Elle King

Elle King

Thursday 18

Dead Spring, Added Color — Dead Spring anchors this bill with an upbeat approach to alt-rock that injects subtle complexity into dynamic earworms. Citing both Coheed and Cambria and Foo Fighters, Dead Spring makles plain its competing interests in proggy composition and meat-and-potatoes rock. New York’s Added Color bring off-kilter rhythms to polished arena rock, a bit like Muse with a post-punk edge. Wandermonck’s more rootsy indie rock evokes the likes of Silversun Pickups and offers a complementary contrast to Dead Spring and Added Color. About Time opens.  — Bryan C. Reed New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $6 ($10 under 21; 18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Elle King — The extent to which the pop-oriented roots-rock of Elle King will be forever waylaid by the pointed radio success of the single “Ex’s & Oh’s” from her debut album remains to be seen, but in the meantime there’s no denying the impressive vocal prowess and omnivorous musical appetite King continues to display as she tries to maintain that balance of polish and grit that shot her onto the charts in the first place. With Barns Courtney. — Kyle Petersen The Senate: 8 p.m., $25 ($79 VIP); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com 

Songwriters Series — Patrick Davis’ weekly songwriters showcase has brought in some top-flight talent from across the Southeast — hey, Davis is a crack Nashville songwriter these days, so he has that good connect — but this third installment shines the light solely on the Palmetto State. Danielle Howle, the éminence grise of South Carolina songwriters, sits in the round, as do Camden’s Joal Rush, Columbia’s Josh McCaa and Sumter’s Lewis Brice (though Brice now lives in Nashville). — Patrick Wall The White Mule: 8 p.m., $25 ($20 advance); 803-705-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Friday 19

Bathe, Christworm — Earlier this month, after Bathe’s first set back following drummer David Scott’s ankle injury and recovery, singer Alex Strickland asked me if they were still “unreasonable,” one of the group’s favorite descriptors for the way its prog-and-punk-infused doom caustically swirls and jarringly darts, bludgeoning listeners, not into submission, but into a daze. This bill pairs Bathe with the equally unreasonable Christworm, a Louisiana duo whose 2018 salvo Suffer No More delivers on its Bandcamp-promised evocation of “extreme misanthropy and self loathing” with two 10-plus-minute slabs of desolate, monolithic doom. It’s patient, punishing and not remotely hopeful. — Jordan Lawrence Hunter-Gatherer (Main Street): 10 p.m., free; 803-748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com

The Blue Dogs, The Travelin’ Kine — The Senate has definitely changed things up since its days as Music Farm Columbia. But one tactic that hasn’t changed is often turning to Charleston’s The Blue Dogs to bring out a big crowd. And thus with this outsized parking lot finale to this spring’s outdoor series of Vista After Five concerts, the club turns to the affably jangling acoustic-rock relic of a time when the Hooties and the Matchboxes and the Goo Goos lorded over mainstream airways. Leaning to the rootsier end of that spectrum, the Dogs get a fitting complement in the form of Charleston country-rockers The Travelin’ Kine. — Jordan Lawrence The Senate/Tin Roof: 6 p.m., free; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Glass Mansions, Eleventyseven — Greenville’s Eleventyseven exists in the post-2000s nexus between New Found Glory and The Faint. It’s got enough dancefloor chutzpah to shine alongside a festival grid of strobes and smoke machines. It’s pop engineered to make you dance but still has a rebellious edge. Columbia electro-pop favorites Glass Mansions are a natural pairing, though Jana Doyle’s vocals lean more gothic and ethereal. Don’t be surprised when they steal the show. With Pet Peeves. — Ethan Fogus New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $8 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Mike Frost Band — Armed with virtuoso chops honed through studying with the late electric bass master Jaco Pastorius, Aiken’s Mike Frost makes warp speed hard bop solo passages look routine. As a band leader, Frost is more than willing to step back and anchor the low end, navigating his talented group through any genre with ease. — Cam Powell Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $20; 803-563-8375, chayzlounge.com

Lorraine Jordan — Bluegrass is a genre steeped in tradition yet bursting at the seams with youthful innovators taking the music to new places; Lorraine Jordan is perfectly happy staying true to the original vision and sound of pioneers such as Bill Monroe on her most recent album, True Grass Again, with its title track referencing Monroe and asking. “Why can’t bluegrass just be true grass again?” — Kevin Oliver Bill’s Music Shop: 6 p.m., $15; 803-796-6477, billsmusicshop.com

Rempis/Lopez/Packard Trio — This trio is probably the grooviest of Chicago reedsman Dave Rempis’ myriad outfits, though perhaps not outwardly. Rather, Rempis and his consort — the New York City bassist Brandon Lopez and the Chicago drummer and electronics whiz Ryan Packard — treat rhythm and tempo as bases for boundless exploration, their curiosity turning building blocks upside down, inside out and ass backwards. It swings, but in a way you’ve never seen a jazz trio swing before. — Patrick Wall if ART Gallery: 8 p.m., $10; ifartgallery.blogspot.com

Sprung! — Since graduating from the University of South Carolina, Sprung! curator Paulina Olivares has spent the better part of a decade exploring the intersection of fashion, mixed media art and culture in the creative meccas of New York City and London. Her return to Columbia shines a light on Latinx culture, benefitting RAICES, an organization that provides free and low cost legal representation for immigrants. DJ Alejandro and Lorett Aberdeen perform. — Cam Powell The Space Hall (Tapp’s Arts Center): 6 p.m., $10 suggested donation; 803-988-0013, tappsartscenter.com

