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Album of the Week: The Avett Brothers’ True Sadness

By Kevin Oliver | Friday, June 24, 12:01 pm
North Carolina Folk-Rock Crew Expands Sound Without Losing Heart
The story of The Avett Brothers is one of constant evolution — from their early days as a frenetic acoustic trio to what's now a full-on seven-piece rock band, albeit one that includes banjo, fiddle and other instrumentation more readily associated with traditional folk forms.
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Live Review: Make Music Columbia

As Helter-Skelter as a City-Wide Busking Effort Would Seem Destined to Be, the Evening Sets Alternately Stumbled and Soared
By David Travis Bland | Thursday, June 23, 3:44 pm
The second annual event placed local artists on street corners, patios and other busking-esque locations as part of the international Make Music Day celebration.
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Album of the Week: case/lang/veirs’ Self-Titled Debut

The Three Exceedingly Talented Singers and Songwriters Blend Their Disparate Strengths Perfectly
By Vincent Harris | Friday, June 17, 9:58 am
They each manage to strengthen their collaborators while maintaining their own stylistic integrity.
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Live Review/Photo Gallery: Bonnaroo 2016

The Boundless Positivity and Exceptional Performances Were Enough to Endure the Heat and the Crowds
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, June 16, 12:07 pm
Everybody I spoke to seemed to have a strong opinion about me going to Bonnaroo.
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Columbia City Ballet Production to Explore Charleston Church Shootings

Artistic Director Visiting Services, Bible Studies to Gather Inspiration for New Show Called Emanuel 9
By Andy Shain | Tuesday, June 14, 6:46 pm
Columbia City Ballet announced plans for Emanuel 9, a multimedia performance based on the mass shooting at a historic African-American church that will debut next spring. The production was announced two days before the first anniversary of the tragedy.
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Interview: Stefanie Santana

Tuesday at 302 Senate St. (Part of Camp Khakipants)
By Michael Spawn | Monday, June 13, 2:47 pm
The bad news: We here in South Carolina will no longer be able to call Stefanie Santana our own. The good news: She's not hanging up her ukelele anytime soon.
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Hope in Harmony: An Artistic Conversation Commemorates Anniversary of Emanuel AME Shooting

Saturday at Tapp's Arts Center
By August Krickel | Friday, June 10, 1:26 pm
Composer Darryl Izzard's song cycle incorporates spirituals, gospel, jazz and bluegrass music, and celebrates diversity, spiritual growth and healing.
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Album of the Week: Diarrhea Planet’s Turn to Gold

A Collection of Uplifting Anthems to Help Get You Through
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, June 10, 1:03 pm
More often than we’d like, this world is s#!t. But Diarrhea Planet provides enough compassionate uplift to help get you through.
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As Nation Mourns Champ, “Ali” Returns to the Big Screen

Columbia's Regal Sandhill Among Theaters to Show Michael Mann's 2001 Film Starring Will Smith
By Chris Trainor | Thursday, June 9, 1:38 pm
Director Michael Mann's 2001 film Ali, which features an Oscar-nominated performance from Will Smith, is returning to movie theaters beginning June 10.
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Interview: David Cutler (The SAVVY Musician in Action)

A SAVVY Showcase, June 8 at Tapp’s Arts Center
By Kyle Petersen | Wednesday, June 8, 12:37 pm
Arriving at USC in 2012, Cutlerem> quickly launched SAVVY Musician in Action to further these goals, establishing a conference and competition dedicated to assisting artists of all stripes in becoming their own best entrepreneurial innovators.
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Album of the Week: William Tyler’s Modern Country

A Compositional Feat From One of Today’s Best Guitarists
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, June 3, 12:34 pm
Fittingly, the idea to start an Album of the Week spotlight was sparked when I couldn’t find a space to write about this week’s selection.
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T.I., Young Thug and Yo Gotti to Play Colonial Life Arena on July 30

The Show Is Dubbed the Southern Heat Music Festival
By Eric Tullis | Wednesday, June 1, 12:05 pm
The news came just days after one person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting that took place at a T.I. concert in New York City’s Irving Plaza. Fortunately, neither T.I. nor anyone in his camp had anything to do with the incident.
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New Live Music Venue Rockers to Open in Former South Lake Saloon Location

Local Musicians Moe Clark and Scott Rife Team Up for New Venture
By Kevin Oliver | Monday, May 30, 1:44 pm
The two hope to open the venue by the middle of June.
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Maroon 5 Canceled on North Carolina Because of HB2 and Announced a Show in Columbia — Good for Us?

The Band Will Play Colonial Life Arena on Sept. 10
By Jordan Lawrence | Monday, May 23, 11:12 am
The band’s Columbia engagement is still the first South Carolina date to be announced in such proximity to a hole left by an HB2-inspired cancellation.
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Interview: Whitechapel

Saturday at New Brookland Tavern
By Vincent Harris | Friday, May 20, 9:28 am
Our Endless War, the 2014 album by Knoxville, Tennessee’s Whitechapel, has to be one of the most brutal releases ever to hit the Billboard Top 10. A roaring, uncompromising slab of deathcore metal, the album is heavy.
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Harbison Theatre Has Announced its 2016-17 Season

Schedule Balances Family-Friendly and Holiday Fare With Cutting-Edge Performance Arts, Fascinating Speakers
By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, May 19, 3:56 pm
Since its first season in 2012, the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College has always rolled out eclectic programming aimed to impress.
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Live Review: Against Me!

Laura Jane Grace Stood Up Against HB2 as Her Band Showed It's Still Strong After a Couple Rough Years
By David Travis Bland | Wednesday, May 18, 5:56 pm
Grace noted that in all the men’s bathrooms in the truck stops she’s been in, she’s read racist, bigoted and homophobic scrawl. “Those are the people who should be feared,” she said. “Until I’m protected from them, I’ll be pissing and s#!tting outside like a dog."
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South Carolina Philharmonic Announces 2016-17 Season

Violinist Sayaka Shoji and Banjo Great Bela Fleck Will Both Return to Play With the Group
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, May 18, 2:23 pm
Music Director Morihiko Nakahara maintains a high performance standard for our humble Southern burg, a task that is by no means easy.
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Live Review: Impressions From a Day at Shaky Knees

The Atlanta Festival Boasted an Impressive Setting and Savvy Booking
By Jordan Lawrence | Monday, May 16, 9:51 am
Spread between Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza, Shaky Knees manages a remarkably hospitable outdoor atmosphere while also playing up its urban locale.
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Indie Grits Announces 2017 Theme – Visiones

Far-Ranging Arts Festival Returns April 20-23 with Latino Theme
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, May 12, 5:09 pm
“In response to the explosive growth of the Latino community in South Carolina and across the Southeastern United States, Indie Grits will turn its focus to Latino film, culture, and arts in 2017."
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Classical Review: Chamber Music on Main

Flitting Through Eras, The Featured Quartet Wowed at Chamber Music on Main's Season Finale
By David Lowry | Thursday, May 5, 2:52 pm
Last week, Edward Arron brought to the Columbia Museum of Art three friends, filling the requirements for what makes an extraordinary string quartet.

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