Thursday 4 Pat Cooper — If you were a karaoke regular at the Saloon in Five Points a few years back, you might have heard Pat Cooper crooning through a Garth Brooks tune. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2012, he headed straight for Nashville, where he’s been working ever since to establish himself as a ’90s-leaning country singer, Tim McGraw-style. His debut EP Reckless came out last spring, and he just released a new power ballad, “In or Out.” — Kevin Oliver
Tin Roof: 10 p.m., free; 771-1558, tinroofbars.com
Dylan Deekay — The Charlotte-based EDM lifestyle brand Billionaires launched only three months ago, but it already boasts more than a dozen sponsored artists, including Columbia’s Dylan Deekay. Offstage, his Work Flow mix series has functioned as an ongoing companion project, wiring rumbling bass splashes to fairy-like voices like Zoë Johnston’s on the exalted Above & Beyond jam “Love is Not Enough.” Onstage, his weaving is louder, but just as foxy. He’s joined here by fellow “Super Carolina All Stars” Sakatos, Guy L and LUCiD. — Eric Tullis
Social: 10 p.m., free; 603-4313, socialcolumbiasc.com
First Thursday Jamboree — This First Thursday concert outside if the Columbia Museum of Art aims to raise funds for the Congaree Riverkeeper — $1 from beer purchases goes to the cause. The Ruby Brunettes, who headline here, began as the musical backdrop for local songwriter Chris Compton but have since morphed into a more collaborative effort; Catherine Allgrim in particular has been singing more than playing her trombone, giving the group a powerful harmonic counterpoint. The supporting Mustache Brothers take bluegrass and strip some of its hidebound traditions away, resulting in a loose and laidback style. — Kevin Oliver
Boyd Plaza: 6 p.m., free.; firstthursdaysonmain.com
Friday 5 Miles to Go, Ghosts of the Kodiak — Miles to Go exudes high drama; its ambitious and expansive indie-pop is finely crafted, with a keen ear for the little details. Ghosts of the Kodiak are twice as earnest and just as painstaking, but they have a greater penchant for hard rock. With Corbett Alexander. — Michael Spawn
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com
Saturday 6 Beitthemeans - Beitthemeans offers an odd fusion of blues-and-booze Southern rock, narcissistic grunge, and the cornball menace of bands like Mötley Crüe. It seems an impossible feat, but the Birmingham three-piece has a sound that could have sprouted in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s without seeming out of place. But regardless of sub-genre or decade, the band has an obvious dedication to hard rock at any cost — even if combining the vocal styles of Chris Cornell and Vince Neil doesn’t work on every song. With Carolina Chupacabra and lowercase gods. — Michael Spawn
Art Bar: 9 p.m., $5; 929-0198, artbarsc.com
The New Edition — Few artists grow into their name more than Darius Johnson, renowned in Columbia as Fat Rat da Czar. The title of “Czar” is an apt summation of his decade-plus ascension through the state’s hip-hop ranks, allowing him the privilege of overseeing fledgling rap acts in Rosewood’s bustling Boom Room studio, while occasionally popping in on songs as an elder statesman, trading verses with young guns such as Cole Connor. Tonight, he plays host to up-and-coming S.C. emcees H3RO, Mark Carson, Jigg Nevermind and Jawan. — Eric Tullis
Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $6 ($4 with student ID); 250-1295, conundrum.us
Invoking the Abstract, Homicyde — A compulsively technical band, Invoking the Abstract thrashes and rages. They’re in the death metal camp, sure, but not the melodic one. Think, rather, of the punishing prog-death of South American heavies. Homicyde’s death metal takes a more direct route than Invoking the Abstract’s oblique pummel, preferring triumphant guitar solos and soaring bridges set over sweeping riffs and stuttering percussion. — Corbie Hill
New Brookland Tavern: 7:30 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com
Sunday 7 Pan, Jitters, Ninga Tongas — By taking post-rock and shamelessly having fun with it, Pan negates many of the recurring criticisms of the genre — primarily, that its instrumental epics are plodding and over-serious. Its guitar-heavy surge moves with the ebullience of twee, establishing a giddy feel, apt for forgetting a bad day or improving a good one. With Jitters and Ningas Tongas. — Corbie Hill
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com
