Tommy Emmanuel plays June 24 and 25 at Newberry Opera House.
Thursday 19 The Jangling Sparrow — Since moving from his native Philadelphia to Asheville, N.C., nearly five years ago, Paul Edelman — aka The Jangling Sparrow — has performed in various configurations revolving around a gritty yet warmly rendered Americana sound. Like a softer, gentler Ryan Adams, or a less sarcastic Todd Snider, Edelman has settled not just into the North Carolina mountains but into his own musical skin, proving it on the soon-to-be-widely released Stranger Things and Truer Words. — Kevin Oliver
Red Door Tavern: 8 p.m., free; 764-5196, reddoortavern.net.
Yellow Claw — It’s always interesting to see how Southern musical innovations are filtered through an international lens. In this case, it’s Amsterdam DJ trio Yellow Claw, whose party anthems merge the skittering hi-hats and low, low, low 808 kicks of trap with dubstep’s languid pacing and dramatic drops. The resulting blend is undeniably slick European EDM that takes frequent U-turns into sweaty, restless Southern production.
— Corbie Hill
Social Bar: 8:00 p.m., free; 603-4313; socialcolumbiasc.com.
Friday 20 Jason Ajemian & the High Life — Folklords, the latest fever-dream missive from mercurial bassist Jason Ajemian, begins with a suite, “Ask Mr. Blount Now,” that invokes the Christian name of interstellar jazz legend Sun Ra. Like Ra, Ajemian seems to abhor orthodoxy; his High Life ensemble draws on its members’ extensive jazz background, but has no single aesthetic, touching on virtually the entire history of jazz without dwelling on any particular era for very long. Folklords is appropriately peripatetic, burning through improvised sections that sound like imaginary conversations between Sun Ra and Sonic Youth. — Patrick Wall
Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $8; 250-1295, conundrum.us.
Saturday 21 Fork & Spoon Photography Show — As you could probably tell from the lovable green beards they don for every show, local folk-pop outfit Those Lavender Whales — and their label home, Fork & Spoon Records — appreciates visual expressions, as well as musical ones. With Aaron Graves, a leader in both endeavors, continuing his battle with brain cancer, the imprint’s photographer friends are selling their wares and giving Graves the proceeds. The exhibition at Hunter-Gatherer starts today and continues through July, with local favorites such as Sean Rayford and Thomas Hammond offering shots captured at Fork & Spoon events. And though the hosting brewpub no longer entertains live music, the display will be christened with an early set from family-friendly indie rock trio Lunch Money, which complicates cheery themes and breezy melodies with crunchy distortion and witty wordplay. — Jordan Lawrence
Hunter-Gatherer: 11 a.m., $5 suggested donation; 748-0540, huntergathererbrewery.com.
Saturday 21 — Grüzer
Grüzer hasn’t played many shows; this is the metal sextet’s second date, and first local showing. Nor has Grüzer officially released any material; only demos fleck its social media pages. But Grüzer already displays a great deal of strength and savvy, which isn’t surprising given the band’s lengthy history in local heavies. Its members filled the ranks — among myriad others — of Death Valley Driver, Carolyn and Diavolo. The band’s sweltering Southern sludge draws power from its three-guitar bludgeon. Still a little raw, Grüzer should only get keener with time. Into the Depths headlines.
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com.
Saturday 21 — Savagist
Athens’ Savagist, though, is already razor-sharp. Living up to its name, the group balances burly riff-rawk ballast with slicing tremolo-picked riffs and tricky rhythmic shifts. Its naked aggression recalls the earliest work of Mastodon, but Savagist’s complex slant comes not from prog but from black metal, which provides its twin-guitar assault with a piercing counterbalance to its serrated grit. At this point in their respective careers, the out-of-towners have the edge — but you could still split the difference and catch both sets. — Patrick Wall
Art Bar: 9 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com.
Tuesday 24 Tommy Emmanuel — Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel does things to an acoustic guitar that ought to be impossible, playing both gorgeous melodies and driving tunes with the hybrid Travis-style fingerpicking that earned him “Best Acoustic Guitarist” accolades from Guitar Player magazine in 2008 and 2010. He also won a Grammy with Chet Atkins on the Nashville icon’s last recording in 1997, after serving as a session guitarist for many years. Emmanuel returns to the Opera House at the same time on Wednesday. — Kevin Oliver
Newberry Opera House: 8 p.m., $36; 276-6264, newberryoperahouse.com.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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Real Estate Spotlight
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