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Emo’s New Wave is No Revival

Thursday at New Brookland Tavern
By Patrick Wall
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 |
Touche Amore
A few years back, it was hard for an emo band.

“The scene wasn’t self-sufficient,” says John Bradley of the Michigan duo Dads, which plays New Brookland Tavern on Thursday. “It wasn’t strong enough for people to tour and keep putting out records. I think the difference now is that — and I don’t know who started it or if it’s a team effort of bands in our scene — people are saying, ‘Well, we’re going to keep touring, and we’re going to keep pushing. And eventually, more and more people are going to be listening.’”

What: Touché Amoré, Tigers Jaw, Dads
Where: New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.
When: Thursday, July 10, 6 p.m.
Price: $15 ($13 advance)
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Eventually, more and more people did. Emo — the “broadly defined, male-dominated, compositionally complicated, often pained offshoot of American punk rock,” says NPR — is back to a position of strength, reinvigorated by new bands and new labels. Once largely forgotten to all but America’s basement-tour circuit, emo’s had a banner resurgence in the past two years. What had been a slow-simmering grassroots scene boiled over into a media orgy.

Each of the bands on Thursday’s triple bill feature prominently in the myriad lists dotting the Internet that denote the must-listen bands from emo’s current wave. Headliner Touché Amoré was tabbed in Stereogum’s list of “12 Bands to Know from the Emo Revival”; Buzzfeed’s list, seemingly a response to Stereogum’s, spotlighted tourmates Dads and Tigers Jaw. A Rhapsody playlist — coupled to a post titled “Why the ‘Emo Revival’ is a Sham” — features all three.

Why does Rhapsody call the emo revival a sham? Because it assumes these bands didn’t exist in the decade-long gap since emo’s mallcore movement moved millions of units.

“I think to some extent [the] indie music press stopped paying attention,” says Will Miller, who co-owns Charlotte record label Tiny Engines, which this year released critically acclaimed records by current-wave emo bands The Hotelier and Dikembe. “And maybe that is understandable to a degree considering all the nonsense that got wrongfully tagged as ‘emo’ in the early 2000s. But, no, it’s never gone away, just evolved.”

Part of the issue of the emo revival is that no one seems to agree on how to define it.

“If you said ‘emo revival’ to a kid who’s probably at this point 17 years old, he’s probably going to think it’s a rehash of classic Fall Out Boy, which is like, naaaaah,” says Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm. “Nah, you know? We’re all fans of Mineral. And that’s totally different. And that’s the problem with buzzwords — no one collectively all understands.”

“It’s a branding term,” demurs Dads’ Bradley. “I think there are a lot of bands that are coming out now that are not at all emo that are being thrown into the emo bucket.”

Two cases in point are slotted into Thursday’s triple bill. Bolm, in conversation, refers to Touché Amoré as a punk band or a hardcore band; its spindly, sinewy music owes as much to the merciless pummel of Converge as it does Mineral. Tigers Jaw’s Charmer, a critically acclaimed 2014 record, hews close to indie rock and classic pop; it’s as much Afghan Whigs and Fleetwood Mac as it is Get Up Kids.

“I’m still wrapping my head around the whole emo revival concept,” says Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw. “[But] I guess I can see why we’re lumped in with that. It’s better being called emo revival than being called a pop-punk band.”

Among Thursday’s marquee, Dads is the band most commonly representative of emo. Consider “But,” the advance single from I’ll Be the Tornado, due out in October. Its knotty, intersecting guitar lines and plainspoken vocals point to American Football, a key influence in emo’s new wave. But the drums pound with the virulent force of hardcore, and when “But” explodes near its end, it exudes the grace and power of post-rock.

“I think the diversity of listening habits and influences that a lot of the newer bands are working off is one big thing,” says Tiny Engines’ Miller. “A lot of these newer bands have moved further away from just singing about heartbreak and relationships.”

By appearances, emo isn’t in a period of revival but resurgence, and possible reinvention. Any talk of an “emo revival” should come tempered by LL Cool J’s oft-quoted directive: “Don’t call it a comeback / I been here for years.”

“People talking about the emo revival right now will get bored and move on to the next thing,” says Tiny Engines’ Miller. “That’s just the trend cycle of indie music in general.”

