HEROIC HIP-HOP | Preach Jacobs
w/ Savage Souls, Damn Skippy, Bad Mojo, and Apollo Valdez
Sat. June 22
8 p.m.

Savage Saturday is back once again, and this time one of Cola-town’s indie hip-hop heroes, Preach Jacobs, will be joining Kae G the Original Seed, Fortune the Iron Mic Mangler, and DJ Icirus on stage. Like Charleston, Columbia’s hip-hop scene remains largely under the radar. “The issue isn’t a ‘want’ for hip-hop music,” Jacobs says. “There’s not many venues in Columbia that cater to original music. It’s really cover band heavy.” Jacobs is also the brains behind Cola-Con, a hip-hop and comics convention in the Capital City that has featured acts like Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, and Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. The fest will celebrate its third year on Oct. 25-26 at the Columbia Convention Center. As a rapper, Jacobs isn’t about putting on airs. “I’m not one to get overly religious, but being on a stage performing in front of a huge crowd is the closest thing I’ve seen to religion than being in a pulpit at a Baptist church,” he says. “My approach is to be honest about who I am and how I feel, and I’m confident that the music will reflect that.” Amen. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

Thurs. June 20
9:30 p.m.
Pour House

Mike Cooley is one-half of the songwriting team behind the Drive-By Truckers, the finest guitar rock act to emerge in the last 15 years. The Alabama quintet’s sound is fueled by a three-guitar attack, blending the Replacements’ punky attitude and Skynyrd’s squall. And at the core of the Truckers’ music you’ll find the disaffected down-home stories of Cooley and co-writer Patterson Hood. While Cooley’s not as prolific as his partner, it’s a matter of quality over quantity. His nuggets include the powerful “Uncle Frank,” a cannily crafted ode about the deceitfulness of the music biz, “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac,” and the philosophical “Gravity’s Gone,” a stellar track that’s filled with a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. Cooley is currently touring in support of his solo debut, the live acoustic album A Fool on Every Corner. —Chris Parker THURSDAY

INDIE POP | Les Racquet
w/ The Fleeting Ends
Thurs. June 20
9 p.m.
Royal American

Brooklyn indie rock trio Les Racquet — bassist Kenny Murphy, percussionist Daniel Malone, and vocalist Patrick Carroll — dropped their self-titled debut a little over two years ago and their second album, Be Water My Friend, in 2012. This year the trio is touring in support of their third release, Whale Hail. On their latest, the self-described “jazzers” combine quirky vocals with laid-back riffs and groove-driving rhythms. After hitting the road hard and cranking out one LP after another, the band’s hard work seems to be paying off. “It’s been a long time since we played for nobody,” Malone says. Be that as it may, the skins player says he finds the whole experience “humbling.” “It’s been so seamless. Everything has fallen into place exactly how we wanted it to,” he says. —Tom Pernecker THURSDAY

Indie hip-hop | The Gift of Gab
w/ Free Radio
Fri. June 21
9 p.m.
$8/adv., $10/door
Pour House

We know we’re supposed to be talking about Kanye West and nothing else this week, seeing as how he just dropped a new disc, Yeezus, and his baby momma just dropped a baby, but, seriously, fuck that guy. We don’t know about you, but we’re tired of hearing about him and even more tired of listening to him. Not that there wasn’t a moment in time when Kanye was one of the best around — oh, let’s say around 2004 when The College Dropout hit the streets— but as an artist, he gave up his cred a long time ago. Which is why you should be listening to a guy like the Gift of Gab, who still has his. This Bay Area rapper has been one of the big stars of the indie hip-hop world since his band, Blackalicious, released their legendary debut Nia back in 1999. Since then, Blackalicious has knocked out a string of top-notch LPs, while the Gift of Gab has dropped a few solo efforts and collaborated with Galactic on their 2007 funksterpiece From the Corner to the Block. The Gift of Gab’s latest release, The Next Logical Progression, may not be of the same caliber as Blackalicious’ best, but it’s still worth a few hearty listens. —Chris Haire FRIDAY

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