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The Lovely Few Tackle Hefty Themes and Daunting Concepts Through Minimal Electro-Folk

Thursday at Art Bar
By Kyle Petersen
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |
The Lovely Few photo by William Lide Powell.
It’s one of humanity’s oldest inspirations — looking up at the stars. It’s easy to imagine, and be awed by, the larger-than-life figures of myth and folklore, religion and fantasy acting out their stories across the canvas of the night sky.

For Columbia’s Mike Mewborne, songwriter and leader for the electro-folk collective known as The Lovely Few, the heavens and their attendant metaphors are enough to tell every story he has. Since 2010, he’s released four high-concept records based largely on different meteor showers and dotted with allusions to planets, astronomy, astrology, mythology and religion. His spare, elliptical lyrics pair with tender soundscapes that evoke celestial distances and spacey warmth.

What: The Lovely Few
Where: Art Bar, 1211 Park St.
When: Thursday, July 24, 8 p.m.
Price: $5
More Info: artbarsc.com
“It’s a challenge for me, really,” Mewborne says. “I’ve always been most creative writing when I have a framework with certain criteria I’m trying to meet. I don’t always feel like I have a lot to say in terms of a typical love song. There are so many other people, locally, who already do that so well. But with this structure, we can talk about mythology, which leads to ideas about religion, and religion is a very personal thing, so you can make those connections pretty quickly.”

The subject matter that appeals to him straddles the line between the personal and the universal — such as stargazing.

“I’ve watched meteor showers with my dad, watched meteor showers with my friends in college, and I ended up marrying one of them, you know?” he says, referring to his wife and bandmate Kate Mewborne. “The stories are there. Once you make those connections in this bigger picture it becomes easy.”

Originally a glorified solo project with Mike playing most of the parts and asking a few friends to contribute odds and ends, The Lovely Few has tentatively emerged as a real band that performs and records in different iterations. Aside from Mike, the constants are Kate Mewborne, who adds keyboards and angelic backing vocals, and their college friend Alan Davis, who started out playing trumpet with the band and now contributes guitars and synths, as well.

Mike is quick to point out that Dan McCurry — producer and leader for Hearts & Plugs, The Lovely Few’s Charleston-based label — is also involved with the band’s creative process, in addition to his primary role as a helpful cheerleader and advocate for the promotion-adverse songwriter. Many others have also made guest appearances.

“Mike has big ideas of The Lovely Few being a project that incorporated lots of different musicians and musical ideas,” Davis explains. “He has so many talented and creative friends with so many great ideas and approaches — why not try and capture that?”

This interwoven collection of contributions from different musicians fits well with the songs, which often feel like carefully constructed messages reverberating across the interstellar ether, bringing to mind one of the band’s primary influences, The Postal Service. The other, Mike admits, is Sufjan Stevens, who is an obvious inspiration in a variety of ways.

“[Stevens] is not afraid to do beautiful, but he’s also not afraid to bring in a dichotomy,” Mike explains. “He does some gnarly stuff with guitars and synths, but his voice is very tender and he’ll also bring in a lot of beautiful winds and strings.”

Even setting aside the obvious vocal comparison, it’s not difficult to see Stevens’ impact on The Lovely Few. These are songs built with grand-scale ambitions and the poignant sincerity of Steven’s best work, demonstrating a keen sense of melody and meditation while remaining unafraid of letting distortion and cacophony creep into Mike’s heartfelt tunes.

“There’s a difference in having an influence and ripping someone off,” Mike points out, though he doesn’t mind the comparison. “I do think that’s the direction that music should go.”

And, Kate chimes in, “There’s something to be said for joining the larger musical conversation.”

20 Years Later, Hootie Drummer Pushes Past 
Cracked Rear View

July 23 at Conundrum Music Hall
By Kevin Oliver
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 |
hootie & the blowfish cracked rear
With Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish’s chart-conquering debut LP, having recently turned 20, one might expect Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, the band’s drummer, to revisit the band’s stratospheric past. But for him, the anniversary wasn’t a big deal.

“We didn’t really think about anyone bringing up the whole anniversary thing with that album,” he explains. “With Darius [Rucker, the group’s singer and a successful country artist] still out there playing some of those songs, however, it keeps it in people’s minds.”

