Fat Rat da Czar

Fat Rat da Czar

Thursday 4

The Barons — Straight outta Charlottesville, The Barons are the kind of band A&R reps bring up during conference calls in hopes of evading rampant label downsizing. These starry-eyed young guys wouldn’t necessarily be wasting the boss’ valuable time. The Virginia quartet may not be rock’s great white hope for saving a dying industry, but The Barons definitely have potential for wide-reaching appeal. This means better-than-average pop-rock hooks, a boy-band handsome lead singer, and what looks to be a high-energy show. Part of the outdoor Vista After Five concert series. — Michael Spawn The Senate/Tin Roof: 6 p.m., free; 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

The Head — Though indie rock trio The Head hails from Atlanta, its sound is heavily inflected with Britpop sheen. The chiming guitar picking strewn across its 2017 full-length Space invokes high-energy melodrama in the vein of The Bends- era Radiohead, while 2018 single “Comatose” juxtaposes somber lyrics with a dancing pulse that conjures The Cure without coming off as a carbon copy. Bull Moose Party, Grand Republic, and The Witness Marks provide support. — Cam Powell New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $7 (18-plus only); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

The Mammoths — Far be it from me to baselessly speculate on the recreational drug habits and sex lives of others, but when listening to The Mammoths, I can only wonder if this is what The Black Crowes would sound like if they’d never tried pot or slept with Kate Hudson. These Texas boys seem like real-deal rockers, but they’re lacking in the stony Southern swagger and stuffed-trousers confidence that is almost a prerequisite for the boy boy image The Mammoths are champing at the bit to convey. — Michael Spawn Breakers Live: 11 p.m., free; 803-771-6360, breakerslive.com

Songwriters Series — Modeled after similar events at established venues such as Eddie’s Attic in Georgia or The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, where songwriters known and unknown play regularly, this is the first in a weekly series hosted by Camden native and hit songwriter Patrick Davis. He’s rounded up some heavy hitters for the inaugural show including Atlanta’s Angie Aparo, Tim Davis of One Kool Blow and The Soul Mites, and Bobby Houck of The Blue Dogs. — Kevin Oliver The White Mule: 8 p.m., $25 ($20 advance; $70 full four-show series); 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

Friday 5

Friends & Neighbors — The Norwegian free jazz crew Friends and Neighbors draws its membership from Norway’s new wave of outre jazzmasters and its cues, largely, from the spirited free jazz of the ’60s and ’70s (think: Coltrane’s Ascension, Shepp’s Four for Trane, Coleman’s, uh, Friends and Neighbors). But What’s Next, which the quintet released last year, finds the group looking forward, using post-bop modalities as a launching pad for free explorations marked by fierce blowing but also velutinous melodies that bob and weave and bounce. — Patrick Wall if ART Gallery: 8:30 p.m., $10; ifartgallery.blogspot.com

Gypsy & Me — Seeing live music at a brewery can be hit or miss, though Columbia Craft strikes a pleasant balance between the volume of tunes and socializing in its cozy taproom by booking largely acoustic acts for its Friday night music series. Traveling folk duo Gypsy & Me will fit nicely in the space, with guitarist Mike Moore’s biting vocals being rounded out in effortless unison by the harmony singing from partner Kyzandrha Zarate. — Cam Powell Columbia Craft Brewing Company: 6:30 p.m., free; 803-799-6027, columbiacraft.com

Rhett Miller — In the wake of Ryan Adams’ fall from grace, if you’re looking for a vulnerable, reliable performer who you can enjoy both for his ragged, country-tinged garage rock and his heart-rending solo acoustic work, may I suggest Rhett Miller? Whether on his solo albums or with his band, Old 97s, Miller’s got a hell of an ear for catchy, no-polish-required rock ‘n’ roll and intimate folky stuff, and his catalog of songs is just waiting for fans of bands like the Drive-By Truckers and American Aquarium to discover. With Joshua Ray Walker. — Vincent Harris The Senate; 7 p.m.; $29 ($25 advance); 803-252-9392, thesenatecolumbia.com

Saturday 6

Kenny George Band, Finnegan Bell — These two acts travel significantly different genre paths yet share a couple essential traits — good songwriting and musicianship. Kenny George and company, from Aiken, peddle a wary, weary country-rock that fills in the cracks between pathways laid by Whiskeytown, Drive-By Truckers and forefathers such as Waylon Jennings. Finnegan Bell rings out exquisite vocal harmony with the resonance of acoustic pop/rock hooks. — Kevin Oliver TOL Coffeehouse: 6:30 p.m., $20 ($18 advance); 803-200-2824, facebook.com/TOLCoffeehouse

