concerts in 2011

2015 shows
2014 shows
2013 shows
2012 shows
here's the link to even older (pre-Conundrian) shows
Wormwood Prophecy ~~~ Interpreter ~~~ Homicyde ~~~ Divulgence

Wormwood Prophecy, a Jacksonville shred-metal band, arises amongst the hordes of carbon copy "core" bands dominating the local scene. Despite the endless onslaught of the indistinguishable majority, they have proven to have the balls to make a name for themselves. With their flame throwing axes, Jon and Mat lay down a fiery path of destruction followed by Cody's 5 string demonizing sledgehammer cracking open the gates of Hades, With Victor leading the unrelenting march with rhythmic fury to the apocalypse known as the Wormwood Prophecy. In June 2011, Wormwood Prophecy embarked on a month long do-it yourself tour of the US East Coast. After getting their first real taste of being on the road, they have been recording new material with new members Cody and Andrew to release their full length in 2012, and will going on more tours, conquering new territories, and unleashing their own new style of heavy metal to the world.

Homicyde is a band that started about 2 years ago, working up enough material to play their first show about a year ago @ the slave to the metal music festival hosted by mistress juliya. Constantly playing shows whenever there is an opportunity, spreading the buzz about the band all over SC. Maturing slowly but surely into the band we hope to be. We are always working on new material and have just finished recording our first full length album. We have shared the stage with national acts Threat Signal, Revocation, Goatwhore, and Withered.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)

Flow Monthly Poetic Movement

Hosted by Monifa "Selah" Jackson
of The Unusual Suspects

Tanisha "Queen" Campbell

Guest DJ

Featured Artist
Tanisha "Queen" Campbell

Unique Vendors

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
8pm (doors at 7:30)

a production of The Unusual Suspects

Patrick Crossland trombone
Shane Perlowin guitar

Trombonist Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi (USA). Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. Solo performances include the Walker Art Center's "Festival Dancing In Your Head", the Darmstadt Course for New Music, where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the "Utopia Jetzt!" Festival where he performed his acclaimed "V for Grock" multimedia recital. In 2009 he premiered his "Krieg dem Krieg" multimedia solo project. In addition to hiactivities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser. He is currently a member of the Composers Slide Quartet, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Zinc & Copper Works.

Here is Sunday's program:
Vinko Globokar's ECHANGES fur einen Blechblaser (1973)
Giacinto Scelsi's Tre pezzi for trombone solo (1956)
John Cage's Solo for Sliding Trombone (1957/58)
Jurg Wyttenbach's D'(H)ommage oder "Freu(n)de, nicht..." (1984/85)
Luciano Berio's Sequenza V (1966)
in addition to a bit of improvising

Shane Perlowin is a voraciously eclectic guitarist, composer and improviser, based in Asheville, North Carolina. Though involved in a large variety of ongoing musical enterprises, he is most widely known for his avant-noise-rock project Ahleuchatistas, which has released six albums on different labels, including his very own Open Letter Records, John Zorn's Tzadik Records, and Cuneiform Records. In 2010, Perlowin self-released his debut solo album "The Vacancy in Every Verse", which showcases his broad sonic palette and varied musical interests, with looped ambient textures, fiery noise, solo acoustic guitar, and a guitar/bass/drums trio.

Perlowin's solo acoustic guitar music is rooted in the American finger-style tradition of Mississippi John Hurt and John Fahey, etc, and mixed with his own idiosyncratic twists, drawing influence from classical music, traditional Chinese music, African music, Flamenco, and jazz.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Slug's Revenge ~~~
The Outdoor Protestant Blues Band

You'll never hear fans of Slug's Revenge complaining about a dead stage presence or boring music. In fact, instead of being described as "playing" their instruments, more accurately has been described as "shredding". With fast and precise pickers leading the way like Kevin Wykoff, Allen Johnson and a madwoman on fiddle like Crystal Kanney fans are kept energized and captivated. Holding down the backbone is Desiree Shaffer on upright bass and multi-instrumentalist Pat Regan on washboard, tenor guitar and banjo. Slug's Revenge has been met with praise from both the underground and traditional music circuit, playing a blend of traditional tunes mixed with a unique brand of original music that ranges from political ballads to songs rooted in historical folklore.

The Outdoor Protestant Blues Band is a one man band, currently recording with lord byron live in his living room. he also plays in say brother and mercy mercy me

Saturday, December 17, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)

Modern Man ~~~ Of Hoof and Horn ~~~ Chemical Peel

Different kinds of sounds can bring about very intense, or sometimes very mellow feelings when you really pay attention to them. Most music that you may have heard, or will eventually hear from local, or national rock and roll acts won't do either of these for you. The formula's have been thought out, and played out.
Enter Modern Man.
Modern Man is the brainchild of Greenville, SC musician David Allen Glenn. What started as a solo project in between tirelessly playing shows, and recording with other bands has become a fully realized, and fleshed out rock and roll band. Sharing similar inspiration and a hunger for a deeper meaning in music are Jeff Perry on drums, Jose' Davila on bass, and Brian Draper on lead guitar.

Chemical Peel is from Columbia, SC

Of Hoof and Horn is an "animal farm" based (as in George Orwell's) stoner metal band that plays a half hour piece of music and has puppets. yes, puppets. It's called 'of hoof and horn' and is fun as heck. I love science and nature.

Friday, December 16, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

The Choir Quit ~~~ Horaflora ~~~ Knight Howls ~~~ Afro Dogsnake

The Choir Quit swollen pop charm; frustrated folk and nauseating blown out melodies, nightmare'd vocals and closet memories;
pop culture, psychostimulant, and dream politics take shape in skits of therapeutic resolve

Raub Roy of Horaflora improvises using transducers vibrating objects in the audience, singing balloon drums, and other little fun things.
He's got a record on the great Resipiscent label out on the west coast, collaborating w/ Austin, TX legend Ralph White (of bad livers). video

Knight Howls is an acapella duo of Adam Foam and Frank Hurricane. video

Existentia offshoot band Afro Dogsnake is the recording and performance project of Brad Eastridge and Jake Merrick.
Mind Dings, their debut album is now available through the Catalogue of Interesting Audio Achievements.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a Jonathan Dorrell production

Peter Pan
(1924 silent film version)

Peter Pan, the 1924 classic silent film, considered lost for over 50 years, was recently discovered in a vault of disintegrating film, digitally reconstructed by the Disney Studio and will be presented for the first time in Columbia by Gadson Bennett and his company "Mot De Bouche" at Conundrum Music Hall this December 11.
Music will be performed live by world-renowned accordion player Tim Mc, with sound effects by Laura Jean Housley.
Bring the children!

