Concerts in Columbia: July 2-7

Yosef; Jadakiss; Matthew Smith & Friends; Release the Dog, Lewis Turn Out, The Putz; MyBrother MySister, The Big Neck Police, Bluffing
By Free Times
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
MyBrother MySister plays Conundrum Music Hall on Monday.
Thursday 3

Jam Room Music Festival Fundraiser — In an effort to maintain — and build on — the stout, rock-centric lineups the Jam Room Music Festival provided in its first two years as a free event, organizers are pushing hard to raise money. A campaign on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo is seeking $5,000, and this show, tied in with Main Street’s monthly First Thursday art crawl, will look to inject more cash into the budget for the Oct. 11 event. The music is free, with beverage proceeds going to the festival, so drink hearty.

Adam Corbett appears following the release of his solo debut, A & B Are So Far Apart, which feeds the energetic folk of his main band, The Restoration, through a modernist lo-fi filter. His occasionally funky feel should parlay well into a set from far-ranging alt-country contingent Pocket Buddha, while the Mississippi Kites offer wry honky-tonk ramblers tinged by the desert rock of obscure heroes like Howe Gelb. — Jordan Lawrence
Boyd Plaza: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., free; jamroommusicfestival.com.

Yosef — Hunter Duncan has been knocking around the local indie rock scene for a while, but he’s making the prettiest music of his career under his Yosef moniker, including two full lengths in 2013 — Run Wild and Learn To Endure. He’s slowed down since, dropping only the Mel Washington-produced single “Moment”, a duet with the delicately piped Caroline Glaser. Charleston’s Loners Society is a more traditional rock band with lyrical wordplay worthy of Todd Snider, while locals Daddy Lion round out the bill with a sound that recalls the best of ‘90s college radio. — Kevin Oliver
New Brookland Tavern: 9 p.m., $5; 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

Saturday 5

Jadakiss — Strangely, this year may be a critical one for Jadakiss. His fourth full-length, Top 5, Dead or Alive, is supposed to drop some time in 2014 after a series of lengthy delays. Of course, Jadakiss (née Jason Phillips) is no stranger to extended holdups: “Rapping is easy; releasing records is hard,” Pitchfork’s Jayson Greene wrote in his review of 2009’s tepid The Last Kiss, a record pushed back, retitled and retooled numerous times, while its best material was stripped for soundtracks, mixtapes and other miscellany. History repeated itself when “Big Boy Dialogue,” Alive’s advance single, flopped upon its release last June; a year later, there’s still no sign of Top 5, Dead or Alive. It’s another bump in Jadakiss’ long, tortuous and uneventful solo career, which never reached the commercial heights to which he so obviously aspired, if his everything-to-everyone solo approach is any indication.

Then again, does Jadakiss really need such lofty, populist validation? A decade ago, Jadakiss’ Kiss of Death was a toasted record in the hip-hop world. Jay-Z, Nas, Redman and Ghostface Killah all sang Jadakiss’ praises; Eminem and Q-Tip still place him in their top 10 of all-time.Complex tabbed him as one of the best rappers to never have a classic album. The Lox, Jadakiss’ breakthrough group with Styles P and Sheek Louch, was one of the defining groups of the Bad Boy-Ruff Ryders era of rap’s late ’90s. Maybe Jadakiss’ ultimate legacy is as a rapper’s rapper, the hip-hop equivalent of Marc Maron or pre-FX Louis C.K. — beloved by the heads and those deep in the game, but largely slept on by the masses because of his spotty releases. — Patrick Wall
The Coop: 9 p.m., $30 ($50 VIP); tinyurl.com/jadakissCAE.

Matthew Smith & Friends — Matthew Smith’s Friends — at least at the May release show for his newest solo disc, Bedtime Stories — consist largely of his former bandmates in The Betty Ford Experience, the quirky and excellent local pop band Smith co-led in the late ’90s. Tonight, his circle of friends includes guitarist Kyle Cherubini; Smith and Cherubini will also open with a duo set, playing instrumentals both composed and improvised. — Patrick Wall
Utopia: 8:30 p.m., free; 466-8996.

Pick ‘Em

Monday 7 — Release the Dog, Lewis Turn Out, The Putz
Indiana’s The Putz chase punk rock back to its roots, channeling the Ramones as a major influence and leaning on simple power-chord riffs, repetitive hooks and catchy lyrics. Local act Lewis Turn Out opts for meaty guitar gristle and angst-laden vocals with harmonies more akin to the last decade’s pop-punk regulars. Finishing off this three course platter is Release the Dog, another Columbia-based band, offering mellow indie rock vibes spiked by punchy tube-amp rhythms interlaced with delay-soaked leads and melancholy vocals.
Foxfield Bar and Grille: 8 p.m., $5; 728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar.

Monday 7 — MyBrother MySister, The Big Neck Police, Bluffing
The bill across the river at Conundrum is built on a similar mash-up of genres. New York’s Bluffing wring tension from driving guitars and minimalist lyrics reminiscent of post-punk mainstay Planes Mistaken For Stars. Tourmate The Big Neck Police prefers a noisier strain of rock, with dissonant chord structures hitched to peculiar time signatures. Completing the lineup is MyBrother MySister, a trio of local high schoolers that fuses catchy instrumentals to endearingly sophomoric couplets beneath crunchy fuzz, occupying grungy territory with pop-indebted energy. — Dade Driggers
Conundrum Music Hall; 9 p.m., $5; 250-1295, conundrum.us.

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