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Thursday 2

The Orange Constant — Athens’ The Orange Constant plies its trade within the narrow lane that exists between instrument-heavy rock and full-blown jam music. 2017’s **Point of Reference** balances the roomy guitar-and-keys arrangements of post-**Evil Urges** My Morning Jacket, with funk and reggae grooves that nod to the bubbly noodling of moe. The track “Something We Can Use” adds pop sensibility to the mix with the pulsating urgency of hits from ’80s forebears like Billy Idol. Ed Lemon and the Get Rights open the show. — Cam Powell | The White Mule: 8:30 p.m., $6; 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Son Step, Autocorrect — For this month’s First Thursday on Main art crawl, Boyd Plaza gets weird. Philadelphia’s Son Step convincingly rekindles the oh-so-2009 indie pop complexities of Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear, uniting the layered, druggy electronics and Beach Boys-y vocals of the former around that time with the complex melodies and polyrhythms of the latter around that time. Columbia’s Autocorrect take things further into the wild experimental ether, drifting between bracing noise, quixotic electro-rock and steely nerd-rap. Say Femme opens. — Jordan Lawrence | Boyd Plaza (outside the Columbia Museum of Art): 6 p.m., free; firstthursdayonmain.com

Friday 3

Black Stone Cherry, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown — This bill answers a question that, likely, no one has ever asked: What kind of music might a sentient, flame-emblazoned Harley-Davidson bandana make? Black Stone Cherry adds drop-D tunings and chugging riffs that no one asked for to the Southern rock formula, playing them underneath thinly veiled sexual metaphors (see: “Blame It on the Boom Boom”), while Tyler Bryant repeats that formula with enough pop-country sheen to appeal to those looking for slightly less, but still some, boom. — Cam Powell | The Senate: 7:30 p.m., $20 ($18 in advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Isaac Byrd, Jr. — In smooth jazz, especially on the more urban leaning side of things, the saxophone is the primary instrument of choice. Jacksonville, Florida’s Isaac Byrd, Jr., bucks that stereotype with his lead trumpet, but he still manages to place it firmly in the rhythmic and stylistic pocket of the genre, tempering the brassier tendencies and laying out melodic runs on 2018’s **Come Fly With Me** that bring the sexy back to the forefront, no matter what the delivery method. — Kevin Oliver | Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m.; $20 ($25 reserved seating); 803-563-8375; chayzlounge.com

The Crowe Brothers — For more than 40 years, Josh and Wayne Crowe have made music together that leans to the country side of bluegrass in the mold of classic brother duos such as the Louvin, Osborne or Delmore Brothers. From playing with banjo legend Raymond Fairchild in the ’70s and ’80s to stints performing at Maggie Valley, the Crowes’ instrumental prowess and traditional brother harmonies have been remarkably consistent. — Kevin Oliver | Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor: 7:30 p.m., $15; 803-796-6477, billsmusicshop.com

The Mobros — The origin of the Columbia duo The Mobros’ name is simply enough: It’s short for “the Morris brothers,” aka singer/guitarist Kelly Morris and drummer Patrick Morris. Their music is a more complex matter. Rather than resorting to the overwhelming volume of a typical guitar-drums duo, Kelly’s guitar playing is spidery and subtle, winding its way around Patrick’s complex drum patterns. It’s like a progressive-rock approach to Americana music, but it hits home hard thanks to Kelly’s rough-hewn, passionate singing. With Mountains Like Wax, The Post-Timey String Band. — Vincent Harris | New Brookland Tavern: 8:30 p.m., $8 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

New York Disco Villains, The Haves — In a vacuum, a line like, “I give you a dozen roses and you cry over the thorns,” is just goth haiku, but in the context of the New York Disco Villains’ glitzy Roma rock it becomes as dark, funny and strangely elegant as the band itself. Hard rockers The Haves don’t share the same linguistic finesse but are hard to match when it comes to molten riffs and relentless societal axe-grinding. The Witness Marks, The Raz. — Michael SpawnArt Bar: 8:30 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Saturday 4

The Bug-Out Picking Party — Late spring in Columbia is prime time for outdoor musical activities such as this. The early sets feature collaboration between notable local pickers such as Jim Brightly, Bentz Kirby, Jay Davis and Chris Cobbs. The latter portion features The Post-Timey String Band, featuring fuzzed-out Americana sounds created by multi-instrumental and multi-genre musicians Sean Thomson and Kelley McLachlan, and Slim Pickens, the eclectic electric trio featuring formidable guitar picker Branan Lowther. — Kevin Oliver | Foxfield Bar and Grille: noon, free; 803-728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar

Dirty Honey — Dirty Honey’s hard rock will be welcome to the ears of fans of AC/DC and Foreigner. With seriously heavy guitar riffs, heart-pounding drums and infectious melody, all that’s missing from its set is the smooth thrum of a 67 Pontiac GTO. The Los Angeles quartet has some serious chops and is the perfect way to shut up that friend who always says music’s not how it used to be. Seventy Six and Sunny, The Regulars, Big Thunder and the Rumblefish, Swim in the Wild, and DJ Flake also play this Derby Day Block Party. — Ethan Fogus The Senate/Tin Roof: 9 p.m., $5, 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Eight Track Parade, Candy Coffins, The Mystery Plan — Columbia’s Eight Track Parade blends Velvet Underground charm with a backbeat of AM radio grit. Meanwhile, fellow Soda Citizens Candy Coffins deliver spooky goth-punk that’s somewhere between New Order and The Cure — it’s the kind of confectionary pop that gets all over your hands. Charlotte’s The Mystery Plan wraps up the night with textured soundscapes that sound like industrial meets New Wave. — Ethan Fogus | Art Bar: 8 p.m., $6; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Zo! + Carmen Rogers: Piano & a Mic — Preach Jacobs’ Mo’ Betta Soul Loft Sessions is part podcast, wherein Jacobs chats with performers he’s met through his own global musical travels. It’s also part intimate performance series. Tonight, Detroit melody man Zo! and Dallas neo-soul singer Carmen Rodgers strip down their Piano & a Mic tour even further, highlighting their dynamic jams and easygoing rapport. — Patrick Wall | 701 Whaley: 7 p.m., $40; facebook.com/mobettasoul

Sunday 5

Vamachara, Soul Press — No disrespect to Vamachara, a California band whose metalcore is as bruising and crust-busting as you could want. But the most notable aspect of this slow lies in the undercard. Columbia’s Soul Press will hang it up after this week’s set, having unleashed two impressive EPs since 2017. The band will be missed. With rhythms that pound mercilessly and riffs that rampage purposefully, the group achieves triumphant brutality and breathless momentum without ever sacrificing one for the other. With Chamber, Choke Chamber, Backslide. Soul Press plays second. — Jordan Lawrence | New Brookland Tavern: $15 ($10 advance; all-ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Tuesday 7

Space Coke, Heavy Temple, Ecstatic Vision — Heavy music is a purity test disguised as entertainment — come to rock or don’t come at all. If this is the gospel according to Space Coke, Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple and Ecstatic Vision can be counted as true believers, proudly stoned on faith. These bands insist on a brand of hard rock as ominous as it is exhilarating, offering a direct challenge to the very notion of dividing high and low art. — Michael Spawn | Hunter-Gatherer (Main Street): 9:30 p.m., $8; 803-748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com

Ryan Hutchens — Few barfly singer-songwriters achieve so synergistic a feedback loop between covers and originals as Columbia-reared folk vagabond Ryan Hutchens. The airy tunes he writes roll like fog across morning fields, with meditative picking and words that revel in the sweet spot between vague detail and specific emotion. His well-chosen covers often achieve a similar thrall — such as his haunting and beautiful take on Johnny Cash’s “Long Black Veil” from **46 and Raleigh**, the last album he put out before retiring his old Cancellieri moniker. — Jordan Lawrence | Wild Wing Cafe (Vista): 6-9 p.m., free; 803-252-9464, wildwingcafe.com

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Sarah Shook and the Disarmers

Murder By Death, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers — This bill offers a double shot of acts that take Americana elements in their own bold directions. On last year’s **The Other Shore**, Indiana’s Murder By Death actually smooth and tidy their often grandly shambolic folk-rock histrionics, coming across a little like early-era Mumford & Sons — if that band had ever truly grasped the emotional firepower contained within big, arching acoustic melodies. But the album is also a “space-western about a raged Earth, its fleeing populace, and a relationship in jeopardy,” with a narrative that becomes more engrossing the more you listen. North Carolina’s Sarah Shook and the Disarmers play honky-tonk with true outlaw attitude, their twang tinged by a punk rock sneer as they push back against the style’s masculine, hetorosexual norms. — Jordan Lawrence | New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $25 ($20 advance; 18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Wednesday 8

Nordista Freeze — Just try wrapping your head around the truly odd psychedelic pop-rock of Nashville’s Nordista Freeze. The songs on his most recent album, **Cosmic Haus**, are virtually impossible to categorize. Lou Reed-style plainspoken guitar tunes become full-blown widescreen epics with horns and layers of production. Icy keyboard ballads become mid-tempo rockers, and then he pulls back and creates a pair of sparse-but-huge space rock ballads called “Tomorrow (Oh No)” and “Neon Swimming Pool” that sound like The Church and Robyn Hitchcock decided to collaborate. So it’s hard music to pin down, but it’s also blissfully melodic and haunting. With Gardeners, Cry Baby, GASP. — Vincent Harris | The Space Hall (Tapp’s Arts Center): 7:30 p.m.; $7 ($5 advance); 803-988-0013, tappsartscenter.com

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