Sunday, December 11, 2011
9pm (doors at 8:30pm)
Donations will be gratefully accepted, and proceeds will be given to the homeless.

a Gadsen Bennett production

Know Tyme

Hubert Maxwell, also known as Know Tyme, has loved music since the age of five. He began expressing his love of music by playing the piano and soon after began writing poetry. When Hubert was in the seventh grade, he joined a band and became a percussionist in the school band. In high school, he met a friend by the name of Michael Joyner who shared his love of music. Together, along with a friend named Julian Cole, they formed a group known as the Dolla $ign Boys. From there, they all began creating their own music and followed their passion of the art itself. Now a student at The University of South Carolina, Hubert shares his love of music with other passions such as track, studying, class and a social life. Somehow, he still manages to find time for his main passion: music.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a Tate Music Group production

999 Eyes Freakshow ~~~ Alternacirque
Delirium Belly Dance Company

The 999 EYES is the last genuine traveling freakshow of its kind in the US (as seen on National Geographic's Taboo and WE TV's the Secret Lives of Women). True to the variety show style of yesteryear, The 999 EYES consists of a rotating cast of sideshow acts and authentic genetic human anomalies. Performers can include authentic freaks, human blockheads, balloon swallowers, bed of nails, electric lady acts, glass walkers, sword swallower and human pincushions, all set to a live music soundtrack.

Friday, December 9, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Rian Adkinson ~~~ Joel Summer

If Jeff Buckley,Steven Wilson and Thom Yorke had a lovechild together, it would be Rian Adkinson. As a singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Augusta, GA area, Rian has toured across the country and Europe with an arsenal of original music that's sure to get your booty shaking. He is currently working on his first studio album and heads out on his U.S. tour this Fall with more dates following in 2012. Look for his new record titled RETURNER in December 2011.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a Ross McClure production

Brian Eubanks

Brian Eubanks (b. 1977, Pasco, WA.) is focused on collaborative improvisation, solo projects, and sound installation.
He has performed his work across the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea.
He works with instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, radio transmission, feedback, soprano saxophone, and other electronics.
This here concert will feature soprano sax and feedback.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Fishing Journal * Alison Self *
Brownbird Rudy Relic

The Fishing Journal was formed in Columbia, S.C. in 2011. Started as a vehicle to perform the recorded works of Christopher Powell (ex - Death Becomes Even the Maiden, Mercy Shot), The Fishing Journal is a power trio employing the talents of Reno Gooch on electric bass (ex - Bar Fight, current - SpaceCoke, Mercy Shot) and also the talents of Josh Latham (ex - The Restoration, You Are Being Invaded By Demons) on the drums. Powell plays the electric guitar and sings.

Alison Self is a singer and ukulele player. She plays a mix of country blues and jazz, with some originals thrown in as well. She has been singing since she could talk. According to her grandmother, some of her first hits included renditions of "Scooby Doo, Where Are You" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Alison grew up in Petersburg, VA and picked up the ukulele in December of 2005 impulsively after being inspired by Janet Klein and also growing impatient waiting for people to start bands with. VIDEO

Reltone recording artist Brownbird Rudy Relic, from NYC, is a blues music anomaly. Equal parts pre-war blues, Mexican romantic ballads, 90's R & B and 50's Doo Wop, he eschews the usual traditional blues modus operandi to create and purvey music unlike anything within the contemporary blues scene: Acoustic Holler Blues. VIDEO

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Razormaze * Humungus * They Eat Their Own God * Disappear * Interpreter

Named "Boston's Thrash Kings" by Performer Magazine and nominated as Best Metal Act of 2011 by Boston's Best Music Poll, Razormaze is prepared to show you they've earned these titles. The band boasts several national and international tours and two albums underneath their belt with a third on the way. They have shared the stage with such acts as Destruction, Heathen, Death Angel, Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste, Brutal Truth, Skeletonwitch and many more notable names. See why Terrorizer Magazine claims they'll "make you realize why you fell in love with metal in the first place." Listen in and prepare for an aural assault of heavy metal like no other. Humungus is an old-school style thrash band formed in late 2010 in Richmond VA. Influenced by bands such as Exodus, Vio-lence, Anthrax, and Whiplash.

Humungus sets out to thrash.

They Eat Their Own God- a group of friends tackling personal struggles and commenting on broader social concerns-- alienation, doubt, domination, hatred & love, group dynamics, the subversion of power, and the tragically more common subversion of the self-- through short stories, poetry, visual arts, and rippin' tunes.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a Billy Mathison production

Scouts * Future Wives * Marshall Brown * Elvis Depressedly

Scouts is a quartet from Kansas City, Missouri. The quartet has strayed a bit from the chimmey crescendos and epic choruses it was once known for in the region, yet there is no way for Thomas to escape the melodic purity and ghostly shimmer of his voice. These four musicians hold true to their Midwestern roots and dialect, but show a promise of appeal beyond the streets of small Midwestern cities and dismal college towns. Their music as been said to have the strength of Shoegaze icons My Bloody Valentine, the lyrical credibility of Pedro the Lion/David Bazan, and the melodic purity of 'Clarity era' Jimmy Eat World.

Future Wives can best be described as a concept band. Songs about ex girlfriends and the scars and memories they left. Each song is cutting a personal. Bitter and upfront. A relationship boiled down to a song, and he's the one on stage bearing it all. Best of all, each song is named after the girl being painted on the wall by each song. You hide your journal under your bed, he put his out for the world to see.-SceneSC

Just two years ago Marshal Brown and his band, The Reverie, were playing to a packed house at the Art Bar for Free Times Music Crawl. Since then his band has broken up and Brown drifted out of the music scene and into a world of recording and focusing on his own music. Two years later, he has released his new album New Moons digitally on Bandcamp. From the opening of "Death and Taxes" through the closing seconds of the album, Brown uses his voice as a weapon of melody, layering vocals on top of vocals with swaying guitars to obtain an effect only fully appreciated with headphones. In a day and age where making a full album has been lost, Brown has released a complete album filled with interludes, highs and lows, backwards guitars and vocals, and psychedelic moments that will take you out of your listening setting.-SceneSC

Elvis Depressedly is a solo project by Mat of Coma Cinema.

Friday, December 2, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production


is an immersive experimental video performance
by the P Mart Collective.
Memories are recompiled and destroyed.
Nostalgia is laid bare, examined, and revealed as something that it could never be.
Nothing is left intact.
You may dance if you wish.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


SUNBEARS! * The Sea Wolf Mutiny
* Mazes and Monsters

SUNBEARS! is an indie / psychedelic / electronic pop duo hailing from Jacksonville, FL. Not unlike Wayne Coyne's Flaming Lips, their live show is not to be missed. Interactive visuals and lighting astound the eyes and ears.

