The Week in Music | Oct. 16-22

LUCiD; Jam Room 25th Anniversary; Robert Earl Keen; The Temptations; IIIrd Tyme Out; Justin Moore; The Home of Easy Credit; Pretty Lights; Willie Nelson; Shai Hulud
By Free Times
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Friday 18

LUCiD — Local tag team LUCiD — disk jockeys Traktion (nee Josh Woodall) and DJ Pipes (Nick Lovas) — is one of the leading lights of the local EDM scene, its Adderall-affected mixes pairing trunk-rattling trap music thud with build-and-release dubstep ballasts. The duo headlines tonight’s second installment of the City in Lights EDM series; with Jon Ryan, M00DY and Daniel Gilpatrick. Twenty-one and up only. Patrick Wall
Social: 10 p.m., free;

Cover of Afternoon — Among the Tides, Cover of Afternoon’s first full-length, expands upon the trio’s eponymous 2012 EP, repackaging the EP’s emotive modern rock anthems with more of the same. But that’s where Cover of Afternoon is at its strongest, openly bleeding over tightly wound alt-rock that often bursts into choruses that are as fit for singalongs as they are fist-pumping. (See: the driving “Drop Your Weapons”; the widescreen “Scars.”) It’s built for modern-rock radio, but doesn’t sacrifice melody for mirthless, mealy-mouthed muck. Patrick Wall
New Brookland Tavern: 9 p.m, $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413,

Jam Room 25th Anniversary — Open now for a quarter of a century, Jay Matheson’s Jam Room Recording Studio is unquestionably a landmark local institution, offering a bridge that links the past, present and future of the local music scene. In addition to tracking seminal local albums, from the first General Jack and the Grease Guns releases to the forthcoming Can’t Kids full-length, the Jam Room has, in recent years, reached its tendrils into the club scene, sponsoring myriad local music series and throwing a pretty great music festival of its own — a testament to Matheson’s dedication to Columbia, not just its music scene, but the city at large. The Jam Room celebrates officially its 25th birthday tonight, celebrating, appropriately, with a lineup that spans the decades. Matheson’s locally seminal gothic art-rock band Bachelors of Art, reuniting for only the third time since disbanding in the early ’90s, is the legacy draw — hey, it’s Matheson’s birthday, and he can play if he wants to. Matheson says B.O.A. will be breaking out four or five songs that haven’t been performed since 1991, too. The rest of the lineup is fleshed out with contemporary bands that have recently come through the Jam Room. Opening act Rev. Matthew Mickens & the New Highway Travelers, a mesmeric gospel group from Hopkins, mixed and mastered a forthcoming DVD release at the Jam Room; Greenville’s Italo & the Passions, playing third, tracked their debut there; headliners Shallow Palace also wrapped up a new full-length, and release a limited-edition seven-inch, also tracked at the Jam Room, tonight. But pay special attention to Pan, batting second in this stacked lineup: Meta Major, tracked at the Jam Room in August, is nominally an EP but plays like an LP, its four tracks built on heroically chugging riffs and skyward arcing melodies. Its major-key meanderings swell with sunny sweetness, seamlessly blending thoughtful, anthemic songwriting with pop accessibility. Patrick Wall
Jake’s: 7 p.m., $5; 708-4788,

Saturday 19

Robert Earl Keen — Robert Earl Keen has been one of the leaders of the second generation of country music mavericks for three decades, but Keen’s sharp wit and novelist’s eye for detail haven’t been dulled by years on the road. If anything, decades of experience have sharpened his senses, lending his Texas-twangy tales of love, loss and adventure added weight and legitimacy. Patrick Wall
Newberry Opera House: 8 p.m., $45; 276-6264,

The Temptations — The Temptations were the quintessential Motown group, delivering during the gilded age of soul the intricate harmonies of street-corner serenaders and the polished choreography of a smooth soul revue. Only Otis Williams remains from the classic lineup — which produced all-time top-five pop-soul standards “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” — but The Temptations still deliver, whether it’s singing the Motown classics or new-school urban soul. Free with fair admission. Patrick Wall
South Carolina State Fair Pepsi Grandstand: 7 p.m., free;

Sunday 20

IIIrd Tyme Out — The South Carolina State Fair comes to an end today, and with it its first foray into programming local music onto some of its smaller side stages. Today’s Fairly Bluegrass Day shindig in the WLTX Tent offers three sharp local outfits — The Sugarloaf Mountain Boys, The Blue Iguanas and Willie Wells & the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass — but its headliner, foremost bluegrass ensemble IIIrd Tyme Out, arguably belongs on the fair’s Pepsi Grandstand stage in place of scheduled performer Justin Moore. Given that vocalist Russell Moore and several other founding members all came from Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver lineup, it should come as no surprise that IIIrd Tyme Out is one of the finest bluegrass groups in the world. Free with fair admission. Patrick Wall
South Carolina State Fair WLTX Tent: 2 p.m., free;

