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Feb 2015
Written by Kris Esgar

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We’ve got the winning entries from our “Find Your Eden” photo contest to see Hozier on June 17th at the Uptown Amphitheatre in Charlotte!! Congrats!

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Sarah and her pup getting treats! Yay!

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Amie at Thomas Cooper–Go Cocks!

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But Sir, the horse wants to go…with Cassie to see Hozier!

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Cheers to Chris and the Vino Garage!

 

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18
Feb 2015

“Lifted Up (1985)” World Premiered Yesterday on WXRY

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Kindred, the new album from Passion Pit, is due out April 21 on Columbia Records. Listen to the first track from the album, “Lifted Up (1985),” here. The album is available for pre-order today with “Lifted Up (1985)” and a second track, “Where The Sky Hangs,” as instant downloads. Pre-order via iTunes here.

Kindred was written by Passion Pit creative force and frontman Michael Angelakos and recorded in New York City. The album was produced by Angelakos alongside longtime collaborators and co-producers Chris Zane and Alex Aldi, as well as Benny Blanco.

Kindred follows Passion Pit’s 2012 hit Gossamer, which found the band selling out Madison Square Garden, appearing on “Saturday Night Live” and a special “Live on Letterman” performance, and playing at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Outside Lands and more.

TRACK LISTING

1. Lifted Up (1985)
2. Whole Life Story
3. Where the Sky Hangs
4. All I Want
5. Five Foot Ten (I)
6. Dancing on the Grave
7. Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)
8. Looks Like Rain
9. My Brother Taught Me How To Swim
10. Ten Feet Tall (II)

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17
Feb 2015

Deadline for Submitting Your Stuff is February 27th

The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is accepting submissions for the 24th Summer Concert Series in Finlay Park. Concerts will be held during the months of June, July and August.

The department is seeking bands that have a diverse music repertoire. Interested bands are asked to provide an electronic media kit, which should include a recent photograph of the band, and sample music and video of the band performing. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015.

Email an electronic press kit to Kim Mitchell at kcmitchell@columbiasc.net.

Press kits can be mailed to:

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: Kim Mitchell (Summer Concert Series)
1111 Parkside Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

For more information, please call the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.

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17
Feb 2015

Discover Butch Walker “Bed on Fire”

New album “Afraid of Ghosts” out now on Dangerbird Records.

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16
Feb 2015

You Discovered Hozier First on Columbia’s Independent Alternative Now See Him LIVE

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Hozier plays the Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte June 17th with Dawes.

He’s taken you to church, sung at you from Eden. Now we’re taking YOU to see Hozier if you help us discover your favorite place in the Capital City. Take a selfie of you in your personal Eden.  We’ll choose four of the best pics to win a pair of tickets to the show thanks to LiveNation.

Use the form below to upload your photos.


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“Inspired by the True Story of a Coyote That Rode the Portland (Oregon) Light Rail”

“Coyotes” is the follow up single to Modest Mouse’s “Lampshades on Fire.” If you like Modest Mouse, trains, and animals, you’ve hit your trifecta with this video.

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09
Feb 2015

Discover Courtney Barnett

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Melbourne, Australia’s Courtney Barnett channels the energy of the 1980’s and 1990’s punk era with “Pedestrian at Best” from her forthcoming album Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. She combines that sensibility, her somewhat deadpan delivery, and self-effacing, witty songwriting into something that is far from pedestrian.

The album is due out March 23rd.

She’ll be appearing June 9th at Atlanta’s Vinyl and is on the bill at Bonnaroo.

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08
Feb 2015

By now you’ve heard that Jack White’s booking agency has put the University of Oklahoma on silent treatment after the student newspaper at the school did a Freedom of Information Request for the contract for the Jack White concert for the student body… and then published it.

Jack asked for, and got, $80,000 for the show which is about what performers of his caliber would ask for and get.