Columbia SC Club Calendar: July 9-16

By Free Times
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 |
Fat Rat da Czar performs at Conundrum Music Hall on Friday.
Wednesday 9
live music
Delaney’s: Tim White
New Brookland Tavern: The Lengths, Tim Levan Miller Band, Doc Hoiday, Cepheus
Red’s: D.B. Bryant
Shooter’s: Ronnie Hopkins (acoustic)
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
dance, djs & misc.
British Bulldog Pub: Pub Trivia
Drip (Five points): Poetry Reading
Jillian’s: Trivia
Locals: Trivia
Mellow Mushroom: Trivia
Wet WILLIE’S: Quizon Trivia
The Whig: Trivi-YEAH
Wild Hare (Vista): QuizTheMasses Trivia

Thursday 10
live music
British BullDog Pub: Kenny George Band
Delaney’s: Caroll Brown weekly below
Dano’s Pizza: McKenzie Butler’s Acoustic Allstars
new brookland tavern: Touché Amoré, Tigers Jaw, Dads
Pearlz Upstairs: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
Red Door Tavern: Coma Cinema, Boyfriend Material, Stefanie Bannister
Social Grill: Pinetop Lightning
utopia: Open Mic w/ John Scollon
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Acoustic Show w/ Brandon Hooker
Applebee’s (Oneil Ct.): Karaoke w/ DJ
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
KC’z Tavern: Kay’s Karaoke
Kelly’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
liberty on the lake: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Mile High Club: T & J’s Karaoke
ale House lounge: Linda’s Carraoke
Outsaloon: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: S.I.N. and Karaoke with
DJ Shelly O
Tsubaki: Karaoke
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 11
live music
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Open Bluegrass Jam
BEntley’s Beach House: Tokyo Joe
British bulldog Pub: The Tony Lee Group
Conundrum Music Hall: Fat Rat da Czar, BLVCK, Matt Monday, J. Carter
Delaney’s: Caroll Brown
Gary’s Just One MOre Time: Full Throttle
new brookland tavern: Invoking the Abstract, FXZERO, Fall of the Albatross, Sein Zum Tode, Images
Pearlz upstairs: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
River Rat Brewery: The Jazzman
Social Grill: Michael Smith
tin roof: Andrew Velez
Utopia: The Center Lane BAnd
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Eric Causey
wild wing cafe (the village): Most Wanted
wild wing cafe (the vista): Peace and Love
Blue Fin: Linda’s Carraoke
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke
Liberty on the Lake: Karaoke
Outsaloon: DJ Ruckus Karaoke
Quaker Steak & Lube: Karaoke
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke with Bobby Whittle
South Lake Saloon: Dance Party/Karaoke w/ DJ Ruckus
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Ventures: Karaoke w/ Nancy
dance, djs & misc.
Art Bar: DJ Arambulance
Kelly’s: DJ Guy
Legion Post 215: Disco Night
Liberty Tap Room: DJ
TLC Sports Bar & Grill: DJ DDL
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
The Woody: DJ

Saturday 12
live music
Anthony’s: Gonzo’s Acoustic 3 Chord Jam
Art Bar: Decadence, Meliora, Inviolate, Ish
Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor: Classic Country Music & Dancing w/ Juss E Nuff
Conundrum Music Hall: Resonant Rogues, The Restoration
Delaney’s: Caroll Brown
Finlay Park: Terence Young & Soul Centric
Jillian’s: Audioshot
Liberty on the Lake: Natty Vibes
Magnolia Lodge: Larry Keel Experience
new brookland tavern: Avers, Corbett Alexander
Pearlz Upstairs: Oasis
skyline club: Josh Brannon Band
Speakeasy: Robert Gardiner Jazz Quartet
tin roof: Jacob Reynolds Band
utopia: Lundy & the Usuals
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Live Acoustic w/ David
wild wing cafe (the village): Most Wanted
wild wing cafe (The Vista): Triple Dog Dare
Zorba’s: Michael Smith
karaoke Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke w/ Chris 2nd Sat
Chevy’s: Nightowl Karaoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Karl’s Korner: Karaoke
S & E Rack & Grill: Billy Ray’s Karaoke
Shooter’s Grill & Pub: Karaoke
Tipsy Toad Tavern: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke
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
Schooner’s: DJ
Uncle Fester’s: DJ Snow
Wild Wing Café (Irmo): DJ DDL
The Woody: DJ

Sunday 13
live music
Animal’s: D.B. Bryant
All Star Pizza: Ray Piazzola
British BullDog Pub: WXRY Unsigned w/ Youth Model
Liberty on the Lake: Jeff Lucero
new brookland tavern: Ass/Bastard, The Hartford Pussies, Sugarpuss
wild wing cafe (Irmo): Evans McGill
Legion Post 215: Karaoke
PT’s 1109: Karaoke w/ DJ Snow
Tsubaki: Karaoke
dance, djs & misc.
Kelly’s: Team Trivia
The Pizza Joint: Quizon Trivia
Speakeasy: Mo’ Betta Soul Sundays w/ DJ Preach Jacobs

