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Interview: Skull Baby

By Kyle Petersen | Saturday, December 13, 6:07 am
Saturday at Art Bar
The Columbia-based outfit — back after a 12-year hiatus — employs classic hard-rock motifs and cartoonish sinisterism to theatrical ends, with a constant eye towards its live shows.
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Live Review: Bombadil

Veteran North Carolina Folk-Pop Trio Offered Expected Charms
By Kyle Petersen | Monday, December 8, 10:22 am
By Bombadil’s best estimate, Thursday night was the fourth time the quirky, Durham-based troupe has played Conundrum Music Hall.
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Interview: Daniel Bachman

Sunday at Conundrum Music Hall
By Patrick Wall | Friday, December 5, 10:42 am
Free Times caught up with the instrumental guitarist a few days before he left for his current tour. He chatted about his move to North Carolina, how place works its way into his instrumental storytelling, and sandwiches.
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Johnny Irion Talks About His and Sarah Lee Guthrie’s Columbia Homecoming

Saturday at UU Coffeehouse
By Kevin Oliver | Thursday, December 4, 12:19 pm
What's frequently left out of the duo's history is the seven years they lived right here in Columbia, which even many local residents and music fans still don't know about. They were touring the majority of those years, so downtime in Columbia was a treasure.
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Live Review: Jukebox the Ghost

Pop-Rock Trio Displayed Stadium-Worthy Chops and Charm
By Kevin Oliver | Tuesday, November 18, 4:14 pm
While it was hard not to lament that this band of would-be world beaters still plays small rock clubs, the setting still works for them.
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Jason Isbell Coming to Columbia in April

Americana Star Bolsters Music Farm's 2015 Calendar
By Kyle Petersen | Monday, November 17, 11:16 am
While Music Farm Columbia’s 2015 calendar is still looking a little thin, Southern rock singer-songwriter Jason Isbell is a good place to start. He plays the club on April 18 with Strand of Oaks.
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Interview: The Fishing Journal’s Chuck Sligh Talks Recent Dog Attack

Saturday at New Brookland Tavern
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, November 14, 12:01 pm
Though it was in doubt a month ago, bassist Chuck Sligh will be there to enjoy The Fishing Journal's release celebration at New Brookland Tavern. Back on Oct. 17, the local musician and his dog, Nessie, were attacked by two other dogs.
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Review: Björk’s New Concert Film is Provocative, Highly Conceptual and Visually Stunning

Friday at Nickelodeon Theatre
By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, November 13, 5:26 pm
It’s worth seeing at least once, even for casual fans, for both the sensory experience and its exploration of the links between technology, music and nature.
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Interview: American Aquarium

Tonight at New Brookland Tavern
By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, November 13, 9:29 am
When Free Times caught up up with Barham, the group was back on the road after another European tour and excited about the release of its impending seventh album.
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Chris Brown Is Coming to Columbia

Controversial R&B Singer Hits Colonial Life Arena Dec. 20
By Jordan Lawrence | Tuesday, November 11, 5:20 pm
On paper, Brown is still a solid booking — as Colonial’s press release proudly states, he’s notched six no. 1 albums on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and X debuted at no. 2 on the magazine’s overall album chart — but it also leaves a funny taste.
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The Avett Brothers Announce Three-Night Stand at Township Auditorium for March

North Carolina Folk-Rock Band Returns to Columbia
By Kyle Petersen | Friday, November 7, 12:26 am
How do you one-up Jack White’s triumphant stroll through Columbia as part of a national tour supporting his second solo album, Lazaretto? You stay longer.
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Interview: Stefanie Santana

Tonight at the Columbia Museum of Art
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, November 6, 11:45 pm
Free Times sat down with her earlier this week to chat about writing dark songs for a cute instrument and how it’s more fun to play them with help from her friends.
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Live Review: Run the Jewels

Despite a Disappointing Crowd, Rap Duo Delivered a Set to Remember
By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, October 29, 11:30 am
Even if you aren’t much of a hip-hop fan, you probably heard some murmurs about Run the Jewels last Friday. In town for a free (with strings) show at the Music Farm, the rap duo leaked its new album RTJ2 that morning, three days ahead of its scheduled release date.
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Live Review: Murder By Death

Blending Folk and Punk, Group Diffused Lyrical Bleakness with Familial Warmth
By Kevin Oliver | Monday, October 27, 10:08 am
You don't have to know the words to any Murder By Death songs to enjoy the group live. But it certainly helps.
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Caroline Guitar Company Donates Pedal Proceeds to Injured Musician

Burnt Books Guitarist Attacked by Dogs; Caroline Guitar Jumps in to Help
By Patrick Wall | Wednesday, October 22, 1:29 pm
On Friday, Chuck Sligh — guitarist for Burnt Books, bassist for The Fishing Journal — and his dog Nessie were attacked by two other dogs in Sligh’s backyard. Both Sligh and Nessie sustained injuries severe enough to warrant emergency medical and veterinary treatment.
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Live Review: Autocorrect, We Roll Like Madmen

Local Lineup Offered Clever Tweaks to Today’s Electronic Trends
By Kyle Petersen | Monday, October 20, 12:01 pm
The night was representative of a burgeoning new collection of progressive electronic acts, keying on EDM’s recent rise and taking digital sounds in new directions.
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Interview: Patrick Davis

Oct. 17 at Music Farm
By Kyle Petersen | Friday, October 17, 8:59 am
Davis returns to Columbia in advance of his new LP, Red, White & Blue Jeans, a star-studded effort with turns from Jewel, Robert Randolph and Branford Marsalis that highlights his trademark country craftsmanship.
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SceneSC and the South Carolina State Fair Team Up for a Second Year of Local Music

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the State Fair
By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, October 16, 10:44 am
For a second straight year, local music blog SceneSC has teamed with the South Carolina State Fair to curate musical programming on one of the event’s many side stages.
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Live Review: Corey Smith

Charismatic Entertainer and Genuine Songwriter Still Knows How to Connect
By Kevin Oliver | Wednesday, October 15, 2:24 pm
He's a good sport and a bit of an enabler, prefacing the song “Party” with a comment about it being a test of the audience’s mood: The crowd shouted the titular chant back at him during every chorus. Clearly, they wanted to pass.
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Live Review: Jam Room Music Festival

Highlights (and Photos) from the Free Downtown Event, Headlined by Superchunk
By Patrick Wall | Monday, October 13, 7:58 am
On Saturday, the Jam Room Music Festival — mustered in the name of Rosewood’s longstanding Jam Room recording studio — took over two blocks in Columbia’s downtown, presenting 12 bands across 10 hours.
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Live Review: Shovels & Rope, The Restoration (State Fair)

Returning Roots-Rock Heroes Felt the Love, While Their Opener Performed Admirably
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, October 10, 12:22 pm
Shovels & Rope’s ragged and passionate live show lived up to its now widespread reputation. The night’s local opener also fared well under the bright lights.

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