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SCOTT WALKER: 30th CENTURY MAN

Please join us for a very special Monday Night Music Documentary at Conundrum Music Hall! FREE ADMISSION!

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is a rare glimpse into the creative world of one of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, tracing the impact he has had on popular music through interviews with some of his highest profile fans. From jobbing bass player on LA's Sunset Strip, to huge presence on the British pop scene that began in the summer of 1965, to his transformation into a composer of true genius. As this film documents, at age 63, over the course of 2005, Walker went into the studio again, working on what could be his greatest artistic statement yet. Featuring David Bowie, Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Damon Alban, Neil Harrison, Marc Almond, Johnny Marr, Sting and many more...

Cartoons at 7pm, Scott Walker film starts 7:30pm. Drinks and snacks available.

Monday, December 17 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE


about.theWindow ~ Peacefrog Trampstamp ~
Nathan Stewart & Kayla Breitwieser

Sunday, December 16 2012
8pm (doors @ 7pm)
$5

Space Idea Noisey Showcase
Brian Morsberger - of Drums Like Machine Guns ~~~ Nihellism ~~~ Plank Ewing ~~~ Bad Motto

Everyone has tapes/music/stuff for sale

*New Space Idea tapes for sale:
Jefferson Mayday Mayday (C60) - Her Satanic Majesty's Request Granted
Pornojumpstart (C45)- For Roreigh

Thursday, December 13 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Frode Gjerstad Trio + 1

After two decades of trios with various international musicians, this is Frode Gjerstad 's first all-Norwegian trio. And it is a significant move towards a Nordic improvised sound. In the past, he has played in trios with Hamid Drake, William Parker, John Stevens, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, Wilber Morris and Rashid Bakr.

  • Paal Nilssen-Love, drums
  • Jon Rune Strom, bass
  • Frode Gjerstad, clarinets, alto sax
  • Jeb Bishop, trombone
This trio has made 6 recordings so far: "Last First" on the US label, Falcata-Galica. A studio-recording from November -99 when the group was quite fresh. Then came a live recording from September 2000 in Oslo, "The Blessing Light" on Cadence Jazz Records. This CD is dedicated to the late British drummer, John Stevens. "Sharp knives cut deeper" with Peter Brotzmann on the Italian label Splash came in-03, "St.Louis" is a live recording from our 2002 US tour that came out on FMR in -04 and in 2005 we recorded "mothers & fathers". In 2007 we recorded "Nothing is forever" at a concert in Oslo.

The trio has so far toured and/or played festivals in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Slovenia,Kroatia, Italy, USA and Canada.

Happily, Mr. Jeb Bishop will be joining the trio on this concert, making it something more like a quartet.

Wednesday, December 12 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$8

an Arnold Taylor Situation

Ceschi ~~~ @Cecilnick ~~~ TribeOne ~~~ Mikal kHill

Ceschi (pronounced chess-key) Ramos makes his own version of progressive hip hop spliced with elements of folk & indie rock. Although he has almost mathy technical rap abilities he's first and foremost a singer-songwriter at heart. Although one Ceschi song may consist of punk influenced machine gun fast raps, the next may be a quiet folk ballad played on acoustic guitar.

@Cecilnick: "To see a @cecilnick performance is to witness the devolution of a man." - Tribe One http://t.co/NFUFnY9a

Lightning struck, thunder crashed, and TribeOne was born with a smile on his face and a rap in his heart. It took him a few years to figure out how to write and then many more years to figure out how to write a decent rap. But eventually he sorted it all out and his been at it ever since.
Years later, he continues doing the raps, nerdcore and otherwise. He's a man of few words but many names, Dirty South Swamp Thing, Devil Rhymeosaur, Ol' Dirty Batroc.

Mikal kHill is the founding member of the hiphop group/artist collective The ThoughtCriminals & of NOFRIENDS Music. He is also the producer of the Browncoats Mixtape, Slytherin Mixtape, & various other musical endeavors. kHing kHoopa. The Dragonborn MC.

Monday, December 10 2012
8pm (doors at 9pm)
$5

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Cactus Truck

Cactus Truck creates startlingly intense music, not merely in terms of volume or velocity but through complete physical/psychological surrender. One can find hints of delta blues, early free jazz, Japanese noise, and no wave in the music. Cactus Truck is based in Amsterdam and they've collaborated frequently with members of The Ex, including Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Arnold de Boer (ZEA) and Colin McLean, as well as Ab Baars, Han Bennink, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn, Teun Verbruggen, Gerri Jaeger (Knalpot) and Jon Rune Strom. Their first official album entitled Brand New For China! was released in March 2012 on Public Eyesore Records.

Saturday, December 8 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production

Can't Kids ~ Wasted Wine ~ Reverends ~ Daddy Lion

Friday, December 7 2012
8pm
$7

Craig Butterfield

Thursday, December 6 2012
8pm (doors @ 7pm)
$5

Jordan Igoe & Mackie Boles ~~~
Mason Jar Menagerie ~~~
Hollerin River Talkers ~~~
Noah Brock

Hailing from the Holy City of Charleston, SC, Jordan Igoe professes a sound rooted in Southern Americana. The multi-instrumentalist has played and performed in a multitude of different groups around the Southeast. Igoe has been playing professionally for over ten years as a solo performer, and with a rotating lineup of stellar backup musicians around Charleston and regionally around the Southeast. Having grown up in a musical family, Igoe started playing piano at age 10 and picked up the guitar a few years later, and writes catchy, heartfelt songs with both instruments. It is her raw, soulful voice, however, that immediately grabs the listener and holds on.

Mason Jar Menagerie is a blues-rock three piece from Fountain Inn, SC. Comprised of the Garrett siblings, Jake and Susan. Along with their good friend Ameer Raja. Jake leads with rock-n-roll style guitar, vocals and more. Susan keeps the heavy blues beat with the drums and taps on with the clogs and washboard. Ameer plucks at the groove on the bass. If you like The Black Keys and The White Stripes you are sure to love this Appalachin blues- rock trio.

The (Hollerin') River Talkers is a group of singer-songwriters and musicians who have come together to play old blues and gospel tunes.
The group is made up of members of members of Shallow Palace, Mason Jar Menagerie, American Gun, The Restoration, Whiskey Tango Revue, Aaron Berg & The Heavy Love and Marshall Brown Band.

Noah Brock:
here is a link to a few videos my friend Dingo (Jonathan Bouknight ) filmed of my cellist (Alderman Douglas of Timshel) and I sneaking in major department stores and playing songs until they asked us to leave:
this one is in Lowes, the song we are playing is 'Lost God Near the Battery'
this one is in Target, the song we played here was 'Sandusky Wind'

Saturday, December 1 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

Still Sweet ~~~ Silent Spring Ensemble ~~~ Doomslang

Still Sweet (formerly Scallion) is the main songwriting and recording project of Edible Onion founder and multi-instrumentalist, Darian Scatton. Darian's music is amorphous and hard to pin down, ever-changing and shifting in color and tone at the whims of its creator. The recordings are usually comprised of sounds created with whatever instruments happen to be lying around at the time, giving the recordings an odd sense of time and place as well as the sense of wonderment that comes from happy accidents and the chaos of home recording. For now, Darian performs alone with just his voice and his harp, paring down his densely arranged recordings to their emotional root, displaying them openly with beautiful sadness.

Silent Spring Ensemble: "... the delicate beauty of intricate finger-picked electric guitar patterns, gracefully gliding cello melodies and the stately shuffle of drums. Minimal like Rachel's and elegiac like Songs for a Dead Pilot-era Low, Silent Spring Ensemble's slowcore is nonetheless uniquely beautiful." - P. Wall

Doomslang is Joshua McCormack from Columbia, SC. That is all.

Friday, November 30 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Mechanical River ~~~ Water Liars ~~~ Outdoor Protestant Blues Band

Mechanical River is Charleston, SC's Joel T. Hamilton, who released 2010's Feels Like We're Going To Win on Shrimp Records, the label he formed with Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope) to support local Charleston artists. Most recently, Joel has become Mechanical River with the release of Astral Castle, a haunting set of deconstructed R&B-folk jams featuring looped vocals, keyboards, and a cigar-box guitar.

Water Liars: "Pissed energy packed with solemn depression, leaning on the sides of agression and beautiful compassion and brokenness to an effect that makes all of the force feel and sound wonderfully wounded." - Daytrotter

Outdoor Protestant Blues Band: When Mike Collins isn't shouting garagy bluegrass with Say Brother, he's been known to pound away at fuzzed out blues under the moniker Outdoor-Protestant Blues Band. He's a one man hurricane.


Wednesday, November 28 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$7


You Call This An Election?

This month the SC Progressive Network fourth-Tuesday movie night moves to an after-work networking night. We are mixing socializing with a guest speaker or two, followed by discussion or short film. This month the conversation is: You call this an election? We'll take a look at our system, with the nation's least competitive legislative elections (83% of our 170 legislators faced no major party opposition in the general election), and we'll get a report from our Election Protection coalition on problems at the polls.

Were you one of the exemplary citizens who stood in line for six hours to cast a vote? Did you vote for Mr. Obama knowing that the electoral college makes your choice irrelevant? Were you one of the confused voters who called the Election Protection Hotline to report that they left the Democrats off the electronic ballot, when in fact there we no Democratic candidates? Come share your Election Day story.

We'll watch a 15-minute documentary Don't Trust the Touchscreens about the very computers we use to vote. Dr. Duncan Buell, a USC computer expert who warned the state Election Commission not to buy these machines, will be on hand to tell us why we need a new voting system and critique the system failures in Richland County.

Doors open at 5:30pm; the program begins at 6. For details, call 803-808-3384.

Tuesday, November 27 2012
6pm (doors at 5:30pm)
FREE


Dr. Roundhouse ~ Rooftop Flyers ~ The Pentodes

Friday, November 23 2012
8pm
$5

Sonic Installation
of
626 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169

A multimedia performance featuring live instrumentalist, a choir, video projections, and an assortment of turntables.

Composed and directed by Paddy Dover.

Saturday, November 17 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE


Jeb Bishop & Jorrit Dijkstra

Jeb Bishop (trombone, mutes) and Jorrit Dijkstra (alto saxophone, mutes). Free improvisation, but this need not automatically lead to dissonance and chaotic patterns. Often gentle and sublime, thought not afraid to dish out some unmitigated ferocity, this is two pros having a quality conversation with their instruments.

Jorrit Dijkstra spent his formative years in Amsterdam's vibrant improvisation community playing jazz, free improvisation, and world music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots.

Jeb Bishop was born in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Cuban missile crisis. In later years he played trombone and bass with The Flying Luttenbachers, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzmann, Jim O'Rourke, and such.

Saturday, November 17 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$8

an Arnold Taylor Situation


Friday, November 16 2012
9pm
$5

John Cage Centenial

A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of American Maverick John Cage

featuring The NMW Ensemble, performing:

  • Five (1988)
  • Cartridge Music (1960)
  • Six (1991)
  • Four 6 (1992) with One (1987), One5 (1990) and Sculptures Musicales (1989)
Thursday, November 15 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

ELIM BOLT ~~~ CAN'T KIDS ~~~
ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY

ELIM BOLT is an indie croon rock band from Charleston, South Carolina. "Nude South" is the debut release for the band as well as for Johnnie Matthews as a songwriter and front man. Throughout the album, Johnnie offers glimpses of his small-town southern r oots with images of his family farm and country upbringing, all filtered through the love, sex, and drugs found in his adopted city life. ELIM BOLT features a youthful indie rock sound paired with a classic crooner voice all topped with a pinch of southern charm."

CAN'T KIDS is a Southern-Gothic-Depression-Era-Cheerleader-Metal band that formed in a frenzy & a series of ongoing fits of lunacy during November 2010 when members Adam Cullum & Jessica Oliver moved into an extra giant old house with their friend Brie lle. All three tenants are now convinced that aforementioned house is indeed haunted.

ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY is spartan acoustic strums bolstered by economic rhythms and flashes o f abrasive color.

Sunday, November 11 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a David Stringer production


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Mazloom Empire ~~~ Sam Sniper ~~~ The Winter Sounds

Mazloom EmpireMazloom Empire is a pop-rock outfit from Columbia, SC featuring the songwriting of Lawdan Mazloom. A young and gifted songwriter, Mazloom has taken her acoustic catalog and crafted full-band instrumentations with the help of Brett Kent on bass, Zac Thomas on guitar, Marshall Brown on piano and Steve Sancho on drums.

Sam SniperSam Sniper is an alt-country band from Athens Georgia. Their debut album, We're Not Coming Back This Way, is the culmination of a yearlong self-produced self-recorded effort by members Andrew Klein and Chris Barnett. Drawing on songs written collaboratively by the two, We're Not Coming Back This Way deals with love, heartbreak, purpose, and intergalactic jungle warfare.

The Winter Sounds500 shows over the last 5 years. That is the true definition of a band hard at work. That band is New Orleans' The Winter Sounds. Fun. Energetic. Anthemic. All words to describe The Winter Sounds and their catchy-as-hell sonic gems.

Saturday, November 10 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


CECIL AND FRIENDS HAVE A FUN BACON PARTY

HEY GUYS LET'S HAVE A MULTI-GENRE MUSICAL FUN TIME!

CECILNICK: nocore fiasco
http://www.soundcloud.com/cecilnick

MIKAL KHILL: just another asshole
http://www.mikalkhill.bandcamp.com/

PASSING WENTWORTH: piano-infused smoothness
http://www.soundcloud.com/passingwentworth

TRIBE ONE: bad mamma jamma
http://www.tribeone.bandcamp.com/

SHANE HALL: bearded god
http://www.shanehall.bandcamp.com/

Friday, November 9 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5



Thursday, November 8 2012
8pm
$5


Wednesday, Novemeber 7 2012
7pm
$5

Roomdance - Plank Ewing 'Ribald Curiosity tour'

with

Cavedweller
Braindead
The Choir Quit


Monday, November 5 2012
9pm
$5


Native American Film Festival

SATURDAY, November 3, 2012

3:00 pm Music Expressions of Natives Suite (Documentary/Music)

  • Anishinabe kwe Nagamon 6:00 (Music Video)
  • Same Ole Feelin 5:16 (Music Video)
  • I don't wanna Be Right 4:32 (Music Video Rap)
  • Choir Boy Lucky 17:58 (Documentary)
  • Sousa On The Rez 26:00 (Documentary short)
  • Hamac Caziim 38:00 (Documentary short)
  • I Lost my Shadow 3:45 (Music Video)
  • Starlight 4:00 (Music Video)

5:00 pm Water Flowing Together (Documentary)

6:30 pm Nowa Cumig: The Drum Will Never Stop (Documentary)

8:00 pm

  • Honor The Treaties 12:00 (Documentary)
  • Overburden 15:00 (Documentary)
  • Still 16: 09 (Documentary)
  • Columbus Day Legacy 26:46 (Documentary)
  • Blood 20:00 (Documentary)


SUNDAY, November 4, 2012

3:00 pm Voices of the Amazon and Beyond (Documentary)

3:30pm Paridiso for Sale (Documentary)

5:00pm Music Expressions of Natives Suite (Documentary/Music)

  • Anishinabe kwe Nagamon 6:00 (Music Video)
  • Same Ole Feelin 5:16 (Music Video)
  • I don't wanna Be Right 4:32 (Music Video Rap)
  • Choir Boy Lucky 17:58 (Documentary)
  • Sousa On The Rez 26:00 (Documentary short)
  • Hamac Caziim 38: 00 (Documentary short)
  • I Lost my Shadow 3:45 (Music Video)
  • Starlight 4:00 (Music Video)

6:30 pm Water Flowing Together (Documentary)

8:00 pm

  • BLOOD (Short Doc/International Indigenous)
  • Family Spirit Welcomes (Short Doc)
  • Merrit House (Short Doc)
  • The 6th World (Sci-Fi)
  • The 6th World (Sci-Fi)
Saturday, November 3, 2012 3-10pm
Sunday, November 4, 2012 3-11pm
$4.00 General Admission and $3.00 for Seniors and Students


Sun Brother, Alex Simpson, The Apnea Effect, Double Tongue

Sun Brother (Greenville,Sc)
www.reverbnation.com/sunbrothersc

Alex Simpson (Greenville, Sc)
www.reverbnation.com/AlexSimpsonMusic

The Apnea Effect (West Columbia)
www.reverbnation.com/theapneaeffect

Double Tongue
www.reverbnation.com/doubletongueband

Friday, November 2 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Jealousy Mountain Duo
~~~ C. Neil Scott & Matt 'Musician X' Falter
~~~ Gnarwhal

Jealousy Mountain Duo: "Two-man German band Jealousy Mountain Duo's self-titled longplayer was released by experimental German label Blunoise, a perfect portmanteau of Jealousy Mountain Duo's disparate '60s jazz and noisy, math-rock influences. Jealousy Mountain Duo takes a deconstructivist approach to its experimental blend of post-modern jazz and mathy indie rock, its guitars looping looping and conflicting melodies, its drums working in and out of rhythms, eschewing any semblance of straightforward timekeeping for an abstract counterbalance to the swirl of notes and tones. The result is tightly controlled chaos, a sonic maelstrom where form doesn't necessarily follow function. This, truly, is radical stuff. In both senses of the word."- P. Wall

Gnarwhal: Was a foursome, now a twosome. Going hard always. New album coming soon. experimental math-rock progressive rock'n'roll unclassifiable Nashville

C. Neil Scott & Matt 'Musician X' Falter: avant improv sax and drums

Thursday, November 1 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Bellhop Collective / HULLCOGAN / about.theWindow / Human Beansauce / bigSphinx

Human Beansauce is a one-man bass 'n' drumz project out of Rock Hill SC.

HULLCOGAN is an avant/ experimental noise band with a bad ass drummer and originally created and recorded samples.

about.theWindow say of themselves: "This is a practice of listening. Improvisational, textural, rhythmic, momentary. How very 1999.94.12."
Members include Cecil Decker, Chris Johnson. 18kHz bitches.

Bellhop Collective is : a loose cluster of improvisers in Columbia, SC ; the live performance arm of Avant-Garde Investigations ; a living, breathing, evolving organism.

Josh Gregory will be providing projected video by means of Proteus.

6 PM: open rehearsal. all interested parties are welcome to join the Bellhop Collective for our pre-show rehearsal.
7 PM: doors.
8 PM: show. all audience members that joined us during the rehearsal may perform with the Bellhop Collective during the final portion of the show. bigSphinx will contribute some remixing of what happened previously.

Saturday, October 27 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$3


Lost in the Middles 'Hope and Calamity' Acoustic CD Release Show
Lost in the Middle ~~~ Darling Waste ~~~ The Hookup ~~~ Adison Croft ~~~ Brik Cash ~~~ Frederick Ingram

Lost in the Middle, a D-I-Y rock band from South Carolina, are looking to gain some more exposure and some industry support.
'To me, they sound like a mixture of Staind and Tool. Say what you want about Staind, but Staind are a really good band (if you don't believe me, listen to their self-titled record) and Tool are obviously Tool. But being compared to Tool is high praise, so is it really worth it to say that about this band? A little bit. The vocals are undeniably like Aaron's of Staind and the music is fairly progressive. There's heavy bits and slow bits within the songs and there's definitely a lot going on within a short time frame.'
- Luke Helker 'Hear Me Out' on Wordpress.com

Darling Waste is a heart felt indie rock band that began in Cleveland, matured in New York City and found it's way to Brighton, England. After seven years, 500 DIY shows in 11 countries, & an incomprehensible number of miles & hours spent wearing out 10 vans, the band has built a fiercely loyal army of devoted fans. The band's working class mentality, dynamic live show, and fan connection have afforded Darling Waste opportunities to play several UK festivals and share the stage with Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Bayside, Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard, Saves the Day, Something Corporate, Secondhand Serenade, Aiden, Kill Hannah, and many others.

Adison Croft: in early 2006 Blake Hammer Burel, Nathan Nelson, and David Blevins began writing with singer/songwriter Steven Marner, partly as a way to deal with the frustration over the breakup of their old band, Malaki Kort. It turned out that the heavier sounds and deeper, more thoughtful lyrics Steven brought to the table were just what they were looking for. The roughly twenty songs that they have collaborated on thus far provides an exciting addition to modern rock. Melodic verses leading to hard driving choruses reminds listeners of radio staples such as: Stone Temple Pilots and Breaking Benjamin. However, the quartet is careful not to be formulaic in the songwriting process. With influences from Pink Floyd to Mudvayne, unacquainted listeners are given more than a few reasons for surprise. Their fresh ideas have earned them praise from peers and industry veterans alike.

Brik Cash: acoustic/alternative/pop, catchy lyrics ... sexy as shit, handsome as fuck, awesome as hell, and my names Rod and I like to party.

Frederick Ingram: is one of the Carolinas' most original voices. A performing songwriter, he accompanies wide-ranging vocals with a signature brand of fingerstyle guitar.

Friday, October 26 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$6 in advance (click here to order)/ $8 at the door ($2 surcharge for everyone under 21)


Duo AB BAARS & IG HENNEMAN

Ab Baars - tenorsax, clarinet, shakuhachi
Ig Henneman - viola

Ab Baars and Ig Henneman are among the leading representers of the jazz- and improvised music scene in the Netherlands. Their program contains improvisations based on compositions written by Baars and Henneman and completely improvised material.

The duo Baars-Henneman was born in Rome (IT) at the Festival "ControIndicazioni" in 1999.