Watson Village, The Dround Hounds, Polly Panic — Polly Panic delivers cello-stoked art rock that draws (and bows) heavily from the headbanging waters of PJ Harvey. The crunch of the cello proves you don’t need a distortion pedal to rock. Atlanta’s The Dround Hounds possess a sonic alchemy pitched between Shovels & Ropes and The Black Keys. And Columbia’s Watson Village brings hardworn rock ‘n’ roll with doodly bits and riffage for days. — Ethan Fogus Art Bar: 8 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com 

Saturday 20 

Brandy and the Butcher, Dade County Resistance, Les Merry Chevaliers — On this Art Bar bill, no two bands approach punk rock quite the same. Brandy and the Butcher embrace the slop-rock spirit that governed the erstwhile NYC landmark CBGB’s. Dade County Resistance nails the energy and unapologetic vulnerability of much turn-of-the-millenium pop-punk. Les Merry Chevaliers are in a class alone, with a French aristocrat gimmick and a sense of humor as up-front as their lean, to-the-point tunes. — Michael Spawn Art Bar: 9 p.m., $5; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Tyler Childers — A backwoods poet with a soul-baring voice, singer-songwriter Tyler Childers is a rapidly rising star in the Americana world, largely on the word-of-mouth legs on his 2017 album Purgatory. The album slides comfortably between the honky-tonk and the holler, with a starkly original voice that makes Childers the heir apparent to the Sturgill Simpson throne of “real” country music. With Ona. — Kyle Petersen The Senate: 8 p.m., $30 (sold out); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com 

Lefty At the Washout — Columbia doesn’t really need its own Slightly Stoopid, but the boys in Lefty at the Washout either feel differently or don’t care a bit. The band’s take on reggae is definitely of the college town variety, with any mystic edges sanded down to pretty much nothing. Still, Lefty never appears to be having anything but a great time, so that’s something. — Michael Spawn The White Mule: 9 p.m., $6; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Love From the Soul — Hosted by Big DM personality Shamara and Hot 103.9 personage Neek, the Love From the Soul concert offers what you’d expect it to: a smattering of R&B singers whose balladic talents stretch into soul jam territory. It packs a little star power, too, in Faith Evans, whose distinctive and elegant voice shines despite uneven releases; neo-soul godfather Musiq Soulchild; and Carl Thomas, a gifted R&B singer who specializes in pillow talk. — Patrick Wall Township Auditorium: 8 p.m., $39-$154; 803-576-2350, thetownship.org

Don Merckle and the Blacksmiths — Don Merckle’s stock in trade has always been an eclectic mixture of musical elements dating back to his Celtic punk-roots outfit Loch Ness Johnny. The Blacksmiths offer sympathetic rock ‘n’ roll attitude for the story songs he’s increasingly drawn to these days, and they’re musically adept enough to incorporate all of his influences, from Irish folk to bluegrass, country to The Velvet Underground. Part of the outdoor Rhythm on the River series. — Kevin Oliver West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater: 6 p.m., free; rhythmontheriversc.com

Valley Maker

Valley Maker

Valley Maker — With last year’s Rhododendron, Valley Maker mastermind Austin Crane steered into a beautiful new lane, setting his meditative words to a heady, post-jam band lope, cutting from the same cloth as ascendent indie rockers Kurt Vile and Steve Gunn. But Crane is no copycat. Rhododendron is less wooly than the works of those contemporaries. It’s clean and intricately layered, with a textural specificity reminiscent of The National, an effective contrast for hazy ruminations on existential doubts. It evokes the feeling of trying to remember a dream upon waking. With Cayla Fralick. — Jordan Lawrence Nickelodeon Theatre: 10 p.m., $13; 803-254-3433, nickelodeon.org

Sunday 21

Corusco — Corusco’s brand of emo tackles more than just sad-sack lyrics and treble-laden lead guitar hooks. The Texas band’s guitar tones bring in added grit, while the arrangements and pure quality of the evoke the best lamentations of poppier acts like All American Rejects, creating a roided up blend of emotional rock that has wide-ranging appeal. Columbia’s Foxglove headlines with similar girl-problem tinged rock. With The Apartment Club. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m. $6 ($10 under 21; all-ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Tuesday 23

Scarlett O’Hara — Despite the roiling double bass drum blasts and coarse screams accenting their songs, South Texas metalcore outfit Scarlett O’Hara highlight melody over mettle. Embracing elements of electronic music and synth-pop, as well as emotive metalcore, the band’s dynamic approach makes it more approachable than many of its blunter, more brutal peers. Across the White Water Tower, Born A New, Weeping Wound, and Rebirth open.  — Bryan C. Reed New Brookland Tavern: 6:30 p.m., $15 ($10 advance); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Wednesday 24

Songwriters Series — The final show in this month-long series hosted by Camden native and Nashville songwriter Patrick Davis includes Jesse Rice, who’s written hits for Florida-Georgia Line and others; Wyatt Durrette and Levi Lowrey, who have written extensively with Zac Brown Band; S.C. expatriate Hannah Miller, whose songs have been featured on the hit TV series This Is Us; and beloved Charleston-based rocker Josh Roberts. — Kevin Oliver The White Mule: 8 p.m., $25; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

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