Thursday 20

Israel’s Son — If a band, in 2018, doesn’t have music readily available to stream online, does it really exist? It’s a minor miracle indeed, that for this four-band bill of local rock bands, only Israel’s Son has a recording easily streamable, and linked on its official Facebook page. (And, for what it’s worth, that shows Israel’s Son to be a solid outfit as much indebted to classic rockers like Kansas as to ’80s metallers like Mötley Crüe.) The rest of the bill — Strike The Tower, Near Extinction, and Around the Block — offer only visual cues: half-stacks and dual guitars abound. So roll the dice for a presumably classic-rock leaning quartet of local acts.— Bryan C. Reed | New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $6 (21-plus-only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Friday 21

Glow Co. — Providing music for Tin Roof’s seventh annual Bad Santa party is a band that plays cover songs in bars but is by no stretch a bar band. There will be no Steve Miller Band tunes, nary a whiff of the Stones. Instead, Glow Co. specializes in pop hits of the moment — Jojo, Taylor Swift, and Maroon 5 can all be expected, plus many more in the vein of currently dominant radio fare. Originality excepted, the Nashville group’s prowess is nothing short of impressive. — Michael Spawn Tin Roof: 10 p.m., free; 803-771-1558, tinroofcolumbia.com

Happy. —Columbia’s Happy. makes emo-pop that will be welcome to fans of latter-day Blink-182 or Mayday Parade. It’s spunky music with palm-muted guitars and chest-punching anthems. Expect lots of choruses with whoa-oh refrains. In the opening slots, hip-hop poet Jonathan Brown delivers Open Mike Eagle-style rhymes, while Jody Jackson’s smooth indie acoustic stylings blend elements of romantic realism with the vibe of Ingrid Michaelson. With The Unnamed Rapper, Bob Dead. — Ethan Fogus Tapp’s Arts Center: 7 p.m., $10 (all ges); 803-988-0013, tappsartcenter.com

Kid Trails, Flower Shopping —Kid Trails’ Displace and Flower Shopping’s self-titled EP find their chief songwriters —Patrick Jeffords and Ross Swinson, respectively —staking claims on new sonic territory. On Displace, Jeffords is looking California but feeling Carolina, leaning into his Southern roots and letting his twang and Tom Petty affection shine through. On Flower Shopping, Swinson trades slinking Pavement-isms for twinkling and tender bedroom pop. Both records are effortlessly charming. With Slush. — Patrick Wall New Brookland Tavern: 8:30 p.m., $10 (all ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Chris Legacy — There’s a long tradition of musicians in the Army, and not just marching or concert bands. For morale, they put forth rock bands, singers and other entertainment, including a guy such as Chris Legacy, an Army entertainer who specializes in classic soul and R&B. Playing a show here billed as A Tribute to the Greats, he promises well-known works of Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and more. — Kevin Oliver Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $20 ($25 reserved seating); 803-563-8375, chayzlounge.com

Eight Track Parade — Uncommonly funky for a classic rock-leaning outfit, Eight Track play this holiday celebration that asks, rather than ugly sweaters, that you rock your favorite onesie pajamas. The Columbia group melds together the intensity of forte keys with quick guitar solos. The lyric-to-music ratio is mostly even, only occasionally leaning toward an imbalance in favor of instrumentals. With Pharaohs in Space.— Tricia Callahan The White Mule, 9 p.m., free; 803-661-8199, whitemulemusic.com

Edwin McCain — Of all the South Carolina acts to follow the rising star of Hootie & The Blowfish back in the ’90s, singer-songwriter Edwin McCain had the most success. He notched a couple huge hits, including the now wedding standard “I’ll Be” and the Dianne Warren-penned “I Could Not Ask for More.” McCain has always been a stellar bandleader and passable soul man on stage, throwing out familiar tunes from others alongside his own hits. — Kevin Oliver Newberry Opera House: 8 p.m., $45-$65; 803-276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com

Reason Define — Charlotte’s Reason Define is a melodic metal dream and feature dramatic breakdowns and earworm vocals. The all-female five-piece is a pop-spiked powerhouse somewhere between Every Time I Die and Paramore. Charleston’s Missy & the Meerkats bring early-’80s throwback punk energy that would make The Runaways proud with chugging riffs and guitar solos galore. With Fuel the Fire. — Ethan Fogus Art Bar: 8 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com 