Ab Baars and Ig Henneman have participated in international festivals and played venues as a duo and with their own groups. The duo toured in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, UK, Japan, Norway, Czech Republic, USA, Canada and Brasil.

Ab Baars leads his own groups; the Ab Baars Trio and Quartet. For years now he is a member of the ICP Orchestra of Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink.

Ig Henneman is a violaplayer and a composer. She leads her own groups in which she works with musicians from various areas of music, like radical free improvisation, jazz, contemporary music and punk. She is a member of the Canadian/Dutch Queen Mab Trio.

Thursday, October 25 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$9

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Home of Easy Credit ~~~bigSphinx

Queens-based The Home of Easy Credit challenges the boundaries of free-improvised music, jazz, folk, and pop music with an iconoclastic approach that defies all those who seek to classify music by genre. Two musicians who met in New York in 2008 and were married one year later, Danish multi-instrumentalist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and bassist Tom Blancarte have teamed up musically as The Home of Easy Credit, releasing their self-titled debut album on Northern Spy in 2012. Taking their name from a department store sign in a dilapidated section of downtown Houston, Texas which they photographed while on tour there, the duo seeks to hold up a mirror to contemporary musical tastes to create a dark, beautiful and thrilling sound world that reflects upon the decline of contemporary civilization.

Recently gaining notoriety for her improvised solo performances, Jensen uses a broad range of colors, drawn from a long lineage of Scandinavian artists including Jan Garbarek, Arve Henriksen and Bjork but blended with saxophone sounds as diverse as Lee Konitz or Mats Gustafsson. An experienced veteran of the New York DIY music scene, Blancarte, who plays electronic futuristic jazz with the Peter Evans Quintet, hyperactive prog banjo/guitar shred with Seabrook Power Plant and provides hellish bass insanity to tubist Dan Peck's improvised doom metal outfit The Gate, utilizes every trick in his book to underpin his wife's apocalyptic musical narratives. The year 2012 promises to be an exciting year for the duo, as they plan an epic tour of North America in the fall and two tours of Europe in the spring and summer.

bigSphinx, a solo project of Mr. Tom Law, presents a li'l bit of laptop/synth improv.

Thursday, October 24 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Line

This just-released, 40-minute film documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. The movie was produced by Sojourners, a nationally respected Christian Social Justice organization, and puts a compelling face on who's below the line.

Open to the general public.
Free entrance, free popcorn.
Fine selection of beverages available for purchase.
Discussion to follow film.

Tuesday, October 23 2012
7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE

presented by the SC Progessive Network

HOME MOVIE DAY

Members of the community are invited to bring their home movies to an "inspection and projection" event to celebrate Home Movie Day on October 20. The free, family-friendly event begins at 3:30 p.m. at Conundrum Music Hall, located at 626 Meeting Street in West Columbia. Refreshments will be available and prizes will be awarded.

Several area film professionals and aficionados, all volunteering their time, will be on hand to inspect the film and talk to film owners about ways to preserve their home movie. If the movie is in good condition, it will then be projected onto a large screen.

"We need to pay attention to the richness of what film exists in the hands of individuals," said Gypsye Legge, a local film archivist and hostess of the event. "History is kids' birthday parties, your uncle's wedding, the Kennedys' sailboat excursions --- and it's all found on home movies.

USC Libraries' Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) is a sponsor of the event.

"Home Movie Day is a national event founded by the folks the Center for Home Movies," said Heather Heckman, an associate director at MIRC. "The idea behind it is to promote home movies and make people appreciate them again. Home movies have a lot of historical and aesthcetic value, so we want to bring attention back to this genre. This event offers a chance to actually watch the home movies, to actually project them and watch them in the original way, which is part of the experience of film. It's also a great opportunity for us to get a sense of the home movies out in the community that could be archived here at MIRC."

Lydia Pappas, an associate director at MIRC, has participated in Home Movie Day events in London, England. "I remember an indie film maker, called Captain Zip, who lived in London in the punk era and who filmed the local music scene," she said. "He and his family brought in a lot of his Super 8 movies one year to Home Movie Day at The Cinema Museum in London that had to do with the punk music scene in London. It was a lot of fun for the audience to see that."

While that probably isn't the type of home movie that will be found in Columbia, there will be plenty to see. "Home Movie Day at Conundrum will be a casual event where people will bring in their films and volunteers, many of whom are trained professionals, will look at the film," Legge said. "We'll be able to look at virtually any format: Super 8, 8mm, 16mm, VHS and digital formats. Bring your movie on a reel, or in a file, or on a DVD. The contributor will get a valuation of physical condition of their and then we will try to project it on the large screen."

Other event volunteers include MIRC's Stan Lollis, Brittany Braddock and Ashley Blewer.

Contact: Heather Heckman 803-777-3277
For more info, visit homemovieday.com
Click
here for a preview!

Saturday, October 20 2012
3:30pm to 6:30pm
FREE


MY JERUSALEM ~~~ MAGNETIC FLOWERS ~~~ OCTOPUS JONES
~~~ DANA FALCONBERRY

"Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive," says MY JERUSALEM founder and singer Jeff Klein. "They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him."

MAGNETIC FLOWERS come across as a gloriously overstuffed indie rock force of nature, with its band members trading instruments and vocals with abandon as they deliver their highly original, melodically layered, and hyper-literate songcraft. The influence of groups like Okkervil River, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists and The Hold Steady are evident in the band's sound, but are inadequate in capturing the group's exuberant energy and vocal abandon. What is truly amazing about the group, however, is how often they go from careening rock n' roll to subtly layered vocal harmonies or delicate guitar picking, from garage rock fervor to moments of chamber pop bliss. There seem to be no rules or limits to the band's sound, only a willingness to follow each and every song down the proverbial rabbit hole.

OCTOPUS JONES is Danny Martin (vocals/guitar), Blake Ratliffe (vocals/guitar), Clay Carlisle (bass), Chris Wilson (keys/percussion), and Darrin Cripe (drums). Born and raised in South Carolina, the sound of the east coast emanates through every note.
Together the members make music they like to call "Spank-wave Boogie". The band's sound has been described as surf rock, psychedelic, new wave, post punk, art rock and avant-indie.

Sunday, October 14 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


Freshniz Vol. 3
Saturday, October 13 2012
6pm
$5

DAVEY WILLIAMS ~~~ LADONNA SMITH ~~~ KEVIN GREEN ~~~
C. NEIL SCOTT & MATT 'MUSICIAN X' FALTER ~~~
HULLCOGAN

The DEAL of the Year/Decade/Century------ Dinner and 3 concerts - !!!!!!
Complimentary food provided by
Cafe Strudel, Rosewood Market, Moe's, and Jimmy John's.


DAVEY WILLIAMS-- various objects on an elecrtic guitar as well as a pick!!
Davey is an American free improvisation and avant-garde music guitarist. In addition to his solo work, he has been noted for his membership in Curlew and his collaborations with LaDonna Smith.

KEVIN GREEN-- drums, percussion, amplified objects, acoustic kazoo and a processed ELECTRIC kazoo !!

C. NEIL SCOTT & MATT 'MUSICIAN X' FALTER-- avant improv sax and drums

HULLCOGAN-- a project of Mr. Noah Brock.

Friday, October 12 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$8


Jacob Johnson ~~~ Doug McDonald

Hailing from South Carolina, Jacob Johnson is a one-of-a-kind solo acoustic performance artist who specializes in a style of guitar playing he calls "Neo-acoustic folk/funk." In live performance, his off-the-cuff sense of humor and tongue-in-cheek sensibility disarm the audience and leave them completely unprepared for the multi-layered guitar masterworks he unleashes. Jacob thumps, taps, and slaps his acoustic guitar into submission, weaving a musical tapestry that usually climbs to sonic frenzy whilst never losing its balance or control. His lyrics, thoughtful and realistic, are delivered with the wry sort of charisma that makes you wonder if he isn't just making it all up as he goes.

And sometimes he is.

Thursday, October 11 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10


Swamp Cabbage

Swamp Cabbage, from Savannah GA, performs swamp/funk/jammy/bluesy/danceable originals with uniquely interpreted covers.

Lead singer/writer/guitarist Walter Parks played for ten years with Richie Havens in shows at Madison Square Garden, Glastonbury Fest UK, and WOMAD NZ.

Bassist/engineer/producer Jim Devito records the band JJ Grey and MOFRO amongst others in his St Augustine analog studio, Retrophonics.

Drummer Jagoda played on T Bone Burnett's 2008 CD Tooth of Crime and is a yearly featured artist at the Rocky Mountain Fest Songschool in Lyons, CO.

Swamp Cabbage can be currently heard performing the theme song for the Discovery Channel reality show American Guns.

Monday, October 8 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

bigSphinx Productions

BRICK MOWER ~~~ SONS OF YOUNG ~~~ NEPOTISM ~~~ SUN BROTHERS

BRICK MOWER is a 3-pc indie punk band from Keansburg, NJ. They like records.

SONS OF YOUNG is working-class punk rock from Columbia, SC.

NEPOTISM is local alt rock, I think they got a Black Flag thing.

SUN BROTHERS is Greenville garage indie.

Sunday, October 2 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


also

Shaking Ray Levis ~~~ bigSphinx

Founded in 1986 the Shaking Ray Levis is an ongoing collaboration of musicians with a common interest in improvisation. The project was conceived by DENNIS PALMER and BOB STAGNER. They use analog synthesizers, vocal-tellin' and percussion to achieve their Southern Ol' Time Avant-Garde sound.

They are the first American group to have recorded for INCUS RECORDS, one of the world's most important improvisation-based record labels -founded by legendary guitarist DEREK BAILEY. They have collaborated extensively with a wide variety of artists -including REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER, MIN TANAKA, DAVID GREENBERGER, FRED FRITH, AMY DENIO, JOHN ZORN, BORBETOMAGUS, TOM CORA, STEVE BERESFORD, J.D. PARRAN, FRANK PAHL, LADONNA SMITH, DAVEY WILLIAMS, GINO ROBAIR, ROGER TURNER, EUGENE CHADBOURNE, TONY OXLEY and DEREK BAILEY.

Also in 1986, Palmer and Stagner co-founded THE SHAKING RAY LEVI SOCIETY. The SRL Society is the South's oldest "501C3" non profit organization dedicated to the promotion of free-improvisation throughout the region. The SRL Society is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to challenging audiences with extraordinary music, film, and performance art, and is responsible for bringing hundreds of diverse and celebrated artists to Tennessee and the Southeast.

The SRL has performed internationally on the BBC, at Quebec's International Festival de Musique Actuelle, Newfoundland's Sound Symposium, London's INCUS WEEK, and Denver's ReThink Conference.

Furthermore, their educational outreach program has been presented in many public schools throughout the U.S. The group has been awarded grants by the British Arts Council, Meet the Composer, and several regional organizations.

bigSphinx, a solo project of Mr. Tom Law, presents a li'l bit of improv with a radio and a laptop.

Saturday, October 6 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$10

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Invisible Children Tour with Bearcat and The Rocketboys
and The Marshall Brown Band
"Bearcat, the solo project of Renee Yohe, is a sweeping tribute to soul - in all its respects. It's impossible to get even a few seconds into new song "Crazy Fishes" without noting it bursting through her vocals, mixing with a warmth and richness that simultaneously evokes jazz and sixties pop. Add in the twinkling synth, jazz piano lines, and steady drum beats, and you've got yourself one nostalgia trip that you'll so enjoy taking"
- Purevolume

"The Rocketboys showed a mastery of mood and subtlety. Amplifying a sound made familiar to Texas music fans by bands such as Cue and Explosions in the Sky, the six-member group adorns singer Brandon Kinder's soaring melodies with clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving drumlines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos."
- THE AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Marshall Brown Band plays psychedelic popsicle.

Friday, October 5 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5 advance (click here to order) / $7 at door

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Carnaval ~~~ Netherfriends ~~~ Senseless Beatings

Carnaval is a methodical and point-driven wordless quartet from Charleston.

Essentially the rotating project of indie pop adventurer Shawn Rosenblatt and friends, Netherfriends plays an ethereal brand of rock, layering Rosenblatt's Beach Boys-esque coos over shimmering lo-fi keyboards, tribal drums, and anything else lying around the studio. Netherfriends began to make its name in Rosenblatt's hometown of Chicago in 2007, as he gathered a vast network of acquaintances together to create entrancing sounds. While multi-instrumentalist Justin Fernando is a regular collaborator, when Netherfriends tours, it's generally a solo endeavor. After a pair of self-released singles, the act signed to Emergency Umbrella Records, releasing the EP Calling You Out in 2009. The following year, Rosenblatt embarked upon the nomad's life as he pulled up stakes from his Chicago home and took to the road with the plan to play gigs in all 50 states.
~ Jason Thurston, Rovi

Weaving together ephemeral semblances of meaning and vainly groping at values, Senseless Beatings is a musical project(ion) of people with no place to go. In spite of recognizing the vanity of their hopes (being-for-other-that-is-being-for-self), they wander about feverishly writing music that never quite satisfies their desires.

Thursday, October 4 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


Stuart/Hennies/Feeney Percussion Trio

Sunday, September 30 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production
The trio of Tim Feeney, Nick Hennies, and Greg Stuart is dedicated to the exploration of percussion through various non-traditional approaches.

Drawing on their experience performing both improvised and composed works, the group approaches percussion in a way that places the exploration of sound in the foreground rather than a focus on rhythm, gesture, or technique.

The trio is in the unusual position of having all its members eschewing their training as "classical" percussionists in favor of a musical approach that is primarily concerned with exploring acoustic phenomena rather than exercising their abilities as virtuosos.

Greg Stuart (Columbia)

Nick Hennies (Austin)

Tim Feeney (Tuscaloosa)


Vox Arcana

VOX ARCANA is a new music trio organized by percussionist Tim Daisy, and includes two mainstays from the Chicago improvised music scene: James Falzone on clarinet and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics. The tightly structured compositions are written for the purpose of investigating the dynamic between thematic material and open improvisation, and how these elements can affect the overall shape and character of each composition.

Saturday, September 29 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10

an Arnold Taylor Situation

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Lea Bertucci ~~~ Charles Dube ~~~ Mu

Lea Bertucci: Electroacoustic Bass Clarinet solo and collaborative performances. The timbre of the Bass Clarinet is amplified and abstracted with the aid of electronics. Feedback is an essential part of the extended technique, as the body of the instrument becomes a resonant chamber and the pitch of the feedback is controlled with key work.

Charles Dube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiuGd0-L1IM

MU plays loud drone guitar.

Wednesday, September 26 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

HEIST - Who stole the American dream?

..."has the virtue of taking the long view of a crisis that recent films like "Inside Job" and "Too Big to Fail" have only sketchily explored. It makes a strong case that government regulation of business is essential for democracy to flourish."-Stephen Holden, New York Times (review).

Doors open at 6:30. Open to the general public. Free entrance, free popcorn. Fine selection of beverages available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 25 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE

presented by the SC Progressive Network

~~~ DEAR BLANCA ~~~ FALLING OFF A BUILDING ~~~ TREY MUMBLES

Dylan Dickerson is Dr. Frankenstein and DEAR BLANCA is his musical-monster. Given life in 2011 and named after Dickerson's late grandmother, Dear Blanca offers energetic music coupled with folk-songwriting lyrical aesthetics. The band consists of Dickerson's long-time friend and bandmate Marc Coty on drums, Evan Simmons on bass, and a hodge-podge of other talented musicians. Inspired by acts such as the 80's punk group Minutemen and folk-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, Dear Blanca offers an eclectic range of songwriting that is at times noisy and rambunctious and other times mild-mannered and sentimental.

FALLING OFF A BUILDING is a band for the songs of Adam Clayton Cullum, a self-obsessed graphomaniac who keeps learning new words and terms.
It has lived and died in Columbia, South Carolina mostly, but also Arden NC, Lancaster SC, and New Haven, CT.
The songs carry a theme of life, death, faith, despair, joy, and reconciliation. The band has had several incarnations. It keeps getting abandoned, then again being a band on. It's a band on again. Hopefully it will be happening in your world soon.
We made a recording.
It is out of print.

TREY MUMBLES is 4th of july americana annoyingly adorable dance-folk.

Saturday, September 22 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Malcolm Tent ~~~ Hauswerk ~~~ Thighmaster

For the select few that don't know him, Malcolm Tent is a local legend [in Connecticut]. He's the brains behind Trash American Style, which was once CT's hottest record shop, and is now CT's hottest mobile record shop. Chances are if you ever set foot in that place, you knew who he was - an instantly recognizable personality that would chat with you for hours about obscure records, old punk bands; really anything at all. His list of accomplishments are pretty staggering: he plays in experimental punk band Ultrabunny, and he plays brash acoustic solo shows. He hosts the fantastic Mr. Tent's Wild Ride radio show on WNHU 88.7 FM. He also features pretty prominently in I Need That Record, a phenomenal documentary by Brendan Toller, which examines the closing of local record stores all over the country, but focuses on New England.

Hauswerk is an all-housewife punk band from Columbia, SC. It is comprised of Songstress Giantess Katherine McCollough screeching the lyrics, Jessica Oliver shredding the power chords, & Brielle Hayes banging on drums with kitchen utensils. You're grounded.
Also, Yardwork from Charlotte, NC is our #1 enemy.

Thighmaster is like young adult fiction, you can get away with a couple of swears now and then.
Female party rap!


Friday, September 21 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

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Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby ~~~
w/ Daniel Machado (of The Restoration)

Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby have been performing together since 2006, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums and touring the US, UK and Europe. He is the British pop genius of Stiff Records' fame whose classic "Whole Wide World" is covered in basements and stadiums around the world; she a long-time NYC songwriter and musician best known for her album "Diary Of A Mod Housewife" and Underground Garage favorite "Dancing With Joey Ramone."

"...their loopy, layered approach, keenly turning conventional boy/girl pop-group convention on ear, sinks in deep." - UNCUT

Daniel Machado: "If William Faulkner penned tunes for Old Crow Medicine Show ... Indelibly likable indie pop with a strong literary bent..."

Thursday, September 20 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10


The Noise! Is Love

SIX bands. FIVE bucks. show starts at EIGHT PM.

getecfriggnxited!

conundrum./626. meeting st

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conundrum-Music-Hall/150365488368658

https://www.facebook.com/wearenepotism
https://www.facebook.com/red.king.1420
https://www.facebook.com/BlackMountainRevival
https://www.facebook.com/concreteanimals
https://www.facebook.com/thenoiseislove
https://www.facebook.com/SonsofYoung

Saturday, September 15 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


Faun Fables ~~~ Jackaroe ~~~ The Good Witch

Faun Fables: ...shapeshifting and songtelling...

"..it is just beneath the stones, the wild light, in a stone it is the milk, it is looking at the world... THIS YOUTH OF OURS (ta nasza mlodosc)...of bones and blood, this pair of wings that's folded within.."
VIDEO: Ta Nasza Mlodosc

Jackaroe: Original, and Interesting, Simple, Yet Complicated - American Roots Rock: A taste of the best of American Music: from jam -rock to alt-country-blues-grass.

The Good Witch is era elizabeth on vocals, guitar, piano, and/or drum.

Friday, September 14 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$10

a bigSphinx Productions production


NOFRIENDS TOUR 2012

The NoFriends Family All Stars Tour makes its penultimate stop in West Columbia 9/13.

Conundrum is like a second home to us and cecilnick is like a brother, so I can pretty much guarantee this show will be cray.

Adam WarRock: http://www.adamwarrock.com/

Jesse Dangerously: http://www.dangerously.ca/

Mikal kHill: http://mikalkhill.bandcamp.com/

Tribe One: http://www.tribeone.net/

cecilnick: http://www.cecilnick.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, September 13 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$5


Shovels and Rope ~~~ Black Iron Gathering ~~~ Sinners and Saints

CANCELLED DUE TO EXHAUSTION! VERY SORRY!

Monday, September 10 2012

The Diaphone ~~~ Cassangles

The Diaphone is a four-and-a-half-piece rock band based in Philadelphia.
Dave plays custom-built half-bass/hal f-guitar and sings
Josh plays guitars
Melissa plays Wurlitzer electric piano, Casio CZ-1, and sings
Sandro plays drums.

Cassangles: Members: Joshua "doomslang" McCormack - guitar, vocals. Logan "Devil Blood" Goldstein - drums, keyboards
Bio: A Columbia, SC band inspired largely by chain wallets.

Saturday, September 8 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


David Olney with Sergio Webb ~~~ Todd Mathis

David Olney with Sergio Webb"Olney's deep, hard-nosed voice remains as clear and unforgiving as a punch to the face, and, as always, it's his songs of love, with their focus on tenderness and redemption, that do the most lasting damage." ( The Nashville Scene )

Longtime touring and recording artist DAVID OLNEY is well-known for his songwriting and live performances packed with such intensity it leaves listeners with an experience to remember and has other prominent artists jockeying to record his songs. His intelligent compositions have been cut by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, Slaid Cleaves, Dale Ann Bradley, Ann Rabson, Kane/Welch/Kaplin and others.

DAVID OLNEY joined forces on-stage with multi-instrumentalist SERGIO WEBB in 2007 to present a one-of-a-kind show that features classic Vaudevillian moments coupled with musical and lyrical acrobatics. The sartorially splendid duo is always on tour, in the US and overseas. David's first installment of his new series of thematic mini-albums - "David Olney Presents: FILM NOIR" (Deadbeet Records) - earned a spot on the Philadelphia City Paper Top 10 Roots Albums of 2011, citing, "these dark stories and their perfect small jewels of cool jazz must be honored for offering fascinating listening, both lyrically and musically."

