• Show Review: Washed Out Open Music Farm Columbia

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    If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been waiting for this moment for quite some time. This past Tuesday, Ernest Greene finally made his return to Columbia. Greene and his band mates, better known as Washed Out, had the privilege [...]

  • Liza Dye Returns Home and to the Stage.

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    Earlier this year tragedy struck New York comedian (and South Carolina native) Liza Dye when she was hit by a subway train and nearly lost a leg. Liza’s story spread quickly within the comedy community, and gained national attention when [...]

  • Holly Herndon: a Human Future for Computer Music

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    Holly talks about laptop performance, the singularity, and her Tennessee roots at EM15 in Montreal. Experimental composer and performer Holly Herndon is a mediator between worlds. Her adventurous and overtly digital sound at once appeals to the pop sensibilities of [...]

  • WUSC Wednesdays: My Brightest Diamond

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    Tonight’s Diagnosis will feature dream-pop-meets-cabaret darling, My Brightest Diamond. Shara Worden, the artist behind My Brightest Diamond, is the daughter of a National Accordion Championship-winning father and Pentecostal church organist mother from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Worden grew up listening to gospel, [...]

  • In Review: Hopscotch 2014 Top 8

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    Hopscotch 2014 Top 8 “North Carolina, a state making national news of late for its legislative conservatism while proudly hosting to one of the most progressive music events in the country.” Music critic Gary Suarez observed in an article for [...]

News

Show Preview: ▼▲THE BURRITØ BASH▲▼

Show Preview: ▼▲THE BURRITØ BASH▲▼

Ladies and folks, this Saturday, local college radio station WUSC FM is gifting the city of Columbia one more shot of sunny magic vibes before the sunbeam faeries disappear for the fall. Taking place at local hot and spicy spot, [...]

WUSC Wednesdays: Ryder and Res

WUSC Wednesdays: Ryder and Res

This week’s Diagnosis will feature the fervent Serena Ryder and cool Low Res. Serena Ryder started playing guitar at 13, and was signed by age 18 in 2002. She cites the Beatles and Leonard Cohen as major influences. While the [...]

Callosum Releases New Single "Closer (feat. Sav)"

Callosum Releases New Single “Closer (feat. Sav)”

What with all the electronic artists sampling old and overused vocal riffs to mess about in their laboratories, it’s always a pleasure to know of a song featuring a home-grown singstress, with a serenade meant specifically for the song. That [...]

WUSC Wednesdays: Orwells Are No Disgrace

WUSC Wednesdays: Orwells Are No Disgrace

With no intention of pomposity, this week’s Diagnosis will feature another act from my great city that is Chicago. I featured The Orwells once before–along with the usual four other bands–on the show over a year ago, but I could [...]

Show Reviews

D Planet Rock Despite Underwhelming Crowd

D Planet Rock Despite Underwhelming Crowd

Sunday night at Art Bar was my fourth time seeing Diarrhea Planet in the last year. Granted two of those were absolutely insane SXSW sets and one was a wild birthday show with Junior Astronomers in Charlotte, but I feel [...]

ET Anderson Debut New Music and Band at ShredQ

ET Anderson Debut New Music and Band at ShredQ

Since leaving Octopus Jones earlier this summer and relocating from Raleigh back to South Carolina, ET Anderson front-man Tyler Morris has worked quickly forming a band with an all-star lineup and putting finishing touches on the band’s first release due [...]

Show Review: Shakey Graves at the Charleston Pour House

Show Review: Shakey Graves at the Charleston Pour House

The beginning of Shakey’s story can be found around a campfire in the wilderness of a backcountry music festival. As his friends sat happily enjoying the innate mystic warmth of the fire, something lurked in the shadows. There appeared a [...]

[Show Review] Sea Wolf Mutiny/Susto/Grey Spy/Billy Ferguson

[Show Review] Sea Wolf Mutiny/Susto/Grey Spy/Billy Ferguson

For me this was a show of mixed emotions. As Susto kicked off their nationwide summer tour in support they started by playing three South Carolina dates including a kickoff show in Charleston at The Royal American, then onto Columbia, [...]

Concert Previews

Michael Flynn Album Release at Charleston Music Hall

Michael Flynn Album Release at Charleston Music Hall

Face in the Cloud by Michael Flynn The last time Michael Flynn performed his music on stage at Charleston Music Hall it was a concert filled with sentimental and reminiscent moments as his band Slow Runner bid farewell. Michael Flynn [...]

The Tarlatans

The Tarlatans Release New Album with fine Supporting Bands

Once The Tarlatans announced they’d be recording their new EP with Jay Clifford at Hello Telescope studio in Charleston, SC the writing was on the wall that they’d be releasing potentially their finest material to date. For The Tarlatans first [...]

Yosef Bids Farewell to Columbia

Yosef Bids Farewell to Columbia

Moment – Yosef & Caroline Glaser by Yosef Even at his relatively young age, Joseph “Hunter” Duncan has been a long time staple of the Columbia music scene. In his mid-teens he shone with potential, with snarling yelps and adolescent [...]

