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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,


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,

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,

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;

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;

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,

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,

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