His current mini-album - "The Stone" - was released earlier this year and focuses on a fresh telling of the Easter story from varying points of view. A third thematic CD entitled "Robbery &; Murder" is planned for a late 2012 release. Keeping it current and keeping up with fans, David broadcasts every Tuesday on his website with his "You Never Know" video shorts - featuring the story behind a song and it's performance along with other personal observations - in addition to sharing his other music videos and stellar classic poetry recitations ("The Rime of The Ancient Mariner" in seven parts!) on YouTube.

"In the tradition of Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, Olney has become A PIONEER OF THE AMERICANA MUSIC SCENE." ( The San Francisco Chronicle)

"This was a ROOTS/AMERICANA DREAM TEAM that spoiled us rotten. RIVETING and UNFORGETTABLE." ( Americana-UK.com )

"Olney stands out LIKE A JALAPENO IN A BOWL OF VANILLA PUDDING." ( Houston Press )

"A PERFORMANCE THAT BORDERS AT TIMES ON THE ORCHESTRAL.... A show PACKED WITH INCIDENT, amusement, contrast and fine, fine songsmithery." ( The Herald - Scotland )

Videos of David Olney &; Sergio Webb performing live: "Postcard From Mexico" - http://youtu.be/6RFoywKDWzo "Jerusalem Tomorrow" - http://youtu.be/8bMaaac032k "Covington Girl" - http://youtu.be/coSdtlRuUgw

It will not be a house concert, but bring a covered dish or snack and we'll have a social hour from 7 til the music starts at 8. Please tell your friends about this great show as it is going to be fun and will rock.

Friday, September 7 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$8 advance (click here to order), $10 at the door


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Session #34

DRINKS, DAMES, and DRAWING!

Lola La Rouge presents: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School!
THIS MONTH SPONSORED BY Goat Feather's and What Katie Did

Featuring: A True Catholic School Girl, Dara
Music by DJ: Deft Key

Doors open around 7, sketching begins around 8
Alcohol will be FOR SALE for those of age.
18+ event.

Wednesday, September 5 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10, $7 with student ID

a Lola La Rouge production

Wasted Wine ~~~ Coma Cinema ~~~ Los Lagartos

Wasted Wine combines Eastern European-inspired melodies, bizarre sounds, classic rock guitar suite-like song structures to create some kind of strange, dark, homemade prog rock.
At the same time, our musical world is ultimately South Carolina in all its dilapidated glory.
Instrumentation includes guitar, violin, drums, harmonium, bass, bouzouki, bulbal tarang, knives, kitchenware, children's toys, & nose flute. Members are Robert Gowan, Adam Murphy, "Buck Dollars", Lou Buckingham & Jane Kemp.

Coma Cinema: "Lacking funds and created against the backdrop of the belly-up mill town. Suicide is expectedly blue. Perhaps not as expected is how ambitious and arresting this album can be, taking its emotional cues from the lovesick and bored Amercian Gothic landscapes it was conceived in, and its musical touchstones from just about anywhere Cothran's determination allowed." - Zach Kelly, Pitchfork

Los Lagartos is a few members of Gravitron.

Saturday, September 1 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$3

Thollem Electric's Pursuit of Happiness ~~~ also: Ghost Trees

Thollem Electric's Pursuit of Happiness
At Conundrum, Thollem Electric plays "sounds that can set your heart racing or cool you out" (The Outlier, KFJC). This pianist with a "rebel attitude and sweet/sour voice" is a master of anarcho blues circus noise avant techno free jazz punk. If you don't know what that is, come to Conundrum on the 31st. Word has it that he is giving a free album download to everyone with a ticket.

Thollem has been traveling perpetually throughout North America and Europe these past six years, collaborating with artists from Mike Watt of the Minutemen and John Dieterich of Deerhoof to the late Italian master contrabassist Stefano Scodanibbio.

Signal to Noise magazine observes that with "hands like tenpounding steam-pistons" he's a "supercollider centrifuge of innumerable disasters, achurning black caldera bespattered with beautiful madness. It seems beyond thecapacity of one human being to contain so much densely-packed creative energy".

With him wil be two recently-released recordings. "The Gowanus Session" (Porter Records) is a trio album with Thollem, legendary bass player William Parker, and Nels Cline. "Energies are released without falling into the traps of unconditional havoc, always maintaining an indispensable level of sanity..." (Touching Extremes, Italy)

The second "You Are Always On Our Minds" (Post-Consumer Records) is a quartet with Thollem (Tsigoti), Mike Watt (Minutemen), John Dieterich (Deerhoof) and Tim Barnes (Silver Jews). About: Veering between the tightly woven and the completely unhinged, trading deep gulfs of ponderous melancholy with gentle, fractured pop fairytales, The Hand To Man Band keeps the listener guessing without ever completely abandoning their own special brand of earthy hall-of-mirrors music.

Asked about his ever-diverse music, Thollem observes, "I make music that I hope stimulates the mind and the body, that's intellectual and sexy and meditative and ferocious and poetic and athletic and revolutionary and spiritual and political and loving and that will shake people awake, starting with me first."

More: www.thollem.com/ThollemElectric

Ghost Trees is a sax/drums subset of Charlotte-based experimental jazz ensemble Eastern Seaboard. Brent Bagwall on tenor and Seth Nanaa on drums.

Friday, August 31 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$6 advance (click here to order), $8 at the door

a bigSphinx Productions production

HANDPICKED Art Show and Concert

5 Artists, 6 Musicians & 2 Inventors & a Jewelry maker Too

WHAT: Art show & Concert by Jean Bourque and Keith E. Bates and Friends Invitational HandPicked visual artists showing art and musicians performing music. Every person selected for this show is extremely talented and we wanted to showcase the work of these especially gifted friends.

WHERE: Conundrum Music Hall 626 Meeting St. W Columbia SC. Conundrum is a wonderful listening venue. Although they do sell beer and wine, it is not a bar. Plenty of parking in front and to the side of the business. It is just doors down from Bill's Pickin' Parlor. For out of towners, Meeting St. is also known as Rt. 1

WHEN: Thursday August 30, 2012 Doors open at 7PM

Emcee Keith E Bates Hosted by Jean BourQue

SCHEDULE:

7-11 PM ART SHOW & SALE featuring paintings by Jean BourQue and friends

  • Abstract Alexandra
  • Amanda Tatum
  • Brian Pyle
  • Tennyson Corley
The Handpicked Show will also feature
  • Handmade jewelry by Marion Berry
  • Handmade Musical Inventions by David and Devon Corley

Our very talented musicians are all singer songwriters and all play the guitar and some play other instruments as well: Haven't heard a mandolin in a while... be here early for BRUCE CLARK...

8-840 PM ... have you been to the Handlebar in Greenville, Buckaroos in Chapin, or Awendaw in Mt Pleasant? You may have seen BRUCE CLARK and KEITH E BATES performing together as REDD WYNE. For all you fans, they both will be here performing their own original music and at 845PM KEITH E BATES will perform some favorites and share a few recently penned songs.

At 915PM the Legendary DEAN COOK will be on stage. He has performed with music icons like Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, The Who, The Byrds, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Billy Block, Marcia Ball, Asleep at The Wheel, Townes van Zandt, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Neil Diamond and many more.

PLEASE be sure to stay for our Featured performer FROM 10-11PM;
MARK WAYNE HAGOOD lead singer and guitarist for OUT ON BOND band, an Outlaw band. Mark is from Texas, by way of Florence, SC. Recently Mark has been touring the country and had gigs everywhere from NYC to his home state Texas. We are very lucky to have this very Popular Entertainer join us in Columbia SC for our HANDPICKED series.

  • 8:00 BRUCE CLARK
  • 8:45 KEITH E BATES
  • 9:15 DEAN COOK
  • 10:00 MARK WAYNE HAGOOD
Thursday, August 30 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


SC Progressive Network's Movie of the Month:
Cultures of Resistance

Cultures of Resistance is a 70-minute, international award-winning documentary that vividly illustrates how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. The film explores how people from all walks of life are finding creative ways to oppose war and promote peace, justice, and sustainability. Doors open at 6:30. Open to the general public. Free entrance, free popcorn. Fine selection of beverages available for purchase.

Tuesday, August 28 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE!

presented by the SC Progressive Network

Toxie ~ Braindead ~ People Person

Garagy-goodness from Memphis, TN!
TOXIE began as a one-off recording marathon between Will McElroy (Magic Kids, Barbaras) and singer/bassist Alexandra Burden over four days before parting ways indefinitely. When Alexandra was finished leaving town forever, the two regrouped in Memphis and teamed with recent transplant Madison Farmer (Coasting/Chain & the Gang) and drummer Ben Bauermeister (Magic Kids). Dozens of late nights and 40 band names later, Toxie embodies a jagged assembly of pop moves belying an intrinsic desire to Destroy Everything. Recommended based on your interest in Wire, Blad e Runner, the Breeders and robotic dogs.

BRAINDEAD: Instrumental beauty from West Columbia with members of Silent Spring Ensemble & Chemical Peel!

PEOPLE PERSON is Jessica Oliver's (from Can't Kids) beautiful and wonderful lo-fi, "drone-pop" solo-project.

Come hang out with your friends and celebrate the beginning of college traffic and listen to some great music and buy some great merchandise from said bands!

Saturday, August 25 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel ~~~ Jeff Crompton/Ben Gettys duo

Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (steel). Together they create a combination of sounds from two non-fixed-pitch instruments and laptops in an improv environment with a disregard for traditional styles, creating rich textures, swooning collages, and hypnotic pulses.

Jeff Crompton/Ben Gettys duo: Saxophonist/composer Jeff Crompton and bassist Ben Gettys have played together for almost 30 years - in Atlanta's legendary Bazooka Ants, in the Jeff Crompton Quartet, in the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, as a duet, and even in blues bands. Jeff is active in the Atlanta avant-garde jazz scene, while Ben is now living in the Columbia area. The Jeff Crompton/Ben Gettys Duo focuses on edgy jazz - challenging, avant-garde, yet accessible. Jeff and Ben will be performing original music and improvisations as well as music by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, and even a piece by Cecil Taylor. This is a rare opportunity to hear this duet, since these two old friends are now separated by 200 miles.

Friday, August 24 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

N JETTY M ~~~ Oh Ginger ~~~ Jason Lescalleet

N JETTY M is a performance duo between New York composer Weston Minissali and Brooke Herr. They create precisely intentioned happenings via sound, movement, visual design, and visceral experience.
Their set will include
  1. A long thin metal wire
  2. An old large fan
  3. Two people
  4. Two wooden structures
  5. Hand made lace from the 1800s
  6. MUCH MUCH MORE

Oh Ginger, based out of Charleston SC & New York NY, is releasing a series of 3 EPs, centered around vibraphone, guitar and harmonies. The contrast of songwriting (darkly woven themes) and tone (lilting vibraphone resonance) magnify the unique sound they've been able to capture. This music is something you must sit with and listen to ... the nuances entreat it.

Maine sound artist Jason Lescalleet works primarily with tape loops and found sounds, and his abstract creations seamlessly blend in situ ambient recordings, the noise made by his tools (like the whirring of a tape deck), and modified versions of both -- he might intentionally damage a tape to change its sound or subject its playback to different kinds of feedback. Last year he released This Is What I Do, Volume One (Glistening Examples), a collection of music created for various compilations between 1998 and 2004. In the recent "Waves", from the cassette release Music for Magnetic Tape (Arbor), introspective piano lines disintegrate into ringing, acidic feedback, then dissolve into silence, and finally return even more sparse and inward. And "Connecticut Ductwork", a piece from the compilation Clandestine Cassette Series #2 (Northern Spy), is little more than immersive room sounds, close-miked scr aping or rubbing, and some kind of slowly intensifying hum.

Wednesday, August 22 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Ninja Hymnbook Remarks

an evening of fans & motors/cassette tapes/speaker cones. lots of batteries.

also see:
http://cfyre.co/rds
http://homophoni.com/
http://ilsemusic.info/

Tuesday, August 21 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Dream Team

The Dream Team is a group of composer/performers including, but not limited to Jack Callahan (guitar,) David Kant (tenor saxophone) and Mustafa Walker (harmonium.) Currently on a ten week tour of the United States, The Dream Team is performing standard repertoire from the experimental tradition as well as music composed specifically for the group by its members or commissioned from contemporary artists, some of whom they have met while on tour. This music often concerns itself with silence and it's relationship to sound, thresholds and their effects on perception, and/or the elegance of form through the simplification of pathways. They are currently undefeated for the summer season.

Here's a review of a recent performance, and here's some video.

Saturday, August 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Dream Team

The Dream Team is a group of composer/performers including, but not limited to Jack Callahan (guitar,) David Kant (tenor saxophone) and Mustafa Walker (harmonium.) Currently on a ten week tour of the United States, The Dream Team is performing standard repertoire from the experimental tradition as well as music composed specifically for the group by its members or commissioned from contemporary artists, some of whom they have met while on tour. This music often concerns itself with silence and it's relationship to sound, thresholds and their effects on perception, and/or the elegance of form through the simplification of pathways. They are currently undefeated for the summer season.

Here's a review of a recent performance, and here's some video.

Saturday, August 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Jacob Johnson ~~~ Side By Side

Hailing from South Carolina, Jacob Johnson is a one-of-a-kind solo acoustic performance artist who specializes in a style of guitar playing he calls "Neo-acoustic folk/funk." In live performance, his off-the-cuff sense of humor and tongue-in-cheek sensibility disarm the audience and leave them completely unprepared for the multi-layered guitar masterworks he unleashes. Jacob thumps, taps, and slaps his acoustic guitar into submission, weaving a musical tapestry that usually climbs to sonic frenzy whilst never losing its balance or control. His lyrics, thoughtful and realistic, are delivered with the wry sort of charisma that makes you wonder if he isn't just making it all up as he goes.

And sometimes he is.

Side By Side presents music to the masses. They will be presenting acoustic (sans drums) music on this particular occasion.

Friday, August 17 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

Musicians & Songwriters Guild of SC: Open Mic Night

It's our first time meeting at Conundrum Music Hall. Free and open to the public!
If you're a musician, come out and play us a song. (Sign-up when you arrive.)

Monday, August 13 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
FREE


GOTTHEIT, HULLCOGAN, RED KING, I A MIRROR, SAAWARIYA, DAY TRIPPER

50 cents per band! doors at 7pm! music start about 7:30 or so!
wowo wowo!

GOTTHEIT (cola)
HULLCOGAN (cola)
RED KING (awesome)
I A MIRROR (lex)
S AAWARIYA (n. augusta)
Day Tripper (l. sams)

Saturday, August 11 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$3

a Noah Brock production

Killick! ~~~ bigSphinx

Killick! says: My name is Killick. I've been making music for 27 years. I find myself more and more moving deeper into music as a mystical, ritualistic, sacred vehicle for finding stillness. My worldly experience keeps me tethered- thankfully- as I navigate with you the ethereal unknown. There's always three parts to this journey: 1) welcome; 2) spatialization & discontinuity; 3) safe return. This can take many forms, and embodies all possibilities in multiple directions on multiple planes. On this tour is my harp guitar Big Red as the anchor around which all else (r)evolves. I channel equal parts physicality, emotionality, intellect, and spiritual openness, finding calm in freneticism, extracting ecstatic joy from pure potential. I use my intuition to create the conditions for moving beyond the mundane into the realm of healing, to benefit ourselves and all we reach. I have been fortunate to play with my group Pocketful of Claptonite as well as Peter Kowald, Frank Gratkowski, Mary Halvorson, Tatsuya Nakatani, Shaking Ray Levis, Larry Ochs, Liz Allbee, Brann Dailor (of rock gods Mastodon), and many other amazing artists. Of course, this hasn't addressed "what it sounds like" or "what style is it?" The answer is constantly unfolding, but can be summed up as "Yes." Thanks for listening. I look forward to meeting you.
Please visit www.killick.me for more.


As if by popular demand, the legendary bigSphinx returns from wherever it's been
to present a short presentation of laptop improv.

In this episode, bigSphinx is having that nightmare
in which he has completely forgotten to compose any music for the big show,
so he has to make up shit on the spot.

Actually, that happens in pretty much every episode.

Thursday, August 9 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigsSphinx Productions production





England in 1819 ~~~ Ghosts of the Kodiak ~~~ Ocean vs Daughter ~~~ joie. ~~~ Meet the Sky

England in 1819In August of 2007, brothers Andrew and Dan Callaway found themselves living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the entire family together for the first time since their childhood spent in the English countryside. Along with their father, Liam Callaway, the trio of musicians began writing songs reflective of their Athens, Georgia roots and their fortuitous return to the South.
The result is an unusual combination of Southern edge and English introspection, with haunting lyrics and massive chamber rock unfurling in a sweeping, evocative surge of sound.
The most recent addition is Sean Barna on drums, bringing a new intensity to the music.
Influenced by Sigur Ros, Radiohead, and the post-rock movement, England in 1819 is armed with their first professionally recorded album, ▒~@~\Alma,▒~@~] and poised to conquer with their impressive blend of ethereal atmosphere, captivating melodies and Brobdingnagian ending anthems.

Ghosts of the Kodiak hails from Sumter, SC, although over the years the members have spread out across the state. Ghosts of the Kodiak combines honest, confronting lyrics with dynamic, textural melodies, often starting out calm and minimal and crescendoing to powerful climaxes. The band's first release "The Honesty E.P." was released in July 2011 and serves as a teaser for their first full length album which is set to release later in the year.

Ocean vs Daughter is 3 Americans, 1 Brit 1 and Czech who came together in the city of Prague. Their instrumentation include keyboard, cello, synthesizer, violin, drums and ocassionally glockenspiel.

joie. is an indie rock band from Charleston, SC. Lovers of Chipotle and Ron Swanson.

Meet the Sky started late one night when Myra Hendley (vocals, synth), ashley moreira (keys), and ginny wolfe (guitar, synth, drum) simply made up their minds to start making music. with what started out as an idea to play acoustic sets in small venues, their list of covers quickly turned into originals and the girls realized, that together, they yearned to make a much bigger statement and an even bigger sound. in one short year joie. has accomplished much more than they would have ever imagined and are a gaining a fan base in some of the most unexpected places.

Monday, August 6 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


Organos ~~~ Boykiller ~~~ Let's Go, Coyote!

Organos is the solo project of Maria Albani. Organic, minimalistic, and oddly melodic. Albani plays w/ Schooner, has played w/ Pleasant, Tennis & the Mennonites, Un Deux Trois, & is co-creator and curator of Minus Sound Research Artist Collective. Here is a link to a review of her new record, and here is a link to a feature article in Indy Week.

Boykiller's interests are "boys (men), girls (women), cute animals, dancemusicart, scooters and bikes & VANNY WHITE, swimming, not wearing pants. outfits."

Let's Go, Coyote! is the solo project of Mr. Patrick Wall, and consists of voice and acoustic guitars + electric guitars + amps + miscellaneous percussion + sometimes drums.

Saturday, August 4 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Megan Jean and the KFB ~~~ Alex Culbreath ~~~ T.C. Costello

Megan Jean and the KFB Charleston, SC-based duo Megan Jean & the KFB arrange a demented blend of gypsy, circus, americana, and the avant-garde that has been captivating audiences all over America. The pair met in New York City in 2004 and quickly became disillusioned with the music-mill mentality that dominates the concrete jungle. Feeling lost in the shuffle, Jean and Klay decided to sell all their possessions, quit their day jobs, and hit the road full-time, focusing on the Southeast. Fourteen shows turned into 200 a year and a newfound home-base in Charleston's burgeoning music community. While on the road, the pair forged their unique sound, which has been described as "...a wealth of gorgeous tunes that brilliantly [merge] American roots music with exotic elements of Euro/gypsy styles." (T. Ballard Leseman, Charleston City Paper) Calling the road home on a "never-ending tour" with an anchor firmly planted in the Lowcountry, this transient duo has taken DIY lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, bands, clubs and musical styles-all without the help of a label and fueled by sheer guts and know how. In April of 2012, Megan Jean and the KFB will be featured on PBS performing an original composition "These Bones" as part of a music documentary series entitled "Music Voyager," which will be broadcast internationally.

Alex Culbreath is the leader of alt-country/americana band Parlor Soldiers, from Fredicksburg, Va., on solo tour.

T.C. CostelloEqual parts punk rock and world music, T.C. McManus is as likely to play a centuries-old Korean love song as a Dead Kennedys cover. His shows feature many instruments such as guitar, accordion or the Khaen, an ancient bamboo instrument from Laos, where he studied the instrument in 2010. His original songs, based on world music but with punk intensity, are often political, sometimes controversial, but always fun. .. And without exception, his songs go well with beer. ..

Thursday, August 2 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30)
$5


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Session #34

DRINKS, DAMES, and DRAWING!

Lola La Rouge presents: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School!
THIS MONTH SPONSORED BY Goat Feather's and What Katie Did

Featuring: Earth Goddess Rachel
Music by DJ: Deft Key

Doors open around 7, sketching begins around 8
Alcohol will be FOR SALE for those of age.
18+ event.

Wednesday, August 1 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10, $7 with student ID

a Lola La Rouge production

Prehistoric Horse ~~~ about.the.Window

Prehistoric Horse provokes audiences through spasmodic bursts of snare drum (david grollman), guitar (lucio menegon), cello (valerie kuehne) and occassional unprovoked dramatic outburst. A very intense and dynamic form of improvisational music that sometimes borders on sheer noise and incorporates the absurd. A mashup of Bennink/Nakatani/Frith/SonicYouth/Bach/Britten/Bi-polar disorder punk rock sounds.