Justin Moore — Due credit to Justin Moore, though: His 2011 LP Outlaws Just Like Me topped Billboard’s country charts in 2011; he’d top them again in 2013 with Off the Beaten Path. Released in September, Off the Beaten Path isn’t as quirky as the title suggests, but it’s apt nonetheless, his deep twang best digging its boots into backroads mud, offering an earnestly affable alternative to Luke Bryan’s suburban spring-break frat-bro sports-bar anthems. Moore’s not a recidivist — no one’s mistaking him for Hank Williams, that’s for certain — but at a time when country music is teeming with city slickers, Moore might just be the rowdy backwoods redneck it needs. Patrick Wall
South Carolina State Fair Pepsi Grandstand: 6 p.m., $15;

Monday 21

The Home of Easy Credit — Free jazz and punk rock have long tangled with activism and consumer-culture commentary, so Brooklyn duo The Home of Easy Credit — which describes its music as “a musical portrait of a commercialized and homogenized consumer culture that is slowly waking up to realize that it is completely f#!ked” — isn’t breaking new ground, and it isn’t exactly being subtle about it, either. But, then, subtlety isn’t exactly The Home of Easy Credit’s strong suit. The tortured sonic landscapes of husband-and-wife duo Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and Tom Blancarte — she’s a Danish saxophone player who augments her circular playing with spattering electronics; he’s a bassist whose furious, active skritchings belie his roots in doom metal — use a broad range of colors and tones to flesh out their apocalyptic musical narratives, their sparse free-form improvisations intended as a meditation on the bleakness of the Western world. Patrick Wall
Conundrum Music Hall: 7:30 p.m., $5; 250-1295,

Tuesday 22

Pretty Lights — Perhaps no artist better embodies the meteoric rise of EDM than Derek Vincent Smith, who operates under the name Pretty Lights. Just six years ago, he was spinning at jam-rock afterparties in his native Colorado; last October, he and his pal Sonny Moore, better known to mainstream America as the crossover electronic phenom Skrillex, were throwing a two-day mega-rave in Nashville that featured sets from Nas, Santigold and myriad more hip-hop and electronic artists. But perhaps no better artist embodies how to do EDM right than Smith, too; a sampling wunderkind, Smith’s organic left-field hip-hop, especially on this year’s A Color Map of the Sun, is a mix of dreamy collages and hard-edged club music. For Color Map, Smith recorded performances from dozens of musicians (including himself, on keys and electric bass) and pressed those onto vinyl, which he’d later sample for the songs’ final recordings. The end result is a record full of songs that sound like they were culled from dusty, long-forgotten Stax and Hi Records soul outfits and infused with modern synthesizers and hip-hop sensibilities, more panoramic tapestry than derivative pastiche. If anyone approaches the untouchable virtuosity of DJ Shadow, EDM’s unquestionable godfather, it’s Smith. Patrick Wall
Township Auditorium: 7 p.m., $32.50; 576-2350,

Willie Nelson — As he’s more graybeard than red-headed stranger these days, it’s tempting to treat Willie Nelson, now 80 years old, as a legacy act, to take the long view on his categorically storied career. But Nelson’s still an active musician, releasing two records this year: March’s Let’s Face the Music and Dance; and To All the Girls…, released in October. Both records are heavy on standards and proceed at amiably lazy gaits, the scars of Nelson’s eight decades readily apparent in his ragged voice. But both discs are assured, easy and impeccably tasteful, paced at Nelson’s trademark gallop, showing that the octogenarian can still bring it. (Bad news: The show is sold out.) Patrick Wall
Newberry Opera House: 7:30 p.m., $198; 276-6264,

Shai Hulud — Wildly influential posi-metalcore outfit Shai Hulud has maintained a strong brand since forming in the mid-’90s, despite its convoluted history, due in large part to its total inability to stick with one lineup, label, hometown or even band name. Like bygone locals Stretch Arm Strong, Shai Hulud often gets lumped in with the Christian and straight-edge movements, though it belongs to neither; also like Stretch Arm Strong, Shai Hulud’s is a potent brand of crunchy, riff-worshipping hardcore given to unrelenting rage and indefatigable dynamics, but blazing with as much intelligence as testosterone. Patrick Wall
New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $10 ($12 under 21); 791-4413,

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