Finnegan Bell — With their previous incarnation as Christian rockers Silers Bald a long distance in the rearview, Shane Williams and Warren Bazemore officially open a new musical chapter with the debut full-length from their current duo project Finnegan Bell. Pristine harmonies abound, atop gentle yet driving acoustic melodies that should please fans of Simon & Garfunkel and Sister Hazel alike. — Kevin Oliver
Tin Roof: 8 p.m., free; 771-1558, tinroofbars.com.
ACADEMIA_ — ACADEMIA_ is the producer handle of 28-year-old Columbia resident Tyler Matthews, and his tranquil touch for EDM suggests influence from the town’s rock scene. His pillowy synth textures and subtly sensual rhythms would do well warming up crowds waiting for Toro Y Moi or Washed Out; his tracks have club-crushing potential but also retain the affable approachability that made the short-lived “chillwave” movement so appealing in the first place. For this EP release party, Matthews takes over a cozy neighborhood watering hole with like-minded local producers Kosmoknot and DLKYRE. Callosum and DJ Kodo spin tunes during the intermissions. — Jordan Lawrence
Foxfield Bar and Grille: 8 p.m.; $3, facebook.com/foxfieldbar.
Project 46 — Social’s current EDM winning streak is beginning to resemble the 33-0 mark that Wichita State’s men’s basketball team took into the still ongoing NCAA Tournament; an upstart in a town not previously known for top-flight electronic music, the bar’s run of internationally respected DJs is every bit as unlikely and impressive. Social scores again with Project 46, a duo that takes cues from ambient music, softening the edges of its propulsive bangers in a way that makes them even harder to resist. Like Wichita did last weekend when it faced Kentucky, Social will inevitably drop the ball at some point. For now, just keep on dancing. It is — in basketball terms — still March Madness. — Jordan Lawrence
Social: 8 p.m.; 603-4313, socialcolumbisc.com.
Fundraiser Show for New Brookland Tavern — Despite its status as the oldest live music venue in Columbia, local love for New Brookland Tavern has always come with some caveats, from the primitive restrooms to Will Hoge assessing it in a post-show blog rant as “a class-A sh#!hole.” Current proprietor Mike Lyons has worked steadily to improve the club, but it’s too big a job do do without some help, so he’s appealing to Tavern patrons: “We just want to make it a little nicer and allow people a better show experience,” he says.“Our next move will be replacing the roof on the back part of the building and extending it over the fenced area outside, along with remodeling the restrooms.” Ten local bands spanning styles from folk-rock to metal pitch in during this day-long fundraiser, including Daniel Y El Leon, Royson, The Apnea Effect, Cover of Afternoon, Cigar Box Opera, and Robot Plant. — Kevin Oliver
New Brookland Tavern: 3:30 p.m., $10; 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com.
Cary Cooper Band — Cary Cooper is about as poppy as folk musicians get, writing catchy, hook-laden ukulele tunes and indelible melodies in a folk format that can often get stuck on snooze. While she hasn’t quite landed a big break, it takes only one Shawn Colvin-sized hit to push an artist like her into the big leagues, especially when you consider her crack backing band. Drum Jagoda opens. — Kyle Petersen
UU Coffeehouse: 7 p.m.; $17 ($15 with reservation), $3 for students; 200-2824; uucoffeehouse.org.
Dez Cordas — While guitar and bass form the harmonic backbone of, like, every rock ‘n’ roll band ever, it’s uncommon to find that pairing in the classical music world. It’s even more rare to find a guitar-and-bass duo as tuneful as Dez Cordas; bassist Craig Butterfield carries the lion’s share of the melodies, often stretching the range of his instrument to cello-like heights, his expressive phrasing facilitated by the precise technique of guitarist Matthew Slotkin. Tonight, the duo premieres works from composers Greg Caffrey and James Crowley, as well as selections from Gone Away, which features chamber-music interpretations of folk music from Appalachia, Spain, France and Romania. — Patrick Wall
Conundrum Music Hall: 7:30 p.m., $10; 250-1295, conundrum.us.
Zonaea, Capital City Playboys — Another Stereofly ‘zine release party, another stacked local bill. Headliner Zonaea is the most enticing act here thanks to its blend of ferocious post-punk invective, ambling stoner riffs, and dexterous math-rock rhythms. But the rockabilly gusto of Capital City Playboys is plenty entertaining in its own right, and the folk-rock tidal wave of Timshel and the infectious garage-punk of Thee Knee Jerks aren’t too shabby, either. With DJ Sindoolah, aka Free Times graphic designer Matt Bradley. — Kyle Petersen
Art Bar: 8 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com.
The Beats, Rhymes and Life Concert — Drawing its name from a Tribe Called Quest record (not to mention a documentary about the Native Tongues crew), The Beats, Rhymes and Life Concert is nominally a hip-hop show. Indeed, its headliners, Sheem One and Jorai (the tag team that released last year’s super solid Success), are two of the Capital City’s brighter hip-hop talents, their posi rhymes embodying a blue-collar message. But the undercard is less a cypher and more a slam: Bugsy Calhoun and Queen It Shall Be are two ex-Brooklynites and slam poetry champs. Patrick Wall
Conundrum Music Hall: 6:30 p.m., $10-12; 250-1295, conundrum.us.
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New Year’s Eve at Social
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Ice Skate on Main Street
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