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Music in the Midlands: A lot of soulful music from a variety of genres

DJ Tyler Digital and Columbia-based musician Mario McClean will play New Brookland Tavern on Jan. 13.
DJ Tyler Digital and Columbia-based musician Mario McClean will play New Brookland Tavern on Jan. 13. Submitted

Tyler Digital x Mario McClean

Tyler Matthews, aka Tyler Digital, is a DJ and producer from Texas. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and seems to have settled in Columbia. After the release of his album “Exit 8” in 2016, he started to get some critical acclaim for his melodic house beats.

Now for his second studio album, “Pillars,” Matthews has teamed up with Columbia-based musician Mario McClean. McClean takes on vocals and the keys while Matthews puts the DJ beats behind it. If you like soulful EDM, this is the album for you. These two musicians really compliment each other.

The night will be full of other great performances. Husband, North By North and The Witness Marks will all open for the duo. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, New Brookalnd Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. $7, 21 and over.

Other Concerts

▪ The Ones You Forgot: This New Jersey pop punk band has a sound similar to Paramore. They have only been on the scene since 2015 and have not yet released a full length album. However, they are currently on tour for their new EP, “Too Afraid to Say.” Their lyrics are young and focus on relationships and difficult life experiences. Skyward Story and some local musicians will open up the night. 7 p.m. Jan. 10, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia. $10.

▪ Brother Oliver: Made up of brothers Andrew and Stephen Oliver, this group out of Greenville calls their genre "psychedelic folk-rock" which is pretty spot-on. They have a similar sound to Father John Misty in that they are a good fusion of going back in time to psychedelic rock while bringing in a modern folk sound. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Columbia Craft Brewing, 520 Green St. Free.

▪ Nia Simmons: You are going to want to keep your eye on this R&B and soul singer. Her debut album, “A Songbird’s Journey,” earned her a Grammy nomination. She is coming from Washington, D.C. to play songs from the great women of soul music along with some originals. 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St. $20.

▪ 7 Sunday: Praylonn, Deon Generette and Katera are all local neo-soul performers that will take the stage for this event. The night is meant to attract young professionals and will showcase “good music, good vibes, and good drinks.” The musicians will play hits from the greats as well as some original songs. 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Lula Drake Wine Parlour, 1635 Main St. $15.

▪ Jeff Austin Band: Most people know Jeff Austin as the lead singer of Yonder Mountain String Band. He also plays the mandolin and has become a staple in bluegrass and folk music. He left the band in 2014 to focus in his family and solo career. He dropped his first solo album, “The Simple Truth,” a year later and has been touring on and off since. Fireside Collective will open. 7 p.m. Jan. 16, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $18.

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