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South Lake Saloon’s First Weekend With Original Live Music Marred by Controversy

By Kevin Oliver | Thursday, February 4, 2:10 pm
Moe Clark, the Bartender Who Booked the Shows, Has Stepped Down From Her Position
South Lake’s remote location could prove a strength, offering local residents a form of entertainment that previously required a drive into the city.
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Drive-By Truckers, Shovels & Rope Lead the Way for St. Pat’s in Five Points

Lineup for Mar. 19 Festival Also Includes Old Dominion, The Front Bottoms
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, January 22, 10:55 am
St. Pat’s has come a long way these last few years, and this year’s music — while void of new breakthroughs — should certainly sustain that momentum.
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Looking to Replace Conundrum Music Hall, Former Regulars Will Book Shows at Tapp’s

Dubbed Infinite Room, the Group Has Settled on Three Trial Dates in February and March
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, January 21, 2:59 pm
When Conundrum Music Hall closed in October, the local music scene lost its most adventurous space.
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Dear Blanca Releases Polished New Single, Announces EP

Veteran indie Rock Producer Scott Solter Helmed the New Record, Due Mar. 4
By Kyle Petersen | Tuesday, January 19, 5:11 pm
The song marks a subtle yet distinct shift in the group’s sonic calculus.
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Pearl Jam to Play Colonial Life Arena on April 21

Canonical Grunge Band Last Played Columbia in 2008
By Patrick Wall | Tuesday, January 19, 12:51 pm
2016 marks the band’s 25th year, so betting money is on the setlist drawing heavily from the band’s early albums.
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South Lake Saloon to Become Dedicated Music Venue

Four Nights a Week, the Red Bank Bar Will Focus on Original Music
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, January 15, 10:01 am
South Lake Saloon is a biker bar. Moe Clark readily admits this. She works at the Red Bank watering hole, where the entertainment has typically been dominated by karaoke nights and cover bands. But that’s about to change.
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Reggae Group TreeHouse to Headline 2016 Mardi Gras Columbia

The Feb. 6 Festival Offers an Array of Local and Regional Talent
By Kevin Oliver | Thursday, January 14, 12:38 pm
New Orleans may get all the attention, but for the past five years, Columbia has hosted its own funky little Mardi Gras celebration at City Roots.
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Interview: The High Divers

Jan. 14 at New Brookland Tavern
By Jordan Lawrence | Thursday, January 14, 8:42 am
We chatted with the Charleston band about the advantages of living all together, the valuable experience of playing in cover bands, and how Mitchell and his mates put a fresh spin on common influences.
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Interview: Local Singer RyattFienix Snags One of American Idol’s Golden Tickets

The R&B Talent Looks Forward to Competing in Hollywood
By Eric Tullis | Friday, January 8, 11:54 am
The Columbia vocalist took advantage of her once-in-a-lifetime shot in front of American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban.
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Interview: Local Producer Academia_ Talks About His Dabo-Sampling New Single

“BYOG” Celebrates the Recent Football Success of the Clemson Tigers
By Vincent Harris | Thursday, January 7, 12:25 pm
The song kicks off with a locker room speech in which Swinney says, “We’re going to dance our butts off tonight,” splicing a pounding beat with samples from Dabo’s Notre Dame speech and raucous crowd noise.
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Live Review: Famously Hot New Year (with Lauryn Hill)

Acclaimed Singer and Rapper Wows Uncomfortably Dense Crowd
By Jordan Lawrence | Friday, January 1, 4:36 pm
Lauryn Hill's set was the kind that made it feel as though no obstacle is impossible to overcome.
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Interview: Death of Paris’ Jayna Doyle Discusses Name Change

Starting Jan. 1, the Band Will Be Known as GLASS MANSIONS
By Kevin Oliver | Thursday, December 31, 12:09 pm
Following the world-shaking terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, many things have been impacted.
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Manifest Discs and Tapes Founder Carl Singmaster on the Passing of Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

“A Colossal Loss for Rock ‘n’ Roll”
By Free Times | Thursday, December 31, 9:50 am
"In the pantheon of music, nobody better epitomized the essence of rock ‘n’ roll than Lemmy Kilmister."
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Flavor Flav to Hit Newberry Opera House in April

Yes, You Read That Right
By Patrick Wall | Thursday, December 17, 3:53 pm
So, weird, but awesome?
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Under the Radar: Unsettled

Dec. 15 at New Brookland Tavern
By Vincent Harris | Tuesday, December 15, 10:21 am
“My teeth are falling out of my rotting gums.” These are the first words that escape from Unsettled lead screamer Jake Armstrong’s mouth on the band’s new EP.
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Molly Ledford Nominated for Grammy Award

Her Collaborative Record With Billy Kelly Is Up for Best Children’s Album
By Patrick Wall | Monday, December 7, 10:06 am
Molly Ledford, leader of kid-friendly indie rock group Lunch Money, has been nominated for Best Children’s Album.
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Interview: Kevin Oliver of Christmas at Red Bank

Sunday at Red Bank United Methodist Church
By Kyle Petersen | Friday, December 4, 3:57 pm
This Sunday, one of the Midlands’ more reliable holiday traditions returns for its 10th year.
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Interview: Waka Flocka Flame

Free Times Caught Up With the Atlanta Rapper Before a Recent Benefit in Columbia
By David Travis Bland | Monday, November 30, 10:11 am
Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame waits In the green room at Columbia’s Music Farm.
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Under the Radar: Finding Lucy

Sunday at New Brookland Tavern
By Vincent Harris | Saturday, November 21, 11:49 am
Its rhythm section is somewhat raw and ragged, but otherwise, Columbia quintet Finding Lucy fits snugly into the emo-meets-punk-and-pop mode, somewhere between Blink 182 and Green Day
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Interview: The Mobros

Nov. 20 at the Venue on Broad
By Kyle Petersen | Friday, November 20, 10:02 am
A lot has happened to The Mobros since they decided to drop out of college and start touring the country on the strength of their debut LP.
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Under the Radar: Baggage Klaim, Fratmouth, Ritual Abjects

Friday at Tapp's Arts Center
By Kyle Petersen | Thursday, November 19, 4:19 pm
The line between performance art and live music has always been a blurry and, in some cases, an arbitrary one, as the bands on this bill prove.

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