Concerts in Columbia: June 11-17

The Sea Wolf Mutiny, Susto, Gypsyhawk, Brent Lundy Trio, Heroes x Villains, Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Donald Lawrence, Pea Pickin Hearts, Phonic Cafe, Rubrics, JoySpent
By Free Times
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 |
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Thursday 12

Brent Lundy Trio — Columbia native and local WXRY radio personality Brent Lundy demonstrates songwriting prowess through well composed originals and fluent covers with his self titled three-piece. The trio conjures all of the familiar elements of alternative rock while still maintaining enough individuality to keep its content engaging. — Dade Driggers
Tin Roof: 10 p.m., free; 771-1558, tinroofbars.com/Home/Columbia

Heroes x Villains — Atlanta duo Heroes x Villains’ Chapel eschews the warbling, bass-heavy trap remixes on which the duo cut its teeth, opting for austere and haunting industrial techno. The windswept “Pestilence” evokes images of desolate wastelands. The aggressive, grimy noise of “Locust” stings and prickles like a swarm of insects. “Noise Bath” pounds as it gargles acid. It’s a strikingly dark booking for Social’s Turnt Up Thursdays, and Heroes x Villains could easily stick to its brighter, more club-oriented material. But I hope it doesn’t. This is music for the worst of trips. — Patrick Wall
Social: 8 p.m., free; 603-4313, socialcolumbiasc.com.

The Sea Wolf Mutiny, Susto — A few weeks back, The Sea Wolf Mutiny took to local house-show hot spot Shredquarters to work out songs in consideration for the group’s long-gestating sophomore album. Each cut swelled and sparkled, clanged and sizzled, advancing the group’s immense and emotive piano pop without forsaking the unguarded intimacy that makes it special. Expect crisper renditions at this more formal engagement. Susto, the latest airy and comforting folk-pop band to emerge from the S.C. coast, will join their big brothers in Band of Horses on the road later this summer. Their polite but insistent thrum should prove an able compliment. With Grey Spy and Billy Ferguson. — Jordan Lawrence
New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $8; 803.791.4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.

Friday 13

Tiki Time II — Conundrum hosts this appropriately named gathering of Carolina artists specializing in sounds that pair reliably well with warm summer weather. Prettier Than Matt builds chipper pop tunes around acoustic guitars, ukulele and the candy-coated vocal interplay of Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts. Freddy Beretania treads similar ground, albeit with a more dour, introspective approach and earnestness that diffuses cynical derision. Breaking away from the bill’s ostensible luau blueprint are Tyler James Cook, a synth enthusiast who writes vocal-less, 8-bit video game music that conjures some serious princess-rescuing nostalgia, and We Three, which specializes in humble lounge tunes. — Michael Spawn
Conundrum Music Hall,: 4:30 p.m., $5; 250-1295, conundrum.us.

Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band — Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band has been together some 12 years — long enough for the central joke to this Asheville jam-funk outfit’s name to have dulled with familiarity. And the outfit tours the Southeast relentlessly, bringing acid jazz grooves and dub thump to dance-friendly shows. What this Booty Band offers is a sort of hippie-town take on P-funk’s psychedelic odysseys — slick like Jamiroquai, only with a crunchy undercurrent. Bossman opens. — Corbie Hill
New Brookland Tavern: 9:00 p.m., $10-$12; 791.4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.


Pick ‘Em
Saturday 14 — Danielle Howle + Firework Show
— The inimitable talent of Danielle Howle has served as one of the state’s hard-to-classify musical treasures for more than a quarter century. Despite her longevity, or perhaps because of it, Howle is more comfortable than ever in her artistic skin. With her current electric bandmates in the Firework Show, Howle can easily tap the blues, folk, rock, gospel and jazz that flows through the breadth of her various works.
Riverwalk Amphitheater: 6 p.m., free; 794-6504, rhythmontheriversc.com. [online copy corrected]

Friday 13 — Orquesta Mayor
— Overlapping for a second week with the series across the river, Finlay Park’s Summer Concert Series is designed to appeal to Columbia’s wide-ranging demographics. Orquesta Mayor is a Charlotte-based band that specializes in salsa, merengue, samba and other Latin-flavored music, all of it filled with percussion, horns and Spanish lyrics. If you’re in the mood to move your feet, this dance band is the right choice. — Kevin Oliver
Finlay Park: 7:00 p.m., free; 545-3100.


