Otis Taylor’s Picks of the Week

June 14, 2013 

Mat Cothran releases his new album, 'Posthumous Release'

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10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday: Southeastern Piano Festival at USC School of Music. The festival’s Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition will be held at the school of music’s recital hall. Also on the festival’s weekend schedule: a Master class with Petronel Malan at 11 a.m. Saturday and a Master class with Sergei Babayan at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Fraser competition winners concert will be at 7 p.m. Saturday. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. Free; southeasternpianofestival.com

7 p.m. Friday: David Furchgott at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. David Furchgott, a juror for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2013, will give a lecture on the difficulties of being an artist titled “Swimming Against The Current.” A total of 118 artists submitted work for the biennial, a two-part exhibition that serves as an overview of contemporary art in the state. The jury will meet today and artists will be notified Monday. 701 CCA is at 701 Whaley St. Free; www.701cca.org

7:45 p.m. Friday: Recess in Columbia at various venues. Tonight in Columbia a mini version of Recess Fest, the three-day festival (July 26-28) in Charlotte, will be held. Jessica Oliver, who plays in Can’t Kids, Hauswerk and People Person, the latter her solo project, helped put together Soda City’s version. Bands will play at five local venues. At Conundrum Music Hall (626 Meeting St., West Columbia) Sandcastles, Late Bloomer, Roomdance and Happiness Bomb; at Red Door Tavern (134 1/2 State St., West Columbia), Bell-Power, Magnetic Flowers, Luciferian Agenda and Dear Blanca; at State Street Pub (136 State St., West Columbia), Silent Spring Ensemble, Blossoms, Jordan Igoe, Dumb Doctors and Let’s Go, Coyote!; at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St., West Columbia), One Another, Elim Bolt, Modern Man and Octopus Jones; and at Hunter-Gatherer (900 Main St.), Bo White Y Su Orquesta and FatRat Da Czar with Grand Royal. $10; recessfest.blogspot.com

12:30 p.m. Saturday: Palmetto Idol at Tin Roof. Want to follow in the footsteps of Candice Glover and represent the Palmetto State on “American Idol”? There will be an audition at Tin Roof, and the winner is guaranteed an audition before “Idol” producers. (If you follow entertainment news, you know that the once highly rated show is losing judges, producers and viewers like trees do leaves when the seasons change. What will “Idol” look like next year?) Contestants must be between 15 and 28. They will get 20 seconds to sing a song a cappella. If the contestant advances to the final round, they will get 30 seconds to sing a cappella. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. followed by the open competition from 1-3:30 p.m., with the final round beginning at 4 p.m. Tin Roof is at 1022 Senate St.; www.midlandsconnect.com/palmettoidol

8 p.m. Saturday: Coma Cinema at Space Idea. Mat Cothran, who records as Coma Cinema, released his fourth album, “Posthumous Release,” Tuesday. The record, about rebuffing despair and hopelessness, was recorded in Los Angeles. It is being sold by local label Fork and Spoon Records on vinyl and CD, and on cassette by Orchid Tapes. Cothran, a Spartanburg native, doesn’t play in his adopted hometown much. So this house show could take a reverent form. With Belk Boys and Plank Ewing. Space Idea is at 1415 Woodrow St. Donations will be accepted for Spitfest III and Girls Rock Columbia. Read my story from last week at thestate.com/weekend.

9 p.m. Saturday: The Apnea Effect at Art Bar. The Apnea Effect, an alt-pop rock band, will release its debut album “Stay Calm.” With Rev. Marv Ward and The Blessed Souls, Italo and The Passions and Alien Carnival. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. $5; www.artbarsc.com

11:30 p.m. Sunday: Abacus at The Whig. Abacus plays punk that has a propensity for willfully slipping into sludgy metal. Quite exceptional. With VOROV, a working title for a band with current or ex-members of Deathstill, Aphatos, Wretched and Burns Out Bright, according to a Facebook event page. The Whig is at 1200 Main St. Free; www.facebook.com/whig.timeý

7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Guttermouth at NBT. Guttermouth, celebrating a quarter century of work, is an outspoken and often offensive punk band that continues to chug along, surliness intact. With Pinhole, Carolyn and Heir to the Empire. $10 in advance, $13 at the door

7 p.m. Thursday: Angelus at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Angelus is an all-female vocal group that performs sacred music from Medieval chants to contemporary American songs. The six-voice ensemble formed in 2008 at the Mt. Vernon Senior High School Fine Arts Academy in Mt. Vernon, Ind. The church is at 900 Calhoun St. Free, but an offering will be received; www.sainttimothyscolumbia.com or (803) 765-1519

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