"... spasmodic bursts of clatter and skree via cello, drums, and guitar, typically played in ways that would make conventional music teachers shudder in horror." (Seattle Stranger)

about.the.Window say "This is a practice of listening. Improvisational, textural, rhythmic, momentary. How very 1999.94.12." Members include Cecil Decker and Chris Johnson.

Monday, July 30 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Joy Kills ~~~ Jurassic Heat ~~~ Sons of Young

The Joy KillsWhat exactly are The Joy Kills? Are they are a band, or a way of life? The answer is both. Fusing punk ethos with dirty blues licks, The Joy Kills sound like your favorite band's favorite band. Atlanta's emerging garage rock scene is a fledgling scene at best with potential saviors on every street corner. The Joy Kills are no savior - just compelling reminder that rock n roll is a gritty, kick in the face! Sometimes that's all you need.

Jurassic Heat first crawled out of the primordial soup of nasty jazz and filthy blues in the fall of 2010. Amy Quint's smoky vocals soar over Zach Toman's screaming riffs, nailed to the floor by Steven Van Haren's neanderthalic pounding. Will Royster's four strings keep your hips moving whether you like it or not.

Sons of Young: 4 dudes punk rock sorta songs (think the Clash).
"Speed up Americana, add some southern twang, mix in punk rock's musical and activist influences, and top it off with some working-class heart. You've got Sons of Young" -Nick McGregor, staugustine.com

Saturday, July 28 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5


Sinners and Saints ~~~ Just Married

Sinners and Saints is a foot stomping country/blues three piece that has guitar, stand up bass, fiddle, stomp box, and three part harmonies to boot.

The musical style of the band Just Married has been described as Americana and 60s Rock with dominant female vocals and strong melodies. Citing influence from John Lennon, The Band, Aimee Mann, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Wilco and Elliott Smith, Just Married music comes across with hints, twists and catches drawn from those greats intertwined with original concepts creating a throwback/vintage sound with new ideas. The band has an authentic Indie sound that brings warm tones, interesting melodies and layers and blends that could only come from the Indie recording environment. Li and Gary write, record (including all instrumentation), engineer and produce all recordings in their recording studio known as "Cabin on a Farm Studios," a self-built recording studio retro-fitted out of a room in their cabin tucked in the back corner of a farm.

Thursday, July 26 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


Community Forum on Haley's refusal to expand health care

The monthly Progressive Movie Night has been upstaged by angry citizens wanting to do something to stop Gov. Nikki Haley from refusing to use our federal tax dollars to expand Medicaid to 500,000 South Carolinians. The evening will feature a short video clip about Haley's motives, a briefing on the Medicaid funding and a general discussion about how we can organize to keep SC from opting out of the Medicaid expansion. Come find out how you can get involved.

Tuesday, July 24 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE

sponsored by the SC Progressive Network

Dead Kenny G's ~~~ Hauswerk ~~~ Autolatry

If the moniker for the combustible punk jazz trio Dead Kenny Gs doesn't say it all upon initial glance, a first listen to their new album Operation Long Leash quickly makes their intentions clear. Saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser and drummer/percussionist Mike Dillon are committed to musical subversion of the highest order. Exploring a muso obsession of musical styles and sonic colors, The Dead Kenny Gs have both the courage and the chops to realize their wildest aural fantasies. One moment they draw inspiration from punk legends The Minutemen, the next finds them embracing the spirit of jazz giant Rahsaan Roland Kirk and yet another finds the influence of indie rock progenitors Deerhoof; all the while sounding purely DKGs. To further that extent, it's not just music informing the trio's voice, but a keen understanding of political conspiracy in American history. The album's title, Operation Long Leash, comes from the clandestine CIA operation in the late '40s to fund Abstract Expressionism as a means for Western culture to undermine the rigid, confined and conformist ideals of the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.

Hauswerk is an all-housewife punk band.
Katherine yells and screeches.
Jessica plays power chords.
Ony brings the bass/biceps.
Brielle bangs on drums with cooking utensils.
Ronnie is a women's and gender studies major (and shakes a tambourine).

Autolatry is a black metal band from historic eastern Connecticut. Through music, we tell the tales of New England's history.

Sunday, July 22 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Benefit for Children's Trust
FatRat Da Czar ~~~ Western Romantic (ft. Dan from Run Dan Run) ~~~
The Lion in Winter ~~~ Daddy Lion ~~~ Quark Lepton

A seasoned hip-hop veteran, FatRat Da Czar has opened shows for many of the genre's greats including Ludicris, Talib Kweli, Trina, and the late Notorious B.I.G. Crafting Da ColdWar in 2006 with famed DJ Shekeese Tha Beast and returning in 2008 with the classic follow-up Da ColdWar 2: The Day Afta, FatRat singlehandedly distinguished himself by pronouncing his importance to everyone able to hear his music. Currently prepping the third and final installment of Da ColdWar series, FatRat Da Czar is perfecting his craft, practicing his prowess, and coming for MORE!!!

Dan McCurry, the frontman from well-established Charleston indie rockers Run Dan Run, will be making his debut performance as his new solo project, Western Romantic . Run Dan Run was recently named by Paste Magazine as one of the 12 South Carolina bands you should listen to right now. Western Romantic's music is similar to Run Dan Run, but a little more dream pop, employing a drum machine, combo organ, electric guitar, and an army of effects. Don't miss this exciting debut!

The Lion in Winter's variegated indie rock is handsome, graceful and impressive, sweeping and grandiose in scope but rooted in spiraling pop hooks. The band's songs build in refined and stylish crescendos, borrowing from American post-rock, but Hunter Duncan's songwriting voice favors pre-millennial but post-OK Computer Britpop; the combination is both pretty and potent, resulting in incandescent choruses that fade to slow-burn singalongs.

"Columbia's Daddy Lion Daddy Lion has been steadily carving a name for himself in the independent rock world, with his careful composition that takes element of what's generally associated with "shoe-gaze" and mixing reverberated vocals, soft guitar licks, and head-nodding melodies."
- we are the upstate

Quark Lepton was born in a nuclear winter on the moon, and spends his days writing commercial jingles for frosting eaten by space men. He is inspired by the themes of heartbreak and robots, and by the outdated pop, folk, and country-western music he picks up on his scratchy transistor radio. He is also the secret identity of Steve Nuzum, of Columbia bands Gravitron, JuiceBox, and (formerly) Norwegian Blue, but don't tell anyone.

For information about the Children's Trust of South Carolina's own upcoming gala please see http://www.scchildren.org/Picasso

Saturday, July 21 2012
9:00pm (doors at 8:15pm)
$7

a Daddy Lion production

cecilnick / ThoughtCriminals / Remnant (TribeOne&Adan)

An evening of nerd-flavored indie hip-hop. The ThoughtCriminals (Charlotte, NC) have played shows with numerous indie hip-hop gurus (Ceschi, Louis Logic, Sole). The Remnant's Tribe One (Atlanta, GA) has performed solo shows and collaborated with prominent artists in nerdcore hip-hop (Adam WarRock, Mega Ran, MC Lars).

Friday, July 20 2012
8pm (doors at 6pm)
Free (donations accepted)

a nocore production

Saawariya ~~~ Stan Little ~~~ Tony Mann

Saawariya is a 3 piece instrumental band from Augusta, GA with a slightly progressive rock sound that folks have called "post rock."

Stan Little has been playing guitar for about 25 years. He plays a mix of progressive rock, jazz, classical, folk, fusion, and country.

Thursday, July 19 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5


Tres Hongos

Tres Hongos is a trio comprised of New York trumpeter Jacob Wick, Chicago pianist Marc Riordan, and percussionist Frank Rosaly. The trio explores long and short form improvisation that draws influences from a wide range of sound and music traditions, from the improvised to the strictly composed. Their improvised performances are characterized by sudden, playful shifts between static harmonies and tones, modular melodies, pointillistic interplay and dense, percussive assaults. Tres Hongos is three modern musicians in suits.

Tres Hongos recorded in Chicago in the summer, and will release an album in 2011. In the meantime, hear their first meeting, in March at the Hideout:

Tres Hongos at Hideout Chicago 3.24.10 by SisterStory

Wednesday, July 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$6

an Arnold Taylor Situation

Lost Wages ~~~
Ghosts of the Great Highway ~~~
10 Car Pileup

Lost Wages is Hunter Price,-Guitar, Vocals Michael Stewart- Guitar, Vocals Mark King- Piano, Vocals, Harmonica Sean Hollohan, vocals, lead guitar, mandolin, banjo

Monday, July 16 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5


MouthsAndTongue BingeAndPurge

Farewell exhibit featuring artwork and live painting by Joel B Floyd Jr.
Music provided by DevilBlood (Logan Goldstein).
Free admission.
Beer, wine, and (of course) art for sale.

Sunday, July 15 2012
(5pm - 10pm)
FREE

A Joel B. Floyd, Jr. production

Glass Vaults ~~~ Pan ~~~ Cancellieri

Glass Vaults are New Zealand natives Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce. To date, they have released two EP's, both on Fort Lauderdale based Label, Jukboxr. The pairs' songs hypnotically migrate between subtle electronics and pulsating percussion that serves as a rich textural veneer to Larsen's haunting yet sentimental vocals.:

Often compared to Explosions in the Sky, Pan is a primarily instrumental band that focuses on writing uplifting music for the masses. Post-Rock is the genre most likely to pigeonhole Pan, but their goals are to transcend genre itself and instead present a concept of immersive musical fulfillment. Post-Post Rock? You may not be far off. We hope you enjoy.

Bedroom pop sensibilities meet expansive cinematic ambitions in this first offering from Cancellieri . Chill electronic vibes, sunny song fragments, and shimmering synth loops make Early Spring a miniature electro orchestral.

Saturday, July 14 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5


Sunshone Still ~~~ The Seawolf Mutiny ~~~ Elonzo

Sunshone Still is equal parts band and musical nom de plume for Chris Smith, a Nashville native now living in Columbia, SC. Since the 2005 debut release of Dead Letters, Smith was featured on the NPR program, All Songs Considered: Open Mic, and placed songs on the PBS series, Roadtrip Nation. Performing Songwriter listed Dead Letters as an Editor's DIY Pick, and No Depression called it, "impressive" and "a musical landscape painted in the hushed tones of twilight".

Since 2009, the band has solidified around the talents of Smith (guitar/vocal), Rodney Lanier and Jason Hausman (multi-instrumentalists), Stowe Barber (drums), and Flavio Mangione (bass).

The Seawolf Mutiny is a four piece Indie rock band based out of Columbia, SC. Drawing from a wide range of influences such as Neil Young, U2, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Mewithoutyou, and the literary works of Flannery O' Conner, The Sea Wolf Mutiny has fused a Indie Folk sound to ecstatic rock. From their first house shows to their CD release of "The Last Season" their sound has been characterized by a tumble and swagger infused with a tenacious and belligerent joy that is as contagious as it is catchy.

Elonzo is a four piece family band who is named after two of the members departed father. They write songs to, for, and about the people and places that have or will mean something to them. The band's sound can sound can transform from stripped alt-country to a richer, more expansive vision that reflects the meaningfulness of the ties that bind us together. Mostly, it sounds like rock and roll.

Friday, July 13 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
$6


Jasper 006 Release Party

Join us on Thursday, July 12th as we celebrate the folks in Columbia who make our arts happen, but seldom get to take a bow -- and welcome the first ever Jasper Behind the Scenes issue.

We're delighted to present --

  • The Restoration!
  • The Hollerin' River Talkers!
  • A special concert by Amelia Mau on classical guitar
  • A special film presentation by Wade Sellers
  • Kristine Hartvigsen will be reading from and signing her new book, To The Wren Nesting
  • Chef Joe Turkaly will be serving his bodacious BBQ (so bring your wallets and your appetites)
  • Jasper Econobar
  • Jellykoe will be peddling their unique brand of whimsical toys & art for kids & adults
  • And more --

Event is free. See you there.

Thursday, July 12 2012
7:30pm
FREE


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Session #33

PLEASE NOTE THIS MONTH WE ARE THE SECOND WEDNESDAY!!!

DRINKS, DAMES, and DRAWING!

Lola La Rouge presents: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School!
THIS MONTH SPONSORED BY Goat Feather's and What Katie Did

Featuring: TBA (fingers crossed, looks like it will be the super hot Matt LaBorde)
Music by DJ: Deft Key

Doors open around 7, sketching begins around 8
Alcohol will be FOR SALE for those of age.
18+ event.

Wednesday, July 11 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10, $7 with student ID

a Lola La Rouge production

Dr. Roundhouse ~~~ Stillhouse ~~~
Dead Pedals

Dr. Roundhouse started as an acoustic duo, DNR, that rocked the Columbia music scene. They rocked it hard. Frontmen, Jon and Russell, perfected their original compositions in this early carnation of the band. The duo added Nate Poston to the mix, bringing what is sometimes referred to as the heat. The bass guitar addition led the group to Nick McGill. Despite lacking in the height department, the band felt that he may be the drummer for them. While barely visible to the eye, his presence is more than audible. The group now cobbles shoes and makes custard pies. Also they rock. They rock hard.

Stillhouse is Jenn McCallister, Mike Mahoney, Greg Bates, and Chris Jones. They formed in 2004 and have been playing and writing music around town ever since. Their originals land somewhere between The Band, The Who, and Neil Young. Their covers range from The Beatles, Stones, and Dead to Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, and The Allman Brothers. And they wash it all down with Gin and Vermouth.

If you find solace in the aging tobacco sheds that dot the Carolina countryside, or if you believe flat-bed trailers are better served as stages for Southern Rock Outfits, then you are probably a fan of the Dead Pedals. They have been described as "College Country Rock", or "Southern Dirt Music", but whatever you call them, The Dead Pedals simply write and perform good music. Over two decades of performing in regional bands and touring from Texas to Boston have led to this...a group that has clearly honed its craft. If the devil is in the details, then these boys are straight outta hell. What sets The Dead Pedals apart is that they still allow for the dirt to seep into their music. Like pure spring water flowing from rusty pipes, these guys prove that a well crafted Alt-Country song can still have an edge.

Saturday, July 7 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston
at The Columbia Museum of Art!


"The duo provides a comprehensive glimpse of what can happen, when two giants of the improv scene coalesce. The musicians' intuitive responses and on-the-fly excursions span a wide-ranging spectrum of styles and fabrics of sound. They render dreamlike notions and contrapuntal motifs amid various peaks of intensity. This jubilant union of the musical spirits features a potpourri of minimalist overtures, circular patterns, and flowing thematic initiatives." - All About Jazz

Trevor Watts is well known for his involvement with innovative music. In the 60's with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and his own Amalgam. He went on to develop the unique sounding 10 & 14 piece Moire Music Groups in the 80's. Also the groundbreaking Trevor Watts Drum Orchestra in the 80's and moving towards the Moire Music Drum Orchestra of the 90's (ECM 1440 "A Wider Embrace"). Then Watts formed the Celebration Band, which was made up of young musicians who originally went to his workshops and he formed the band around them. For the last four years he has concentrated on a duo with percussionist Jamie Harris, this has now come to an end (Jan 2008). Latest CD of the duo is "Ancestry" on Entropy(USA)ESR 016. Trevor has played most of his life outside the U.K. and has taken bands to India, Singapore Arts Festival, China, Mongolia, Burma, Sarawak, Malaysia, Sudan, Cameroon, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brasil, Greece, Turkey, Azores Islands, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Czech republic, Hungary, Poland and the rest of Europe. All under his own name!

His bands have performed at many major festivals like Monterey Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, Chicago World Music Fest, Seattle Jazz Festival, Dallas Museum of Art Summer series, Washington DC July 4th fest, Womad, Berlin Jazz Fest, Khartoum International Festival, Tampere Jazz Fest, Clusone Jazz Fest, Saalfelden Jazz Fest, Wangaratta Jazz Fest(Australia), New Zealand Festival of Arts, Glastonbury, San Sebastian Jazz Fest, Vancouver, Toronto and Quebec to name a few.

Trevor has initiated some very important collaborations.The biggest being with his 7 piece Drum Orchestra and 28 musicians/actors/dancers of the black tradition of the Barlovento region of Venezuela's Caribbean coast. Their group was called Teatro Negro de Barlovento and the combined group project went under the name "Una Sola Voz" taken from one of Trevor's Moire Music recordings "With One Voice". And they played concerts in Europe and S America in the early 90's.

He has also performed with Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy and Bobby Bradford who was the first trumpeter with Ornette Coleman. And from the UK Tubby Hayes, Phil Seaman & Stan Tracey from the Jazz World. He has also collaborated with Adama Drame, one of the finest Djembe players in the World, he is from Burkina Faso and Cyro Baptista the Brasilian percussionist who also plays with Wynton Marsalis & John Zorn amongst others.

Veryan Weston is best-known for his work with such British avant-garde musicians as vocalist Phil Minton and saxophonist Lol Coxhill. He moved from Cornwall to London at the age of 22, where he began working as a freelance jazz pianist. In 1975, he received a fellowship from the Digswell Arts Trust in Hertfordshire which allowed him to revise a book he'd written on piano improvisation. While at Digswell, he co-founded and composed for the group Stinky Winkles (which also included saxophonist Simon Picard), and collaborated with potter Liz Fritsch and visual artist Stephen Cochrane. He also composed and performed music for film, the most notable being his work with Lol Coxhill on director Derek Jarman's Caravaggio (1985). Weston's interest in multi-media presentations led him to earn a degree in performance art from Middlesex University. He also earned a master's degree in music composition from Goldsmith's College University in London. In the '80s and '90s, Weston worked with the Eddie Prevost Quartet and Trevor Watts' Moire Music, and in duos with Minton and Coxhill. Weston has recorded for the Matchless, Acta, Ogun, and Leo labels, among others. In addition to being a prominent free jazz-oriented musician, Weston is also an accomplished mainstream jazz pianist.

Friday, July 6 2012
7:00pm (doors at 6:00pm)
$10 ($8 for museum members)
Buy tickets in advance here!


Conundrum Jazz Sessions

a WEEKLY Jazz JAM Session dedicated to the education and performance of jazz by collaborating musicians of all levels and experience! This jam session will be in the tradition of jams around the country focusing on swing and rhythm concepts, tune learning, musician networking, performance practice and etiquette, audience participation, and the development of jazz musicians in SC. The session is open to the public and encourages all instrumentalists' and vocalists' participation.

*Cover is $3 for the general public.

*There is no cover for participating musicians, HOWEVER, we do ask for donations at the door

*MUSICIANS: Please see comments below for additional information on such as equipment needed, typical Jam Session etiquette, etc.

HOUSE BAND
Mitch Butler - trombone
Phil Jones - bass
Mark Widenhofer - drums

Tuesday, July 3 2012
9pm
$3

presented by Think Jazz Columbia

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Shallow Palace, Compel, Manray, Lazer/Wulf and Carolina Chupacabra

Columbia's Shallow Palace start the night off.
Summerville's Compel is a two man epic doom band with huge sound.
Manray is tech driven post hardcore/ punk from Athens GA.
Also hailing from Athens is Lazer/Wulf with a huge prog metal attack that sends you in to space at times.
Carolina Chupacabra tops the bill.

Friday, June 29 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8)
$4


Happiness Bomb ~~~ Historic ~~~ Bionomicon

Happiness Bomb: puppets, slow metal, dog farts, baby smiles.

Historic: mathy metal, ambient/drone, post-hardcore, and post-rock.

Bionomicon: is a rather minimalist, effects-laden reflective guitar-playing project of Mr. Chad Senkyrik.

Thursday, June 28 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Civil Rights in South Carolina: A Discussion

A discussion about the people who made it happen in SC with Jim Felder, the author of the recently published book by the same title. Network Mentor Modjeska Simkins is prominently featured, as well as unsung heroes who lost everything.

Network Director Brett Bursey said of the book, "Jim's stories put color into the black and white version of history I know." Felder has been the director of the SC Voting Rights Project since 1968, and was among the first black legislators elected since reconstruction in 1970.

For more information, or a copy of the book, contact the Network at network@scpronet.com, 803-808-3384.

Tuesday, June 26 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30)
FREE

sponsored by the SC Progressive Network

Silent Spring Ensemble ~~~ Todd Mathis ~~~
Lindsay Holler ~~~ Jeremiah Akin

Silent Spring Ensemble is an apolitical hardcore chamber trio.

Todd Mathis sez: I like music, I like fun. I like to have conversations about religion and the afterlife but can also have some less complicated discussions concerning beer and baseball. I'm currently the singer/songwriter/guitarist in American Gun. (www.americangun.net) Lately I have been enjoying The Walking Dead and listening to a good bit of Damien Jurardo and Cory Branan.

Lindsay Holler sings and plays guitar. her voice moves onto the sidewalk through a cracked upstairs window on dusky afternoons. it smells you with its tongue, pensively considers, and strikes. In clubs and theatres its the same. On some occasions it caresses; other times accuses. When amplified it can be seen on the air then we all drown.

Jeremiah Akin is a singer/songwriter from Moscow, Idaho whose music is often described as having a gypsy/blues feel. Akin is most commonly recognized for his attention to lyrical content which is mostly metaphorical, sublimely rhymed, conclusively allusive, and always alliterative. The resulting sound is dark, yet delightful.In the past year, Akin has become a published poet and essayist and released his first full-length album, Weeping Prophet and the Bards of Apollo. He is currently working on his second album.