Monday 8 Recreant — Like its Western North Carolina compatriot U.S. Christmas, Asheville’s Recreant diversifies its hard rock with some unlikely violin. But where the former uses the elegant lines of Meghan Mulhearn to lend macabre elegance to swampy epics, the latter leans on Babe Friesen’s slashing progressions to bolster gusting black metal riffs; her textures make Recreant more physical, not delicate, highlighting the post-hardcore outfit’s gift for engaging melodies without leaching its screaming urgency. Two locals, the proficient thrash trio Axattack and the carefree punk outfit Lestro, open.— Jordan Lawrence
Foxfield Bar and Grille: 8 p.m., $5; 728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar
Tuesday 9 The Everymen — From bombastic, horn-accented ska-pop to swinging R&B to story-driven Jersey Shore Americana, The Everymen go in every direction. This Garden State band’s 2012 LP Givin’ Up on Free Jazz takes a collective approach, with nine musicians contributing. This is either the sound of a punk collective behaving like a club band or a pub-rock outfit crashing in an anarchist squat; either way, it’s a welcome mix of stylistic inclusiveness and blue-collar accessibility. — Corbie Hill
New Brookland Tavern: 8 p.m., free; 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com
Wednesday 10 Rebuker — Georgia is one the country’s most fertile hotbeds for sludgy hard rock. From the playfully dark tantrums of Black Tusk to the searing eruptions of Hawks, plenty of these Peach State bruisers hurl their girth with grace and speed. Rebuker is another such group. Careening through scarring hardcore rhythms, the group’s riffs scald and envelop their victims — but the current of this magmatic blitz is consistently swift, producing jarring breakdowns that are far too catchy to resist. With Between Two Thieves. — Jordan Lawrence
New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $5 ($8 under 21); 791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com
Pick ‘Em Friday 5 — Kevin Focus
Kevin Focus offers dance remixes where ambient breaks, dramatic swells and sharp snare cracks build to deafening, body-moving bass hits. There’s not much sign of his earlier drum and bass direction — these cuts don’t skitter — though that foundation does educate the dynamics of his mixes: There’s as much space as thump in this clubland EDM.
Social Bar: 10 p.m., free; 603-4313; socialcolumbiasc.com
Friday 5 — Golden Hostage
Columbia producer Golden Hostage — known offstage as Adam Drawdy — is more into the composition of individual tracks than the remixing of existing ones. Some of his cuts slink along through dystopian trip-hop grooves, while others like are defined by mid-tempo swagger and throbbing side-chain compression. While a live iteration with a vocalist is in the works, tonight’s show will likely hinge on instrumentals. With Roomdance, Wolf 359, about.the Window and Paperjenkins. — Corbie Hill
Conundrum Music Hall: 9 p.m., $6; 250-1295, conundrum.us
Jazz Under the Stars Weekend
Friday 5 and Saturday 6 — State House Lawn Concerts
Local jazz fans will get the opportunity to hear plenty this week as the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation presents a series of concerts in both Aiken and Columbia. The centerpiece performances — Friday and Saturday on the South Carolina State House’s north lawn — are branded as a “Salute to the Makers of Funk.” Featuring the Skipp Pearson Jazz Ensemble, the veteran saxophonist and his cohorts are sure to keep the theme interesting. The tunes continue into the wee hours each night a few blocks away at Pearson’s Le Cafe Jazz in Finlay Park. — Kevin Oliver
South Carolina State House: 7 p.m., free; skpfoundation.org
Sunday 7 — Crosspollination
— Extending the momentum of his weekend event, dynamic saxophonist Skipp Pearson joins legendary South Carolina “blues doctor” Drink Small for a night aimed at drawing back the curtain between America’s essential homegrown genres. The upshot is that two of the state’s most compelling players, regardless of genre, will share the stage, a worthwhile outing even if you’ve don’t really care for jazz or blues. — Jordan Lawrence
Le Cafe Jazz: 7 p.m., $35; skpfoundation.org
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
WE’LL HELP YOU CREATE YOUR WISHLIST FOR YOUR NEW HOME! Choose from 11 communities & over 30 home designs. Personalize your home at our Selections Gallery. Our Customer Service Team gives you peace of mind in your new home. Got land? We can build Your Home Your Way on Your Land. 803-917-5583 3300. Sunset Blvd. West Columbia 29169 Click here for more info