Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week, March 8-14

March 8, 2013 

8 tonight: The Reverend Jeff Mosier Trio at Conundrum Music Hall. The Reverend Jeff Mosier, a hop scotching banjoist — he’s a founder of Bluegrass Underground; a member of The Mosier Brothers; a founder of Aquarium Rescue Unit; and a one-time acoustic mentor to Phish — will be joined by joined by bassist Winn Sizemore and percussionist Tim Nash. Conundrum is at 626 Meeting St., West Columbia. $8; www.conundrum.us

10 tonight: Breaking Laces at 5 Points Pub. Breaking Laces, a modern pop-rock band, headlines this show presented by WARQ-FM Rock 93.5. The show will also feature Jordan Miller, a co-founder of The Movement, who is performing solo. The pub is at 2020 Devine St. $5; www.the5pointspub.com

8 p.m. Saturday: Adam Klein & The Wild Fires at Unitarian Universalist Coffeehouse. Adam Klein, an Athens-based singer-songwriter, is releasing his new album, “Sky Blue Deville,” next month. The title track is decidedly Americana, but there are welcome country inflections and the song beckons a slow dance. Klein, in a previous trip to Columbia, played at the Little Yellow Music House. The open mic begins at 7 p.m. The UU is at 2701 Heyward St. $5-$15; uucoffehouse.org or (803) 200-2824

9 p.m. Saturday: Paleface at Conundrum Music Hall. Paleface, a disciple of Daniel Johnston, holds a lofty place on the neo-folk scene. According to a bio on his website, his music has inspired Beck. It’s easy to hear why. The updated take on folk music is scrappy and sincere. With Let’s Go, Coyote! and Trey Mumbles. $8

10 p.m. Saturday: Donald Merckle & The Blacksmiths at Art Bar. Donald Merckle & The Blacksmiths play what has been described as high-energy folk and Americana. With Mississippi Kites and Tom Hall and the Plowboys. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $5; www.artbarsc.com

8 p.m. Monday: Spirits of the Red City at Conundrum. Spirits of the Red Sea, a musical collective of singer-songwriters, melds folk, classical and pop influences. Vocal harmonies and skilled musicianship — guitars, string instruments, percussion, horns — coalesce to create a warm sound. $5

8 p.m. Tuesday: Hall & Oates at Township Auditorium. Many of the blue-eyed soul revivalists — Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne, Mr Hudson, among others — owe a debt to Hall & Oates, the rock ’n’ soul pioneers. The lists of songs — “Sara Smile,” “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” “Private Eyes” and so on — that are classics and that must be performed will easily fill a set list. And it’s not a stretch to say that we’re begging for “One on One” to make the cut. The Township is at 1703 Taylor St. $58-$73; thetownship.org

8 p.m. Thursday: Burnt Books at New Brookland Tavern. Burnt Books, which released its self-titled debut in January, has been playing a lot of shows of late, blessing thirsty crowds with its punk-rock-hardcore approach. With Old Lines, Shaved Christ and Discourage. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $5 for over 21, $8 for under

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