Saturday, June 23 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
!! It's $$FREE$$ !!

a bigSphinx Productions production


Rachal Hatton's Columbian All-Star Showcase Benefit at Conundrum Music Hall

The Post-Timey String Band: Banjos, Guitars, Bass, Kazoos and Singing. Shake and served chilled.

Equal parts punk rock and world music, T.C. Costello has been delighting and terrorizing audiences the world over for the past few years. His shows encourage audience participation on nearly every song and feature many instruments such as the accordion, the obscure 1920s marxophone, and the khaen, the national folk instrument of Laos. His repertoire of traditional songs feature everything from a 2,000-year old Korean love song to a rebellious English sea chanty. His original songs, based on world music but with punk intensity, are often humorous, sometimes political, and without exception, his songs go well with beer.

Gravitron: Instrumental Surf Stomp Sexcapade.

Comparison between Ass/Bastard and Pity Rally:

1) Ass/Bastard is composed of Zach, Conrad, and Joe. Pity Rally is composed of Zach, Conrad, Jordan, and Will. [TIE]

2) Ass/Bastard has a song that features food as a thinly-veiled reference to sex. Pity Rally has more than one song that features food as an overt reference to sex. [Point, PR]

3) Ass/Bastard's lyrics are ironically misogynistic. Pity Rally's lyrics are vaguely feminist and rip off YouTube videos. [TIE]

4) Ass/Bastard features Joe Roberts and sunglasses. Pity Rally does not. [Point, AB]

A draw!

Friday, June 22 2012
8pm (doors at 7:00)
$5

a Rachal Hatton production

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NMW Ensemble
subtractions (5): simultaneity
greg stuart
a roomful of composers, improvising
Thursday, June 21 2012
8:00pm
1 hour
5

Devon Elizabeth ~~~ Post Card Fiction ~~~ Sleepy Eye Giant

Devon Elizabeth is a songwriter and producer whose sultry and retro tones are quickly gaining momentum in the Charlotte, North Carolina music scene. Her most recent EP, Neon Night, contains six tracks that evoke the days of listening to records on the sidewalk in the summertime. Called "a talented singer-songwriter, with a ready understanding of contemporary and classic pop and soul" by UK blog Leicester Bangs, Devon Elizabeth has one goal: to make listeners feel and dance.

Post Card Fiction is a rock n roll band based out of Columbia, SC. Often compared to Tonic, Tom Petty, Foo Fighters and MuteMath with praises for having well written pop/rock songs and excellent musicianship.

Sleepy Eye Giant is a four piece indie rock band. Some post-punk, some 80s synth rock, and a whole lot of other shit all shaken up.

Wednesday, June 20 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Yohuna ~~~ Truman Peyote ~~~
Coma Cinema ~~~ Yes Yes

Yohuna: Johanne [yo-HUN-ah] Swanson writes moody songs with her Casio. Addie Strei plays guitar and sleeps. Caleb Johannes plays bass and makes beats.

Truman Peyote sez "dig in, have fun. love life, love yourself". their interests include "beer, basements, transitive bros, you".

Coma Cinema: "Lacking funds and created against the backdrop of the belly-up mill town he grew up in, Blue Suicide is expectedly blue. Perhaps not as expected is how ambitious and arresting this album can be, taking its emotional cues from the lovesick and bored American Gothic landscapes it was conceived in, and its musical touchstones from just about anywhere Cothran's determination allowed." - Zach Kelly, Pitchfork

Yes Yes is Mike Ersing, and has been called freak folk.

Monday, June 18 2012 (*** and it's Conundrum's 1st anniversary! ***)
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Late Nights ~~~ Green Paper ~~~
Que Sera Sera

Late Nights likes bicycles, parties, art, camping, being destructive, skateboarding, women, and rock and roll.

Green Paper uses experimental noise, gritty and sparkly guitar sounds, and thick and poppy harmonies to create an auditory imprint of the psyche of each element. They released their debut album Fire in the winter of 2010 and released a new single, Stream Dream, over the summer from their album Water.

Que Sera Sera is a new Columbia band.

Sunday, June 17 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Ahleuchatistas ~~~ Pray For Triangle Zero

Ahleuchatistas doom psychedelia ... heatstroke minimalism... Ominous walls of sound morph into tight-knight rhythmic figures, haunting melodies float over martial drumming, roaring moments of sustained tension acquiesce into screaming silence, a musical promise is fulfilled

Pray For Triangle Zero is an assemblage assembled by mr. Lucas Sams. He says this one will be more electronic-y than guitar-y.

Saturday, June 16 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$7

a bigSphinx Productions production

Art/ Rummage Show and Sale to Benefit Sister Care
Saturday, June 16 2012 ~~~~ 9am to 4pm

Live creating by Artists:
  • McClellan Douglas ( mcclellandouglasart.tripod.com )
  • Olivia Thompson (http://flavors.me/livlovediy )
  • Emilee Harper
Live acoustic sets by:
  • Alderman Douglas
  • Rev. Marv Ward
  • Hope Clayton Cullum
  • Tom Hall
  • The Dubber

Beer, Wine, and Soda available for sale by Conundrum ~~~~ No coolers or outside alcohol ~~~~ Pets welcome, but must be leashed
$3 admission/ $5 to set up a table to sell stuff ~~~~ All Admission and Table Fees go to Sister Care.

Charity Raffle Drawing!!!
  • one month pass to Conundrum!!!
  • Gift Certificate to Scratch and Spin Records
  • Gift Certificate to Sun Spirit Yoga


SC IRISH ARTS WEEKEND

Opening Night Concert
at Conundrum!

FRIDAY JUNE 15

8:00pm

$15


Boxwood ~~~ The Lovely Few

Boxwood's music is based around the looping of guitar, vocals and percussion with a loop pedal. The loop pedal is the means to an end. The end being a well-crafted song, performed solo, with all the dynamics of a full band with catchy hooks and lush soundscapes to draw in and envelope listeners.

The Lovely Few: Mike Mewborne leads an ever changing cast of family and friends on electronic-folk-pop adventures through time and space.

Wednesday, June 13 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Shy Violet ~~~ Reconss ~~~ Plank Ewing ~~~ Roomdance

Shy Violet is the project of Jordan Romero. Based out of Maryland, Romero has been recording fermented pop music since the age of 15. Writing, recording and playing all the instruments on the songs leaves him with a war between Meek & Spector styled 60's pop music, a collaboration of The Misfits & Madonna in the 80's, and the radio music of the 90's all leaking onto whatever form of recording device he has at the time. While constantly writing and recording, The Shy Violet plans to release two albums this year, along with a tour-only split cassette tape with Recons, who he is touring with this summer.

Reconss is the Savannah based musical outlet for Gus Muller. Recons offers simple, but nuanced pop songs that center around driving drum machine loops. Recons' new material marks a departure from his home base of guitar centric melodies and into a more spacious and contemplative realm of synthezier drone and ambience.

Plank Ewing is space idea/synthesiser rumbly-tumbley.

Roomdance: \We are Man and His Machine //We are Wired Lovers' Dreams \\\We are Serial Digital Trust ////We are Undying Nova Dust \\\\\We are Sounds and Speaking Souls //////We are Insides and Making Folds

Tuesday, June 12 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Space Idea Tapes production


T. J. Border ~~~ About The Window ~~~ Spookatron Bath Station ~~~ Free Will

T. J. Border: Musician, usually cellist but occasionally other things. Emphasis on contemporary/experimental music, but classically trained and active in that respect as well. From Buffalo, NY.

About The Window| This is a practice of listening. Improvisational, textural, rhythmic, momentary. How very 1999.94.12.

Free Will: AKA William Christopher... a pianist/singer/songwriter with serious issues. avant chamber rock.

Spookatron Bath Station is (spaztronic bass + gtr) X live looping + drumz-from-a-computerbox

Sunday, June 10 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

SKETCHY'S SESSION #32

DRINKS, DAMES, and DRAWING!

Lola La Rouge presents: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School!
THIS MONTH SPONSORED BY Goat Feather's and What Katie Did

Featuring: Ashley Berendzen
Music by DJ: Deft Key

Alcohol will be FOR SALE for those of age.
18+ event.

Wednesday, June 6 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 ($7 with student ID)

a Lola La Rouge production

John Butcher / Gino Robair / Thomas Lehn

John Butcher is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with a sense of place. Thirteen Friendly Numbers, his first solo release (1992), also includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later releases focus both on live performance and amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands. He has toured and broadcast in Europe, Japan, North America and Australia, and was featured, playing solo, in the BBC TV programme Date with an Artist.

Gino Robair has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), as well as a founding member of the Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His opera, I, Norton, based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.

Since the early 1990s, Thomas Lehn has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music and being involved in numerous other projects like music theatre, dance, multi-media, studio pre-/post-production etc., he has been developing an individual 'language' of electronic music.
The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, and since 1994 in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial characteristics of its analogue sound synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument - for example to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several parameters of the sound synthesis at the same time - allows him to spontaneously act and react in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process.

Monday, June 4 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$12 (sliding scale... pay what you can afford!)

The Facebook Event!

a bigSphinx Productions production


Knives and Daggers ~~~ Pan ~~~ Dead Surf

The current Knives & Daggers lineup includes Jonathan Bass (drums), Lauren Carol Brown (guitar, strings), Jeremy Joachim (bass) and Kevin Stanford (guitar, vocals). Many of the songs are instrumental, often written in "movements," though there are also several songs that feature vocals.
Live sets feature a much more guitar-driven, turbulently loud sound, while recorded songs show somewhat different dynamics in both volume and instrumentation, as some of the songs include heavily orchestrated string arrangements that only rarely accompany a live show.
The first Knives & Daggers album, What Hurts the Most, was released on July 23, 2011.

Often compared to Explosions in the Sky, PAN is a primarily instrumental band that focuses on writing uplifting music for the masses. Post-Rock is the genre most likely to pigeonhole Pan, but their goals are to transcend genre itself and instead present a concept of immersive musical fulfillment. Post-Post Rock? You may not be far off. We hope you enjoy.
Pan released their debut EP, POST ROCK IS NOT DEAD, in 2011. Their full length LP, THESE ARE THE THINGS I LOVE AND I WANT TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU was released on March 7, 2012.

Dead Surf: Combining catchy pop hooks with intertwining male and female vocal harmonies, these surf-inspired jams are perfect for any spontaneous road-trip to the beach, or equally spontaneous liquor run.

Sunday, June 3 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5


Hammer No More The Fingers ~~~
Those Lavender Whales

Hammer No More The Fingers: there is no neatly packaged description for Hammer's sound. You could shoehorn them into a 90s indie rock revival thing, but it's a little like putting a squid in a sweater. Perhaps the fact that Joe Hall, Jeff Stickley and Duncan Webster have been playing music together since 1994 conjures nostalgic feelings of a sound developed and perfected over the past two decades. Hammer is a continually developing exploration of the music these guys were born to create.

Those Lavender Whales have fun playing songs and really hope that you have fun listening to them.

Saturday, June 2 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


C. Neil Scott & Matt 'Musician X' Falter ~~~
Pray For Triangle Zero

The telepathic impulses and guerilla jazz of C. Neil Scott & Matt 'Musician X' Falter come to Conundrum with new CD's available for $5!

Opening will be the magical sounds of artist Lucas Sams' solo project Pray For Triangle Zero with its disarming yet gritty lo-fi charm. And a *NEW ADDITION* to the show: Jeanee Bourque will be doing live painting to the music throughout the evening. Yay! Thank you for joining us, Jeanee.

C. Neil Scott & Matt 'Musician X' Falter comprise a saxophone/drums duo whose influences range from multiple styles of jazz, eastern hemisphere tones and techniques, to dirt floor gospel.

C. Neil Scott is a self-taught alto and tenor saxophonist with two decades well spent performing on city sidewalks, festivals, live improvised scoring of silent films to club and bar dates, ranging from solo to collaborating with 5 or 6 piece ensembles.

Matt 'Musician X' Falter stops short of bringing the kitchen sink in his musical world. With twenty plus years of drumming under the most diverse tutelage, his formal training in African drumming, Chinese arts, and improvisation has honed his skill to a precise and spiritual edge. He has contributed drumming, percussion and conga playing to ensembles, projects, and poetry accompaniment including Borenya West African Drumming and Dance ensemble, Woyate, the Africa Jazz Project, Preach Jacob's Kindablu, and Zuri Wilson's Parallel Worlds Band.

As a duo, they are a formidable force of frenetic guerilla jazz.: feverish guerilla street jazz

Wednesday, May 30 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$3


Prettier Than Matt ~~~ Post Timey String Band

Prettier Than Matt: Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts are much more than a couple of pretty faces and sharp personalities. They have some kick-ass talent to top it all off. In the two years the duo has been together, they've released a digital single called "Miss You," performed their signature brand of music from South Carolina to Tennessee and opened for established acts like Danielle Howle and Jonas See In Color. When asked how to describe Prettier than Matt's sound, Skinner says, "If Bon Jovi and Alison Kraus had a baby, it would be singing our songs." The sound, she said, is a lively Rock/Folk/Pop blend. Editor's note: "Fock" has been unanimously chosen as the term to go with.

Post Timey String Band: Banjos, Guitars, Bass, Kazoos and Singing. Shake and served chilled

Sunday, May 27 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Robes ~~~ Crown the Cake ~~~ The Good Witch

Robes is electronic indie new wave synth from Carrboro, NC

Crown the Cake is a rock band from Columbia, SC

The Good Witch is Beth Pope on voice/guitar/drum

Saturday, May 26 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


GOOD CLEAN FUN
Friday, May 25 2012
9pm (doors @ 8:30)

Modern Man ~~~ The Last Remaining Pinnacle ~~~ Silent Spring Ensemble ~~~ Ghosts of the Great Highway

Modern Man plays music.

The Last Remaining Pinnacle was started by Dave Allison in Portsmouth Virginia in 1995!!! Inspired by underground noise culture , Late Night TV Movies, random broken amplifiers and 70's reel to reel tape machines Dave A. began recording demo's in the garage at his parents home. Over the next decade Last Remaining Pinnacle collaborated with other like minded artists on numerous recording projects for various labels. In 2009 Chrischa Ives started contributing guitar, keyboards and violin and Last Remaining Pinnacle expanded into a duo. The band also started blending it's noise roots with more structured rock n roll songwriting. In early 2011 the band releases a four cassette collection that contained multiple "Soundtrack" type recordings that had been recorded over the summer and fall of 2010. The band then released a split 7" with fellow Virginia natives Pan Galactic Straw Boss in April of 2011 on Allison's label Custom Made Music. Ives soon left the band and Allison brought in guitarist Dave Dembitsky. The two instantly started writing and recording new material which will be featured on a split 7" with the U.K.'s Cult Of Dom Keller as well as a 5 song E.P. both of which will be released in late Summer/Fall of 2011.

Silent Spring Ensemble: the social fragmentation which is maintained by entities such as facebook, the alienation and emptiness inherent in commodity culture, the will to death, ecological devastation, clear cuts, vivisection, mountain top removal, the bankrupt and insulting nature of what popularly passes for 'political discourse,' industrial capitalism, commodity fetishism, loneliness, advertising, addiction, madness, debt, depression

the above things, but more so the following:

love, cooperation, friendship, beauty, the miracle that is existence, life, happiness, Plough Jogger, Fred Hampton, Emma Goldman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mohamed Bouazizi and all else that gives us light when the darkness seems to surround.

Ghosts of the Great Highway is folk music.

Thursday, May 24 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$5


The Most Dangerous Woman In The World

Progressive Movie Night: "The most dangerous woman in America".

A 30 minute film about Mother Jones, a union organizer in the early 1900's. Mother Jones organized mine workers and we will be joined for discussion by members of the United Mine Workers who are currently organizing in SC. The event is free, beverages are for sale.

Movie trailer can be seen here.

Tuesday, May 22 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE!

brought to you by the SC Progressive Network!

Tim Daisy ~~~ Jeb Bishop

Celebrating the new Jeb Bishop + Tim Daisy cd "Old Shoulders", on Relay Records 004

Tim Daisy (Percussion/Composition) has been an active member of Chicago's creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city's celebrated musicians and ensembles. Along with performing percussion duties in internationally acclaimed bands including the Vandermark 5, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, and The Engines, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own groups as well as contributing to a number of collaborative ensembles including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film.

Tim has had the fortunate experience to perform and/or record with many great improvisers both from the United States and around the world, including: Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Xavier Charles, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Waclaw Zimpel, Mikolaj Trzaska, Steve Swell, Magnus Broo, Jeb Bishop, Erik Friedlander, Havard Wiik, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Per-Ake Homlander, Nate McBride and James Falzone.

Trombonist Jeb Bishop is best-known as a member of the Vandermark 5, but was heavily involved in most branches of Chicago's experimental music scene of the '90s, from jazz to free improv to the avant-garde hybrid genre post-rock. Bishop grew up in Raleigh, N.C., and began studying music at Northwestern in 1980, but returned to Raleigh after two years and played bass with hardcore punkers the Stillborn Christians. While studying for a year in Belgium, Bishop became interested in avant-garde jazz, but upon returning to Raleigh in 1985, he found no kindred spirits. Instead, Bishop founded a worldbeat-inflected indie rock outfit called the Angels of Epistemology, which he led from 1986-1989. He moved back to Chicago in 1991 and the following year, he began playing bass for the Flying Luttenbachers, a punk-jazz outfit that included Ken Vandermark. Bishop left in late 1994, joining the Vandermark 5 a year later, which marked the first time he'd played out in a serious jazz context as a trombonist (he also doubled on guitar). As the group's local and national profile grew, Bishop became a popular session trombonist on Chicago's post-rock scene, recording with avant-indie luminaries like Stereolab, Jim O'Rourke, Gastr del Sol, and the Sea and Cake. 1998 was a banner year for Bishop: he recorded with Peter Brotzmann's Tentet, debuted his trio In Zenith (with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang) on the LP Building a Better Future, and issued 98 Duets, which featured Bishop interacting with free improvisers including Mats Gustafsson, Wadada Leo Smith, and Hamid Drake. In 1999, Bishop recorded with the Vandermark 5 rhythm section as the Jeb Bishop Trio, issuing a self-titled album on Okka Disk, and also duetted with Joe McPhee on The Brass City. In 2001, Bishop recorded another album for Okka Disk titled Afternoons.www.conundrum.us

Saturday, May 19 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$8

an Arnold Taylor production

Buster Keaton's "COLLEGE"

To capture the heart of a winsome campus coed, cerebral milquetoast Ronald (Buster Keaton) vows to become a college jock. Needless to say, his floundering ineptitude leads to the agony of defeat. But when his muscle-bound rival (Harold Goodwin) snatches Ronald's sweetheart, he turns into a world-class athlete as he races to her rescue. An extended track-and-field sequence showcases Keaton's inimitable gymnastic genius.

Friday, May 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
IT'Z FREE!

a bigSphinx Productions production

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[directed by]
[description]
[date]
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NMW Ensemble
subtractions (4): simultaneity
greg stuart
a roomful of composers, improvising
Thursday, May 17 2012
8:00pm
1 hour
5

PAN ~~~ FORGET THE TIMES ~~~ BR'ER

Often compared to Explosions in the Sky, PAN is a primarily instrumental band that focuses on writing uplifting music for the masses. Post-Rock is the genre most likely to pigeonhole Pan, but their goals are to transcend genre itself and instead present a concept of immersive musical fulfillment. Post-Post Rock? You may not be far off. We hope you enjoy.

FORGET THE TIMES is a free improv/psych/noise/drone rock collective from Kalamazoo, MI. We have music out on Already Dead Tapes & Records.

BR'ER is primarily a recording project for Philadelphia native Benjamin Schurr. Br'er became a functional band with the addition of harpist/multi-instrumentalist Darian Scatton in July of 2007, and after several line up changes, now usually contains Benjamin Schurr, Darian Scatton, & Roger Alejandro Martinez.

Wednesday, May 16 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production



Carey Murdock ~~~ Post Timey String Band ~~~ Justin Thompson

Monday, May 14 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Noah Brock production

Coma Cinema ~~~ Nomen Novum ~~~ Leighton Alexander

Coma Cinema will be exploding your mind with newly expanded bass lines and freestyle interludes straight from the pages of the highly anticipated "School Shootings" and library classic "Blue Suicide"
http://comacinema.bandcamp.com/

Nomen Novum will grace our ears with samples, guitar, hi/lo-fi beats, clicks, clacks and noises along with strong melodies stringing their way from their native Hotlanta! http://nomennovum.bandcamp.com/album/if-you-look-for-it-its-there

Leighton Alexander : Lose yourself in beautiful guitar loops fading into and out of each other and hang on every melodious word!

Sunday, March 12, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

an Aaron Graves production

PILESAR ~~~
BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT ~~~
HULLCOGAN ~~~
CANCELLIERI

Twisted experimental rock and mutant psych noise from DC and SC

Saturday, May 12 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

FAUN FABLES ~~~
WASTED WINE ~~~
THE GOOD WITCH

"Oakland's FAUN FABLES aren't really a folk group, but there's no adequate name for the music Dawn and Nils make together, music that is so total, otherworldy, and heretical a vision of traditional music that it can only be compared to THE RESIDENTS' version of rock 'n roll. Frykdahl's instrumental virtuosity is strictly in the service of making every sound you've ever heard unfamiliar. This band has the uncanny ability to blow through original songs, ancient ballads and European avant garde numbers in a set without a single note seeming out of place. Even if you don't like traditional music, avant garde music, or music at all, you still need to hear McCarthy's voice, which will kill you dead." - LA Weekly

WASTED WINE is a ramshackle band of bizarre sounds and baffling lyrics. Based in South Carolina and New York, the band consists of multi-instrumentalists / co-lead vocalists Robert Gowan and Adam Murphy, and fellow musicians Buck Dollars on electric guitar and knives, bassist Lou Buckingham, Jane Kemp on drums. Their music is weird, dark, sad, funny, theatrical, self-recorded, and employing countless "exotic" instruments. Depending on when you catch them, they are a mix of Rock, Eastern European Folk, Klezmer, Cabaret, and more.

