Concerts in Columbia: Aug 14-19

Daryl Hance Trio, The Get Right Band, The Restoration, Susto, Seventy Six and Sunny
By Free Times
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Susto plays New Brookland Tavern with Amigo and The Restoration on Friday.

Thursday 14
Daryl Hance Trio — The “land of trembling earth” referenced in Daryl Hance’s record of the same name is the English translation of the Hitchiti Creek American Indian word that gives name to the Okefenokee Swamp in southeastern Georgia. Hance’s music is appropriately swampy, a brackish blend of Luther Dickinson grit, Fogerty brothers choogle and Dex Romweber twang. Befitting of a swamp-themed outfit, this trio’s sweltering jams are thick with humidity — and, as we all know, it’s not really about the heat, but the humidity. — Patrick Wall

Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $8; 250-1295,

Brent Lundy Trio — Local artist Brent Lundy ditches the lonely, introspective persona commonly associated with male singer-songwriters in favor of something with a bit more muscle. With a full band in tow, his tunes burst with big, rock-candy hooks and squealing guitar solos, ranging stylistically from even-keeled ballads of joy and heartache to polished rockers, all suitable for modern radio. Lundy is shooting for the mainstream, but it’s hard not to admire his enthusiasm. — Michael Spawn

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

Friday 15
The Get Right Band — Funk, when done right, is sure to start a party. And The Get Right Band does it right. The group front-loads its songs with ample grooves, building a Southern-leaning funk-rock sound that lands somewhere between Mother’s Finest and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Relix named the band one of its On the Verge acts, recognizing the potential popularity of the band’s swaggering originals and covers of everyone from Hendrix to Talking Heads. — Kevin Oliver

Wet Willie’s: 10 p.m.;  779-5650,

The Restoration, Susto, Amigo — Is roots rock making a comeback in the Carolinas? Newer acts such as Charleston’s Susto — fresh off a tour with Band of Horses and a stellar debut album — and Charlotte’s Amigo — promoting its own new album, Might Could — are reviving the generously twanged rock ‘n’ roll that made heroes of alt-country luminaries such as The Backsliders and Uncle Tupelo. Local headliner The Restoration has long excelled at an equally organic take on rock and acoustic folk, anchoring its sound with keen, historically rich songwriting. Ukulele songstress Stefanie Bannister opens. — Kevin Oliver

New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $5; 791-4413,

Seventy Six and Sunny — Columbia quartet Seventy Six and Sunny are heavily influenced by the insistent hooks and verse-chorus-verse formula of ’90s pop-rock, giving solid and self-admitted nods to acts like Hootie & the Blowfish and Sister Hazel. It’s a dated construct, but this group manages to execute its smooth vocals, sophomoric lyrics and steady grooves with energy and professionalism. — Dade Driggers

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

Up All Nite Vol. 2 — West Columbia’s Conundrum Music Hall isn’t typically a place to go lounge and relax while taking in some smooth and accessible hip-hop, but it certainly is tonight. Up All Nite Vol. 2 features BLZ mayne — his gritty and driving flow supported by lush club-banging beats — and Ts Streetz — whose knotty, nasal delivery and heady lyricism should at least partially satiate those hungry for Lil’ Wayne to return to form. Several other acts are on tap, making this a nice opportunity for the uninitiated to get a taste for the local hip-hop and R&B scene. — Jordan Lawrence

Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $10; 250-1295,

Saturday 16
Alter Ego — This Columbia-based quartet covers songs from the ’80s and ’90s. Spanning myriad popular hits, the group jumps from Judas Priest to Smashing Pumpkins and beyond, demonstrating some versatile musicianship: Hair metal wails, blistering solos and dialed-back grunge ballads are all among Alter Ego’s varied personalities. Just don’t expect it to bring anything new to the table. — Dade Driggers

Wild Wing Café (Sandhill): 9 p.m., free; 865-3365,


Megfest II — This bill boasts some of the crustiest punk rock you’re likely to hear under one Midlands roof. Local band Discourage has more than a few axes to grind, seething through machine-gun riffs and anti-capitalist lyrics. Athens’ Harsh Words tear through their blistering, minute-long songs with the unhinged vigor of a jungle cat on ephedrine. Baltimore’s Endless Bummer indulges in fits of East Bay punk and slimy, doomsday sludge without tilting the balance in either style’s favor; while the Upstate trio Rubrics trade snotty, sneering male and female vocals over pinched instrumental harmonies, giving their punk songs the urgency of high-speed metal. — Michael Spawn

Conundrum Music Hall: 8:30 p.m., $5; 250-1295,

Rage With the Robots 2 — Sorry to say, but Rage With the Robots isn’t an animatronic tribute to Zach de la Rocha and Tom Morello’s stance against the machine. It’s actually a rave featuring DJs in luminescent, Tron-like suits. These robots lord over the party, dancing and manning MacBooks packed with aggressive EDM beats. It’s all perfectly absurd, like an NES game come to life. How boring is it, compared to this, to see mere humans gyrating on stage? — Corbie Hill

Social Bar: 8 p.m, free; 603-4313,

Tuesday 19
Frameworks — There was a time, albeit pretty brief, when it seemed that Taking Back Thursday could take over the punk rock world. The ragged piledriving and sharp emotionalism of the group’s 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends resonates whether you’re currently a teenager or you simply were one at one point in your life — wound-up and confused, searching for a catharsis to make everything make sense. Florida’s Frameworks dip into the same well, delivering their passionate post-punk with similar energy. Their own takeover doesn’t seem imminent, but they definitely know what they’re doing. — Jordan Lawrence

New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $10 ($8 advance); 791-4413,

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