leaning acts like Tool and Coheed & Cambria as influences in its own dynamic mix. To wit, the band is adept at countering crushing hard rock with airy, atmospheric passages. Charlotte’s Venus Invictus opens with a sound that fuses folk melody with prog-metal intensity. — Bryan C. Reed State Street Pub: 8:30 p.m., free; 803-796-2006,


Dee Lucas

Dee Lucas — Going Left, Atlanta saxophonist Dee Lucas’ 2018 album, is a textbook smooth jazz collection — slightly funky beats underpinning a fluid yet focused sax sound, all within a mellow, mood-lifting framework. His repertoire has remained remarkably steady since 2004 and his debut, a George Howard tribute Remembrance, and Lucas has appeared with Roy Ayers, Hugh Masekela and others. — Kevin Oliver Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m.; $20; 803-563-8375;

Irreversible Quartet — The kernel of liberation-oriented free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements formed when poet Camae Ayewa, saxophonist Kurt Neuringer and bassist Luke Stewart performed together at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized in 2015. The Irreversible Quartet is the instrumental incarnation of that ensemble, and though it loses Ayewa’s piercing poetic narrations of black trauma and tenacity, the music still projects grief, fury and defiance. It is a vehicle for black expression and liberation, honoring tradition while hiding behind no abstraction. — Patrick Wall if ART Gallery: 8:30 p.m., $10;

The Menders, Blocker, Wombat Junction — The Menders blend ’90s garage rock with the winsome charm of The Weakerthans. Wombat Junction’s big wrecking crew sound pairs well, with Sam Scollon and Josh McGill’s powerful vocals and unabashedly political themes. It’s not just music against all fascism — the band delivers impressive three part harmonies on top of a rocking backbeat. Blocker takes the middle slot with quick power pop songs. — Ethan Fogus Art Bar: 8 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198,

Jeff Lucero Band — As a singer-songwriter, Jeff Lucero’s vocal abilities breathe intensity into what might otherwise be rather workmanlike, bittersweet tunes. None are unlikeable, but their sheer lyrical consistency makes one wonder how such a talented guy could be so unlucky in love. As a performer, however, he prefers to play the odds and include in his set plenty of cover songs from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, and the Talking Heads.— Michael Spawn Breakers Live: 11 p.m., free;

Monday 25

Some Kind of Nightmare — Though they’re originally from San Diego, at this point, it’s probably more accurate to call Some Kind of Nightmare a true band of nomads. Since 2013, the trio has been on a near constant tour, driving its straight-ahead punk across, around and through the country. Singer and bassist Molly Mess leads the band with a gritty vocal that sounds more than a little like Brody Dalle at The Distillers’ peak. Tonight, the band will be the main attraction for Alternative Fusion, a series helmed by DJ Ash Vapor, who also performs. — Bryan C. Reed Hunter Gatherer (Main Street): 9 p.m., $6; 803-748-0540,

Tuesday 26

Garrow, Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean — Upon hearing the Columbia band’s first released singles, Garrow’s popular ascendance should be a forgone conclusion. A heady mix of textural doom, post-rock and easygoing classic rock, it’s a nuanced and dynamic beast with plenty of disparate elements to draw you in. Massachusetts’ Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean is much more singular in its focus. Just listen to the way it turns DEVO’s “Gut Feeling” into a seething avalanche of distortion and tensely wrought melody on December’s I Carry My Awareness of Defeat like a Banner of Victory EP. Waft and Lull open. — Bryan C. Reed New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $8 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413,

Harry and the Hootenannies, Ali Enlow— The young trio Harry and the Hootenannies reach back to old source material for their inspiration, from surf rock to psychedelic garage rock and even Burt Bacharach (check the groovy “World Keeps Spinning,” and tell me I’m wrong), delivering it all with wry yet innocent effect. Ali Enlow is a more pensive, folk singer type with a strong Joni Mitchell streak. — Kevin Oliver The White Mule: 8 p.m.; free; 803-708-5908;

Wednesday 27

As I Lay Dying — In 2013, Tim Lambesis, frontman of faux-Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, attempted to hire an undercover police officer to kill his wife, the mother of his children. In 2014, he pleaded guilty — after first attempting a roid-rage defense — to the crime and was sentenced to six years in prison; he was paroled in 2016. When the band reunited last year and announced a tour of the United States and Europe, Lambesis took to Instagram to insist that “People who support As I Lay Dying are not supporting the person I once was.” If that’s your equivocation, OK, but don’t conflate riffs and breakdowns with human lives. — Patrick Wall The Senate: 7 p.m., $30 ($25 advance); 803-252-9392,

The Vegabonds, Sam Burchfield — The Vegabonds’ heartland rock is reminiscent of early Lucero, with rollicking peals of pedal steel and big choruses. They’re the kind of chest pumping rockers where you’ll remind people to clap only on the 2s and 4s. Sam Burchfield leans more toward the Hitsville and AM radio gold of Marvin and Stevie. It might be Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a party. — Ethan Fogus The White Mule: 9 p.m., $10, 803-708-5908,

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