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.
Music Feature

Community Offers Memories of Shredquarters, Beloved House Show Spot That Ends Its Run This Week

Final Show Thursday
By David Travis Bland | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Jessica Oliver once offered me and a friend a weak apology for sending porcelain flying into our skin like shrapnel after rocketing plates to the hardwood floor at the end of her band’s song.
Music Feature

Though Membership Has Shifted, the Intergalactic Aliens of Valient Thorr Press On

Thursday at New Brookland Tavern
By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
If you buy the band’s mythology, you could say that 2013 was the second time that Valient Thorr came crashing down to Earth.
Music Feature

Grace Joyner’s Great Second Album Was Inspired by Leaving Charleston, Being Single

Friday at New Brookland Tavern
By Kalyn Oyer | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Sometimes, an artist needs to escape to renew creativity.
Sound Bites

Concerts in Columbia: May 26 - June 1

The High Divers; Danielle Howle Band; Ryatt Fienix; Naps
By Free Times | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
For almost 50 years, Jackson Browne has been reporting from the front lines, either of our political and spiritual landscape or of his own personal relationships.
Music Reviews

About Time’s The Sky Is Falling, But I Don’t Give a Damn

By Jordan Lawrence | Wednesday, May 18, 12:01 am
When it comes to rock music, enthusiasm goes a long way.
Music Reviews

GRÜZER’s Let It Burn

By Kevin Oliver | Wednesday, May 18, 12:01 am
For its second release, Columbia heavy outfit GRÜZER doubles down on the stomp-and-hammer approach that made its 2014 debut Path of Buzzards work.
Music Reviews

Mel Washington’s Black Excellence: Volume 2

By Vincent Harris | Wednesday, May 18, 12:01 am
Before The Beatles and Bob Dylan became legends, it wasn’t particularly common for a singer to pen his or her own material.
Where It's At

Club Calendar: May 25 - June 1

By Free Times | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Live music, karaoke, dance, djs, trivia and more.
Club Life

Joshua Streetman at Moriarty’s Irish Pub

By Christian Barker | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"We serve a different clientele. I would say Moriarty’s is a bit more laid-back. It is a great place to unwind after a long day at work."

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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