Willie Wells & the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass — As proprietor of the legendary Bill’s Music Shop, Willie Wells has carried on his late father’s legacy and expanded it with more diverse musical offerings. As a musician fronting the same group Bill Wells helmed for decades, however, he has remained steadfast and true to the traditional bluegrass vision of his dad, sitting squarely in the Bill Monroe tradition. — Kevin Oliver Bill’s Music Shop: 6 p.m., $5; 803-796-6477, billsmusicshop.com

Cody Webb — Cody Webb is a religious country mouthpiece on his straightforward Christmas single “Out of This World,” which proclaims, “When Heaven came down on Earth it must’ve been out of this world.” Looking past the cheesy elements of songs like “Carolina Girl,” you can appreciate Webb for what he is —a really good country singer. Even if he compares women to sweet tea. With Cierra MacKenzie. — Tricia Callahan Ozzie’s Country Island: 9 p.m., free; 803-661-8199, facebook.com/ozziesisland1420

Saturday 22

Lord Lhus—It’s easy to draw a line from Eminem to Lord Lhus, the underground emcee who once called Columbia home but now lives in the Czech Republic. Like Mr. Mathers, Lord Lhus’ flow is aggressive and vituperative, and the emcees share a knack for blending vigor and venom into a dark, menacing and hyper-masculine style. (That both are white probably ticks off some kind of Pavlovian bias, too.) But Lhus is more indebted to the gruffer side of underground hip-hop; he’s closer to Immortal Technique or Diabolic than post-millennium Em. With Wyze Mindz — Patrick Wall New Brookland Tavern: 9 p.m., $5; 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Nate Myers—Genealogically speaking, reggae and smooth jazz share similar roots (e.g., early-20th century New Orleans R&B, West African folk music). In contemporary usage, though, there’s not much to tie reggae’s skittering riddim with smooth jazz’s glabrous groove. Hard to imagine Jimmy Cliff singing over a Kenny G lick. Still, saxophonist Nate Myers is game to try: He’ll be leading a crew that’ll try to spin reggae straw (tunes by Marley, Maxi Priest, Inner Circle, et alia) into something resembling smooth jazz gold. — Patrick Wall Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $20 ($25 reserved seating); 803-563-8375, chayzlounge.com



Polyorchard—The Triangle’s Polyorchard is a wholly spontaneous ensemble. Its sole constant member is David Menestres, a bassist and composer of exceptional skill and vision, and its ranks ebb and swell as the music dictates. Whether large or small, Polyorchard deftly straddles contemporary classical’s pith and free jazz’s vinegar, using silence and tension to fuel momentum. With poet and visual artist Andrew Choate. — Patrick Wall | Stormwater Studios: 8:30 p.m., $10; 803-661-9357, stormwaterstudios.org

Taylor Boys’ Xmas Xtravaganza — The 12 artists lined up for this event include Charleston country artist Beam Country, the right-wing rebel Moon Pie, country-rocker Adam Michael, singer-songwriter Ted Munsch, and a host of others with Southern ties and various agendas or lack thereof. But it’s all fine as the cause appears to be an admirable one. Event proceeds to go benefit Toby’s House, a Two Notch Road safehouse for the homeless women and children. —  Michael Spawn The Senate: 8 p.m., $10; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Matthew Mayes & John Meyer — As a unit, Jupiter Coyote has spent the last three decades perfecting a Southern rock-infused style of jam band music, working plenty of gritty twang and heavy riffs into its expanded grooves. But the duo of Matthew Mayes & John Meyer, playing a duo gig away from their day-job band, take a far more acoustic approach, stripping down the Coyote sound into its basic building blocks and giving us some insight into how their jam-heavy epics were created. —Vincent Harris The White Mule: 8 p.m., $15; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Sunday 23

Festivus Slam—The celebration of Festivus really begins right after the traditional Festivus dinner with the Airing of Grievances, wherein you gather your family around and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year. This Festivus Slam offers you two minutes to broadcast all the pique you’ve built up in 2018; local beatsmith MIDIMarc provides the accompaniment. — Patrick Wall Curiosity Coffee Bar: 5 p.m., free; 803-357-2889, curiositycoffeebar.com

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