Say Anything and The Front Bottoms Visit Charlotte

Say Anything and The Front Bottoms Visit Charlotte

Say Anything/The Front Bottoms/So So Glos/You Blew It! play Amos Southend in Charlotte, NC June 21, 2014. The last time I saw three of the bands on this bill I was in Austin, Texas for SXSW. For Say Anything that [...]

New Music

New Music from Kid Trails

New Music from Kid Trails

Out Here by Kid Trails One of the many highlights of the recent Fork and Spoon compilation Tidings From Our Light Purple Gam is Kid Trails contribution “Vortex.”. Kid Trails is the project of Toro y Moi live bassist and [...]

The Warm Embrace of a Compilation

The Warm Embrace of a Compilation

Aaron Graves helped me to love my music scene again. His battle with an inoperable brain tumor has been well documented thus far, both through the media, and updates on Tumor-Schumor.com. I’ve kept in touch with plenty of South Carolina [...]

Album Reviews

Album Review: Methodist Girls by Nathan K

Album Review: Methodist Girls by Nathan K

These days I’m trying to live like Balzac. Honoré de Balzac was a French writer famous for his irregular sleeping schedule- going to sleep at 7 pm, “like the chickens” to wake at 1 am, working through the night, give or take [...]

Album Review: ACADEMIA_

Album Review: ACADEMIA_

Under the confidently capitalized title ACADEMIA_, Columbia-based producer/EDM artist Tyler Matthews crafts baby-smooth electronic climes with a similarly absolute, and well-justified, confidence. With drum-tight production, the innocuous tones and clean, sure rhythms of his seven-track debut release are wielded with a pleasant [...]

WUSC Wednesdays: Here And Nowhere Else

WUSC Wednesdays: Here And Nowhere Else

April 1 brought the release of Cloud Nothings’ Here And Nowhere Else and as expected, it is angst-ridden and full of energy. This album, particularly the first few tracks, feels like a crush. The moments of tension, longing, hope, embarrassment, [...]

WUSC Wednesdays: Gotta Be That Midwest Love

WUSC Wednesdays: Gotta Be That Midwest Love

Just over a year ago, a friend turned me on to Mike Golden & Friends–a rollicking crew from the greater Chicago area. I was blown away by the intensity and passion within each song I listened to, and had the [...]

Videos

Video Premiere: Mt. Plastic-Swimming Lessons

Video Premiere: Mt. Plastic-Swimming Lessons

From the ashes of much loved Peedee post-rock band The Dirty White has risen a new post-punk band fronted by Dirty White guitarist Josh McDowell. Formed in early 2014, thus far the band has focused their energy on live shows [...]

Watch Stunning New Susto Video

Watch Stunning New Susto Video

After some home town dates and a couple of dates opening for Band of Horses, Susto is now in the midst of a nationwide tour that currently has Justin Osborne camping lakeside somewhere in California. Out supporting his debut album [...]

Honor the Father Wins Big at Indie Grits

Honor the Father Wins Big at Indie Grits

What we’ve learned over the past couple of years is that when The Restoration does something, they do it really well. From the bands first performance donning retro garb that matched the early theme of their music, they’ve found ways [...]

[Video Premiere] The Lovely Few-Mariner

[Video Premiere] The Lovely Few-Mariner

We’re excited to premiere the new video from The Lovely Few for the song “Mariner” off their most recent album The Geminids. Over ten years from the early 1960’s to 70’s NASA launched 10 Mariner spacecrafts to do nonlanding flybys of both [...]

Comedy

Rory Scovel performing a feature set at No Expectations Comedy

World Famous Upstater Rory Scovel Returns to Greenville

Local comedy hero Rory Scovel is returning to South Carolina for a pair of shows in Greenville. Rory is a native of the upstate who first performed in Spartanburg, before moving on to Washington, DC and New York to develop [...]

Joe Pettis

Joe Pettis: Beer, Comedy, and Underwear

Comedian Joe Pettis has created two of the best shows in Atlanta: Beer and Comedy Night, a twice-monthly show held at SweetWater Brewery, and Underwear Comedy Party, held once a month at the The Village Theatre, which is of course [...]

Giveaways

The Tarlatans

The Tarlatans Release New Album with fine Supporting Bands

Once The Tarlatans announced they’d be recording their new EP with Jay Clifford at Hello Telescope studio in Charleston, SC the writing was on the wall that they’d be releasing potentially their finest material to date. For The Tarlatans first [...]

[Ticket Giveaway] Arts and Draughts Friday Night

[Ticket Giveaway] Arts and Draughts Friday Night

Arts and Draughts Friday night with Banditos/Bo White Y Su Orquesta/Stagbriar/Shallow Palace Facebook Event When it comes to Columbia’s signature events Arts and Draught’s is one of the city’s finest. Once every quarter the Columbia Museum of Art fills up [...]

Conor Oberst + Dawes at Charleston Music Hall

Conor Oberst + Dawes at Charleston Music Hall

Conor Oberst + Dawes May 11 at Charleston Music Hall Tickets Dawes is the most unassuming popular rock band out there these days and it’s refreshing. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith downplays being considered by some as one of the top songwriters [...]