What: Columbia Drum Mafia, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Jocobi Gunter, Todd Ellis
Where: Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St
When: Wednesday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Price: $8
More Info: conundrum.us
What’s good to remember about Cracked Rear View is that nobody saw it coming. At the time, mainstream music was fully consumed by the grunge of bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. So while Hootie’s sunny pop-rock was a hit among college and bar crowds in and around the Southeast, it didn’t line up with the day’s dominant sounds — though its success would certainly send things tilting in its direction.

Fast forward through an almost unnoticed release date to an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, which threw sales into high gear, and Cracked Rear View was well on its way to reaching historical heights: Having moved more than 16 million copies to date, the album is one of rock music’s most popular debuts. It’s one of the best-selling albums of all time, sharing its peak with zeitgeist-defining efforts such as Metallica’s self-titled “Black Album” and The Eagles’ Hotel California.

“When it exploded, no one could have foreseen that,” Sonefeld says, “But there were plenty of people behind the scenes doing their job to make it possible.” He’s humble to a point about the band’s success, insisting it was a simple formula that just happened to work.
“We certainly were not gymnastic standouts on our individual instruments, but rock ‘n’ roll isn’t rocket science,” he continues. “It’s all about being catchy and having hooks.”

In that regard, Cracked Rear View delivered, with effervescent singles such as “Hold My Hand” and “Only Wanna Be With You” hooking ears with ease. But what many don’t realize is that those songs were brought to the band by Sonefeld, who joined Hootie after playing in local acts such as Bachelors of Art and Tootie & the Jones.

“We knew how to write songs within our weird way of Hootie writing,” he says, “We considered it done by all four guys, so that’s how it’s credited on the albums.”

In recent years, Sonefeld has stepped out from behind the drum kit, writing and recording his own Christian gospel songs, which is what he’ll be talking about at next Wednesday’s Columbia Drum Mafia, a regular workshop and performance event aimed at inspiring local percussionists. Sonefeld will discuss his own transition from drummer to frontman.

“I started writing more spiritual music four or five years ago,” he says, “and I’ve been performing for recovery groups and churches. As a recovering addict and alcoholic, I can speak to that recovery in my music, and my calling from God to speak bolder about my faith is something I’m very serious about.”

Brian Geiger — drummer for the modern rock outfit Crossfade, also among Columbia’s more popular musical exports — created the Drum Mafia series to give others the opportunity to meet and learn from people with such unique experience.

“I thought it would be great to jam with and learn from different drummers,” Geiger says.

Sonefeld may boast greater renown, but the evening’s headliner, Jacobi Gunter, is no slouch; the Zildjian-sponsored player is part of the Charlotte Bobcats drum team during home games, in addition to frequent studio work. Former University of South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis — now a lawyer and radio personality — will also appear, discussing legal issues that pertain to entertainment.

Having experienced fame and now found his true calling, Sonefeld is pleased to take part, sharing his unique perspective with fellow percussionists.

“It’s all about being authentic and sincere in your art,” he says. “In striving for perfection or speed, they forget it’s an expression.”

Whitney Williams & Caroline Davis at Nightcaps in Downtown

By Christian Barker
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |
Interview and photo by Christian Barker
Name: Whitney Williams & Caroline Davis
Setting: Nightcaps (2722 Devine St.)

I have heard Nightcaps described as a service industry bar, but when I came here on Monday it was pretty barren. Now it’s packed. How would you define this bar?

W: It is definitely a service industry bar. They usually come later on in the night, though, since this place is one of the only bars around that stays open until 4 a.m. But it is so much more than that, too.
This is where the people who are really connected to Columbia come to hang out. It’s a great place to meet people because everyone is so friendly, and the staff is incredible. It is also the bar that every wedding party goes to after the reception. If there is a wedding in Columbia, they will eventually end up at Nightcaps. They have great food, too.

C: Yes, their mozzarella sticks are the best.

Sounds like this is the afterparty bar.

W: For sure, that’s the best way to describe it.

When I walked in, Disclosure was playing. I am a big fan of theirs, but would you say that this is the kind of place people come to dance to that kind of music?