Monday 14
live music
Kelly’s: Open Mic
Tombo Grille: Flat Out Strangers
dance, djs & misc.
Buckaroos Grill & Bar: DJ Ray Ray
new brookland tavern: Fork & Spoon Benefit Compilation Listening Party
Publick House: Quizon Trivia
Salty Nut Cafe: Trivia

Tuesday 15
live music
All Star Pizza: Open Mic w/ Ray Piazzola
British Bulldog Pub: The No Name Bluegrass Band
Delaney’s: Singer-Songwriter w/ David A.
Lucky’s: Open Mic
Township Auditorium: Nick Brewer Jazz Ensemble
South Lake Saloon: Open Mic w/ James Hartsoe
Bentley’s Beach House: Karaoke
CJ’s: Karaoke w/ DJ Slinky
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke
Uncle Fester’s: Linda’s Carraoke
Wet Willie’s: Karaoke
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 Trivia
Quaker Steak & Lube: Team Trivia
STATE STReet PUB: Trivia
Wings & Ale (Columbia):Trivia
Yesterdays: Trivia

Wednesday 16
live music
Delaney’s: D. Brown
new brookland tavern: Listener, ’68, Homeless Gospel Choir
Quaker Steak & Lube: Interstate Exiles
555 Lounge: T & J’s Karaoke
Art Bar: Linda’s Carraoke
Corner Pocket: Karaoke
CR Station House: Karaoke
Ozzie’s Country Island: Showtime Karaoke
Tsubaki: Karaoke

Jack Daloni at Cover 3 in Five Points

By Christian Barker
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 |
Name: Jack Daloni
Setting: Cover 3 (711 Harden St.)

How familiar are you with Cover 3?

I guess people would consider me a regular. I am always here on Monday nights, and I usually come here to pre-game or just chill out with friends throughout the week. This place looks totally different from what it used to be a little more than a year ago.

What was it like?

It was called Bey’s, and it was pretty grungy but a good time. They had bands and DJs most nights, and I remember it would get pretty wild on Thursdays. I haven’t ever seen bands here. They play really good music, though. Everyone is bound to hear at least one song they can sing along to with their friends.

If you were entering a room, what song would be playing in the background?

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; I could sing that for days. Or a song by Journey. But if I’m just at the bar, then — and I will regret saying this — “Talk Dirty To Me.“ It’s just so catchy.

I am guessing you aren’t from Columbia.

No. I am from West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. I came to study fashion and retail marketing at USC and for the weather.

Would you consider yourself a fashionisto?

No. I can’t afford nice designer clothes right now. I shop mainly at Goodwill, but I can always recognize if a girl is wearing a Chanel dress. I really like the fantasy costumes designed by Eduardo Castro in the show Once Upon a Time. They are just amazing.

How a Recent Reissue Highlights the Current Strengths of Richard Buckner

Thursday at the Columbia Museum of Art
By Jordan Lawrence
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 |
Richard Buckner
Funny thing about lauded debuts — such as Bloomed, the world’s 1994 introduction to the haunting songcraft of Richard Buckner — they’re still debuts. Buckner’s first solo set is still one of his very best, treating debilitating loneliness and depression with clear-eyed sincerity. His full and expressive baritone wraps around couplets that equal those of the great Townes Van Zandt, a comparison that rears its head pretty much every time Bloomed is discussed. It isn’t Buckner’s only great record, but it may well be his most roundly beloved.

But for this ambitious and restless songwriter, his first album is one he’d rather forget. To listeners, Bloomed may come off as a collection of folk gems. To Buckner, it remains the tentative first step on a journey that has moved far past that album’s familiar Americana touchstones. So while the record was recently reissued by Durham, North Carolina’s Merge Records, part of a series commemorating the imprint’s 25th anniversary, Buckner hasn’t revisited it.

What: Richard Buckner
Where: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St.
When: Thursday, July 10; doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.
With: Dylan Dickerson and Trey Murphy
Price: $12
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“I not only have not reassessed it, I’ve been trying to forget it,” he admits, forced to consider the album, which he cut in Austin, Texas, with a few local musicians. “It was my first record. It was my first kind of collection of songs that I had to make a record, and I felt like I wanted to put out. I record mostly at home now, so it isn’t the kind of record that I would make again. I’m glad I made it, and I’m glad I had musicians on it back then. But it’s something that’s kind of out of my sphere now, the sound of it and the songs themselves.”