THE GOOD WITCH is era elizabeth on vocals, guitar, piano, and/or drum

Friday, May 11 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$10

a bigSphinx Productions production


PETER EVANS & TRAVIS LAPLANTE

Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music, jazz and composition. As a performer, Evans has been working to broaden the expressive range of his chosen instrument and enjoys playing with steady configurations of players and composers. Current bands include the Peter Evans Trio, Quartet and Quintet, Moppa Elliott's terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance.

Saxophonist and Composer Travis Laplante is highly active in New York City's experimental music scene, and is quickly becoming known as one of the most powerful young voices in improvisational and structured sound. Laplante has recorded and performed with Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Mat Maneri, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Andrew Cyrille, as well as the experimental rock bands Extra Life and Skeletons. His band Little Women has toured internationally to high acclaim. Tiny Mix Tapes describes Laplante's music as "a timely battle cry for both the unstoppable force of experimental music and the fact that no mode of domination can ever fully conquer the wild energy and potentiality that blooms inside the body, waiting to explode out into the world and shatter that which must be shattered." The Chicago Tribune simply claims that his music "might change your life, indefinably."

Thursday, May 10 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production

GARRISON STARR ~~~ DANIELLE HOWLE ~~~ A FRAGILE TOMORROW

Not so long ago, GARRISON STARR hit the road supporting Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Melissa Etheridge. No surprise, then, that she's learned a thing or two about crafting a great story. Starr regularly pinches a sleight of hand or passing sound bite and turns it into a rich character assessment. Starr's genuine, earthy songwriting approach makes it easy to keep rooting-fists clenched and shaking for more artistic evolution. Her songs seem effortless, absolutely unselfconscious and suggest the next time out she might reach the sky again. "This is really how I feel," Starr sings through on "Spectacle" from her last release, The Girl That Killed September", and I'm gonna scream until it's real."

DANIELLE HOWLE is a woman with a great story to tell: a raconteuse extraordinaire. She weaves her soul into the fabric of her music in a manner that ultimately envelopes and lifts your mind, body, and spirit. Those that have seen her live performances know that they are a genuine offering of her heart: her humorous prattles are filled with insight, inquiry, and wonder, and speak of true romanticism tempered with a healthy dose of cynicism. Her latest release, Swamp Sessions, was recorded deep in the Francis Marion National Forest in a solar powered swamp house on a piece of high ground next to the Echaw Creek. Swamp Sessions is the first solar powered recording in South Carolina, and the first album recorded at Echaw Creek. The presence of the swamp pervades these recordings, and gives them a texture and grittiness that is free from the shackles of modern, over-produced and over-sanitized music.

Based in Charleston, SC, but raised in upstate NY, the guys in A FRAGILE TOMORROW are making a name for themselves all over. They've become known by fans as a high energy power pop band with solid songs and tight harmonies.The musical genre of A Fragile Tomorrow has never been easy to pinpoint, though, as the band uses the cities, musicians, and culture that they come across while on the road as inspiration for their songwriting. Fans have time and again compared their music to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Smithereens, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Big Star, The Jayhawks, The Lemonheads, The Posies, and more. Their unique original material has been noticed by many industry legends over the years, including Amy Ray of Indigo Girls and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles, both of whom asked AFT to tour with their respective bands. With 3 studio albums, one acoustic EP, and a live album under their belts, lots of grassroots touring, and a consistently solid stage show, A Fragile Tomorrow is a band that has made a permanent spot for themseles in the music industry.

Wednesday, May 9 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10

a bigSphinx Productions production


Nate Hall & Plowman

Plowman will be opening for Nate Hall (of uber-awesome band US Christmas) who will be playing material from his upcoming solo album, "A Great River"

Saturday, May 5 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Jacob Johnson ~~~
Chris Compton and The Ruby Brunettes

Hailing from South Carolina, Jacob Johnson is a one-of-a-kind solo acoustic performance artist who specializes in a style of guitar playing he calls "Neo-acoustic folk/funk." In live performance, his off-the-cuff sense of humor and tongue-in-cheek sensibility disarm the audience and leave them completely unprepared for the multi-layered guitar masterworks he unleashes. Jacob thumps, taps, and slaps his acoustic guitar into submission, weaving a musical tapestry that usually climbs to sonic frenzy whilst never losing its balance or control. His lyrics, thoughtful and realistic, are delivered with the wry sort of charisma that makes you wonder if he isn't just making it all up as he goes.

And sometimes he is.

Chris Compton and The Ruby Brunettes play a form of music loosely called Baroque folk-pop; an unassuming strain of emotionally unsettling lounge music for lost souls, lone wolves and the disenchanted, with an emphasis on narrative in the lyrics and ornamentation in the melody. The absence of any rhythm section (no bass or drums) allows for a certain ambient quality in the music that makes it at once unique and difficult to define in terms relevant to rock and roll club owners and dance hall party goers. These are songs for the enlightened but with enough hooks in them to reel in the even Damned and the Dumb. Think Burt Bacharach meets Tom Waits meets Ryan Adams.

Friday, May 4 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Pan ~~~ Young Mumbles ~~~ Dear Blanca ~~~ Jason Herring & the Mystery Plan

Thursday, May 3 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$7

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

DRINKS, DAMES, and DRAWING!

Lola La Rouge presents: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School!
THIS MONTH SPONSORED BY Goat Feather's and What Katie Did

Featuring and Welcoming to Columbia: Dixie Dupree
Music by DJ: Deft Key

Doors open around 7, sketching begins around 8.

Alcohol will be FOR SALE for those of age.
18+ event.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Wednesday, May 2 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$10 ($7 w/ student ID)

a Lola La Rouge production


Hope For Agoldensummer ~~~ Dave Michelson

Hope For Agoldensummer is a family band from the fine town of Athens, GA. For eons they've traveled the USA creating rusty, angelic melodies with a slide guitar, banjo, jangly percussion, glockenspiel, and a bowed handsaw, all overlaid with the gorgeous sibling-soul-choir harmonies of Claire & Page Campbell.

Sunday, April 29 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Magnetic Flowers ~~~ Judas Horse

The Magnetic Flowers come across as a gloriously overstuffed indie rock force of nature, with its band members trading instruments and vocals with abandon as they deliver their highly original, melodically layered, and hyper-literate songcraft. The influence of groups like Okkervil River, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists and The Hold Steady are evident in the band's sound, but are inadequate in capturing the group's exuberant energy and vocal abandon. What is truly amazing about the group, however, is how often they go from careening rock n' roll to subtly layered vocal harmonies or delicate guitar picking, from garage rock fervor to moments of chamber pop bliss. There seem to be no rules or limits to the band's sound, only a willingness to follow each and every song down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Judas Horse is an experimental folk indie psychedelic shoegaze southern gothic violin/guitar/bass trio, formed in 2008 in Asheville, NC. It features members of U.S. Christmas, Enoch, Serpents, Descolada and Birds on the Ground.

Friday, April 27 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Shuffle Magazine Music/Video Showcase at Indie Grits Festival
Ahleuchatistas ~~~ The Unawares ~~~ Andy The Doorbum

8:00pm until 11:00pm

The show will feature sets from Asheville's Ahleuchatistas, Columbia's The Unawares and Charlotte's Andy the Doorbum, as well as 25-30 music videos culled from Independent Carolina artists.

Thursday, April 26 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$8 in advance, $10 at the door

an Indie Grits production

subtractions (3) : duration

One hour. Duration. Improvisation. Constant.

Original music from the New Music Workshop,

directed by Greg Stuart


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

a New Music Workshop production

AN EVENING WITH CHRIS KNIGHT
Chris Knight ~~~ Todd Mathis ~~~
Paisley Marie

Ages 18+

Doors open @ 6:00 pm

Tickets available online @ ETIX

Chris Knight @ 8:30

Todd Mathis @ 7:45

Paisley Marie @ 7:15

Sunday April 22 2012
7:15pm (doors at 6pm)
$15

brought to you by Outlaw Promotions & Big Red Entertainment


antimusic

What can you go in just about any venue in America or in the world and find? Music! Whether it is being played over a speaker in the ceiling or some one is performing live. There is music. On April 23, 2012 Good Clean Fun brings to Conundrum (albeit) Music Hall the ANTI-music Show with comedy, skits, poetry, absurdist theatre etc. and NO music. Join us on Monday April 23 for this unique event! And Musicians this event is for you. Come in, relax, chill and be entertained unless you are "grinding" for we all grind to make things happen! See you there!

In the house,
Performing in not any particular order,
Flies on the wall,

Adam Cook
Shaun Conley
The Bugsy
1der
John M. Starino

and featuring from G-Vegas:
Allusional Absurdist
Justin Blackburn

Monday, April 23 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5


THIS IS MUSIC Festival!

I Am Carpenter (10:00 - 10:45)
Just Die! (9:00 - 9:45)
In Regret (8:30 - 9)
Oddczar (7:45-8:30)
Narratives (7 - 7:30)

Intermission (6-7)

Born Hollow (5:30 - 6)
Empire (4:45 - 5:15)
Old Flings (3:45-4:30)
Cinder and Smoke (2:45 - 3:30)
Distrust (2:00-2:30)

*please remember this is a fund raiser for our next comp to be put out on cassette tapes

flyer credit to Lee Milsaps

there will be no guest list, only band members will get in free

Saturday, April 21 2012
2pm (doors at 1pm)
$10

a This Is Music production

THE JAM ROOM PARTY COMPILATION

Sons of Young ~~~ Lamb Handler ~~~ Mason Jar Menagerie ~~~ Fishing Journal

On March 4th the Jam Room invited 4 bands into the studio to hang out and track two songs a piece. Twelve hours later, a Jam Room Party Compilation was born.
We bring to you the release of the Jam Room Party Compilation. Each band featured on the compilation will be performing at the release show at Conundrum Music Hall in Columbia, SC.

Sons of Young (Columbia, SC)

Lamb Handler (Charlotte, NC)

Mason Jar Menagerie (Fountain Inn, SC)

Fishing Journal (Columbia, SC)

Friday, April 20 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Jam Room production

The Lovely Few ~~~ We Roll Like Madmen

The Lovely Few "Uniquely charming electronic folk pop" -The Free Times...    Mike Mewborne leads an ever-changing cast of friends and family on electronic folk-pop adventures.

We Roll Like Madmen: Sonic futurists of the Southeast, We Roll Like Madmen are a distinctive crossbreed of electronic dance production, emotive songwriting, and energetic live performance. Standing at the cusp of controllerism and auditory-visual manipulation, WRLM delivers an immersive experience like no other. Their music is firmly rooted in electronic dance genres while focused on song crafting and a vocal-centric aesthetic. Bridging the gap between DJs and musicians, they are equally at home in the club and on the stage, on the dance floor and at the dive bar. We Roll Like Madmen bring an unparalleled energy to the Southeast, driving music forward with a radical collaborative vision.

"All dreamy processed vocals and gurgling synths, We Roll Like Madmen's electronic dance music is full of glittering, shiny surfaces, braising Animal Collective's celestial soundworld with Passion Pit's shimmering synth-pop hooks."
- P. Wall - Free Times

Thursday, April 19, 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

BERERBERG

Josh Berman ~~~ Fred Lonberg-Holm ~~~ Christoph Erb

For more than ten years, cornetist, improviser, composer and music presenter Josh Berman has been an essential contributor to Chicago's active improvised music scene. His work encompasses both developing opportunities and forums for presenting improvised music - as co-founder of the critically acclaimed Umbrella Music Group and as vice president and co-curator of the Emerging Improvisers' Organization - and performing in a variety of highly collaborative formats - including as bandleader of his own groups, Josh Berman's Old Idea and Josh Berman and His Gang, and as co-leader of the Chicago Luzern Exchange. In Down Beat Magazine's 2010 and 2011 Critic's Poll, Berman was voted Rising Star, Trumpet. In addition to his work as bandleader, Berman has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Bill Dixon, Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, and Jeb Bishop. He is also a frequent collaborator with dance artists; his most recent collaboration with dancer Ayako Kato and musician Jason Roebke was awarded a CROSSCUT grant for New Collaborations in Sound/Movement from Experimental Sound Studio and Links Hall. He has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Fred Lonberg-Holm has studied composition with Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Bunita Marcus and Noah Creshevsky and cello with Orlando Cole andArdyth Alton. He currently lives in Chicago where he works with a wide variety of musicians in as many situations as possible. Current and ongoing projects include the Valentine Trio (with Jason Roebke and Frank Rosaly), the Peter Broetzmann Chicago Tentet, Joe Mcphee's Survival Unit III (with Michael Zerang), Friction Brothers (Colligan, Lonberg-Holm and Zerang), The Boxhead Ensemble, Horses Ha (Janet Beanand Jim Elkington), ADA trio (w/ Broetzmann and Nilssen-Love) Vox-Arcana, Sherpa, Stirrup, The Fast Citizen's, Ballister as well as numerous one off projects. He has appeared in numerous festivals on several continents. Improvisors he has worked with include Clare Cooper, Charlotte Hug, Andrea Neumann, Shelly Hirsch, Carrie Shull, Carrie Biolo, Birgitte Uhler, Rachel Wadham, Mary Halvorson, Joelle Leandre, Joanne Powers, Zeena Parkins, Judy Dunaway, Lotte Anker as well as a number of guys. He also leads a revolving cast large ensembles under the name Lightbox Orchestra. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz recordings as well as new music, pop, rock and noise.In addition to composing and performing he has made a number of sound installations including recently at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Joymore and Geschiedle Galleries.

Christoph Erb is a tenor saxophonist / bass clarinetist, improviser, composer and music presenter. He's born in 1973, in Zürich, and lives in Lucerne, Switzerland where his own label, veto-records, is based. He organized his own festivals including, veto-records Laa bel-Festival and Erb's Impro Festival. In 2006 he won the ZKB Swiss Jazz prize with his group erb_gut. In 2007 he was awarded the culture prize of the city Lucerne. 2009 brought the Scholarship of the city and canton of Lucerne for a four month stay in Chicago as an artist in residence where he recorded several sessions: Erb/Baker/Zerang, Erb Alone, Erb/Lonberg-Holm/Roebke/Rosaly, and a duo with cellist Lonberg-Holm. He leads his own bands: Lila, Veto, BigVeto and erb_gut. Erb has performed and recorded with some of the most internationally respected improvising musicians and composers in jazz and improvised music: Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Roebke, Frank Rosaly, Jason Stein, Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber, Daniel Humair, Harald Harter, Peter Scharli, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfahrt and many others. As a sideman he has collaborated with Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6.

Wednesday, April 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

an Arnold Taylor production

The Flow
April/Selah's Birthday Edition!!

This month we will come together to Celebrate Selah's Birthday!!!

Also - A SCRIMAGE SLAM: Columbia's own THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS V. upstate poets' slam team POETIC ROCKSTARS

Bugsy Calhoun will be on the 1s & 2s

Its going to be a party!!

Can't wait to see you ALL!!!

UUUU ESSSSS!!!!

Tuesday, April 17 2012
7pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Bugsy Calhoun production

Liron Peled ~~~ Alternacirque ~~~ Rio

Opening Show of the April insanity tour!

The Electric Dumbek and distorted Tuvan throat singing? One-Man Acoustic Metal Band on a Middle Eastern drum set with a double bass pedal??

After touring the world with Raquy & the Cavemen since 2005, Liron Peled is coming out with a new solo project combining his Middle-Eastern upbringing, the intensity of heavy metal and the epic, transcendental sound of Tuvan throat singing mixed with his "Let's Party!" attitude, to create a sound that can be described as Meditative Acoustic Metal Dance Party, all performed by a one-man-band always featuring the best of local talent, with dancing by Rio, who's wigglin has been featured with groups such as Vagabond Opera, Copal, Fishtank Ensemble, This Way To The Egress, and more! This project is hitting the road on the "Insanity Tour", blazing into Columbia on April 15 for a night of true insanity.

Featuring Alternacirque (from Columbia)

Sunday, April 15 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8:00pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production



Benefit for PETS INC.!

Modern Man ~~~ People Person
~~~ Cement Stars ~~~ Daddy Lion

South Carolina bands are coming together to raise funds in support of PETS, Inc.!

Featuring Modern Man , who will be celebrating the release of their new EP;
People Person, featuring Jessica Oliver of Can't Kids (and part-time Conundrum bartender!); Cement Stars; and Daddy Lion.

Saturday, April 14 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$7 (all profits go to PETS INC.!)

a Jeremy Joseph presentation


GOOD CLEAN FUN

The band:
The Runaway Jug Band

MC:
Shaun Conley

poets:
John Starino
Bugsy
TBD

Comics:
Adam Cook
David Hamiter
Micah Goss
Wayne Cousins
TBD

TBD

Friday, April 13 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5

a Pyramid Scheme International affair

Contortionist Jazz Exotica ~~~ Sylvester Alone ~~~ Special Guest

come get rowdy


Wednesday, April 11 2012
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
$5


ENDANGERED BLOOD

Trevor Dunn (bass), Chris Speed (tenor), Oscar Noriega (alto), and Jim Black (drums)

...an uncommonly well-balanced collective at work... they play fast, looping, dynamically even and entwining lines, laying bebop over clanky grooves...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$10

a bigSphinx Productions production

SEX BRUISES ~~~ DROMEZ
~~~ CAVEDWELLER
~~~ BRANDON X

Harsh-noise rockers from Austin, TX visit for a party; featuring:

SEX BRUISES: Harsh noise lovers. Brutal electronics, fucked guitar, blisters, bruises, total dysfunction

DROMEZ: Earsplitting, distorted feedback loop chaos. A girl, an amp, and hearing damage

CAVEDWELLER

also appearing: BRANDON X

Monday, April 9 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

for PLank Ewing


Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings"!

Benefit Screening for our homeless community.
Donations welcome.

Sunday, April 8 2012
7:30pm (doors at 8pm)
FREE! (Donations for the homeless gladly accepted)

Mot de Bouche Film Productions

King Cotton and the Remnants
~~~ Bare Knuckle Champions
C. Mims

King Cotton & The Remnants rockin' and rollin' at Conundrum Music Hall in West Cola Town. Playing tunes from "Borderline Brilliant" (2008) and the brand new "Misery Index" (2012).

Also with local Indie-Americana-Folk-Grass, Bare Knuckle Champions headlining.

And Chuck Mims opening with his solo acoustic set.

Saturday, April 7 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Hawaiian Shirt Day ~~~ Signs of Iris ~~~ Sightline

Ska/Pop Punk/Hiprocktronica/ errrr Dance party.
Either way.... $5 bucks gets you 3 bands and some good noise!
Come out to support your local music scene and bring a friend!!

Hawaiian Shirt Day (Columbia, SC)

Signs of Iris (Greenville, SC)

Sightline (Columbia, SC)

Friday, April 6 2012
8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 (21+) //// $7 (<21)

a Signs of Iris production


Doors at 6:00

The Queens of Poetry Ladies First Open Mic

Hosted by Queen Campbell.
For our features we have Juju da Rula, Black Madonna, and Cre8iveFreedom.
We have open mic as well but remember Ladies go First.

Tuesday, April 3 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a Bugsy Calhoun production

Wolter Wierbos ~~~ Great Architect

Wolter Wierbos is considered one of the world's leading trombone players. He has played throughout Europe, Canada, USA and Asia. Wierbos has many awards to his name, including the Podiumprijs for Jazz and Improvised music and the most important Dutch jazz award, the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize. His interests range from precise chamber jazz to throbbing post punk and contemporary composed and improvised music. Described as "a phenomenon, both a humorous importer of every style into his template-free, fat-backed sound, and a tireless spy in the house of brass", he is equally at home using the classic trombone vocabulary or enthusiastically giving a round-trip tour of his horn, from buzzing mute mutations and grizzly blurts to purring multiphonics. He is also "a very good instant composer, good at keeping it moving and not taking it too seriously".

Great Architect was formed in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2009, as an improvising group intent on exploring the fringes of all musics with an urgency and focus reflective of the modern condition. Originally a quartet, the lineup expanded to a sextet in early 2010.
Gradually, an emphasis on composition and structure came to the fore and Great Architect began turning out loose-limbed tunes that deal with a wide variety of topics: high-school fistfights overseen by teachers, slain South American revolutionaries, mendacity, pagan mythologies, the beautiful violence of calligraphy, kale, the Fantastic Four, and Amelia Earhart, among others....

Monday, April 2 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production

Jeffrey Lewis ~~~ Those Lavender Whales ~~~ Silent Spring Ensemble

Born and raised Lower East Sider Jeffrey Lewis Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?). His band Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard also has a schizophrenic existence, ranging between contemplative folk narratives and distortion-fueled garage rock. Live shows incorporate "low budget videos," Jeff's large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs, such as Jeff's educational multi-part "History of Communism" or flights of fancy like "The Creeping Brain."