W: No, people don’t come here to dance. Nightcaps is more of a place to come and hang out, talk and meet people.

C: Yeah, we actually just met 30 minutes ago.

I would have pegged you all as old friends. If you were trying to tell a friend what bar Nightcaps resembles, what bar would it be?

C: It’s like a late-night Henry’s.

If you aren’t at Nightcaps where are you?

C: I would be at Bourbon. Or at Jake’s, but only during the summer.

Columbia SC Club Calendar: July 23-30

By Free Times
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |
Roshambeaux plays New Brookland Tavern on Thursday.

Wednesday 23



live music

Conundrum Music Hall: Columbia Drum Mafia
Delaney’s: Tim White
Main street cafe: Open Mic w/ Nikki L. H. Bomb, Herbie Jeffcoat and Brandon Hooker
new brookland tavern: Cariolina All Stars Showcase
Red Door tavern: Acoustic Open Mic w/ Adam Corbett
Utopia: D.B. Bryant & Vince McKinley

karaoke

555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke Checked 1/15
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke Checked 1/15
Corner Pocket: Karaoke Checked 1/15
CR Station House: Karaoke 1/15
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke Checked 1/15
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15 Below too

dance, djs & misc.

British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading 1/22
Jillian’s: Trivia
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Wet WILLIE’S: Quizon Trivia
The Whig: Trivi-YEAH
Wild Hare (Vista): QuizTheMasses Trivia

Thursday 24



live music

Art Bar: Grand Vapids, The Lovely Few, Pharaohs In Space
British BullDog Pub: Jeff Lucero
Delaney’s: Dave Berry eekly below
Dano’s Pizza: McKenzie Butler’s Acoustic Allstars
Foxfield Bar and Grille: Million Dollar Lot
Jillian’s: Fantastic Shakers
new brookland tavern: Roshambeaux, Buried Voices, Hero’s Playground, Waking Dawn
Pearlz Upstairz: Mark Rapp Psycho Jazz
Red Door Tavern: Junkyard Barrons
tin roof: Dave Love and Charles Riley
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Acoustic Show w/ Brandon Hooker

karaoke

Applebee’s (Oneil Ct.): Karaoke w/ DJ Regina Checked 2/12
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke 2/19
Corner Pocket: Karaoke 1/15
KC’z Tavern: Kay’s Karaoke Checked 1/15
Kelly’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow 1/151/15,1/15
liberty on the lake: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
ale House lounge: Linda’s Carraoke 1/15
Outsaloon: Billy Ray’s Karaoke 3/12
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke 1/15
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle 6/4
South Lake Saloon: S.I.N. and Karaoke with D.J. Shelly O 5/28
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Art Bar: Useless Trivia
Carolina Ale House (Vista): Trivia w/ Ryan
Carolina Wings (Cayce): Team Trivia
Carolina Wings (Lexington): Quizon Trivia
Corner Pocket: Shag Night
Foxfield BAr & Grill: Drunk Bingo
JILLIAN’S: Shaggin’ in the Shack
Main street Cafe: DJ
PT’s 1109: Thirsty Thursday Drag Show
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: Trivia
Uncle Fester’s: Quizon Trivia
The Wild Hare (Irmo): Quiz the Masses Trivia
The Woody: DJ Chadly D
Your Time OUt Bar & Grill: Karaoke

Friday 25



live music

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Open Bluegrass Jam weekly 5/14
British BullDog Pub: Rod Franco and Friends
Conundrum Music Hall: Noctambule
Delaney’s: Dave Berry
Foxfield Bar and Grille: Comet West, Borrowed Arts, Milky White
Hemingway’s: Audioshot
Main street cafe: Six in the City
Mile High Club: Full Throttle
new brookland tavern: JReg & the Whiskey Time Machine, Don Russo
Pearlz Upstairz: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
River RAt Brewery: Charles Griffin Middleton
The Sandbar: Interstate Exiles
tin roof: Joe the Show
wild wing cafe (Irmo): NSP
wild wing cafe (the village): Ellen Drive
wild wing cafe (the vista): The Causey Effect