To his point, it is rather strange to examine Bloomed in the light of Buckner’s recent releases. Musically, the album leans on folk tradition more than it tweaks it. The Dobro licks on “Daisychain” blaze with fiery passion, and the harmonica peels that open “Surprise, AZ” spin pastoral grandeur from thin caterwauls — feats accomplished many times before and since. Buckner’s words, grounded concretely into scenes both romantic and tragic, are camped safely within familiar tropes. “Put your arms around me, dear / And pull your mouth up to mine,” he intones during the opening “Blue and Wonder,” breathing new life into a familiar sentiment by the sheer force of his broken feelings.

Surrounded, released by Merge last year, stakes out a more singular aesthetic. A subtle refinement of the style Buckner emerged with on 2011’s Our Blood, then his first album in five years, the album is both arresting and hypnotic. Crisp acoustic and electric guitars tangle through loops and patterns that hook ears readily and then refuse to let go. Rich accoutrements — warming accordion, dense synthesizers, percussive noise — further fill out an atmosphere that is equally comforting and foreboding. This sound lends ethereal power to impressionistic ruminations that deconstruct the same wrenching heartache that stoked Bloomed, seeking self-awareness rather than simple catharsis.

These albums come from wildly different eras in Buckner’s career, but their contrasts embody the varied results that he craves. When he approached Surrounded, he packed up the bulk of the instruments he used on Our Blood, stashing them in an attic and proceeding with a less familiar set. Intentionally shifting his variables keeps Buckner fresh.

“What I like to have happen when I finish a project or a record is to come away with a new understanding or a new kind of thirst for going about the making of records,” he says. “Giving myself handicaps like that makes things happen that I couldn’t control.”

Of late, Buckner has been feeding his hunger for variety out on the road, supplementing his regular club dates with frequent living room shows. Households agree to host him, and he plays an acoustic set for 40 or so guests.

“[Those shows may] influence the way I’m going to make my next record,” he offers. “I’m maybe going to step back from just recording songs as I write them . . . redoing the arrangements and doing different versions of songs.”

From his first record to now, Buckner has always been willing to throw out tested techniques and chase new ideas. Twenty years on, it’s what makes him so compelling.

Concerts in Columbia: July 10-14

Coffin Dust, Cave of Swimmers;Coma Cinema; Fat Rat da Czar; FXZERO; Decadence; Jammin’ In July; Larry Keel, Egos, Nude Tayne; Ass/Bastard; Those Lavender Whales; Listener, ‘68, Homeless Gospel Choir
By Free Times
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 |
coma cinema
Coma Cinema
Thursday 10

Coffin Dust, Cave of Swimmers — Coffin Dust bears the pummeling ferocity of death metal and thrash, but this Philly outfit displays respectable endurance. Its intricate, ever-shifting compositions point to long-winded, prog-minded contemporaries like Hull and Inter Arma, though Coffin Dust’s guitar-happy balance of speed and stamina harkens more to ’80s heavies. Miami’s Cave of Swimmers reps the ’70s with the kind of hard-riffing space-metal that’ll make your inner stoner grin like an idiot. — Corbie Hill

Foxfield Bar & Grille: 8 p.m., $6; 728-0420,

Coma Cinema — Mat Cothran’s murky Elvis Depressedly project is readying its new full-length New Alhambra, but he plays this late-night Red Door show — tabbed as an afterparty for the Touché Amoré/Tigers Jaw/Dads show next door at New Brookland Tavern — under his more straightforward, more well-known moniker Coma Cinema. Then again, there’s a lot of thematic crossover between the projects — Cothran’s best tunes for both mine the dull drudgery of day-to-day existence for deft, droll observations that surpass staid singer-songwriter tropes. It’s said that when you look into the void, the void looks back; Cothran laughs in the void’s face. With Boyfriend Material and Stefanie Bannister, two women whose striking ukulele songs buck the instrument’s cutesy connotations. — Patrick Wall

Red Door Tavern: 11 p.m., free (donations encouraged); 764-5196,

Friday 11

Fat Rat da Czar — When it comes to elevating the hip-hop credentials of a city better known for college rock and chillwave, Columbia’s Fat Rat da Czar has no rival. He’s carved out a niche for himself as the Capital City’s most prominent emcee. And with his position as resident producer at the Boom Room, an offshoot of Rosewood’s famed Jam Room recording studio, he’s become a mentor to aspiring local talent. With mid-tempo 4/4 beats, grandiose hooks and an unhurried baritone flow, Fat Rat’s confident and intermittently confrontational lyrics detail the joys and struggles that accompany his single-minded determination and commitment to success, leaving little room for personal grievances or audacious peacocking. With BLVCK, Matt Monday, J. Carter. — Michael Spawn