The Sea Wolf Mutiny is a four piece Indie rock band based out of Columbia, SC. Drawing from a wide range of influences such as Neil Young, U2, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Mewithoutyou, and the literary works of Flannery O' Conner, The Sea Wolf Mutiny has fused a Indie Folk sound to ecstatic rock. From their first house shows to their CD re lease of "The Last Season" their sound has been characterized by a tumble and swagger infused with a tenacious and belligerent joy that is as contagious...

Mazes and Monsters is a band to look out for in years to come. Understand that Mazes and Monsters are here to stay and to rock out.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a bigSphinx Productions production





Monday, November 28, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a PUREST M4J1CMYKXXX production

The Outdoor-Protestant Blues Band

Ass/Bastard is rock and roll. Chuck Berry plagarists by way of the Stones circa 1972. An exploit ation movie for your ears.

The Outdoor-Protestant Blues Band: The name is a reference to a George Carlin joke (see track "Wonderful Wino" on his record AM/FM), he's a pers onal hero to me. I write songs about women, drugs, loneliness, and god/atheism. The songs have all got a strong foothold in depravity I guess, though they are mostly pretty catchy and poppy. My influences are pretty widespread, but all related in my opinion. Specific rhythm guitar players, and country or blues songwriters are who I'd usually list. Junior Kimbrough's "First Recordings" is my all-time favorite record . Ron Asheton (The Stooges), Ricky Wilson (The B-52's), Dexter Romweber (Flat Duo Jets) are a few of my favorite guitarists. Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Gram Parsons are big influences on my songwriting . Obvious influences like Hasil Adkins and Mark Sultan (King Kahn and BBQ Show), other one-man-bands are still relevant.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)
$5 (21+), $7 (under 21)

a bigSphinx Productions production

Forks Over Knives
SC Progressive Network Movie of the Month

FORKS OVER KNIVES is a wonderful film, chock full of crucial information but also easy and fun to watch. It's about 90 minutes long. The doc focuses on health, thus the title Forks Over Knives (knives referring to bypass and other surgeries) though Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur appears briefly. You will not be subjected to scenes of factory farm horror- instead you'll see an interview with an MMA fighter who is vegan, extensive evidence of health hazards caused by the meat and dairy in human diets, and watch what happens when the doc's narrator decides to try a whole foods, plant-based diet during the duration of the filming (the results are quite amazing).

You'll also see how the US government ignores this information in order to protect the status quo.

There will be good FOOD! Bring a whole foods, plant based dish if you like- though this is NOT required, and you don't have to bring something to eat. Dishes must be free of added fat/oil and animal ingredients.
Not sure what to make? Try here or here

Beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.
Please try to bring a non-veg friend/family member/colleague with you to this showing. The hope is to inspire people who hadn't yet seen/thought about this inf ormation to do their own research and try an animal-free diet.
Oh- you might want to bring a cushion for your chair.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
7pm (doors at 6:30pm)

presented by the SC Progressive Network


PORNOJUMPSTART Manipulating mechanical oscillations of pressure through twists of knobs and pushing of buttons. Analog signal paths and thick sound waves calculated, observed, and re-tweaked into unknown dest inations within the heart of the machine. A private love affair gone public and then heavily abused.

noisy objects,amplified devices and dreary dense atmospheres mix with throttle-throbbing fun
Solo project of Jamie Nowell - Co-conspirator of the infamously unknown underground life of Space Idea Tapes.

"Cassangles are a lot like Superman: Drummer Logan Goldstein is faster than a speeding bullet, the basslines are more powerful than a steaming locomotive and Joshua McCormick's spiraling guitarlines are able t o leap buildings in a single bound. This is truly instrumental rock of the highest order."

experimental pops from local painter Lucas Sams playing with full-band

multi-instrumentalist and collaborator Jeffery Zagers visits Columbia doing a solo electronic piece

Diviners are on a quest to bring life force back to its proper balance at the most finite mathemagickal level , as well as the center stage of human development and capability*
Driven by the light of calling upon arcane energy ~ and enthuesed by the potentials of modern technologies, the Diviners see the next frontier as the birthing of a space driven culture with our species and eco~sphere facing environmental disasters unseen in carbon data records' spreadsheets and the cures to mankind spiralling throughout the cosmos everywhere*
The Diviners see opportunities to embrace our feats & not move beyond them once they have served their purpose & thus ignite the culture of the future ~ as we turn the white house, the pentagon, & the monuments into the great museums, the international space station into a 24 hour disquoteche, and the moon into lighthouse beacon of truth, standing tall, high in the sky against the forced upon notions of enterstellar mining and manufacturing, as the solar system is for the future of anthropology & astronomy, not the future of product manufacturing, as we have more than we will ever need upon the planet we have been chosen to walk upon*

Sunday, November 20, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$5 for 21+, $7 for under 21

a Space Ideas Tapes production

THE Dubber's
Walk'Em Down
Tour Finale

Ara Viktoria
Kaslayla Simmons
JP Melendez
and Friends

Saturday, November 19, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)         $7

produced by THE Dubber

Brian Barr CD Release Show

CD Release Show with Brian Barr (soundcloud sample)
with special guests Doomslang (Columbia staple and all 'round good fella)
and ASN (guitar and cello)

Friday, November 18, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)         $4

a Noah Brock production

Food Not Bombs benefit

Come on out and hear some great music, eat yummy snacks and help out a great cause. 6-10 pm

6 pm: Greet and eat
7 pm: Jelly Roll and Delicious Dish website
8 pm: The Dirty Lowdown website
9 pm: John Scollon and Bitterroot website

Thursday, November 17, 2011
doors/food at 6pm, music at 7pm
$10 donation requested

a Food Not Bombs production

Hawaiian Shirt Day,
Waffle Stompers,
& Andrew Jernigan

HAWAIIAN SHIRT DAY is Columbia's most handsome Ska/Pop Punk ensemble

WAFFLE STOMPERS is Ska/Punk on tour from New Jersey

ANDREW JERNIGAN is acoustic/indie

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9:00 (doors at 8:00)
$5 for 21 & over, $7 for under 21

a Hawaiian Shirt Day production

Not-So-Classical New Music Series presents
The Works of JacobTV

Jacob Ter Veldhuis (self nick-named Jacob TV) is a Dutch composer inspired significantly by rock genres and pop culture much like the pop art of Andy Warhol. His "ghettoblaster" works are the mixed medium of live performance with pre-recorded tracks made from mixing many clips of some subject matter. His Grab It! for tenor sax and CD takes inspiration and source material from the documentary Scared Straight where life-sentenced inmates convince problem youths into changing the course of their lives for the better. Jesus is Coming for saxophone quartet takes recorded sound bites from an extremist street preacher in NYC and creates an interesting composition.

