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Otis Taylor's Picks of the Week

6 Friday: Gospel show at Brookland Baptist Health and Wellness Center. The concert will feature Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's, The Canton Spirituals and Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites. The center is at 1066 Sunset Blvd. $25; (803) 794-6201

7 Friday: Deepfield at New Brookland Tavern. Deepfield, a modern-rock band, is headlining WARQ-FM Rock 93.5's "A Low Dough Mistletoe Show." This show is also a release for an EP that will precede the band's new album, which is scheduled for a spring 2010 release.

It's been an interesting year for Deepfield, which is fronted by Columbia native Baxter Teal, not the least of which has been wrangling with former labels and the rotation of drummers.

The lineup now includes guitarist Jody King, drummer Aron Robinson and bassist PJ Farley, formerly of the national touring band Ra.

"This is by far the tightest lineup I've played with, and I look forward to showcasing some of the new material for the friends and fans," Teal told me in an e-mail.

With Obraskai and Relative Effect. NBT is at 122 State St., West Columbia. $7 in advance and $9.35 - why not just make it $10? - at the door; (803) 791-4413

10 Friday: Josh Roberts & The Hinges at The Venue on Broad. Roberts and his bandmates, who delve into the caverns of rock and folk, have increased their performance pace. Perhaps there's a new album in the works. I hope so. The Venue is at 1020 Broad St., Camden. Free; (803) 713-8333

7 p.m. Saturday: Sequoyah Prep School at New Brookland Tavern. Sequoyah Prep School manages to take the dirt and pebbles out of Southern rock. But therein lies the beauty: This Southern piano-pop band has majestic qualities, even though you won't get your shoes dirty walking through its backwoods. With All Get Out, Magnolia Sons, Robbers and Bonneville. $10 in advance, $12 at the door

9 p.m. Saturday: The Mercy Shot at Art Bar. The Mercy Shot, a punk band featuring Thomas Crouch, Reno Gooch and Chris Powell, has been shredding the town of late. The cohesion is apparent. With Mainline, Tunguska and Population Control. Art Bar is at 1211 Park St. (803) 929-0198

8 p.m. Saturday: Drink Small at Utopia. Drink Small has had a good year. He made a cameo on Michael Feldman's public radio show "Whad'Ya Know" at the Koger Center in April, and he's kept a busy show schedule. Life - and sometimes music - gets better with age. In Drink's case, he's got both going for him. Utopia is 406 Howard St. Free; (803) 733-2222

6:30 p.m. Sunday: Terrigen Mists at New Brookland Tavern. Joining Terrigen Mists for this early-evening death metal and hardcore show will be Mainline, Chivalry, Rita Repulsa and Wysteria. $5 for over 21 and $8 for under

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