Conundrum Music Hall: 10 p.m., $10; 250-1295,

FXZERO — FXZERO is pretty nuts. The band’s songs songs simply refuse to stand still: “Skyholm,” the title track from its most recent LP, switches compulsively between grindcore, funk, fantasy metal and what could easily be boss-level music for a Sonic the Hedgehog game. On a purely technical level, this is jaw-dropping stuff, but it’s often a bit exhausting to follow. With Fall of the Albatross and Invoking the Abstract.
— Corbie Hill

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5-$8; 791-4413,

Saturday 12

Decadence — The ’90s are back — hell, there are even specials on that decade airing this month on the National Geographic channel. But much of what’s celebrated, at least in music circles, revolves around indie-rockers and creative weirdos like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. Local outfit Decadence harkens to what’s often left out of that dialogue: the late-’90s alt-rock that fueled the downhill slide from grunge to nü metal. So if when you think Woodstock, you think Woodstock ’99, this should be your scene. — Corbie Hill

Art Bar: 8 p.m., $5; 929-0198,

Jammin’ In July — Now in its 19th year, this annual small-town music festival still retains its intimate feel despite drawing larger crowds. That’s mainly because the lineup is heavily loaded with local acts — many from Camden and the surrounding area — and also because it’s held on the historical grounds of the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. But the lineup still packs some variety: You’ll hear blues from Boston, Massachusetts, via Blue Phoenix, and original pop and rock from Brik Cash, Frederick Ingram and the Jacob Johnson Group; you’ll get Dixieland stylings from the Society Jazz Band, alt-country from East of West, and some bluegrass and western music from The Bunch Quitters. Take a cooler, but leave the pets at home. — Kevin Oliver

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site: 4:30 p.m.; $20, $18 seniors and military, $4 ages 6-12; kids under six are free ($2 discount on all advance tickets);

Larry Keel Experience — Larry Keel’s career has careened from one project to the next. His early progressive bluegrass band McGraw Gap soon yielded to the even more out-there Larry Keel Experience, which continues to draw rock influences into its acoustic format. His more traditional Natural Bridge swung things momentarily back to straight bluegrass before it, too, began incorporating forward-thinking elements. Regardless of the circumstances, Keel remains one of the fastest flatpicking guitarists players you’ll ever hear. With The Mustache Brothers. — Kevin Oliver

Magnolia Lodge: 7 p.m., $14; 767-5305,

Sunday 13

Ass/Bastard — Officially done for a couple years now, the Columbia trio Ass/Bastard emerges now and again to deploy its joyously sloppy brand of Southern-fried blooze-rock. Making a ruckus in the backwoods between CCR’s swampy grooves and Roy Orbison’s Lone Star croon, the band lays down swaggering riffs and ragged vocals, snarling compliments to its approachably dirty vibe. With The Hartford Pussies and Sugarpuss. — Jordan Lawrence

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5; 791-4413,

Egos, Nude Tayne — Flush with funky guitars, Florida’s Nude Tayne combines elements of reggae and punk with popping percussion and driving bass lines. Egos, another Florida group, follows a similar path, but they gird their style with swirling guitar dissonance and power it with chaotic drums. With Ninga Tongas. — Dade Driggers

Foxfield Bar & Grille: 8 p.m., $3-$5 donation; 728-0420,

Monday 14

Fork & Spoon Compilation Listening Party — For Aaron Graves — the leader of the lovably quirky folk-pop outfit Those Lavender Whales who continues his battle with brain cancer — there has been no shortage of local good will. Fork & Spoon Records, the Columbia imprint he runs with friends Jordan Blackmon and Chris Gardner, extends the positive vibes with Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam, a benefit compilation that includes contributions from some big-time indie rockers — Toro Y Moi, Of Montreal, Helado Negro — as well as some local favorites. Come listen to the record a day before it comes out and enjoy a potluck dinner. And, who knows, you might even get to pick up your own copy a little early. — Jordan Lawrence

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., free; 791-4413,

Wednesday 16

Listener, ‘68, Homeless Gospel Choir — Pittsburgh’s Homeless Gospel Choir peddles sing-song lyrics atop punk-ravaged acoustics, getting this evening off to an energetic start. Atlanta’s ’68 balances noise-rock bombast with thundering drums and impassioned screams. Concluding the evening is the Alaskan band Listener, who deploy spoken word over crashing guitars and percussion in what should make for a fitting nightcap. — Dade Driggers

New Brookland Tavern: 9 p.m., free; 764-5196.

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