Featuring the Assembly Saxophone Quartet, Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley, and Aimee Fincher.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Hobofest: A Celebration of the Recession

The recession giving you depression? Unemployment ending life's enjoyment? Lost your job and feel like a knob? I've heard of worse reasons to party. On Sunday November 13th, The Hobofest will arrive, by train of course, at Conundrum Music Hall. The hobofest a night of fun and music where performers and audience membe rs alike embrace the recession, dressing in their most tattered of clothes and party for a good cause. Admission is 5 dollars, and all proceeds will go to the Somaly Mam foundation, which fights sex traficking, but that's depressing, so I'll tell you who's playing:

Tom Hall and the Plowboys
Sons of Young
The Post Timey String Band
T.C. Costello
Zoe Lollis

Further, there will be a hobo costume contest, and hobo photo opprotunities.

Sunday, November 13, 2011         7pm        $5

a T.C. Costello production

Neuro Chemical Breakdown

When we all came into this world we were given a basic set of emotions.All emotional experiences are connected with a response that takes place chemically within our brains.Eight versatile artists are going outside of their comfort zone to share their interpretations of one of those emotions.

Who needs therapy when there is art?Anti-hipster anti-canned product,sound junkie,phantom dj,emotion inducing ________ will provide the soundtrack to this feel ing based experience.

Guess which artists created which pieces of art and get a percentage off of their work.

Come feel with us.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Support the local arts and share this event on your wall. Mayhem baybee. Stay tuned.......

Saturday, November 12, 2011

An Anima Jung Production

David Thomas: "Baptized Into The Buzz"

Founder of legendary avant-rock band Pere Ubu, singer David Thomas has been re-writing the rules of popular music for more than 36 years. Formed in Cleveland OH in 1975, Pere Ubu integrated found sound, analog synthesizers and musique concrete into a hybrid of overdriven midwestern garage rock tempered by abstract sensibilities. The band's first release, The Modern Dance (1978), can be found on all sorts of critics' lists of "The Great Albums." Over the years Pere Ubu has released a stream of uncompromising, highly original records, the latest being the junk operatic "Long Live Pere Ubu!" (2009).

As a complement to his work with Pere Ubu, Mr Thomas has explored any number of implausible creative configurations and seemingly arbitrary production methods. This here concert will be a solo affair.

9pm, doors at 8pm
$10, or whatever you can afford

Tickets can be bought online here

a bigSphinx Productions production

Death of Paris , Hank & Cupcakes , Jurassic Heat, & Hauswerk

"DEATH OF PARIS combines the mysterious, seductive female vocals of Curve or Metric with the chattering electronics of first-album Killers, adding a pounding, bombastic rhythm section and serrated, jagged-edge rock guitar. It's all in service of propulsive, instantly memorable songs that sprout hooks somewhere in the chaos and don't let go. This band has an exciting sound and true songwriting talent."

Brooklyn-based drums and bass duo HANK & CUPCAKES spin vicious pop that is just as good for rocking out as it is for dancing. Cupcakes will make your jaw drop with her explosive, commanding voice while banging on the drums standing up! Hank on the bass takes care of the rest, covering so much territory that one critic observed "fans may find themselves scrutinizing the stage, looking in vain for the guitar player that seems to be filling out the band's sound."

JURASSIC HEAT first crawled out of the primordial soup of nasty jazz and filthy blues in the fall of 2010. Amy Quint's smoky vocals soar over Zach Toman's screaming riffs, nailed to the floor by Steven Van Haren's neanderthalic pounding. Will Royster's four strings keep your hips moving whether you like it or not.

HAUSWERK is an all-housewife punk band from Columbia, SC. It is comprised of Songstress Giantess Katherine McCollough screeching the lyrics, Jessica Oliver shredding the power chords, Delaney Mills bringing the bass/apathy, & Brielle Hayes banging on drums with kitchen utensils. You're grounded.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
7pm (doors at 8pm)

a Blake Arambula production

Ladies' Auxiliary , Daddy Lion, Nomen Novum, &

LADIES' AUXILIARY: ...the songs have gigantic hooks and melodies, but still allow plenty for nuance and space. Lyrical themes, though they remain personal, touch on universal notions of the comforts and distress of nostalgia, instability of friendship, and fear of demise...

DADDY LION: "A pleasant surprise... hearty, fuzzy guitar-rock, full of introspective and tortured travelogues, breakdowns and reminisces." - NPR

DOOMSLANG: internet horses. sissy wizzard.

NOMEN NOVUM: see sidebar. I don't feel like typing all that.

Friday, November 4 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Jealousy Mountain Duo
Bellhop Collective

jealousy mountain duo stepping out and deconstructing what a guitar and drums are capable of. In other words JMD is not radio-friendly,this music truly defies categorization. You can find some similarites in early - 60' s jazz, post and hardcore and modern electronic. This is radical stuff.

Thursday, November 3 2011        
9pm (doors at 8pm)         $3

a bigSphinx Productions production

a 3d art show


set to narrate three stories through out the night
each story will reveal a new candy for the public

Sunday, October 30, 2011

a Jeffson Mayday production

and don't forget
the Afterworld Underparty 3-D art show with DJ Cosmo D
Monday, October 31, 2011
9pm $3

The Power Company

"Local Produce"
The Power Company joins forces with SC musicians

On October 29th a special inside look at The Power Company's collaboration with various local and regional musicians will take place at Conundrum Music Hall. "Tom's Magical Sound Garden" a site-specific work created by Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton and Martha Brim will greet the audience as they enter the grounds of the venue. A former garden center, the Conundrum building is surrounded by an expansive tundra of land where plants were sold by the previous proprietor. With this dance the Power Company will "christen" the space, so to speak, for its new occupant and its mission. Having opened in the summer of this year, Conundrum has been enthusiastically embraced by the experimental music scene and filled a niche for musicians living on the edge of creativity.

Inside the space The Power Company, along with some of their musical collaborative partners, will conduct a unique performance/forum of the works they are working on for April 2012. The list of musicians the Power Company is collaborating with includes Dan Cook, Ken May, Pop a String Band, and Scared Minor all from Columbia, SC. Also appearing are Sarah Bandy and Brad Edwardson, two members of the band Lady Condor from Charleston, SC. As the show in the spring develops other musicians will be involved with this exciting PoCo collaborative venture.

