This Week in Columbia, SC

Starting today things are getting a little crazy in Columbia. The biggest thing is obviously Indie Grits. It’s going to be a massive festival full of film, food, and music. There are a huge number of events as part of this festival but I’m going to focus on the concerts, as they’re looking to be pretty incredible. Along with Indie Grits, we also have some great shows at New Brookland (not part of Indie Grits) featuring local South Carolina bands as well as nationally touring acts.

Thursday, April 19

Indie Grits Festival Kickoff Bash & 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios Preview Party

What a long name. Okay, I guess the only music at this event is going to be some pretty awesome DJs but I think it’s an event worth writing about. There is going to be live art, an interactive “Make A Scene” drawing rally, and a fancy grits bar. I don’t even know what a grits bar even is. I don’t even like grits but it still sounds like something that I am going to check out. SceneSC will be there partying their faces off, come join.

7pm    701 Whaley St. Columbia, SC   Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door

The Lovely Few Release Show

The newest addition to Charleston’s Hearts and Plugs record label, The Lovely Few re-release their last full length album The Perseids alongside a new EP titled The Orionids. Supporting The Lovely Few on this bill will be Clemson’s electronica outfit We Roll Like Madmen who put the energy back in electronic live shows.

8pm (doors at 7:30pm) $5

Friday, April 20

The Olivia Tremor Control w/ Coma Cinema

To tell you the truth, I do not know much about The Olivia Tremor Control other than the fact that they were a part of the Elephant Six collective with Neutral Milk Hotel and of Montreal, as well as other prestigious acts. From the bands that they are associated I am expecting something very weird but full of talent. We’ve also got Coma Cinema on the lineup, a band who are pretty popular here and are sure to put on an interesting show.

7pm   New Brookland Tavern    Tickets are $15 advanced/$18 day of show

Sunday, April 22

Young Mumbles w/ Post-Timey String Band

I think this is the show that I’m most excited for. I literally just got back from seeing Post-Timey String Band performing at WUSC’s Acoustic Night at Drip and it was something else. I cannot wait to see them again. Young Mumbles are also fantastic and adorable. They have some wonderful male and female vocals and will be sure to turn some heads.

10pm    The Whig

La Dispute w/ Balance and Composure & All Get Out

People love the hell out of All Get Out in Columbia. They’re a really great band who could easily headline a show at New Brookland and bring a huge number of people. Though this is just another stop on the national tour that they are on with La Dispute, it will be sure to be something special. La Dispute are a band from Grand Rapids, Michigan that I have heard a lot about and are meant to put on an excellent live show.

6pm    New Brookland Tavern   Tickets are $13

Monday, April 23

Ned Durrett & The Kindly Gents and Lost Wages

Both these bands are so excellent. They’re also playing with Side By Side and 10 Car Pile Up but I could not find much information about them. Ned Durrett is one of the nicest people I know and him and his Kindly Gents play music along the lines of The Black Keys, but a little softer. Lost Wages also just playing at WUSC’s acoustic night and they were something special. Their harmonies are pretty and their cover of The Felice Brothers’ “Whiskey In My Whiskey” is damn awesome.

7pm  New Brookland Tavern   $5 over 21/$8 under

Shrimp Records Showcase

This showcase features Joel T. Hamilton, Ray Kay and Friends, and The Royal Tinfoil. I’ve listening to Joel T. Hamilton and he is a wonderful singer-songwriter. My friend Clay said he is one of the nicest and most talented musicians he knows, and Clay knows music. I’m excited to check this out and see some new bands from South Carolina that I’ve never heard of before.

10pm    Hunter Gatherer

Ned Durrett & The Kindly Gents w/ The Mobros

Ned Durrett & The Kindly Gents are playing another show on Monday? They sure are. After their set at NBT they are going to run (well, drive) over to Bey’s to play another show with fantastic band The Mobros. This is an absolutely incredible lineup featuring two my favorite SC bands. I know there is already so much going on on Monday night, but this is absolutely a show to consider. Go crazy, it’s the last day of classes.

10pm     Bey’s    

Tuesday, April 24

Quintron & Miss Pussycat w/ Choir Quit and Modern Man

Quintron is from New Orleans and and supposedly he makes “genre-defying noise and Swamp-Tech dance music”. That sounds very interesting but what I’m most excited for is his collaborator, puppeteer Miss Pussycat. She sings, plays maracas, and does highly amusing Technicolor puppet shows. Yeah, that’s a real thing. Choir Quit played at WUSC’s Folkcycle Fest last Saturday and they were great and Modern Man were just featured in Paste Magazine. This show’s a big deal.

8pm   Five Points Pub    Tickets $8

Wednesday, April 25

Cinemovements

This looks awesome. Morihiko Nakahara, the esteemed South Carolina Philharmonic’s beloved, quirky conductor, will lead musicians from the SC Phil in a collection hand-picked compositions. Brand new silent films, commissioned by Indie Grits, will accompany the SC Philharmonic performance. So he’s going to be playing music for the silent films. That’s an amazing idea. I’m certain it will be something new and amazing and I would suggest you go to this if you think you like film and/or music.

8pm   Drayton Hall    Tickets $25 ($10 for students) – HERE

Thursday, April 26

Shuffle Magazine Showcase

These guys wrote a mean article about us one time but that’s okay because they’re putting on a pretty cool show. It’s going to feature The Ahleuchatistas, Andy The Doorbum, and The Unawares. It’s also going to feature music videos that have been submitted by artists. These videos have been picked by Shuffle especially for this show so they’re sure to be great.

8pm   Conundrum Music Hall   Tickets are $8

Friday, April 27

Fork & Spoon Records Showcase w/ Those Lavender Whales, Can’t Kids, Chemical Peel, and Southern Femisphere

Yes! Those Lavender Whales! I have wanted to see them for quite a while now and now’s my chance. They play some pretty charming folk-pop music and have many amazing songs, including Mountains which I especially like. Can’t Kids have a kind of creepy band picture but I like them and so do other people so you should watch them. I have never heard the rest of the bands but Fork & Spoon are great so I’m sure they are as well.

9pm    5 Points Pub   Tickets 

Be sure to check out at least one of these shows, if not all!

About the Author

Yes, I was named after famous british polar bear Rupert. In fact, I was named after a cat that was named after that cartoon bear. This is exactly the reason why I’d have to say an orange cat is my spirit animal. Though, it’s kind of more like this cat is my spirit goddess. My spirit animal is a bit more like a grizzly duck, which is a grizzly bear with a duck’s beak. Two reasons: 1) When I wake up I am angry and grumble a lot, like a grizzly bear but once I wake up I am (usually) friendly and I quack a lot, and 2) I own a sweater with a grizzly bear on it and one with a duck on it. I am obviously obsessed with music and everything to do with music. I have been to over 80 concerts, I am in a band called One Two Skidoo, and I also co-host a radio show of that same name on WUSC. I was born in a country called London (I would say England, but you Americans seem to be set on the fact that England is only London). I was actually born in Brighton, England, but I don’t wanna confuse you too much so we’ll say I’m from London. I then moved to a super freezing area of Canada. You’re probably thinking “but all of Canada is super freezing!”. That’s not true. Well, kind of not true. I do that school thing at the University of South Carolina, and I write about music on this website, obviously. David Stringer is my hero.

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