By Van Halen standards, his rider was pretty tame. But it was the request for guacamole and the included recipe that has everyone talking.

We’ve got it here from the document, so you too can eat like Jack White for basketball, baseball, and family gatherings.

  • 8 x large, ripe Haas avocados (cut in half the long way, remove the pit—SAVE THE PIT THOUGH–and dice into large cubes with a butter knife. 3 or 4 slits down, 3 or 4 across. You’ll scoop out the chunks with a spoon, careful to main the avocado in fairly large chunks.)
  • 4 x vine-ripened tomatoes (diced)
  • ½ x yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 x full bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • 4 x Serrano peppers (de-veined and chopped)
  • 1 x lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, careful not to mush the avocados too much. We want it chunky. Once properly mixed and tested, add the pits into the guacamole and even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Add ½ lime to the top later so you cover move of the surface with the juice (The pits and lime will keep it from browning prematurely.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served. Please don’t make it too early before it’s served. We’d love to have it around 5 pm.

Courtesy The Oklahoma Daily.

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06
Feb 2015

Discover the New Incubus

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We haven’t heard from Incubus in over four years — since If Not Now, When? “Absolution Calling” is the first sing from the first of two scheduled EP’s due out this year from the band. The first of which, Trust Fall (Side A) is in pre-sale now online and due for release next Tuesday, February 10th.

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06
Feb 2015

… He’s a Man With Very Specific Tastes…

Lately we’ve been playing this one over and over again. Saint Motel is an L.A. based band loosely in the vein of Capital Cities meets Fitz and the Tantrums, who are both coincidentally from L.A. At times both The Game (rapper) and Bubba Sparxx have been associated with the band, which got its start when the core members were in film school.

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    "A Place at the Table" Movie Screenings

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    This winter, Richland Library along with End Child Hunger S.C. are inviting the community to special FREE screenings of the highly acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table.

    The groundbreaking film tells the story of three American families dealing with hunger, and examines the connections between food access, food security and obesity on our communities and neighborhoods.

    Following the FREE screening, a panel of local experts will host an audience discussion on child hunger in the Midlands and how the community can take action.

    FREE Community Screenings:

    •  2:30 p.m.   Saturday, January 24       Richland Library Main
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    • 6:00 p.m.   Tuesday, February 17       Grace Church
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    For more information on the film, the community screenings or to reserve a DVD copy of the documentary A Place at the Table visit www.richlandlibrary.com or call Community Relations at 803-929-3466.

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    Columbia Lifesavers Blood Drive

    7a-3pColumbia Metropolitan Convention Center - Lincoln Street (Vista)

    The city of Columbia and the American Red Cross invite you to join a lifesaving team by giving blood. The fifth annual Columbia Lifesavers “Hoop it Up” blood drive is 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

    Over the years, the Columbia Lifesavers blood drive has resulted in 1,154 pints donated, potentially helping to save the lives of 3,462 individuals.

    Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. There is no substitute. Hospitals and patients depend on the generosity of volunteer blood donors. The entire donation process takes only about an hour and in that short time, blood donors can score a potentially lifesaving three-pointer: Each donation can help save the lives up to three patients.

    All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, a basketball stress reliever and a bag of Starbucks coffee, while supplies last.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code famouslyhot.

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    Official Kick-off to St. Pats in Five Points

    5-7pFive Points Fountain - Saluda/Green/Harden Streets (Five Points)

    The Five Points community and The Fountain Division of W.P. Law, Inc. will welcome the green and Gaelic season with a FREE event for people of all ages at the fountain (intersection of Harden and Greene Streets).

    Annually, hundreds of little leprechauns and their much taller chaperones participate in the Kick-Off to St. Pat’s, highlighted by:

    • Children helping in the tradition of dyeing the fountain green,
    • Entertainment from the nationally award winning Rince N’ah Eireann Irish step dancers, and
    • Bagpipers in traditional Irish garb.