The Power Company, a professional, collective of contemporary dance artists, is supported in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, October 29, 2011         7:30 (doors at 6:30)         $10

Mentat Routage

MENTAT ROUTAGE is a French collective performing a trans-artistic show, combining improvised music, tap-dance, painting and video-projection. At the crossroads between jazz, rock, free and contemporary music, this outfit from Le Mans proposes a sonic and visual universe standing out of the beaten tracks. There are too many influences for all to be quoted here, among which are Frank ZAPPA, Miles DAVIS, MAGMA, THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, Bernard LUBAT, AKA MOON, Phil MINTON, John ZORN, Thelonious MONK, Iva BITTOVA, KarlHeinz STOCKHAUSEN, Salvador DALI, PORTISHEAD... And you could surely add POTEMKINE or ART ZOYD, to name a few.

Friday, October 28, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $8

a bigSphinx Productions production (and a WUSC fundraiser!)


Carla Kihlstedt (violin, voice, etc.), Matthias Bossi (percussion, keyboard, voice etc.),
and Shahzad Ismaily (etc.)

Causing A Tiger is always unpredictable, especially in dreams. The tiger may have the head of a fish, or the tail of a mouse. It may be green, or it may be covered entirely in buttons. In these inspirations and aberrations, all is revealed, nothing is sacred. This band never rehearses, but plays a rigorous, improvised set that at times sounds like devotional meditation, other times like a travelogue written while dreaming, and still other times like it might have been ripped from the pages of the American Songbook.

Thursday, October 27, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $10

a bigSphinx Productions production

SC Progressive Network



A wickedly fun skewering of corporate greed, THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD is the true story of two conscientious mischief-makers who pose as the representatives of companies they despise. In this wonderfully therapeutic film, Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno impose cosmic (and comic) justice by any means necessary.

To a television audience of 200 million, Andy (posing as a Dow Chemical spokesman) announces that Dow will finally compensate the victims of the Bhopal disaster, causing the company's stock to instantly plunge by $2 billion. At an oil industry conference, the Yes Men introduce a wonderful new Exxon miracle fuel made from the bodies of global warming losers.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD "shines with a raw wit and originality" (Newsweek) as it fearlessly follows the twisted logic of corporate capitalism to its crazy conclusion, exposing the hilarious and awful absurdities of the economic system that ruthlessly rules the planet.

Free admission, popcorn and after-film discussion. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverages.
For details, contact the Network at 803-808-334 or

Tuesday October 25, 2011         7:30pm         FREE

Glenn Jones
Brodie Porterfield

A 30-plus-year devotee of the so-called "Takoma school", GLENN JONES has written extensively on the steel-string guitar's leading lights: John Fahey, with whom he was friends for nearly 25 years, and Robbie Basho, who befriended Jones during the five years before his untimely death in 1986.
With former Takoma label guitarists Peter Lang and Michael Gulezian -- along with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Henry Kaiser, Gary Lucas, Tony Conrad and others -- Jones performed at sold-out concerts honoring John Fahey, in NYC and San Francisco, shortly after Fahey's death in 2001.


BRODIE PORTERFIELD. Talk to myself a lot. Born young. Bad housekeeper. Up and down. Like guitars. Pines. Under. Various imaginary hairstyles. My mother is telling the gin-dumping story to my niece. She's a master talker. She says she does it too. To herself. Said she never heard me talking to myself. I told her she would have been there. Now she's telling my niece about helping people. She wants me to tell you that I don't still live at home.

Monday, October 24, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $8

a bigSphinx Productions production


With thick, fuzzed out riffs leading the charge on most of their songs, CALTROP exists at the improbable intersection of Sabbath and the Allman Brothers Band, creating detuned, psychedelic dirges with a soulful Southern blues/rock inflection. Add a touch of the long-form, post-metal song structures of bands like Baro ness and Earth, and you begin to see what makes the group tick.

CAN'T KIDS is a Southern-Gothic-Depression-Era-Cheerleader-Metal band that formed in a frenzy & a series of ongoing fits of lunacy during November 2010 when members Adam Cullum & Jessica Oliver moved into an extra giant old house with their friend Brielle. All three tenants are now convinced that aforementioned house is indeed haunted.

Saturday, October 22, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

subtractions (2): fields have ears

michael pisaro and greg stuart
    with the new music workshop

The Los Angeles composer Michael Pisaro will be joined by percussionist Greg Stuart and the New Music Workshop (USC's recently formed experimental music ensemble) for an evening of experimental music making. The concert, subtractions (2): fields have ears, will explore various soundscapes composed of sustained instrumental sonorities, field recordings, and sine tones. Since the early 1990s, Pisaro's work, inspired in part by his affiliation with the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, has traced the consequences of using silence, duration, rational structure and text in the post-4'33" experimental tradition. His recent work focuses on acoustic environments marked by subtle timbral shifts, noise complexes and sustained tones. Along with Greg Stuart and the New Music Workshop, Pisaro will present three recent works at Conundrum: "Transparent City (2)" "The Bell Maker" and "Fields Have Ears (4)".

Friday, October 21, 2011         8pm (doors at 7:30)         $10

a bigSphinx Productions production
Tim Kaiser

"Tim Kaiser's gonkulations and acousto-electric contraptions almost defy description. If I hadn't seen it for myself, I would not have believed that he creates these sonic atmospheres without keyboard synthesizers or midi!"
- Art Tape

Tim Kaiser has been producing experimental art at various venues for the past 30 years. His video, installation and performance art projects have been presented in Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Hong Kong, Cuba, Canada, Philladelphia, New York and Chicago.Tim has toured his live musical performances throughout the US including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Detroit, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Providence, Columbus, Asheville, Portland, St.Louis, Nashville and Duluth (the hardest gig to get!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011        
8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

The Great Book of John
Magnetic Flowers

The Great Book of John is led by Taylor Shaw, guitarist of Birmingham Alabamas late, great Wild Sweet Orange. Shaws music is eminently lyrical... recalling Jeff Buckleys psychedelic soul, Leonard Cohens poetic (and lacerating) wordplay, and fiery fretwork influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughn and David Gilmour as much as it is by Radiohead.

Magnetic Flowers is "literary pop". "...a cacophony of sound resembling nothing so much as a Broadway pit orchestra with a few drinks in them after a three-performance day." - Kevin Oliver

Sunday, October 16, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a Matt Morrison production

Coma Cinema , Cassangles, & Zoe Lollis

Mat Cothran began writing songs under the name "Coma Cinema" at the age of 15. After years of performing locally to promote his music, Cothran released a collection of his recordings in January 2009, entitled Baby Prayers. His most recent record, 2011's Blue Suicide has received considerable national attention on the heels of a positive Pitchfork review and multiple tours with Toro y Moi. Cothran has said this will be one of the final Coma Cinema shows as he will be turning his musical attention to other projects for a while.

