Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

May 11, 2012 

9 tonight: Faun Fables at Conundrum Music Hall. The band trades in arrangements that splice ethereal vocals, instrumentation and presentation into an at times haunting sound. One of the reasons Tom Law opened Conundrum was so there would be a venue in town to host expressive and experimental bands such Faun Fables. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. www.conundrum.us

10 tonight: End of the World Tour at 5 Points Pub. This show, hosted by Crunk!, promises to get crunk. That’s what happens when you have headliners in Lil’ Brod and Collard Green, two of the hardest working MCs on the scene. Their brand of street hip-hop rarely is showcased in Five Points, so you can imagine how live this show will get at a club with a solid sound system. With Frank Peters, Carolina Haze, Deezy Slim and others. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $5; (803) 253-7888

6 p.m. Saturday: FAVOR concert at West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater. FAVOR is an acronym for Faces and Voices of Recovery, an organization that advocates for addiction recovery. Randall Bramblett, ever popular in these parts, will perform, as well as Pocket Buddha. Bramblett has been a sideman for Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood and Gregg Allman, so you know he can play. In fact, this is the fourth time in just under a year that he has played a Midlands venue. This concert is also part of the CMC Steel Rhythm on the River concert series. The amphitheater is at 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Free; www.favor-midlands.org

6 p.m. Saturday: Adam Klein at Little Yellow Music House. Adam Klein, an Americana songwriter who can drift into country, has also recorded an album using traditional Malian arrangements and musicians. Perhaps Klein, who will be joined by multi instrumentalist Bronson Tew, should now be classified as a world musician. With Stillhouse. This is a private house concert, so reservations are required. $15; littleyellowmusichouse@yahoo.com or (803) 309-0214

7 p.m. Saturday: Big Redd at The Groove Shack at Jillian’s. Big Redd is a gospel rapper, a resurgent genre that seems primed for a higher and more widely-accepted profile. Big Redd is releasing an EP, “All Around the World.” On the song “Different Now,” Redd raps convincingly about his conversion to a life of faith. The beat, produced by Brandon Ransom, is buoyed by a thick bass line and jubilant horns. It sounds like the “Change Clothes”-era God MC, better known as Jay-Z. With Erica Cumbo and hosted by comedian Mike Goodwin. Jillian’s is at 800 Gervais St. Free, but parking is $5; (803) 479-8066 or bigredd.com

9 p.m. Saturday: Dixie Dynamite at Art Bar. Dixie Dynamite is a throwback to the days when (outlaw) country singers sang about screwing up, and when they professed love it was to the bottle or some other addictive substance. (Yes, women can be in the latter category. That’s always been true.) The band — Matt Goudelock, vocals and guitar; Todd Brown, steel guitar; Travis Nicholson, guitar; Brandon Chavis, bass; and Jason Brown, drums — plays downhome country, the kind of music where the steel guitar is part of the ensemble, not just an instrument used by a lot of Nashville stars to signify “this is still country although it really sounds like pop.” Art Bar is at 1211 Park St.; (803) 929-0198

5 p.m. Sunday: The Terence Young Experience at Finlay Park. If mom wants to listen to some music — perhaps smooth jazz? — take her to see this band directed by the guitarist Terence Young. The park is at 930 Laurel St. Free

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