Friday April 7 // Pablo

ET Anderson//Tom Angst//Daddy’s Beemer

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A couple of years ago ET Anderson burst onto the music scene after frontman Wilson W. Wilson moved back to Columbia, SC after spending time in Raleigh, NC with pysch rock outfit Octopus Jones. When he returned he started where he left off with his previous band Calculator, but this time with a better idea on what he wanted. ET Anderson blazed stages, playing aggressive live shows that built tension and then exploded, and also went against the laid back nature of their released recordings. On this bill ET Anderson join two of South Carolina’s best new indie bands in Tom Angst and Daddy’s Beemer.

April 6-8 2017 SpringSkunk Music Fest

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North of Greer, SC in the foothills of the Appalachian’s the Ziegler’s host a couple of festivals each year along with other events around town. They’re all spinoffs of their successful Albino Skunk Festival which happens in October. It was so popular that the Spring Skunkfest was an easy spinoff. Over the years they’ve hosted bands we love like The Everybodyfields, The Avett Brothers, and Trampled by Turtles, and this year the lineup proves to be filled with great acts again with Forlorn Strangers, Alexa Rose, and plenty more.

Friday April 7 at The Radio Room

Beach Bug//The Jam Jams//Primal Static

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There’s something endearing about Beach Bug’s classic bedroom recordings on his new EP Beach//Bug. The recordings are crisp and clean though tagged as lo-fi on Bandcamp, they avoid the classic tape hiss and low hum of classic bedroom recordings and demos. The six songs on this new EP are all self-reflective with personal titles like “Kevin’s Birthday” and “Emily: the 2nd Hottest Girl in Mrs. Smith Class”, but where the album really thrives on early listens is in the simple but effective guitar work on “The Nest” and “Hook the Fish”. They’ll celebrate the release of the new EP Friday at The Radio Room.


Friday April 7 at New Brookland Tavern

Those Lavender Whales Release Show w/Dear Blanca & Live Singles

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My Bones are Singing from Dust of the Ground on Vimeo.

I just want to link this article here and this video above to explain the importance of this show. I got a little emotional when Free Times interviewed me and we talked about Aaron Graves.

Thursday April 6 in Boyd Plaza, Columbia Museum of Art

-Spring Arts Showcase presented by: The Jasper Project
Music by Release The Dog & Alarm Drum both playing sets on Hampton Street Stage

Now that the rain is gone and only left wind in its aftermath, we’ll get to enjoy a breezy evening with Alarm Drum and Release the Dog outside at first Thursday. Both bands pull from 90’s indie rock in a lot of ways, but from different styles, though those styles go hand in hand. Release the Dog call for Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. comparisons and Alarm Drum for My Bloody Valentine, especially when they cover “When You Sleep”.

-Indie Bits Pop-Up Arcade at Infinite Room

In two weeks Indie Grits will sweep over downtown Columbia opening with a Thursday evening outdoor show featuring Lampchop on Main Street. Indie Bits gives you a taste of their part of the festival Thursday night at the First Thursday after party at Infinite Room where they’ll have a pop up arcade featuring several games from past years like Home Improvisation, Colours and Shapes, Water Me, and Contact.

Love, Peace & Hip Hop Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Main and Laurel

Hip-Hop Family Day is back in Columbia this weekend with an expected turnout of 15,000 for this year’s headliners Kid ’n Play. Saturday is the culmination of the Love, Peace & Hip Hop festival that began on March 31.

“Da Cold Warrior” book release: Housed at Tapp’s Art Center Friday night at 7pm, the release showcases FatRat Da Czar’s burgeoning career as a regional hip-hop artist.Czar gives us personal accounts of his path over the last ten years – that has led to the great success he has today – in the form of his debut book Da Cold Warrior. The book also includes a tenth anniversary edition of Da Cold War trilogy – the initial album that caused others to take notice of Czar. The book release will be followed by a live performance from Czar featuring tracks off Da Cold War trilogy.


April 8 at The Royal American

Faline / Those Lavender Whales / Dear Blanca / Youngster at The Royal American

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Saturday April 8 at Music Farm

Charlestown Sounds Music Festival

Contour – “Softer” from Contour on Vimeo.


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Charlestown Sounds festival looks to bring people together Saturday at Music Farm with a variety of acts showcasing the cities diversity. Noted on the lineup is Contour who’s released one of our favorite albums and videos of the year in “Softer” which is streaming above. It’s a much watch.