With its phonetically malapropistic name, Columbia, South Carolina's Cassangles defies any qualifying genre distinction. There are scraps and strains of familiar sounds to be sure, but they're fused together loosely in chaotic bursts of energy and underscored by the youthful disdain of form and structure. The brashness of this band's ethos and execution is infectious. With flowery basslines reminiscent of Minutemen-era Mike Watt and experimental deconstructive guitar work, Cassangles attacks its lengthy instrumentals with a penchant for the unorthodox and the unexpected, particularly in the animalistic percussion that veers in and out of jazz phrasing and punk calamity. Highly recommended.

"Zoe's sound is nostalgic of old railroad music, where people sang about their simple lives in small towns, wishing for the boxcars to take them somewhere greater. Her voice is full and her strumming is definitive, like a wagon on a rail. Seeing and hearing her play takes me to 1932-- where people are sitting and watching trains go by and playing music because there's really not much else to do."
   -Ony Ratsimbaharison

Friday, October 14, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a Matt Morrison production

Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Born 1934 in Berlin, nurse, physiotherapist, masseur, escort of the dying, composer, writer, poet, foto-collage-artist, producer, curator. .. Foundermember of the artslab "Zodiak" in Berlin(1968) and groups su ch as : "Human Being","personare", "Kluster","Cluster", "Harmonia", "Friendly Game", "Aquarello" and "Tempus Transit". .. .. Collaborations/co-productions with artists around the globe such as: Dieter Moebius, Brian Eno, Holger Czukay, Susumu Hirasawa, Tim Story, Alquimia, Georg Taylor, Conni Plank, Stanislaw Michalak, Nicola Alesini, and approximately 6 billion others.

X A M B U C A is an ongoing multimedia collective of a constant Chandra Shukla with help from several other trusted authoritites; namely RK Faulhaber , Dave Jones (Sturgeon Hoof), Elisa Faires, Larry Thrasher, Todd Mellors(Saifir), M.S. Waldron (irr. app. ext.) along with the video and audio expertise of Jason Scott Furr and the visuals of Megan McKissack. The crew has been seen if not heard sonically feeding the beast known as X A M B U C A. X A M B U C A strives to be just as much visually compelling as it is sonically. Moving aesthetics are as equal a priority when it comes to X A M B U C A~@~Ys presentations.

Monday, October 10, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $10

a bigSphinx Productions production

JEFF KIMMEL, bass clarinet
DEREK POTEAT, bass guitar

Jeff Kimmel is a Chicago-based bass clarinetist, improviser, composer and music presenter. His work encompasses a commitment to expand the timbral possibilities of the bass clarinet while presenting the instrument in a variety of formats, and he strives to foster a collaborative music community by facilitating opportunities for musicians.

Derek Poteat (ex-Ahleuchatistas) says "I have always wanted to be a bass player, even before I knew exactly what that meant. Perhaps I still do not know what that means, but that is what I am. I would like to continue to explore the limitless sound opportunities of the bass and share those with anyone who is interested."

Sunday, October 9, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $8

an Arnold Taylor Situation and a bigSphinx Production

River Monks, Elizabeth Arynn, & Thomas Ray

RIVER MONKS. Scholars maintain that a very long time ago, a group of monks trapped fish in the river that now runs through our city, and some French folks took note of this and eventually named Des Moines after them.
The River Monks are proud to be musicians out of Des Moines, Iowa. They are an indie folk-rock band comprised of Ryan Stier, Joel Gettys and Nick Frampton. Stier handles most of songwriting as wells as lead vocals, guitar and ukulele; Gettys plays drums, percussion and glockenspiel; and Frampton shares songwriting duties with Stier and takes on the utility roll of whatever is needed in a song including guitar, ukulele, auxiliary percussion along with recording, producing and engineering their studio endeavors. Their songs are simple in nature but layered to the bone; high in energy yet low in volume. They draw their sound from acts like Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Good Old War and Iron & Wine to name a few.

Elizabeth Arynn is a singer/songwriter, born in South Carolina but raised in Des Moines, Iowa for a majority of her life. Inspired by artists such as Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, and Ingrid Michaelson, Elizabeth Arynn is a self taught accomplished songwriter and musician whose writing inspiration comes from past experiences both positive and negative. She has recently completed her debut album, The Drifter.

Saturday, October 8, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala of GEM CLUB are making a name for themselves with their reflective, autumnal odes to the past. Paints a wistful shadow through ghostly piano and cello, recalling the graceful, sepia disappointments of Perfume Genius.

baroque pop chamber pop folk psychedelic rock Brooklyn

sound like mellow souled water world

Friday, October 7, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)        
$5 (21 and over)
$7 (20 and under)

an Alejandro Florez production (and a WUSC fundraiser!)


Brogan Sfirri is a project of composer-performers Jason Brogan and Sam Sfirri (members of the Charleston-based New Music Collective), and focused on the performance of compositions that may be realized in a multiplicity of ways by variable and often unconventional instrumentation. In addition to their own, Brogan Sfirri will perform work by Antoine Beuger and Joseph Kudirka.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011         8pm (doors at 7:30pm)         $5


Formed in the fall of 1982, the GLASS GNATS were a popular band on the Columbia new-wave scene for most of the decade. Known for their lively blend of jazz, rock, and quirky alt-rock rhythms, the Gnats drew big crowds at clubs such as The Beat, Rockafellas', and the G.R.O.W. Cafe. Recently the band has reformed with a leaner, more-rocking sound, although their experimental sensibilities remain intact. The current line-up features original guitarists Billy Chapman and Benoit St. Jacques, with bassist Ben Dubard and drummer Steve Dennis.

NICKI ANAHATA MUSICK is a singer who likes to make every song her own. BENOIT ST. JACQUES is a talented fingerstyle guitarist who plays with a rare emotional depth. Together, Musick and St. Jacques blend the folk music of Quebec, Canada (where Benoit is from), America, and the British Isles into a unique, contemporary form of acoustic music. They've been playing together for the better part of three decades, and their musical collaborations are always free flowing and soulful.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5

cd release party

"THE SHANIQUA BROWN is rock 'n' roll. No need to get fancy here, the music is too special to demean with a series of hyphens and comparison... Armed with an unforgettable voice that tingles the spine, Gillon proves she is more than just a captivating performer."