And Those Lavender Whales play sweet, poppy indie-folk songs straight out of your backyard.

Silent Spring Ensemble plays beautifully patient minimalist chamber-y pop music. Keyword "beautiful."

Sunday, April 1 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production


THE FRESHNIZ

FEATURING:
Carlleena Person
Darion "Storyteller" McCloud
The Dubber
Green Street
Ian Morris of Homemade Genius

Izms of Art presents The FRESHNIZ:
This live magazine experience showcases some of the Southeast's most interesting and creative people. Get a unique look into the processes behind their arts through interviews, personal commentary and artist snippets.

Stay tuned for more details...

Saturday, March 31 2012
6:00pm until 9:00pm
$5

an Izms of Art production

GOOD CLEAN FUN
   

Shaun Conley and Adam Cook (hosts)
~~~ Mason Kazer, Ron C, Mary Simpson, Justine Thompson, Camilo Potes, Jenn Snyder (comics)
~~~ John Starino (poetry)
~~~ The Post Timey String Band (musik)
~~~ Rhett Pilgrim (musik)

Friday, March 30, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Pyramid Schemes International production

The People Speak

For its March monthly movie, the SC Progressive Network will feature THE PEOPLE SPEAK, a 100 minute documentary film inspired by the books A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History, which chronicles the lives and experiences of ordinary Americans who, through their words and actions, changed the course of our history.

THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a powerful new film inspired by Howard Zinns groundbreaking books A Peoples History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States. THE PEOPLE SPEAK brings to life our nations rich history of dissent and shows its importance for todays movements. Check out the trailer, see your favorite performers and get a different take on U.S. history.

Free entrance, free popcorn. A fine selection of beer, wine, and sodas will be available for purchase.

View trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hUQ657XR7Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player.

Background and study material at: http://www.history.com/shows/the-people-speak


Sharks Parlor Reading Series

Graduate students and faculty from the MFA program at USC reading poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Sunday, March 25, 2012
7:30 (doors at 7:00)
FREE!

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The Noise is Love ~~~ The Lovecrafts

Post-Commie Dance-a-billy meets Corporate Rock!

Performances, madness and at least one game of twister

Many updates to follow as we get closer.

(got a suggestion for something cool? Post it!)

Saturday, March 24 2012
8:30pm until 11:30pm
$5 door, $4 if you wear a tie

a Mike Coleman production

Smoking Nurse ~~~ Forest Tourist

Smoking Nurse is Bill Warden, Joan Monaco & Charlie Finch. We play interstellar rock music with guitars and drums. They are from Knoxville Tennessee.

Forest Tourist began as a collaboration between musicians Edward Burroughs and Marco Frey during the humid summer of 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina. This collaboration began with a mutual fascination with tape recording that eventually manifested itself into their dreamy self-titled debut EP, recorded in Marco's bedroom, now available on Bandcamp. Eventually Forest Tourist adopted close friends Kyle Brown and Trey Cooper and evolved into a four-piece indie act recognized for their refreshingly energetic stage presence fueled by catchy melodies, off-the-grid humor, and drunken lust. Self described as 'Trash Pop', Forest Tourist continues to play shows, and plans to record a follow-up EP this winter.

Friday March 23 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Reno Gooch production

Classical Revolution

Columbia's own Classical Revolution kicks off their first event of the year at Conundrum Music Hall! You will hear fabulous performances by:

Alma Sehic
Blair Francis
Matt Younglove
Korinne Smith
Drew Spice
Woodwind Quintet from USC....
AND MANY MORE! Come listen and enjoy the atmosphere of the Classical Revolution Experience! There will also be an OPEN MIC portion of the program so come and be REVOLUTIONARY!! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
7:30 until 10:30 (doors at )

a classical revolution production

EARTHSLEEP ~~~ ANCIENT SUNKEN NAVIES ~~~ TAMARIN

Special acoustic performance with Ancient Sunken Navies.

Also featuring the indie pop stylings of Tamarin, from Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
(Doors at 7:30 PM until 11:00pm)
$3


THE FLOW ~ A POETIC MOVEMENT

Where we come to celebrate the art of spoken and written word.

featuring poets:
Black Madonna
Chris the Poet

musical guest:
King Amin

featured vendor:
House of Martyne

contact info:
803 361-9193
selahthepoet@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 20 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
$5

a Monifa Lemons Jackson production

Reggie Sullivan's New Rock Band!

This will be our first headlining show in Columbia, SC and we are so excited for you to hear our new material. This band features Zach Bingham on Guitar, Nick Brewer on Keys, Brendan Bull on Drums/Vocals, and me on Upright/Electric Bass, Lead Vocals, Hype, Craziness.....

I am also glad to have Nashville recording artists Mike Willis and Clay Evans on the show with me. These guys will open the show and their songwriting in incredible. A must see/hear! So make plans to show some support. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door! You can buy advance tickets here

Monday, March 19 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$6 in advance and $8 at the door

a Reggie Sullivan production

Young Mumbles ~~~ M is We ~~~ Dead Surf

Save the date and get your dancin' shoes ready!

Young Mumbles (Columbia's sing-along manufacturing project) will be joined by Myrtle Beach's New Wave synth-pop band M is We, and the always wonderful indie surf sounds of Columbia's Dead Surf.

Invite your friends. Invite your families. Invite your bartenders, taxi drivers, and dentists. Invite people you pass on the street.

Come sing and dance with us and watch as Trey and Kelsey have a battle to see who can wear the outfit with the most sequins!

Sunday, March 18 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Young Mumbles production


Saint Patricks Day Bash with MIX MASTERSON!!!!!!

Come join the celebration @ Conundrum with Mix Masterson bringing the best party to West Cola!! Uplifting and high energy top 40, house, electro, and trance beats mixed to perfection all night long!! Wear your green and first 50 recieve a free CD of Mix Mastersons newest DIMENSIONS 9!! This is definitely a party you dont want to miss!!!!

http://soundcloud.com/mix-masterson/mix-masterson-dimensions-8
http://soundcloud.com/mix-masterson/mix-masterson-dimensions-7
http://soundcloud.com/mix-masterson/mix-masterson-dimensions-ep-6
www.facebook.com/mixmasterson

Saturday, March 17 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Reno Gooch production

Dylan & Dayne ~~~ Dear Blanca ~~~ Paleface ~~~ Cameron Gardner Trio ~~~ Elvis Depressedly

The WUSC Music Office has put together another kick ass show at Conundrum Music Hall on Friday, March 16.

Dylan & Dayne Lee are just wonderful song writers, a heart meltingly classic folky dueling vocals act. Simply gorgeous and a real rarity to catch in Columbia. They stole our hearts years ago and we are lucky enough to convince them to join the show!

Dear Blanca is Dylan Dickerson's newest project consisting of Evan SImmons from Magnetic Flowers on bass, Marc Coty of Old Canoe on drums, Damien Herring from Horrendous and Eddie Newman from Ape Bastard in the horn section. It is a much more atmospheric experience than Dylan's solo act but boy is it pretty. It's exciting to hear this jubilee of Columbia musical genius in one act.

Paleface is our forever touring band that we at WUSC adore and are pleased to bring back to our city. Paleface composes folk music in earnest, with a bluesy vocal delivery that portrays a feeling of something genuine and well-intentioned.

Cameron Gardner Trio is one of Columbia's music scene's treasures and veterans. Consisting of members of Heist and the Accomplice and more, these guys are brilliant song writers and musicians. They put a whole new edge on bluesy epic rock.

Elvis Depressedly (also known as Coma Cinema) is one of Columbia's coveted acts. A brilliant fuse of bedroom pop and drone. A really amazing act to close up our show!

Friday, March 16 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5 for 21+/ $7 under 21

a WUSC production

Murder of One ~~~ Old Curiosity Shop ~~~ Post Timey String Band

Quite an interesting bill here, folks. Some heavy indie/psych rock sandwiched in between some true americana. This ought to be good folks!

Thursday March 15 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

an Old Curiosity Shop production


LE REX

LE REX: Four wind instruments and a drum - this is Le Rex, the ultimate mixture of groove, harmony and juicy melodies with an unmistakable addiction to the unexpected. Last summer, the band, which has been founded in 2008, retreated to Corsica to literally rehearse in the bushes, record a CD at the beach and busk spontaneously within a fortnight. The music of Le Rex reveals a spectacular kaleidoscope of crispy popgrooves, balkanese horn riffs, intoxicating and frisky rhythm 'n' blues parts and the sweet bitterness of leaden ballads. Even though the five musicians play without any electricity, they definitely are electrifying at all times.

Wednesday, March 14 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$8

a Ross Taylor production

Projexorcism ~~~ Roomdance ~~~ Bellhop Collective

Spawned in 1999, Projexorcism was begun when Ed Cooper acquired two Bell & Howell 2592 auto-shred projectors and 200 educational films. By 2003 Projexorcism had defined a unique flavor of experimental hyperactive expanded cinema & has since been pushing the boundaries of cinematic weirdness. Projexorcism uses a quad 16mm projector array suspended from a light pole - the projectors are controlled with a 4-channel sound-actuated variable speed lighting controller and the projected images are split, inverted and bent using silver reflective CD-R's. In May 2005 the Catawba Council for the Arts awarded Projexorcism an Innovative Project Grant to add a Film-to-Video Regurgitation Array to their quad 16mm setup. Partially unhinged from the linearity of film, the 16mm setup is now augmented with real-time video capture, manipulation & projection devices.

The film is manipulated using various techniques to create new contradictory action sequences and dialogue. Films are chosen to reflect relevant, irreverent or nonsensical themes --- black history, presidents, Gila monsters. Film often breaks or passes through the projection gate in a manner inconsistent with film preservation, much to the dismay of Jedi film preservationists. The kinetic swinging and shaking of the film tree will warp reels and melt film - CDs fall to the ground - the shriek of optical sound feedback as dust clogs the sound bulb - the randomly choreographed accidents of brilliance & stupidity - a space armada of keyboards scoring a photonic overture.

Roomdance is emotionally unstable wave, and appears on Space Idea Tapes

Bellhop Collective is a project by Mr. Chris Johnson

Sunday, March 11 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


APHATOS ~~~ collapse. ~~~ HOODED EAGLE ~~~ DITCH EEL

APHATOS: Columbia post crust

collapse.: Tampa melodic crust

HOODED EAGLE: Charleston doom metal

DITCH EEL: Florence stoner rock (ex graves of valor)

Saturday, March 10 2012
8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Noah Brock production


The Restoration ~~~ Elonzo ~~~ Company

Come out to celebrate the release of SceneSC's 2012 compilation featuring 21 of SC's finest artists. Three of the bands featured on the compilation will be performing including

The Restoration (Lexington, SC)
Elonzo (Rock Hill, SC)
Co. (Charleston, SC)

All of these bands were also featured on last years sampler, so check them out there today.

Friday, March 9 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$8

a Sampler.SceneSC.com production


Junior Astronomers ~~~ Sea Wolf Mutiny ~~~ Brick and Mortar

Junior Astronomers is high-fructose pop from a shambolic, hook-laden universe

Sea Wolf Mutiny puts out an ectstatic sound that draws the listener into the world they are creating

Brick and Mortar represent the underground, the oppressed, the disillusioned, and voiceless. Fusing driving percussion, grooving bass, eclectic samples, and anthemic vocals

Thursday, March 8 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5


Chemical Peel ~~~ Dope Body ~~~ Dustin Wong ~~~ They Eat Their Own God ~~~ The Clap

Chemical Peel - Columbia, SC... girl fronted punk with sick bass lines & a drummer with a nice head of hair

Dope Body - Baltimore (Drag City Records)... noisy post-punk quartet... listen heres

Dustin Wong - Baltimore... guitar & loops = super pretty

They Eat Their Own God - Columbia, SC... metaLLLL! also: these guys are nice & basically rule.

The Clap - Atlanta, GA... I like what I've heard. Maybe you will too!

Wednesday, March 7 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Jessica Oliver production
       

   


In The Beginning There Was The Word

Demallo and Black Phoenix Salil Wynette is your musical guest.

Mr. Fantastic is your host.

We will have an open mic.

Tuesday, March 6 2012
7:30 (doors at 7pm)
$5

a Bugsy Calhoun Production

MEGA RAN ~~~ WILLIE EVANS, JR. ~~~ ADAM WARROCK

The VS Tour

Starring: Mega Ran, Willie Evans Jr, Adam WarRock

Featuring: The ThoughtCriminals, Tribe One, cecilnick

Random and Willie Evans Jr will travel from town to town doing damage to not only microphones, but to controllers as well, on the new video game Street Fighter X Tekken, hitting stores March 6, 2011. Random is a Street Fighter fan, and Willie is a Tekken maniac, so expect some wild times on the road. Every venue will be equipped with an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 for players anxious to get their hands on the new game, as well as previous iterations of Street Fighter and Tekken for the classic gamers.

Sunday, March 4 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$7

an 8 Days Waiting production

Antidrive
~~~ Robot Plant
~~~ Broken Innocence
Lost In The Middle

Doors open at 7:00 pm.
7:30 - 8:00 - lost in the middle
8:20 - 8:50 - broken innocence
9:10 - 9:40 - robot plant
10:00 - 10:40 - antidrive
COME HANG OUT AT THE SHOW! ALL AGES!

Saturday March 3 2012
7:00 (doors at 6pm)
$5 (21+), $7 (<21)

a Chase McGunkin production

Coma Cinema ~~~ Slowriter ~~~ Falling Off A Building

Coma Cinema sings the hits of the '70s, '80s, '90s, the aughts, now, and the future! Come one, come all for a night to remember! Sponsored by awkward looks from old people at Cracker Barrel, John Travolta's riveting performance in "Battlefield Earth," and the cassette single "Cannonball" by The Breeders!

Slowriter is a lovely band out of Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Bryan Taylor (from The Chariot) that will warm your soul, free your inhibitions, and take care of your pets during the show...all while lacing up the dancing shoes of your mind! Sponsored by David Lynch's hair, puppy pads, and merriment in general!

Falling Off A Building is Adam Cullum (from Magnetic Flowers/Can't Kids) refusing to use either The Magnetic Flower or The Could Kid as the name for his solo project that is backed by members of Magnetic Flowers. Sponsored by Dixon Ticonderoga pencils, latitude, longitude, and free association!

Friday, March 2, 2012
10pm (doors at 9pm)
$5

a Matt Morrison production
   


Inside Job
South Carolina Progressive Network Movie of the Month

Inside Job is a 2010 documentary film about the late-2000s financial crisis directed by Charles H. Ferguson and narrated by Matt Damon. The film is described by Ferguson as being about "the systemic corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption." In five parts, the film explores how changes in the policy environment and banking practices helped create the financial crisis. Inside Job was well received by film critics who praised its pacing, research, and exposition of complex material.

The film was screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May and won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

FREE POPCORN.
A fine selection of beer, wine, and sodas will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, February 28 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30)
FREE!


Sharks Parlor Reading Series

Graduate students and faculty from the MFA program at USC reading poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Sunday, February 26, 2012
7:30 (doors at 7:00)
FREE!

--- ---

Singer Songwriter Night!

Joshua Gale (Myer)
Scottie Frier
Emily McCollum
Thomas Champagne
Sarah Hunter Howle
Mike Mewborne (The Lovely Few)
Taylor Moore
Tyler Boone
Zach Fowler (Sun-Dried Vibes)
Ned Durrett
Jayna Doyle (Death of Paris)

Thanks so much to Devin VanTatenhove from "The Music Initiative" for the flyer!!

Saturday Feb 25 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5 over 21 / $8 under 21

a Tyler Boone production

Haley Dreis ~~~ Emily Hearn ~~~ Carey Murdock

Haley Dreis will be returning to Columbia, SC for a full-band concert at Conundrum Music Hall on Friday, February 24th!

All ages

There will only be 90 seats available - guarantee your seat and get tickets here

Very much looking forward to seeing you there! :)

with Emily Hearn with Full Band

and Carey Murdock

Friday, Feb 24 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5 students, $10 non-students

   


Jim Ivy's THE FORTUNE

Jim Ivy is an improviser and composer currently residing in Apopka, FL.
His main form of expression is using reed instruments (in particular, saxophones) but he can also be found performing on shakuhachi, electronics, balloons, and an arsenal of game calls and whistles.
He has worked with such International artists as Davey Williams, Wade Matthews, Simeon Coxe III, David Dove, Emily Hay, Kris Gruda, Jill Burton, and Doug Mathews.

Here he will be performing his latest work THE FORTUNE, along with Lucy Bonk on electronics and percussion, and Keaton Orsborn on electronics and visuals.

Two days after their performance at Conundrum,
they will present the same show at John Zorn's The Stone in NYC.

Thursday, February 23 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production


Eye of the Monkey String Band ~~~ Jubil's Kin
~~~ T-Claw

Eye of the Monkey String Band is an old-timey dance band based out of Orlando, Charlottesville, and Nashville. They can be seen in houses, halls, garages, barns, lofts, community centers, truck beds, and backyards throughout the Southeast and Midwest. This five-piece outfit plays music you can't not dance to (really, it is required). They play traditional old-time music, but you will feel the rock. And Roll.

Jubil's Kin is a nationally-touring group based out of Orlando, Florida. They have been touring non-stop after releasing the band's debut Grammy-nominated album in 2010. Through a gambit of tours, the chemistry of the live shows has really become their calling card. Drawn by the honesty of their songs, fans at shows and festivals alike connect to the music. Their real music bares its soul on stage like the brothers and sister they are. Sometimes performing with pedal steel and drums on stage, they most often tour as a simple but full sounding trio. Deftly pairing stark indie folk and old-time flair the band has been labeled "Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana."

T-Claw grew up in Nashville, TN playing mostly punk and metal. When he moved to the NW he fell into a thriving and vibrant old time music and dance scene. First banjo, then fiddle, then everything else. Calling came pretty intuitively after a couple years of dancing and a decade of organizing. He can be seen getting strangers and beginners to have a time, invoking more per capita joy than any other part of their life. Hold fast and never let go!

Monday, February 20, 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a Jessica Bornick production


Hawaiian Shirt Day ~~~ Marry Me Joanna ~~~ Demon Waffle ~~~ Scrap Kids

Hawaiian Shirt Day - Columbia's most handsome ska/punk ensemble

Marry Me Joanna - Columbia Pop Punk

Demon Waffle - Ska from Tennessee

Scrap Kids - Pennsylvania Acoustic punk/ska

Sunday, February 19 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 (21+) / $7 (<21)

a James Parson Production
   

   


Space Coke ~~~ Torture Town ~~~ The Pilgrim ~~~ Slow Bull

If the amp don't smoke, it ain't Space Coke

Torture Town is a reflection of the absurdity of fear, control, masochism, and the self imposed prisons the human animal calls home.

The Pilgrim is heavy psych rock from Baltimore.

Slow Bull is a 7-piece, also from Baltimore, and featuring Tonie Joy. Come see if they can fit on our stage!

Friday, February 18, 2012
8:30 (doors at 7:30)
$5

a Reno Gooch Production


GOOD CLEAN FUN

Shaun Conley and Adam Cook (hosts)
~~~ Matt Davis, Justin Thompson, Camilo Potes, Jenn Snyder (comics)
~~~ Jamal Bugsy Calhoun Washington (poetry)
~~~ The Old Curiosity Shop (musik)

Shaun Conley and Adam Cook (hosts) will be hosting the event.

Matt Davis, Justin Thompson, Camilo Potes, Jen Snyder (comics) will be saying funny things.

Jamal Bugsy Calhoun Washington will be poetizing.

The Old Curiosity Shop will play some music.

Friday, February 17, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Pyramid Schemes International production

Silent Spring Ensemble ~~~ Trioscapes ~~~ Hectagons

Silent Spring Ensemble is an apolitical hardcore chamber trio.

Trioscapes is prog/jazz/rock fusion featuring Dan Briggs (of Between The Buried And Me) on bass with members of Eyris, Brand New Life, & Casual Curious on drums/electronics & saxophone/flute. high energy syncopated instrumental compositions. new album hopefully out by February.

Hectagons is an instrumental thrash/jazz/punk/prog/metal/experimental quartet featuring members of Zeus, Appalucia, Mr.Invisible, AndyTheDoorBum, Dominant7, PigMountain, TheVagabondBros., Clavius, HellOrHighWater, BredForDisaster, ThePelicans, etc...

Thursday, Feb 16 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$6

a bigSphinx Productions production


Tatsuya Nakatani ~~~ Thomas Helton

Tatsuya Nakatani is a contemporary percussionist, originally from Osaka, Japan. He has created his own instrumentation, effectively inventing many instruments and extended techniques. He utilizes drumset, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells, and various sticks and bows to create an intense, organic music that defies category or genre. His music is based in improvised/ experimental music, jazz, free jazz, rock, and noise, yet retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music.

Thomas Helton enjoys music in all of its guises, be it bebop, heavy metal or avant-garde. Whether swinging with his Birth of the Cool tribute band, or utilizing extended techniques while in dialogue with a temperamental computer, elitism is not a part of Helton's M.O.

Like many contemporary musicians these days, Helton is exploring new and creative ways to share and promote his music. His latest project is a DVD created in collaboration with Houston's Binarium Productions, featuring a solo bass performance by Helton filmed in a variety of raw and unfinished spaces. Shot by videographer Jonathan Jindra, who is also a fine electronic musician, Helton's meditative and ritualistic performance is complimented by eerie and imposing environments of pockmarked concrete, exposed air ducts and piles of bricks. Throughout the video, Jindra interjects his own abstract organic visuals complimenting shifts of texture in Helton's music.