Los Perdidos, The Transonics, The Sad Sacks — With their twangy instrumentals, Los Perdidos evoke a golden age of instro-rock, where surf music broadened its evocative scope to include spy-movie swing, space-age exotica, hot rod rumbles and Spaghetti Western panorama. Holding tight to the drippy reverb and single-note melodies that define the genre, Los Perdidos still use the genre’s fundamental ingredients for compelling scene setting and melodic intrigue. The Transonics complement with jangly pop-rock that evokes college rock classics like Let’s Active. The Sad Sacks open. — Bryan C. Reed State Street Pub: 8 p.m., free; 803-796-2006, facebook.com/statestreetpubcolumbia

Persona Bell — Her name is a near-homophone for “personable,” and Charlotte singer Persona Bell is certainly that, projecting a presence on stage that’s relatable yet regal, filling the venue with her voice whether seated at a grand piano or stepping up to the mike to jam with a band. Her repertoire covers R&B and soul standards from the ’60s through today — familiar material delivered with fresh energy. — Kevin Oliver Chayz Lounge: 8:00 p.m.; $20; 803-563-8375; chayzlounge.com

The Wormholes, Dead Swells, Cloud Repair — In these three bands, we’ve got Columbia’s answer to My Bloody Valentine in Dead Swells, a sedated version of ’90s Modest Mouse with Cloud Repair, and The Wormholes, which might not be an actual band, but a sentient synthesizer whose love for Vicodin won’t stop it from dancing. If any of this sounds like faint praise, that’s not my intention. These are solid bands who fit together nicely on a bill, jigsaw-style. — Michael Spawn Art Bar: 8 p.m., $5; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Sunday 7

Tom Petty Tribute — The late Tom Petty left behind a significant musical legacy and influenced myriad musicians and bands. Several of those local musicians, led by A.J. Lang of Seventy Six and Sunny along with Prettier Than Matt and many more, will pay tribute to Petty with an evening of his songs, from the hits to personal favorites such as “Break Down” to “Running Down A Dream” and many points in between. — Kevin Oliver Tin Roof: 6 p.m., free; 803-771-1558, tinroofcolumbia.com

Monday 8

Axattack vs. Black Mass — Boston’s Black Mass just released its sophomore album, Warlust, in February. But rather than just recreating the album’s vicious mix of thrash, charged speed metal and proto-black metal, it’s joining forces with local band Axattack for a unique collaborative set. The Columbia trio, for its part, provides a worthy counterpart to the Beantown heshers — where Black Mass dredges up the dark spirits of Venom and Bathory, Axattack injects more of the anthemic complexity of Iron Maiden and Death. — Bryan C. Reed Hunter Gatherer (Main Street): 9:30 p.m., $5; 803-748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com

Tuesday 9

Boundaries, Distinguisher — With February’s My Body In Bloom, Connecticut quintet Boundaries unleashed a heavy attack of metallic hardcore with barked vocals bridging brutal death metal riffs, searing post-hardcore fills and chugging breakdowns. They’re joined on the road by a pair of complementary metalcore acts — Las Vegas quartet Distinguisher and the Midwestern outfit Church Tongue — whose brutal and driving approaches each fit comfortably within the genre’s parameters. Local act TraumaxQueen, whose 2018 EP, Rationality: Disconnect boasts a collaboration with Boundaries on its title track, also performs. Georgia’s Backslide opens. — Bryan C. Reed  New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $12 ($8 advance; all ages); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Fat Rat da Czar — In an odd sort of way, something like Songversations feels made for Fat Rat da Czar. Although the series typically features plaintive acoustic guitar strummers playing and chatting about their tunes, the OG local rapper has proven over the years to be a first-rate raconteur and thoughtful lyricist with a keen sense of narrative and backstory. The Czar should easily prove to be a fresh and enlightening addition to the series as he performs his most recent album, Exposed, in its entirety, backed by MIDIMarc, who crafted the record’s beats. — Kyle Petersen Tapp’s Arts Center: 7 p.m., $5; 803-988-0013, tappsartscenter.com  

Futurebirds — “Where is the reason? / Don’t blame it on me / Blame it on my wild heart.” The refrain to “Wild Heart”, from 2012’s live record Seney-Stovall, might be the most pure representation of Futurebirds’ take on alt-country, with the three-part vocal harmony soaring over rambling guitars that feel like they could fly off the rails at any moment. Any show opened with the song is set to catch fire quickly, as the band is likely to follow that emotional peak with an onslaught of psychedelic jamming. — Cam Powell The White Mule: 9:00 p.m., $12 ($10 advance); 803-708-5908, whitemulemusic.com

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