Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

May 25, 2012 

9 tonight: Pajama Jam Dance Party at 701 Whaley. Since the “House Party” franchise introduced us to the Pajama Jammy Jam — a party where attendees wear pajamas — we’ve always wanted to attend one. (We thought pajama day in high school was unfortunate and lame.) This pajama jam, hosted by the indefatigable Preach Jacobs and Mo’ Betta Soul, is a dance party that will feature the local legend DJ Prince Ice. It is also a fundraiser for Cola-Con, the hip-hop and comic book celebration that will be held Oct. 5-6 at the Columbia Museum of Art. (Tickets for Cola-Con, which announced a performance by Phife from A Tribe Called Quest last week, are available for early bird price of $20 for a one-day ticket and $35 for a two-day pass until June 8.) There will be an art show, including live art, and a silent auction. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. $10

9 p.m. Saturday: The Colour Sound at Art Bar. The Colour Sound is fronted by Rian Adkinson, a songwriter who prefers a colorful approach to his soulful music. Think G. Love, only with a slower tempo and without the tiring rap-sung lyrics. The Colour Sound’s deliberate songs — “Carolina Skeletons” comes to mind —are more slow jams than ballads. With The Hollars. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $5; (803) 929-0198

9 p.m. Saturday: Robes at Conundrum Music Hall. Robes, a synth-pop band, has an apparent affinity for ’80s dance-pop music, but, thankfully, the band doesn’t simply trade on nostalgia. Robes has updated the sound with deft guitar flourishes and well-placed hand claps, among other treatments. With Crown the Cake, a band that experiments with genres from noise to pop, and The Good Witch, which is Beth Pope impressively making all the sound. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; conundrum.us

4 p.m. Sunday: Art Bar Agora III at Art Bar. The agora, abbreviated as ABA3, is one of the most animated art shows in town. Also, one of the most diverse. From painted palmetto trees to (somewhat permanently) painted bodies, the outdoor market will have more than 30 artists displaying their work. A holiday event at Art Bar wouldn’t be complete without music. Burns Like Fire, Spacecoke, Happiness Bomb, Aphatos, Chemical Peel, Molding Fedora, C. Neil Scott and Matt Falter and TC Costello will perform; Free for the market, $6 for the bands inside

8 p.m. Sunday: Rocky Votolato at New Brookland Tavern. Rocky Votolato, who is touring in support of his April release, “Television Of Saints,” is an indie-folk singer who can be mentioned in the same sentence as Elliott Smith, which is to say Votolato can conjure such pallid despair while somehow remaining eternally hopeful. With bluesy-pop singer CALLmeKAT. Her set is sure to captivate. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; (803) 791-4413

9 p.m. Tuesday: Where’s the Fire concert at NBT. The fire is metaphorical, as in the MCs on the bill are on fire. We don’t disagree. Snook Da Rokk Starr and Gemstar Da Goldenchild have been ranked among Columbia’s elite MCs for a few years, and Marvolus, a former Non Stop Hip Hop Live freestyle champion, is nudging his way into consideration. DJ Prince Ice will spin music. Also performing: Haze Karolina, Floss Jones, Sapp Diggy and Ski Mask, among others. There’s an open mic after the concert. It would be nice if a battle broke out. Again, we’re speaking metaphorically. It’s been too long since we’ve seen MCs freestyle against each other in town.

8 p.m. Wednesday: Civil Twilight at 5 Points Pub. Civil Twilight plays piano-based pop-rock with songs that have been featured on “ One Tree Hill”Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “ Harper’s Island.” This show, like the one the band played in 2010 at NBT, is being promoted and presented by WARQ-FM Rock 93.5. With Heyrocco, the Charleston-based indie-pop trio that is undoubtedly one of the bands with a chance to emerge nationally. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $9.35, but there’s a limited number of student tickets available for $5; (803) 253-7888

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