Their are two local music shows I am excited about going to this weekend, and they both are taking place Saturday night. Fortunately, they are staggered apart enough that I will be able to go to both.
The first (earlier) show is at a new Columbia venue called The White Mule, a listening room that occupies the former confines of Jammin’ Java. Hannah Miller, a local folk-pop singer/songwriter with a husky alto that reminds a bit of Cat Power is having an EP release show (the EP is entitled Somewhere in Between), doors @ 8 and music @ 8:30.
The second (late) show is by one of the hottest indie rock acts in Columbia, the emotionally wrought indiecana of Magnetic Flowers. Featuring four vocalists and a bevy of layered guitar and keyboard parts, they are celebrating the release of their second full-length, What We Talk About When We Talk About What We Talk About. The band really kicks into high gear live, particularly keyboardist/singer/accordianist Adam Cullum, who often appears barely able to stay earthbound with his jittery excitement. Another Columbia band, the powerful, often unwieldy post-rock trio The Cassangles, is opening for them, as is the lo-fi indie folk-rock group from Charleston, The Magic Ghost. This show is at the Art Bar, Doors @ 9 PM.