karaoke

Blue Fin: Linda’s Carraoke 1/15
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke 1/15
Liberty on the Lake: Karaoke 2/19
Outsaloon: DJ Ruckus Karaoke 3/12
Quaker Steak & Lube: Karaoke 4/30
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle 6/4
South Lake Saloon: Dance Party/Karaoke w/ DJ Ruckus weekly 4/9
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15
Ventures: Karaoke w/ Nancy 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Art Bar: DJ Arambulance
Kelly’s: DJ Guy
Legion Post 215: Disco Night
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
Red Door Tavern: Shivani Nadarajah (stand-up comedy) once 7/23
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: DJ DDL
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
The Woody: DJ

Saturday 26



live music

Art Bar: Dr. Roundhouse, My Big Tomorrow, Tom Hall & the Plowboys, Cigar Box Opera
Buffalo Creek Marina: Full Throttle
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Classic Country Music & Dancing w/ Bob Strickland & Freestyle
British BullDog Pub: Austin Landers
Conundrum Music Hall: Grind, an Alice in Chains Tribute
Delaney’s: Dave Berry eekly below
Finlay Park: Mystic Vibrations
Hemingway’s: Mike Reid
Jillian’s: Interstate Exiles
Liberty on the Lake: Seventy Six and Sunny
new brookland tavern: You Me and Us, Rubrics, The Harlem Downtrotters, Sick Sick Sick, Dolar Signs, Lestro
Pearlz Upstairz: DM Radio
River RAt Brewery: Blue Iguanas
savalis: Big Nickel and Barefot Blues
skyline club: Steel Rail Express
south Lake Saloon: AL-G’s Roadhouse Band, Duba and Modern Disruption
Speakeasy: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
tin roof: David Higgins Band
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Live Acoustic w/ David
wild wing cafe (the village): Kenny George Band
wild wing cafe (The Vista): Nathan Angelo
Zorba’s: Michael Smith

karaoke

Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris 2nd
Corner Pocket: Karaoke 1/15
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke 1/15
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke1/15
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke 6/4
Tipsy Toad Tavern: Karaoke 1/15
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Blue: DJ Riggles
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
Lucky 13: DJ Red, DJ Chadly D
Main Street Cafe: DJ
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Red Door Tavern: Cosplay Night once 7/23
Schooner’s: DJ
Social: Wiggz N Wonz once 7/23
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
Wild Wing Café (Irmo): DJ DDL
The Woody: DJ

Sunday 27



live music

All Star Pizza: Ray Piazzola weekly 6/11
British BullDog Pub: WXRY Unsigned
Conundrum Music Hall: Karl 2000, Satan and Boys, Occupants
Liberty on the Lake: Ronnie Hopkins
new brookland tavern: O’Brother, Royal Thunder, Ivadell
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Evans McGill

karaoke

Legion Post 215: Karaoke 1/15
PT’s 1109: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow 1/15
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Kelly’s: Team Trivia
The Pizza Joint: Quizon Trivia
Speakeasy: Mo’ Betta Soul Sundays w/ DJ Preach Jacobs

Monday 28



live music

Kelly’s: Open Mic
Tombo Grille: Slap Wore Out

dance, djs & misc.

Buckaroos Grill & Bar: DJ Ray Ray
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Salty Nut Cafe: Trivia

Tuesday 29



live music

All Star Pizza: Open Mic w/ Ray Piazzola
Delaney’s: Singer-songwriter w/ David A.
Lucky’s: Open Mic
new brookland tavern: Oathbreaker, Cult Leader, Vorov, Funeral Chic, WVRM
South Lake Saloon: Open Mic w/ James Hartsoe weekly 5/28
Township Auditorium: Steely Dan

karaoke

Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke 2/19
CJ’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Slinky 1/15
Corner Pocket: Karaoke 1/15
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15
Uncle Fester’s: Linda’s Carraoke 1/15
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke 1/15

dance, djs & misc.