Saturday, October 1, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a reductions production


"There are two definitions of the word Pinna, depending on how far back you want to go linguistically; it's either the outer visible part of your ear or, in the original Latin, a feather. For the Columbia band that uses the word for its name, a combination of the two works nicely to describe its sound, an outwardly funky yet lightweight version of classic jam-rock that sticks out primarily due to all the instrumental curves the individual members tend to tickle their audience with. Whatever the name, it's bound to catch your entire ear, inside and out."
Kevin Oliver, Free Times

Friday, September 30, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

subtractions (1)

first in a series of monthly concerts by the New Music Workshop,
directed by Greg Stuart.

performing the music of john cage, alvin lucier,
john lely, joseph kudirka, and antoine beuger.

Thursday, September 29, 2011         8pm (doors at 7:30pm)         $5

a bigSphinx Productions production

SC Progressive Network

This award winning two hour film explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

Free admission, popcorn and after film discussion.  Beverages available.
For more information contact the Progressive Network at 803-808-334, or email them at

Tuesday September 27, 2011         7pm (doors at 6pm)         FREE


All musicians are welcome to perform in this no-barriers musical atmosphere.
Bring your instrument and explore with us.

Monday, September 26 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         FREE

FAT 32

Secret Chiefs 3 (or SC3) is an instrumental rock group led by guitarist/composer Trey Spruance (formerly of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More).
Their studio recordings and tours have featured different line-ups, as the group performs a wide range of musical styles including surf rock, Persian, Arab, Indian, death metal, film music, electronic music, and various others.

FAT32 is a drum & synth duo that plays breakcore-freejazz-polka.
Combining humor with instrumental virtuosity and agression with grooves.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $15

advance tickets available here

an bigSphinx Productions production

reduction productions and bigSphinx productions present:


Sunday, September 18, 2011         9pm         $7

ANDY THE DOORBUM creates a brew of styles, from 2-step to rockabilly and an acoustic punk/hardcore attitude.

Rumour has it that LE SINGE BLANC is a sort of excitable yeti stomping around the Vosges Mountains. All we know for sure is that they are from France, and that they promise to bring their nonsensical anti-pop sound and mouth-watering lyrics with heavy blows of bass and drums. We can hardly ask for more than that.

CAN'T KIDS is a Southern-Gothic-Depression-Era-Cheerleader-Metal band that formed in a frenzy & a series of ongoing fits of lunacy during November 2010 when members Adam Cullum & Jessica Oliver moved into an extra giant old house with their friend Brielle. All three tenants are now convinced that aforementioned house is indeed haunted.


Music from the western half of the Silk Road - saz, violin, hand drums, davul, zils, bass guitar

"The striking thing about Turku's music is the wonderful tapestry of textures, the rhythmic changes and virtuosity, the beautifully soulful takseems (improvisation) the gamut of emotions and moods from joyful and delightful to stately and somber, the ease with which the musicians go from heavy to light sounds and the perfect ornamentation for each piece."
        - KAJIRA DJOUMAHNA (Zaghareet Magazine)

Saturday, September 17, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $10

a bigSphinx Productions production
advance tickets available here

8dayswaiting presents:

-MCs Mikal kHill & Sulfur, Nintendo, & full live band.

TRIBE ONE (Atlanta, GA)
-Amazing MC, member of The Remnant and featured performer on Adam WarRock's "War For Infinity" LP.
cecilnick (Columbia, SC)
-Hipster nerd, professional troll, pretty cool guy.

Friday, September 16, 2011         9pm        
21 and over: $6
20 and under: $8

David Stringer presents:


Two of Florida's best singer-songwriters, Lauris Vidal and Matt Butcher, are coming to town to put on a great show for you guys, joined by Columbia locals, Rejectioneers and Future Wives.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011         8pm (7pm)         $7

Kyle Jackson presents:



Monday, September 12, 2011         8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5


Originally interested in the saxophone, Brian Eubanks has widened his focus to include computer music and instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, and other electronics. Jason Kahn, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is a composer and installation artist who performs on percussion and electronics in such places as Europe, North and South America, Australia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Turkey and South Africa. (And now West Columbia.)



...reinventing the bass as sort of a free improvisation folk instrument. He eschews the groove, opening the ears to the entropy of his energy.
- All About Jazz

Saturday, September 10, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $8

an Arnold Taylor Situation

Zach Shabazz presents:


Friday, September 9, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5


"With his slow-moving, understated music, DAVID DANIELL makes a fine spokesman for the notion that anything worth doing is worth doing for a long, long time. Whether he's contributing moody strums and sculpted E-Bow drones to the guitar trio San Agustin or stringing computer-generated pings and bumps across gulfs of silence on Sem, his solo debut on his own Antiopic label, he develops his material patiently, the better to let you observe the sounds from every angle."--Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader

NOAH BROCK says "γειά σου hello Hallo merhaba Hola こんにちは dia duit bonjour hei אַ גוט יאָר Alo"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $8

a bigSphinx Productions production

THE Dubber and Friends
THE Dubber
Alien Carnival
Brodie Porterfield
Spitz Marshall

Friday, August 26, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
advance tickets available here


industrial charged sublimination, combining spoken word, processed vocals and optical theremins.

The Subliminator was found in a state of suspended animation in an abandoned crate by spacerock guitar ace John Pack in 2002. Col. Pack immediately installed him in his band Spaceseed. The Subliminator toured nationally with Spaceseed in '03 and '04, occasionally opening shows and performing with such luminaries as Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Harvy Bainbridge (Hawkwind) and Cotton Casino (Acid Mothers Temple)

MAMMAL FIGHT is Mr. Jonathan Dorrell, playing such things as a cymbal and a harmonica, with various electronics.

Thursday, August 25, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $6

a bigSphinx Productions production

experimental/improv trombone/sub-bass drone/bellydance duo. Brooding sub-bass trombone loops and screwed-down trombone doom-blues texturize the air molecules. Bellydance ("Muscle Dance") is abstracted to an essential medium of form, line, musicality, and "muscle-ality"). Extended from a practice of drawing, it embodies improvisational, corporeal 'drawing' in space.
Monday, August 22, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)

reed & percussion duo. dreaming & screaming.


Netherfriends are that bastard-psych-pop-catchy as hell one-man band that you've been searching for. After performing at last year's Pitchfork music Festival, Netherfriends (AKA Shawn Rosenblatt) a freshly minted college graduate of music composition, set out on a year long project to write and record a song and perform in all 50 states. This was accomplished in April 2011 and he has zero plans of slowing down.