Nakatani and Helton will each perform solo sets (Helton's will feature projected excerpts from his new video.)
Nakatani and Helton will then perform a collaborative improvisation in a 3rd set.

Wednesday, February 15 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$6

a bigSphinx Productions production


Col. Bruce Hampton and the Pharoah Gummitt

Col. Bruce Hampton has been making music since he formed his first band in 1963. The Colonel has been in constant motion ever since leaving a trail of memorable live performances with his many bands, including The Late Bronze Age and Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit.

Along the way he appeared in the movie "Sling Blade" as the poet and band manager Morris and starred in Mike Gordon's cult classic "Outside Out" as a mystical guitar 'out'structor.

The Colonel's band features Lawson Feltman, Duane Trucks, and Kevin Scott. Still rolling down the road, Col. Bruce continues his quest for the tonal center at each exit #6.

Sunday, February 12 2012
7:58pm (doors at 7:29pm)
$8

a bigSphinx Productions production

Gottheit ~~~ Doomslang ~~~ Cave Dweller ~~~ Roomdance ~~~ Kosmokop

Saturday, February 11 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)br> $5

a Tim Chappell production

Daylight ~~~ Overlooked ~~~ In Regret ~~~ Discourse ~~~ Vice Grip

Conundrum is a small space with soundproofing panels lining the walls, so no moshing! The show is full.

Friday, February 10 2012
7pm (doors at 6pm)
$6

a Carolina Core production

Steamboat Bill ~~~ Kenosha Kid

Steamboat Bill is a silent film masterpiece by the comedic genius Buster Keaton. This performance will feature live musical accompaniment by the ensemble Kenosha Kid.

Led by bandleader/guitarist Dan Nettles, Kenosha Kid has been described as "some kind of as yet unlabeled jazz" (All About Jazz), as music "played through an Andy Warhol filter and served up Thomas Pynchon style", (Savannah Now), and as "jazz as if Kenny G and Wynton Marsalis never came along to ruin the genre's mainstream" (Flagpole Magazine).

Thursday, February 9 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
FREE (Donations accepted)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Helix Collective ~~~ Marina Alexandra & Steve Sloan

21 Sounds presents an eclectic evening of new music ranging from contemporary American guitar music to klezmer and Bollywood.

Headlining the concert is L.A.-based ensemble The Helix Collective. The ensemble - comprised of oboist/composer Phil Popham, pianist Meghan Schaut, flutist Sarah Robinson and percussionist Marc Widenhofer - is known for its fresh, exciting performances mixing classical, popular and world music. In a review of the group's 2009 CD All In, the magazine Audiophile Audition praised the group for its "fine musicianship and beyond-the-ordinary programming." Its program, called World Dance Club, will include music ranging from klezmer (in Stephen Dankner's Dance Emigrations) and Bollywood (Mark Weiser's 3 Bollywood Dances) to a four-movement original work by Popham, The Mixer Dances, which features such movements as "The Knight's Ho-Gals" and sounds like early music kicked in the ass by a rock drum set. Also on the program is Finale Enratonado by a young Venezuelan composer and guitarist, Victor Marquez Barrios, who has written for a wide range of instrumentation that often crosses traditional rock-classical boundaries.

Guitarist Steve Sloan kicks off the evening with music by local Columbia composer Brian Bemman, Nashville composer Roger Hudson, and John Doan, a music professor in Oregon known as a master of the rare 20-string harp guitar. Sloan will also perform works by Muriel Anderson, Lawrence Long and Wayne Gratz, along with his own piece, Salvation.

Next up is the acclaimed Russian guitarist Marina Alexandra. Of Alexandra's talent, Classical Guitar Magazine wrote, "She is of the elite class of musicians where technical assuredness is just taken for granted," and Finger Style Guitar called her an "amazing player that commands the guitar with world-class technique and musicianship that is uncommon." Alexandra will perform Andrew York's Sunburst and Nikita Koshkin's Tristan Playing the Lute.

Wednesday, February 8 2012
8:00 (doors at 7:30)
$8 ($5 for students)

a 21 Sounds production

    Jessica Skinner ~~~ The Post-Timey String Band

Jessica Skinner:
Jessica Skinner on vocals/ukulele
Jenna McSwain on keys
Reggie Sullivan on bass
Brendan Bull on drums

The Post-Timey String Band features Kelley Mclachlan and Sean Thomson

Tuesday, February 7 2012
8:30pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Reno Gooch production

Scream Out Loud ~~~ Burns Like Fire

Scream Out Loud's interests include Taco Bell, Touring, Cooking Out, and Girls Girls Girls

Burns Like Fire is Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed Punk Rock from Athens, Ga. A quartet of musical dissaray, a hard rock and punk spirit, That will leave you Flat on your Face rolling with the rats. Featuring members from Karbomb, GuFF, and Celerity. A band looking Forward to a Party!

Sunday February 5, 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5

a Reno Gooch production

4th REEL Black Pix: Global Afrikan Film Series

Mind Gravy Presents a Poetry Slam Session (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm), featuring some of the best Poets in Southeast, including:

  • Bugsy Calhoun
  • Peggy "Tabu" Logan
  • Moody Black
  • and more
Fee: $5.00 ($50.00 Slam Prize)


PLUS: Late Nite Grown Folks Screenings (10:00pm - 12:00am)
Films:
  • Rotating Square (Egypt)
  • Keeper of the Flame (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bastards of the Party (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Cleansing the Afrikan Mind (LongBeach, CA)
  • Q&A time permitting
Fee: $7.00 or $2.00 w/Slam

Saturday, February 4 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

a Sufia Giza Amenwahsu production

Mikal kHill ~~~ Tribe One ~~~ cecilnick ~~~ Shane Hall

Mikal kHill of the ThoughtCriminals is amazing. He is the man. His raps are known to induce labor. And fight crime. His beats are known to cause temporary dementia as a result of the rapid mental expansion that occurs for the listener.

Tribe One: the progenitor of all the NOCORE that you're hearing today.

cecilnick: NOCORE fiend, hipster nerd, professional troll, pretty cool guy.

Shane Hall is a songwriter/rapper/producer/performer/poet type of person who does things, and hopes that you like them - or that you dislike them enough for it to bring you pleasure.

Friday, February 3 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$6 (21+) / $8 (<21)

an 8 days waiting production


Left With Ashes ~~~ Boolow ~~~ Deleveled

Left With Ashes
Kurt Applegate: Bass/Vocals
Charles Trotter: Guitar/Vocals
Smash: Drums

Boolow
Jason Scoggin: Bass/Vocals
Rich Martin: Guitar
Moder: Guitar
Mitch McCraken: Drums

Deleveled
Jeff Pitts: Guitar/Vocals
Matthew Biddle: Bass/Vocals
Sammy Roland: Drums

Sunday, January 29 2012
8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
$5 (21+) / $8 (<21)

a Kurt Applegate production


    

Hannah Miller ~~~ Kyshona Armstrong ~~~ Lindsay Holler ~~~ Hannah Thomas ~~~ Emily McCollum ~~~ Paisley Marie ~~~ Katlyn Redfern

A former tradition of The White Mule finds a new home, brought to you by original White Mule owner Travis Maynard and Conundrum proprietor Tom Law. This show will be in the round/song swap format, first set will be Emily Mccollum, Paisley Marie, and Katlyn Redfern, second set Hannah Miller, Kyshona Armstrong, Lindsay Holler, and Hannah Thomas.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$8 advance, $10 day of show

a Travis Maynard production


The Old Curiosity Shop ~~~ Signs of Iris ~~~ Panic Manor ~~~ Atrium ~~~ Daniel Harris

The Old Curiosity Shop: Rock/Indie Pop/Jam (Nick Sweat as Nick Sweat - Vocals, Gui tars, Synthesizers; Chuck Potts - Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers, Piano; Matt "Coffee Hands" Crumpton - Bass, Vocals, Organ, Piano; Adam "The Gum" Crumpton - Dr ums, Vocals, Gummage)

Signs of Iris: Alternative, Electronic, Rock, Indie, ALTERNAFUNK-HIP- ROCKTRONICA (Cassie Posey - Synth/Guitar/Vocals, Jared Burger - Drums/Vocals, Johnny Puleo - Lead Guitar, James Litzie - Bass)

Panic Manor: Pop/Rock

Atrium: Rock/Alternative (Emily Allen - bass/vocals, Paul Ward - guitar/vocals, Chris Suter - guitar, Taylor Stalfort - drums)

Friday, January 27, 2012
7:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
$3 ($2 for copy of 'Initiation')

a Nick Sweat production


Netherfriends ~~~ Cassangles ~~~ Dead Surf

Netherfriends is the never ending touring and recording one man band machine. A rare loop pedal dude who doesn't just get louder and thicker but opts instead to weave elaborate, beautiful pop songs overflowing with hooks and sentimentality. About 4 minutes into his set, when he starts dancing like James Brown, you'll be hooked for life. Netherfriends (AKA Shawn Rosenblatt) recently finished a year long project where he wrote and recorded a song and performed in all 50 states.

Dead Surf: Combining catchy pop hooks with intertwining male and female vocal harmonies, these surf-inspired jams are perfect for any spontaneous road-trip to the beach, or equally spontaneous liquor run.

"Cassangles are a lot like Superman: Drummer Logan Goldstein is faster than a speeding bullet, the basslines are more powerful than a steaming locomotive and Joshua McCormick's spiraling guitarlines are able to leap buildings in a single bound. This is truly instrumental rock of the highest order."

Thursday, January 26 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$6.00

an Aidan Zanders production

The Uprising of '34

The Uprising of '34 is a startling documentary which tells the story of the General Strike of 1934, a massive but little-known strike by hundreds of thousands of Southern cotton mill workers during the Great Depression. The incredible historical footage shows the aftermath of 6 South Carolina mill workers being gunned down in Honea Path and provides insight into how SC workers became afraid of unions. SCETV refused to air this film when it was first released in 1995, until protests by the SC Progressive Network resulted in a late night broadcast. The free showing will be followed by discussion, and then we'll watch Obama's State of the Union address, live on the big screen.
Beverages available for purchase.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)
FREE!

an SC Progressive Network production

--- --- Sharks Parlor Reading Series

Graduate students and faculty from the MFA program at USC reading poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
7:30 (doors at 7:00)
FREE!


EYEWITNESS GAZA

A new documentary movie (Run time: 60 min) about Gaza thru the photography of Skip Schiel. Between 2004 and 2010 he visited Gaza five times, shortly before and after Operation Cast Lead, the unrelenting Israeli assault on a virtually defenseless people trapped in the Strip and under siege since 2006. Because Israel justifies its ongoing attacks by citing the rockets fired by Gazan militants into Israeli civilian areas (Schiel opposes any attacks on civilians, and generally any use of violence by any party for any reason, an element of his Quaker and Christian beliefs), Schiel visited one of those towns, Sderot. less than 1 mile from Gaza. During two recent trips he has gained first-hand experience of life among Israelis, assessed trauma, and supported Israelis who contest some Israeli policies.

Directed by Tom Jackson of Joe Public Films, the 60 minute movie strives to open eyes and hearts to the reality of life in occupied Palestine. We dedicate our movie to the youth of Gaza, infancy to young adulthood, in hopes that they will soon experience,freedom, peace with justice, and the reality of "All we want is to be ordinary," in the words of Mahmoud Darwish.

Movie website: http://eyewitnessgaza.net/index.php

Sunday, January 22 2012
3pm
Free to the public. Donations appreciated.

Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

GOOD CLEAN FUN

Shaun Conley and Adam Cook (hosts) ~~~ Matt Davis, David Hamiter, Jen Snyder (comics) ~~~ Rhett Pilgrim (music) ~~~ Of Hoof and Horn (music/puppets)

Shaun Conley and Adam Cook (hosts) will be hosting the event.

Matt Davis, David Hamiter, Jen Snyder (comics) will be saying funny things.

Rhett Pilgrim (music) will be playing some music.

Of Hoof and Horn (music/puppets) will be doing what a puppet stoner metal band does whilst hosting a comedy show.

Friday, January 20, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Pyramid Schemes International production

THOLLEM MCDONAS solo concert

Thollem McDonas "...takes the taut, swirling trills of de Falla and flaming chords of Scriabin and multiplies them into a supercollider centrifuge of innumerable disasters, a churning black caldera bespattered with beautiful madness. It seems beyond the capacity of one human being to contain so much densely-packed creative energy ... putting aside for the moment the perplexing question of how Thollem manages to put out all that donner und blitzen on the keyboard without smashing himself and/or the instrument to bits."
- Tom Djll, from profile in March 2011 Signal To Noise

"Thollem's keyboard flights unleash cascades of notes of seemingly impossible velocity and no matter where he goes tonally, it always seems right, fresh and satisfying. As an improviser, he inhabits a world uniquely his own, rhythmically, harmonically and formally. A true original."
- Terry Riley

                 

Wednesday, January 18 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Improvisation Workshop with THOLLEM MCDONAS

This is a workshop that explores group collaboration, large ensemble improvisation (structured, conducted and free), egalitarian group dynamics consensus decision-making, and communication skills. Discussions can include the implications of improvisation, collaboration and active listening from everyday life to global political dynamics. It is open to anyone with these genuine interests regardless of age, language skills, perceived artistic abilities.

Participants will leave the workshop with a greater ability to work collaboratively with others and to see their own ideas and projects through to their full realization. This practicum is specifically designed to empower individuals long after it has finished.

Utilizing everyday sound sources, found objects and objects that already naturally exist in the space, the workshops also incorporate voices, traditional musical instruments, non-traditional instruments and ambient sounds that are occurring outside of the group and everything possible that we discover as an ensemble throughout the process.

Overall, the emphasis is not necessarily on individual creativity but on the ability to listen and collaborate with others. This workshop encourages participation by anyone regardless of their musical experience, age, or language. Most importantly, the workshops develop organically from the input of the participants, a natural progression, a structured improvisation of its own.

Participants will be granted free admission to Thollem's concert that evening, and are also invited to take part in a short set to open the concert.

Wednesday, January 18 2012
2pm-5pm
$10

Please sign up for the event!

a bigSphinx Productions production

Flow Monthly Poetic Movement

Hosted by: Monifa "SelahthePoet" Jackson

This month's feature:
Bugsy Calhoun of The Unusual Suspects
The God Father of the Unusual Suspects Creature of In The Begining There Was the Word and Queens Of Poetry Ladies First Open Mic The Emcee/ Poet will be going in with that Hip Hop Poetic FLOW you love.

GUEST DJ: CHAKMA will be there spinnin' straight FUSION!!!
(UNWHACK HIP HOP and R&B/ STRAIGHT GROOVE!!)

but wait-there's more---------
VENDORS!!!! @Venecia will be there with Jewelry from her new line

TRIBE JASMINE and ROSE FOR YOUR SPIRIT!!!

@Martyne will be there giving readings...THA BOMB (...you'd better ask somebody)

FOR YOUR COMMUNITY!!!
Network for GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS!!!
Please come out and let people know what you are doing for the community and where -- "For lack of knowledge, a people shall perish"

FOR YOUR POCKETS!!!
Gas Money Slam!!! ($3 participation fee)
2 ROUNDS - #THATISALL!!

PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US!!! THIS IS A MOVEMENT!!!

A portion of this month's proceeds will go to OCCUPY COLUMBIA!!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012
7:30pm (doors at 7:00)
$5

a production of The Unusual Suspects

A Troop of Echoes shelves the self-important melodrama and delivers finely-crafted rock songs with addictive melodies, informed by exploratory harmony and the noisy experimentalism of Providence, RI. The bizarre meets the beautiful.

PAN: "Skinny drums sound like pristine home recordings and, delightfully, with snares that are warm and dissipating instead of ringing and abrupt (something that annoys me about some post-rock bands). Guitars are layered without trickery or complication, and bass is merged within them as a proper frequency placeholder. The whole sound reminds me of Thursday nights in the late 90s - of bands like Slingshot Episode and Hot Water Music, but with some smoother transitional elements (like The Get Up Kids sometimes adopted), that really allow the record to flow and leads to humbly shine."
- Jane Criss, The Silver Tongue

Appalucia: real raw country music & hillbilly liberty pickin' with a punk rock aesthetic hailing from the West Bank of The Catawba River in North Carolina

2013 Wolves: Charlotte/Mt.Holly, North Carolina apocalypse-rock/southern-hardcore/destructo-punk/satanic-gospel duo featuring Neal MF Harper with Battlin' Bobby Childers of OverMountainMen/ TroubleWalkers/ AndyTheDoorBum/ ModernDonJuans

Sunday, January 15 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a reduction/bigSphinx production


Those Lavendar Whales ~~~ Young Mumbles ~~~ Cameron Gardner Trio ~~~ Pussy Wizard

Come celebrate the release of Those Lavendar Whales ' first full-length, "Tomahawk of Praise," with us!

We'll be joined by a slew of our friends including...
YOUNG MUMBLES
CAMERON GARDNER TRIO and
PUSSY WIZARD (AKA Brave Horatius (AKA Jordan Blackmon))

Cover will be $5.
CD's will be $5.
Records will be $5.
Donuts will be free.

We're very, very proud and excited about this album and are crazy excited to share it, so please come celebrate with us and get yourself a copy on the cheap! And if you can't make it, you can still order it...

We love all of you! We couldn't do this without you!

Saturday, January 14, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

an Aaron Graves production

Bamboo Forest ~~~ Sons of Young ~~~ Hawaiian Shirt Day

Bamboo Forest: Myrtle Beach alternative/punk

Sons of Young: Columbia punk/rock n' roll

Hawaiian Shirt Day: Columbia ska/pop punk

Friday, January 13, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a Paul McKinney production

DOLFISH ~~~ DADDY LION ~~~ CONCRETE ANIMALS

DOLFISH is the handle of Max Sollisch, a 22 year-old Cleveland-born country songwriter currently residing in Columbus, OH. He writes sad, bitter, humorous country songs only to bang them out in two minutes or less in balls to the wall garage-rock fashion. It's weird, we know, but it is completely bad ass. Since Dolfish's inception in late 2010, he has shared the stage with Southeast Engine, The Gay Blades, David Dondero, Franz Nicolay, Sore Eros, Joe Pug and Strand of Oaks among others. His debut, Your Love is Bummin' Me Out shreds through 5 tunes in just over 8 minutes and has called "Country Music from 2030." Comparisons range from Daniel Johnston to Robbie Fulks to The Mountain Goats to Guided by Voices, but he's just trying to sound like Neil Young. Watch him closely, or he will come to your house and watch you.

DADDY LION: "A pleasant surprise... hearty, fuzzy guitar-rock, full of introspective and tortured travelogues, breakdowns and reminisces." - NPR

Hailing from Florence, SC, CONCRETE ANIMALS tread the delicate balance between art rock fury and pop sensibility. Despite their short existence, they have made the rounds regionally and garnered praise in local press. Their debut album, Resonator, was recorded in 24 hours at Face of God in late August 2011

ComScore

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The WEEKLY MONITOR showcase

Magnetic Flowers ~~~ Can't Kids ~~~ Jeremy Davis (Elonzo)

MAGNETIC FLOWERS live and work (but mostly live) in Columbia, SC. They enjoy playing literary pop. They just finished their second record, "What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About".
Members include: Adam Cullum - keyboard & singin', Patrick Funk - guitar & singin', Albert Knuckley - bass & singin', Jared Pyritz - guitar & singin', Evan Simmons - drums (no singin')

ComScore

A duo formerly known as Dawn Shredder, CAN'T KIDS is a Southern-Gothic-Depression-Era-Cheerleader-Metal band that formed in a frenzy & a series of ongoing fits of lunacy during November 2010 when members Adam Cullum & Jessica Oliver moved into an extra giant old house with their friend Brielle. All three tenants are now convinced that aforementioned house is indeed haunted.

JEREMY DAVIS is a member of Elonzo, a four piece family band who is named after two of the members departed father. They write songs to, for, and about the people and places that have or will mean something to them. The band's sound can sound can transform from stripped alt-country to a richer, more expansive vision that reflects the meaningfulness of the ties that bind us together. Mostly, it sounds like rock and roll.

ComScore

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5

a production of The Weekly Monitor


JANE JANE POLLOCK
ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY
SILENT SPRING ENSEMBLE

Jane Jane Pollock is an experimental-pop quintet. They border hop for slumber party practices in a comfy trailer hidden in the woods of Thomasville, GA. The sound of their music ranges from a haunted carnival to a hyper moldy children's toy marching band. They use pots and pans, bells, mandolin, space echo, Wandering Genie organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, guitars, drum machines, and vocals.

Elvis Depressedly is a solo project by Mat of Coma Cinema.

Silent Spring Ensemble is an apolitical hardcore chamber trio.

Saturday, January 7, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production

SOFIA TALVIK
NOAH BROCK

Sofia Talvik is the next rising star from the Sweden. She has emerged like a Lady of the Forest, bringing a new interesting side to folk music. Where other artists surrender to the mainstream, Sofia makes her own paths through the musical underbrush of today. Her soft and airy music has been recognized by music lovers and critics all over the world, letting her tour the US several times and making her the first-ever Swedish female singer to play at the Lollapalooza festival.

Having released four full-length albums since 2005, Sofia is embarking on an extensive tour in the US, starting in December 2011. Leaving her backing band at home, she is performing instead with video art that brings her stories and the mystical world of Scandinavia to life.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5

a bigSphinx Productions production