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Los Perdidos, David Solano, Can’t Kids

Concerts in Columbia SC: Dec. 18-24
By Free Times
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 |

Friday 20

A Day to Remember — Florida’s A Day to Remember is a heavy act that aims for maximum appeal, tempering the menace of its metalcore roots with sugary pop-punk. But this particular show finds the band going unplugged: It’s billed as an acoustic Christmas show. We don’t know if that means acoustic version of the band’s own songs or Christmas carols — or if openers By the Bull and Gerry Delgado are going unplugged, either. But the cause is good: The concert’s a benefit for Harvest Hope Food Bank; two perishable food items will get you in the door, plus it’ll land you a $5 voucher for food, drinks or games. We recommend skeeball. It is the sport of kings. Patrick Wall
Jillian’s: 8 p.m., two-can food donation; 779-7789,

eBlue — eBlue’s Disillusions EP, released to Bandcamp back in July, received zero votes in our Year in Local Music best-of poll. (We’d wager it’s because of the rarity of the band’s live performances, at least in traditional rock venues.) It’s a shame, really: eBlue’s progressive pop is tricky but not tricksy, led by Aaron Terrapin’s tastefully flashy playing. (Think: Eric Johnson, or a less metal-oriented Tosin Abasi.) It’s doubly a shame as Disillusions features two of this town’s finest rhythm section musicians in bassist Reggie Sullivan and Jeremy Roberson; Roberson’s off-meter drumming and Sullivan’s thick, whole-note playing lend a smooth, modal-jazz air to “Tropico”; Roberson’s steady hand lends a heft to to the otherwise tranquil “Disillusions”; Sullivan’s funky bassline makes the metallic “Nightshade” swing. (Sullivan and Roberson do not perform in the live ensemble.) Progressive rock tends too often to get trapped under its own weightiness, but Disillusions, and eBlue by extension, is light-hearted and musical enough to be wholly attractive. Patrick Wall
Utopia: 8 p.m., free; 782-8522.

Jordan Igoe — Upon seeing the lineup for this late-night three-bill — wherein Charleston singer-songwriter Jordan Igoe will be joined by The Kernal & His New Strangers and local singer-songwriter David Adedokun — Danielle Howle posted the following praise to Facebook: “This is the best show bill I have seen in Columbia in a long time. Hells yes.” Howle’s opinion on the quality of Columbia shows notwithstanding — she hasn’t lived here in how long? — she’s not wrong: The lineup is especially strong. Howle’s probably an especially big fan of Igoe’s; Igoe’s a Charleston songstress with more than a hint of Howle’s spitfire streak. The Kernal & His New Strangers return from this year’s Jam Room Festival; Adedokun is one of this town’s best and most emotive songwriters. Patrick Wall
Hunter-Gatherer: 11 p.m., $5; 798-0540,

Los Perdidos | photo by Jonathan Sharpe

Los Perdidos — One of my favorite developments this year was the return of Los Perdidos, an instrumental surf-rock act I count among my all-time favorite local ensembles. (Andy Collins’ guitar tone, all Gretsch twang and Fender reverb, also ranks among my all-time favorites, and the rhythm section of Byron Chitty and Adam Cox is second to none.) With its return comes the return of a long-dormant Yuletide classic: The trio’s Christmastime concert at The Whig as part of the bar’s Whigmas celebration. ‘Tis the season, so expect a classic carol or two to sneak into Los Perdidos’ sizable set of swingin’ instrumental surf-punk originals, which recall everyone from Duane Eddy to Santo and Johnny to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. Patrick Wall
The Whig: 9 p.m., free; 931-8852,

David Solano — The problem with the EDM explosion is its lack of nuance, too many of its practitioners too all-payload-all-the-time. For evidence that Bogota-born but Miami bass-bred David Solano is more dynamic than your average EDM button-masher, all one has to do is look at his waveforms, which ebb and flow and peak and valley in all the right places. Doing so telegraphs his haymaker drops — like the one that comes after the bleeping eye of the storm in “LOKO” — but when you’re in the club, you’ll be too engrossed in the music to notice them coming. That’s when they’ll really hit you. Patrick Wall
Social: 8 p.m.;

Thy Art is Murder — Thy Art is Murder’s Hate seethes, all right: Its punishing percussion, crushing guitars and guttural vocals display marked, if unremarkable, savagery and fume virulently. Its all-extreme-all-the-time deathcore is probably only for the most fervent of purists, but it’s mercifully free of the tropes of the genre — i.e. breakdowns are few and far between, and used to maximum effect — resulting in an intensity that feels truly intense. With similarly minded (and similarly fittingly monikered) tourmates I Declare War, Fit for an Autopsy, The Last Ten Seconds of Life and Kublai Khan; the tour, natch, is called the Hate Across America Tour. Patrick Wall
New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m., $12 ($10 advance); 791-4413,

Saturday 21

The Blend — Hip-hop’s bedrock is the break, the blueprint for which was developed by DJ Kool Herc; he’d cue up the instrumental parts of vinyl records that the people who went to his basement parties in the South Bronx liked best, isolating them into a prolonged loop he called the Merry-Go-Round. (One of his early hits mixed instrumental breaks from James Brown’s “Give It Up or Turnit A Loose,” “Bongo Rock” by The Incredible Bongo Band, and “The Mexican” by the English rock band Babe Ruth.”) His technique would later be perfected and expanded upon by innovators like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. The Blend, presented by Non-Stop Hip-Hop Live!’s Love Peace and Hip-Hop event, harkens back to those halcyon pre-digital days, with disc jockeys eschewing Traktor for turntables and taking hip-hop back to its rec-room roots. Patrick Wall
Conundrum Music Hall: 8 p.m., $5; 250-1295,

Can't Kids | photo by Christian Barker

Can’t Kids — Jessica Oliver had a great 2013. She leads People Person, which landed the No. 1 spot in our Year in Local Music poll. She also plays drums and sings in Can’t Kids, which will have one of the strongest candidates for 2014’s best local record. Ennui Go, which Fork and Spoon will release next year, is cleaner and crisper that 2012’s Brushes, Touches, Tongues; its songs are markedly shorter and by and large more delicate. (Save for the lurching “Late for Lunch” and the spazzy “More Soda.”) Adam Cullum’s guitar tone is clearer, his lyrics smarter and snappier; he and Oliver’s vocal harmonies are more polished and less ramshackle. Amy Cuthbertson’s cello sits higher in the mix, and shoulders more of the melody; Henry Thomas’ basslines more adeptly anchor the band’s swelling choruses. Used to be we had to wait until February or so to for a monumental record to come into view in Columbia; now, they crest before Christmas. Folks, we live in good times. With Rachel Kate, Stagbriar, The Outdoor Protestant Blues Band. Patrick Wall
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413,

Monday 23

Drew Dixon — Columbia native Drew Dixon’s had a pretty successful year: He spent the summer as the songwriter-in-residence at Los Angeles’ Escondite Hideout; tours and songwriting workshops in his new home in Nashville occupied much of the rest of his time. Like a more masculine John Mayer or a less overwrought Edwin McCain, Dixon plays the kind of unassuming, mid-tempo pop-rock that made frat-circle stars out of The Dave Matthews Band. Patrick Wall
Henry’s: 9 p.m., free; 708-4705,

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