Sunday, August 21, 2012
9pm (doors at 8pm)


anti-music grunge revival noisecore psychedelic hardcore stoner punk Richmond

"The Catalyst stumbled drunkenly onto the scene in 2002, where we were met with limited applause by kids who were confused terribly by us. we believe that if you are truly passionate you can't help but play your tunes with your entire body. subsequently, after each set we are a completely unapproachable bloody mess."

Thursday, August 18, 2011
9pm (doors at 8pm)

a reduction production


Empier is "Post-Hardcore, Post-Metal, with some Metalcore and Mathrock
the rest we'll leave that up to you..."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $6

a bigSphinx Productions production


Ghastly City Sleep are darkwave/lightwave. witch-hexed mind-step.

Sunday, August 14, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a reduction production


Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel is Scott Burland (theremin) and Frank Schultz (steel). Together they create a combination of sounds from two non-fixed-pitch instruments and laptops in an improv environment with a disregard for traditional styles, creating rich textures, swooning collages, and hypnotic pulses.

Duet will be joined by filmmaker Robbie Land who will be screening his abstract imagery alongside the group, as well as performing an opening act.

Saturday, August 13, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $6

a bigSphinx Productions production


Led by Romanian-born guitarist and vocalist Silviu Ciulei, Maharajah Flamenco Trio delivers a mov- ing and dynamic expression of Flamenco Nuevo, the 'new' flamenco promulgated by such giants as Paco de Lucia and the more recent Vicente Amigo. Centered around original compositions, Maharajah Flamenco Trio builds upon the Flamenco Puro styles of buleria, solea, farruca, and fandango and blends it with international traditions such as American jazz, Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, and the Flamenca Rhumba brought to the world stage by the Gipsy Kings.

Friday, August 12, 2011        
9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

Click here for online ticket sales.
a bigSphinx Productions production


Jason Ajemian (doublebass/vox), Jacob Wick (trumpet/vox), Peter Hanson (saxophone/vox), Owen Stewart-Robertson (guitar/vox) & Marc Riordan (drums/vox)

"The diagrams, with individual songs contained in sharp-cornered, kite-shaped rooms, should probably never be translated to actual buildings, but in practice, their sounds are perfect shelters from convention."

Thursday, August 11, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $6

an Arnold Taylor Situation


Inspired by the Fugates of Troublesome Creek, Smurfs, and colloidal silver overuse, I am on a lifelong mission to turn a sizeable swatch of my skin blue. Blue is the color of the sky, water, the throat chakra, and is also known as the color of desperation.
Appalachian Trance Metal is my mind, body, and soul.
It's my imperfect memory.
It's ghost harmonics: the essential character of the Appalachian mountains, filtered through my particular life experience.
It's Trance unforgetting.
It's Metal precision.

I use my 18-stringed H'arpeggione & 38-stringed harp guitar Big Red as the anchors around which all else (r)evolves.

Please visit for more.

        Wednesday, August 10, 2011
8pm (doors at 7pm)         $5 suggested donation

a bigSphinx Productions production


ENOCH plays Psychedelic Doom. Steel drums. Old tube amps. 15 speakers. Groove locked riff prayers to the great and infinite every-nothing. Current and/or ex members of Descolada, Serpents, Trapper Keeper, Birds on the Ground, The Judas Horse, Subproject 54, Reach For the Stars, US Christmas.

IO is solo looping violin

TIMSHEL plays guitar, bass, drums, and trombone.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $6

Click here for online ticket sales.


on the two first faces, association is done sulfurous and inevitably tended, angular and rough as a whole, some experimental times or - as to compensate - letting themselves go on a part of drunk person miniature and reinvigorating.
(thanks to babelfish for the translation!)

Saturday, July 30, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $10

Click here for online ticket sales. (Better buy now, they're going fast!)
See Logan K. Young's mis-attributed preview of the show in Free Times!
See Otis Taylor's excellent preview of the show in The State!

an Arnold Taylor Situation


Disasteradio is a FUN MUSIC / FAST MUSIC solo band from New Zealand, since Y2K.

Bake Sale makes fancy pants space cadet glow in the dark records.

Sunday, July 24, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a reduction production


works by Piazzolla, Fitz Rogers, Shostakovitch, O'Connor,
Fetner, El Din, Mackey, Vrebalov, Kinosian, and Roumain

More program info can be found here

Friday, July 22, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $8
Click here for online ticket sales


an SC Phil Production


NO MILK is Brigid Oxborne who is also ANT PARADE. NO MILK will be blasting from a kustom head full of vocal loops, pre-recorded arrangements, some reverb, and SK riffs.

S2K will provide the ambiance, beat heavy sampling, keys upon keys, and glitch technics.

APOLLYON circumpolar rainbow soundquest virtualoso {from Sydney Australia through i Liberate Immaginas ! portal}

Monday, July 18, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5

a Jefferson Mayday production


A composition by Michael Pisaro, developed specifically for Greg Stuart... superimposing live performance of triangle, woodblocks, crotales, and a Tibetan bell over an eight-channel recording of the same instruments.

"Radical music has rarely sounded as gorgeous as the collaborations of percussionist Greg Stuart and composer Michael Pisaro." -Bill Meyer (Chicago Reader)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)         $5


experimental / progressive / metallic.
Dinosaurs. Geometric configurations. Psychedelic lucid dream-state.
O! And the serpent spawned from steeped horsehair was swallowed up by the egg and the dirty starchild named Guzzlemug was born. An ineffable union of forward-thinking styles and aesthetics, Guzzlemug is concurrently the psychedelic nightmare and wet dream of some desert-bound shamanic astrophysicist.

Thursday, July 7, 2011         9pm (doors at 8pm)        
                pay what you can afford (suggested $8)

a bigSphinx Productions production


doom psychedelia ... heatstroke minimalism
Ominous walls of sound morph into tight-knight rhythmic figures, haunting melodies float over martial drumming, roaring moments of sustained tension acquiesce into screaming silence, a musical promise is fulfilled


Russian Fusion: the blissful sensation of the first gulp of cold beer touching a Russian soul tormented by the customary but severe hangover at 10 A.M. in Sanduni Bath House, Moscow, 1971

Saturday, June 25, 2011        9pm (doors at 8pm)       $8
tickets available at the door, or right here

a bigSphinx Productions production


Prepare yourself for an insane evening of improvised avant-weird music featuring an unbelievable lineup assembled by the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton (from the Hampton Grease Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Quark Alliance), with vocalist and Moog synthesizer wizard Dennis Palmer from the Shaking Ray Levis, and the astounding guitarist and one of the three "founding fathers of American free improv guitar" Davey Williams

Saturday, June 18, 2011        9pm (doors at 8pm)       $10

a bigSphinx Productions production