Album of the Week: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree

Following the Death of His Son, Cave Delivers an Aching Rumination on Our Finite Existence
By Jordan Lawrence | Monday, September 19, 7:51 am
Last year, Cave’s 15-year-old son fell to his death from a British cliff. And while that tragedy is never clearly addressed, Skeleton Tree is a record that mulls, mourns and grapples with mortality and loss.

Live Review/Photo Gallery: Hopscotch Music Festival 2016

Bigger Than Ever, the Raleigh Festival Maintained Its Thrilling Diversity
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, September 15, 2:13 pm
Hopscotch is not about regret.

Trumpeter Mark Rapp Brings Jazz Series to Main Street

Weekly ColaJazz Nights at Main Street Public House Start Sept. 14
By Kevin Oliver | Wednesday, September 14, 3:23 pm
The series of performances presented by Rapp will feature artists from the ColaJazz compilations.
Music Feature

Carrie Underwood Epitomizes Modern Country-Pop — and Maybe That’s Not So Bad

Saturday at Colonial Life Arena
By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Carrie Underwood is a gifted singer.
Music Feature

Willie Wells Extends His Dad’s Bluegrass Legacy — But He Does It His Way

Friday at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
By Kevin Oliver | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
South Carolina’s bluegrass scene lost an icon when Bill Wells passed in November 2011.
Sound Bites

Concerts in Columbia: Sept. 21-28

Lucky Chops; Pray for Triangle Zero; Irmo Okra Strut; Night of the Living Dead
By Free Times | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Honing their chemistry with frequent performances in New York City subways, Lucky Chops have an energy similar to that coursing underground network.
Music Reviews

Stop Light Observations’ TOOGOODOO

By Vincent Harris | Wednesday, September 21, 12:01 am
Three years ago, Charleston’s Stop Light Observations released the debut album Radiation.
Where It's At

Columbia SC Club Calendar: Sept. 21-28

By Free Times | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Find live music, karaoke, DJ's and more.

Cover Story

15 Regional Music Festivals That Have the Goods — for Somebody, Anyway

From Jazz to Metal to Electronic, We Offer Our Picks
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Art of Cool takes the notion of a jazz festival very loosely.
Cover Story

Best of South Carolina Music

By Free Times | Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In addition to recognizing some of South Carolina’s best musicians, this survey also serves to showcase the exciting variety of sounds happening here.
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