Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

January 25, 2013 


9 tonight: The Royal Tinfoil at New Brookland Tavern. The Royal Tinfoil plays a blend of Americana that’s been described as gypsy, most likely a nod to the vibrant presentation that at times dips into the theatrical. With The Hooten Hallers. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $8; www.newbrooklandtavern.com

9:30 tonight: Josh Roberts & The Hinges at 5 Points Pub. How can a show with Josh Roberts & The Hinges get better? Add Danielle Howle & Fireworks Show to the bill and you get two of the scene’s most prodigious talents at molding the definition of rock music into something of their own meaning. The big voices help. The Pub is at 2020 Devine St. $10; www.the5pointspub.com

6 p.m. Saturday: Jon Dee Graham at the Little Yellow Music House. Jon Dee Graham, a three-time inductee into the Austin Music Hall of Fame (he was a member of the punk band The Skunks and roots-rock band True Believers), released his most recent record, “Garage Sale,” in June. A realist, Graham condenses his songs into plain-spoken and relatable themes. He’ll be joined by Mike June for his set. Prettier Than Matt, the duo of Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts, will open. This is a bring-your-own-beverage house show, but you can bring something edible to share. $15; littleyellowmusichouse@yahoo.com or (803) 309-0214

8 p.m. Saturday: Steel Magnolia at Newberry Opera House. Steel Magnolia, the singing duo of Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey, found initial fame by winning the second season of CMT’s “Can You Duet.” Country music is kind to those who have appeared on reality TV singing shows. See Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert. But Steel Magnolia has encountered some bumps since releasing its debut single, “Keep On Lovin’ You,” in 2009, including parting ways with Big Machine Records, one of Nashville’s most powerful labels, and Jones’ drug rehab stint. The duo has to find their footing before they’re left asking, “Where is the love?” The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. $40; (803) 276-6264

8 p.m. Saturday: Rodney Carrington at Township Auditorium. Rodney Carrington is kind of like the Adam Sandler (when he was on “Saturday Night Live,” of course) of country music: he’s a comedian who can play the guitar and sing. Carrington’s songs and albums have made it onto the country music charts, even though he seems to be infatuated with sacks and wood. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $44.75; www.thetownship.org or (803) 576-2350

8 p.m. Saturday: Carey Murdock at Conundrum Music Hall. Carey Murdock, a South Carolina native taking a shot in Nashville, is releasing his new CD, “Shot in the Dark.” Listening to Murdock’s raspy, gloom-tinted country-pop that takes on new dimensions in a live setting, it seems like his chances for success are more favorable than the album’s title suggests. With Tyler Boone. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $5; www.conundrum.us

7:30 p.m. Tuesday: CherryCase and Rebecca Roubion at The Red Door Tavern. CherryCase, the project led by Jake Etheridge, who now calls Nashville home, is stopping in with Rebecca Roubion. The duo co-wrote a song “Make Up Your Mind,” which is also the name of the tour. The song, released Wednesday on iTunes, has a kinetic beauty. And it’s yet another indication that Etheridge made the right decision moving to Nashville. The tavern is at 134 1/2 State St., West Columbia. Free; www.facebook.com/cherrycaseband

8 p.m. Tuesday: Christopher Bell at Conundrum Music Hall. Christopher Bell, a cellist and singer, doesn’t play his instrument like a classically trained musician. With loops, he creates an easy neo-pop sound that’s melodic and winsome. With Post-Timey String Band. $5

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