Carolina Wings (Red BAnk): Quizon Trivia
Cover 3: Sex Trivia
Flying Saucer: Trivia Bowl
Liberty tap room: DJ
MainStreet cafe: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom (Lexington): Quizon Trivi
Quaker Steak & Lube: Team Trivia
STATE STReet PUB: Trivia
Wings & Ale (Columbia):Trivia
Yesterdays: Trivia

Wednesday 30



live music

Conundrum Music Hall: Hiroya Tsukamoto
Delaney’s: Scott Rankin
new brookland tavern: Barnwell, DYEL, Lochness Game Warden
Township Auditorium: Maxwell

karaoke

555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke Checked 1/15
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke Checked 1/15
Corner Pocket: Karaoke Checked 1/15
CR Station House: Karaoke 1/15
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke Checked 1/15
Tsubaki: Karaoke Checked 1/15 Below too

dance, djs & misc.

British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading 1/22
Jillian’s: Trivia
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Wet WILLIE’S: Quizon Trivia
The Whig: Trivi-YEAH
Wild Hare (Vista): QuizTheMasses Trivia

Concerts in Columbia: July 24-30

Roshambeaux, JReg & the Whiskey Time Machine,The Message,Elliott & the Untouchables, Karl 2000, Hiroya Tsukamoto
By Free Times
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |
Cole Connor.

Thursday 24


Roshambeaux — I played in a two-man band for several years, and the best compliment I ever received about said band was from a 16-year-old kid in a ska band who said we sounded like we had, “like, nine people on stage, man.” Roshambeaux doesn’t sound like a nonet, but it certainly sounds like more than the sum of Kyle Iconic (on vocal stylez and guitarz) and J-Rock (on beatz, groovez and machinez), even if the results aren’t ever much more than mediocre rap-rock. — Patrick Wall

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

Friday 25


JReg & the Whiskey Time Machine — After the demise of his sweeping alt-pop act Madison Fair, Justin Register played with Marry a Thief and the backing band for country singer Bryson Jennings, until the June release of Horsehoes and Hand Grenades: Pt 1 announced his return to frontman status with J Reg & the Whiskey Time Machine. The steel guitar in “Seldom Supposed To” is the only indication that any of Jennings’ twang rubbed off; the remainder of the EP is more of the tightly constructed, hook-laden guitar pop Register inhabits with ease. Don Russo opens. — Kevin Oliver

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

The Message — This event recognizes National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and features a set by Cole Connor, fresh off the success of a Kickstarter campaign to fund his upcoming album The Seam. Connor is a rising star in Columbia’s under-the-radar but ever-burgeoning hip-hop scene, boasting a delivery that balances insistent passion with temperance. His greatest strength is in guiding a listener’s emotional arc throughout a given song, offering his verses atop driving, often ominous instrumentation before releasing the tension and dropping into club-worthy choruses. — Michael Spawn

Earlewood Park Community Center: 7 p.m., free; 545-3100, tinyurl.com/earlewoodparkcc.

Saturday 26


Elliott & the Untouchables — The Columbia blues outfit Elliott & the Untouchables finds its high-energy style somewhere between Chicago and Detroit, incorporating saxophone, trumpet, harmonica and electric piano. Bandleader Elliott New sings with wrecking-ball confidence and gravelly passion, recalling Last Waltz-era Muddy Waters. But even the tightest blues band risks sounding repetitive after a point, and the Untouchables’ purist execution might get exhausting for someone with only a passing interest in the genre. — Michael Spawn

Utopia Bar & Grille: 8:30 p.m., free; 782-8522, facebook.com/pages/utopia-grill.

You Me and Us — Columbia’s You Me and Us plays punk rock the way it was meant to be played — loud, loose, fast and pissed. There’s a spoonful of sugar — though caustic enough to avoid skirting any pop-punk lines — in the way of careening melodic hooks to temper the trio’s biting cynicism. Greenville’s Rubrics are pissed, too, but their rage against every machine, from wage slavery to industrialism, is delivered through gritty, blistering anarcho-punk. With The Harlem Downtrotters, Sick Sick Sick, Dollar Signs, Lestro.
— Patrick Wall

New Brookland Tavern: 6:30 p.m., $5; 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

Pick Em: David Higgins Band vs The Blue Iguanas


Charleston musician David Higgins is a busy guy, playing both solo piano and full-band gigs, hitting dates in the Holy City and such far-flung locales as New Orleans and the Hamptons. While the majority of his sets cover a crowd-pleasing repertoire of familiar songs that lean to classic rock and pop staples, Higgins’ original piano ballads are part John Legend, part Elton John.