     

    All children receive a goody bag of popcorn and are invited to join in all the Irish-themed fun!

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    City Garden Expo

    10a-3pMartin Luther King Jr. Park (Five Points)

    The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and the Columbia Sertoma Club have partnered to sponsor a citywide Community Garden Expo.

    Join us for this FREE informative and hands-on gardening experience that will feature seminars, demonstrations, vendors and more. Garden experts such as Ed Brogden of Back to Eden will provide information on the economic, health and social benefits of community gardening.

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    10a-4pSouth Carolina State Museum - Gervais Street (Vista)

    The South Carolina State Museum will celebrate and immerse guests in South Carolina art during Art Day. ,The annual event will feature demonstrations and discussions by South Carolina artists, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s art storage areas, live music, hands-on activities, art exhibits, live performance art and the opportunity to participate in the destruction of a massive art installation.

    Art Day offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Carolina art and artists with live, unique and interactive opportunities throughout the day.  Several artists featured in the museum’s current contemporary art exhibit, Building a Universe, will be onsite representing their work, including Jonathan Brilliant, who is inviting the public to help “destroy his Universe” by partaking in the breakdown of his massive installation made up of 50,000 coffee stirrers held together by tension.  In addition, Jon Prichard and Will Johnson will present their multidisciplinary ritual performance art piece, “Color Code.” Printmaker Gene Speer and ceramist Virginia Scotchie will also be onsite discussing their work. Building a Universe, closing Saturday, March 15, features original work from a variety of South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the Universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

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    The race will have participants chasing rainbows through the tree-lined streets of the Shandon neighborhood to the pot of gold at the finish line. The start line is located at the intersection of Blossom and Santee Streets with the race culminating at the finish line on Devine Street.

    Overall top finishers and best dresses leprechauns will win CASH PRIZES and awards will be given for the top five finishers in age groups!

    Visit gettothegreen.com for more information and registration details.

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    Live the luck of the Irish at this celebration that welcomes over 40,000 people to the eclectic Five Points business district in Columbia, SC every year. Continually growing and improving, the 2015 festival will include a 10K / 5K / Family Fun 1-Miler, fun-filled parade, expanded family entertainment, enhanced food and craft offerings, a special shag area honoring our state dance, a kid-approved Childrens’ Carnival as well as four stages on live music hosting over 15 musical acts.

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    What: The Midlands’ Largest Annual Street Festival & One of the Largest Celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day in the Southeast

    When: March 14, 2014 | Gates open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    Where: Five Points, Columbia, SC

    Who: 40,000+ Irish-for-a-Day

    Why: To celebrate all things green and Gaelic, welcome the arrival of spring and promote the businesses in the Five Points village.

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    Southern Exposure Series: Music and Society: Hartke’s “Sons of Noah” and Andriessen’s ”De Staat”

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    Performed by a bevy of USC’s world-class faculty and superb students, these major works take on extra-musical topics relating music and society/politics – and, quite apart from any lessons that might be imparted, are masterful, mesmerizing pieces of music. Stephen Hartke’s “Sons of Noah,” featuring USC soprano Tina Stallard and three highly unusual quartets of instruments – classical guitars, flutes and bassoons – sets a short story written during the Crimean War, the first modern conflict between the Islamic world and Europe: a satirical imagining of three “missing chapters of the Bible.” Hartke’s music has echoes of old and new styles, from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to Igor Stravinsky, and strikes a powerful emotional chord. Dutch post-minimalist icon Louis Andriessen’s De Staat (which, while composed in an entirely different style than Sons of Noah, also owes something to the rhythmic legacy of Stravinsky) sets texts from Plato’s Republic. The big, robust work with a large number of singers, brass, woodwinds, strings, pianos and electric guitars onto the stage will blow the roof off of the new hall!

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    A "Fair to Remember" Columbia Museum of Art Gala

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    The tour is spreading the bacon love around the country focusing on
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