Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Thursday 7

Bona Lisa — Bona Lisa is a local four piece with hard rock bonafides .They’re an enthralling chimera of Janis Joplin and Robert Plant. Decked out in blues riffs, the guitar solos are a little over-indulgent at times and get lost in the overall cluster, but heck, that’s all par for the course. 48 Fables headline. With St. Maurice, Center Lane. — Ethan Fogus

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $6; 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Friday 8

Chris Compton — While we’ve seen singer-songwriter Chris Compton in many guises over the years (from his sinewy alt-rock group Fossil Record to the chamber-folk of The Ruby Brunettes), there’s no denying that he’s got the songs and chops to just do it on his own. His latest solo record showcases his two singular gifts — a distinctive voice and melodic sensibility on one hand, and a seemingly effortless ability to slide in and out of country, blues and pop tropes on the other. — Kyle Petersen

White Duck Taco Shop: 6 p.m., free; 803-814-0374, whiteducktacoshop.com

Groove Centric — Georgia’s Groove Centric create heavy modal jazz that draws that inspiration from innovators like Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. The quartet is nimble, with strong dynamics that oscillate from wham to whimper. — Ethan Fogus

Chayz Lounge: 8 p.m., $15 ($20 reserve seating), chayzlounge.com, 803-779-9599

Sister Hazel — It’s unimaginable at this point that Sister Hazel will ever top the chart success if its 1997 earworm-on-crack “All For You,” and that seems to be in everyone’s best interest. The band remains unbothered, carrying on with the business of records and tours, ambivalent toward or content with its One Hit Wonder status, and the listening public remains inundated with opportunities to interact with Sister Hazel’s flagrantly edgeless pop-rock. — Michael Spawn

Icehouse Amphitheater: 6 p.m., $28; 803-358-7275, icehouseamphitheater.com

Wombat Junction — Foxfield is the heir apparent to artist-friendly havens like the Red Door Tavern and the White Mule. And Stillhouse (of which three members will appear), with their “the dude abides” brand of Americana, are emblematic of the kind of laid-back and talented clientele Foxfield caters to. Headliner Wombat Junction makes heartfelt music, blending genres during explosive performances. Don’t be surprised if the night ends in a big ol’ jam fest. — Ethan Fogus 

Foxfield Bar and Grille: 8 p.m., free; 803-728-0420, facebook.com/foxfieldbar

Saturday 9

NUMBTONGUE, Grace Joyner, King Vulture — Minor hypnotist Grace Joyner specializes in a decidedly low-key hybrid of folk and electronic songcraft, driven primarily by vocals that bring a human element to otherwise robotic tunes. As NUMBTONGUE, Bobby Hatfield revels in avant-garde pop, with compositions that are often as charming as they are undeniably odd. King Vulture expands the notion of what a party band can be, lending some artistic sophistication to what is an otherwise unabashed good time. With Frederick the Younger. — Michael Spawn

New Brookland Tavern: 9 p.m., $6 ($10 under 21); 803-791-4419, newbrooklandtavern.com

Smokey Robinson — Few living artists embody the positive merging of artistry and business like Smokey Robinson. His voice, songwriting and production skills are legendary and his executive acumen has cemented him as a music industry titan. Those who maintain that the two worlds should be kept separate may scoff, but the work speaks for itself. Songs like “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tracks of My Tears” are as good today as they were decades ago — that is to say, “extremely.” — Michael Spawn

Township Auditorium: 7:30 p.m., $69; 803-576-2350, thetownship.org

Seven Year Witch — Critics have been beating their collective breast about the death of rock ‘n’ roll since long before Lenny Kravitz dropped “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Dead” in ’95, and rock bands have been playing into the endgame theory even longer. That the Upstate’s Seven Year Witch claims to be the last rock ‘n’ roll band standing isn’t a novel claim; it’s cobbled together the discarded remains of Jack White, the Black Crowes and Stone Temple Pilots to create its faux-apocalyptic blooze-rock. If this is the last rock band on Earth, get me off this planet. With PHD. — Patrick Wall

Art Bar: 9 p.m., $5; 803-929-0198, artbarsc.com

Sunday 10

Barbarian Rap League — While for many years it seemed as if the rise of Soundcloud rap would sideline the idea of traditional rap battles as something that belonged to the yesteryear of the hip-hop world, the recent beef between pop titan Drake and elder statesmen Pusha T has led to some (truly excellent) diss tracks that could spark a resurgence of interest in the form. Regardless, plenty of local emcees still hold a candle for the playing-the-dozens exhilaration of word-slinging in the Barbarian Rap League. — Kyle Petersen

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $30; 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

Monday 11

Space Coke — The local trio Space Coke takes its name from the last scene of Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, where Chong, after partying with aliens in outer space, returns to Earth and compels his buddy Cheech to rip a line of “space coke.” “It’ll blow your head off,” Chong implores. Next thing you know, Cheech and Chong are blasting through their neighbor’s roof, rocketing into space on the ultimate high. It’s a fitting reference, given Space Coke’s skull-splitting thunder and drop-out-of-life-bong-in-hand attitude. Try it, man. It’ll blow your head off. — Patrick Wall

Tapp’s Arts Center: 9 p.m., $7; 803-988-0013, tappsartscenter.com

Tuesday 12

The Weekend Classic — Indiana’s The Weekend Classic is a power-pop-punk band that has worked with members of Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and Paramore. The four-piece’s newest offering Better Health presents a more mature and refined version of the group. Lead single “Mutual Interest” blends Godspeed’s penchant for delayed vibrato chaos with Taking Back Sunday-style call-and-response anguish. With Hangover, Happy, Foxglove. — Ethan Fogus

New Brookland Tavern: 7 p.m., $6 ($10 under 21); 803-791-4413, newbrooklandtavern.com

John Scollon — Part of the Songversations series hosted by local poet Al Black, this should be an interesting one as John Scollon is not only a well-traveled area musician as an acoustic solo act and member of the Dead-leaning band Stillhouse, he’s the co-founder and executive director of the Columbia Marionette Theater. No word on whether he’s going to tell his between-song stories with help from marionette characters, though. — Kevin Oliver

Tapp’s Arts Center: 7 p.m., $7; 803-988-0013; tappsartscenter.com

Wednesday 13

High Valley — This Canadian country band featuring brothers Curtis and Brad Rempel might be the breakout story of 2018 with high energy, acoustic Americana-based tunes that are still thoroughly modern-sounding. So far this year they’ve earned an ACM nomination for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, toured Europe, and notched their first Top 10 radio hit, “She’s With Me,” and the year’s only half over. With Travis Denning. — Kevin Oliver

The Senate: 7:30 p.m.; $5 ($10 under 21); 803-252-9393, thesenatecolumbia.com