Saturday 14

Donald Lawrence — Best For Last, gospel singer and producer Donald Lawrence’s 2013 album, collects a batch of tunes from throughout his 20-year career with several of his frequent collaborators, including Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway and the Tri-City Singers. Lawrence is all about the big chorus and the grand statement of faith — in other words, the gospel tradition — producing hits such as “Blessing of Abraham,” songs that helped shape modern gospel. — Kevin Oliver
Township: 7 p.m.; $31 ($26 advance); 576-2350, thetownship.org.

Pea Pickin Hearts — Comprised of Jon Ives and Rachel Gibson, the Tennessee-based Pea Pickin Hearts pay obvious homage to the Ernie Ford lyric “bless your pea pickin’ heart.” Gibson’s soprano to mezzo-soprano range glides effortlessly over Ives’ lushly strummed acoustic rhythms, and their overall sound is a fully rounded embodiment of Appalachia’s well-trod acoustic basics, plucking sounds from the middle of last century and delivering them with earnest conviction. — Dade Driggers
Red Door Tavern: 9 p.m., Free; 764-5196, reddoortavern.net.

Phonic Cafe — Phonic Cafe shouldn’t work. The local band breezes through sun-soaked acoustic pop and fluid hip-hop, willing together two opposing styles. The instrumentation is minimal but effective, with unobtrusive beats and airy guitars holding down the rhythm while sprightly keyboard lines sketch out melodies. The vibe here is one of laid-back optimism and playful genre mixology. Think Jason Mraz with ambition or Sugar Ray without the narcissism. — Michael Spawn
Blazing Copper: 10 p.m., free; 779-4445, blazingcopper.com.

Rubrics, JoySpent — Rubrics deliver gritty punk in ferocious little nuggets that rarely exceed two minutes. The anarchist trio seems to rage against every machine, with songs on the 2012 LP Apathy is an Institution decrying everything from wage slavery to industrialism; hell, there’s even an anti-vaccination track. These radical gutter-punks are joined by Tampa’s catchier JoySpent, whose sound is reminiscent of West Coast punk from the early ‘90s. The sound is sweeter than Rubrics’, but the songs are just as anti-establishment. With The Ugly Chords and The Howling Man. — Corbie Hill
Foxfield Bar & Grille: 7:00 p.m., $5; 728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar.

Summer Time Radness Festival — Rising high school senior Martin Hacker-Mullen teamed with The Friends of Winnsboro to arrange this 11-band benefit to support youth in music. Oneforall, Hacker-Mullen’s own trio, anchors the lineup, drifting from crunchy pop-punk covers to acoustic originals that lean on the sophomoric couplets common during the genre’s last decade. Columbia’s Two Fell In a Foxhole bridges the lineup’s genre-spanning gaps with melancholy lyrics tied to mellow rhythms and somber guitars with syncopated percussion. — Dade Driggers
The 145 Club: 11 a.m., $15 ($18 under 21); 718-0004, the145club.com.

Sunday 15

Gypsyhawk — It’s tempting to write off the dudes in Californa’s Gypsyhawk as mere masters of the blues metal basics. After all, many of their songs grind with predictably muscular riffs and rock-slide vocals, sticking to common threads but weaving them with skill. But such an assessment undervalues the group’s uncommonly fun energy, defined by moments where their charging momentum is twisted by unexpected boogie — heavy grooves etched in accordance with CCR’s enthralling choogle. With Space Coke and Ashes Vs Leaves. — Jordan Lawrence
Jake’s on Devine: 7 p.m. $5; 708-4788, jakesofcolumbia.com.

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