Tin Roof: 10 p.m., free; 771-1558, tinroofbars.com

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The Blue Iguanas are not your average cover band. They feature some of Columbia’s best acoustic pickers, including fiddler Ashley Carder; banjo player Allen Fisher; Steve Bennett on guitar, mandolin and vocals; and Lauren Tolcher on vocals and guitar. Following in the folk tradition of borrowing songs from wherever they can find them, they mine nuggets from blues, bluegrass and country with their own unique arrangements. — Kevin Oliver

River Rat: noon, free; 724-5712, riverratbrewery.com

Sunday 27


Karl 2000 — If an outsider jazz band interpreting Russian folk songs sounds up your alley — well, you’ve probably already been to Conundrum Music Hall a time or two. But even if it doesn’t, and you haven’t, Karl 2000 is a great example of what’s happening on the outer fringes of jazz today. While the free elements are prominent, this is music with no strict boundaries or strict goals, and it’s all the more exciting for it. — Kyle Petersen

Conundrum Music Hall: 8:30 p.m., $8; 250-1295, conundrum.us.

Robert Newton III Musical Memorial — This event honoring local musician and guitar teacher Robert Newton, who died July 8 at the age of 58 after a long illness, is subtitled “A Celebration of Life, Music and Spirit.” That’s in keeping with his wishes to have a party instead of a funeral. Entertainment for the tribute concert will be provided by Brian Conner and His Amazing Friends, Jeff Kozelski of The Outervention, Cheri Maree, Les Hall (of Sourwood Honey and Crossfade), The Herbie Jeffcoat Projekt, Lee Barbour and more. Newton’s former students will also provide open-mic performances. — Kevin Oliver

Five Points Fountain: 3-7 p.m., free; bit.ly/robertnewtonmemorial.

O’Brother, Royal Thunder, Ivadell — O’Brother gives more than most post-hardcore bands — more drama, more dynamism, more stylistic variety. In assembling its pummeling, emotive anthems, the Atlanta outfit draws from such diverse sources as Alice in Chains, Deftones and The Mars Volta. The result is heavy without being metal, hard-rocking without being meat-headed, and un-ironically visceral. Tourmate Royal Thunder pulls from farther back: Where O’Brother’s roots are very ’90s, Royal Thunder’s whole vibe is smoky ’70s psych. Local outfit Ivadell opens with patient, spacious post-hardcore, filling out a bill that skirts hard rock’s heavy edge in three distinct and admirable ways. — Corbie Hill

New Brookland Tavern: 6 p.m., $10-$12; 791-4413; newbrooklandtavern.com.

Tuesday 29


Oathbreaker, Cult Leader — Though both are signed to the revered heavy imprint Deathwish, Oathbreaker and Cult Leader serve up their crusty hardcore in different ways. The former sticks close to the stormy blitz favored by American black metal bands, allowing its pummeling beats to churn beneath a steady downpour of searing distortion. Cult Leader, on the other hand, keeps its volatility front and center, with beastial growls and gut-check riffs pounding right along with the band’s merciless rhythm section. Vorov and WVRM, two of South Carolina’s best metal-leaning hardcore bands, open, along with Funeral Chic. — Jordan Lawrence

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $12 ($10 advance); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

Wednesday 30


Hiroya Tsukamoto — Hiroya Tsukamoto’s music spans the globe: The Kyoto fingerstyle guitarist merges Spanish flourish with Pat Metheny’s smooth, open-road jazz fusion. On the surface, this may sound like Tommy Emmanuel — a solo acoustic guitarist with fast hands and impeccable technique — but Tsukamoto’s work is calm, expressive and even unassuming at times; he has the restraint to give his melodies space to breathe, while a lesser super-guitarist would simply unleash a flurry of notes. — Corbie Hill

Conundrum Music Hall: 8 p.m., $8; 250-1295, conundrum.us.

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