Columbia’s first independent boutique hotel is open. What does that mean for Columbia’s tourism industry?


“We’re trying to do something special here. We’re trying to offer a genuine Columbia experience — food, art, everything.”

Free Times | April 10, 2018

Can Stormwater Studios Keep Art at the Heart of the Vista?


“The point is to keep this as a permanent thing and build, for lack of a better term, an art village next to the river that is permanent, that will always keep quality high and that will always be open to the community to come in and look.”

Free Times | March 14, 2018

Jake Xerxes Fussell Finds Contemporary Truths in the Hidden Gems of Folk Music


“I didn’t grow up in rural America learning folk songs from my great-grandmother. I have to be transparent about the fact that I am part of this through an intellectual tradition, I guess, if I’m part of any tradition.”

Free Times | February 28, 2018

Send in the Clones | Tribute Bands Thrive in Tertiary Music Markets Like Columbia. Why?


“Everybody wants to be in front of a crowd and be paid well. That wasn’t happening for their cover bands or original acts 10 years ago. And all of a sudden, you figure out that with tributes, you get to play in front of a crowd instead of in front of your girlfriend and her girlfriends.”

Free Times | February 21, 2018

Combat Rock | Superchunk Rages Against the Machine on “What a Time to Be Alive” While Keeping Things Positive


“It’s not a record that’s just resigned to, ‘Oh well, I guess we’re fucked,’ you know? That would be a bummer.”

Style Weekly | February 14, 2018

Memory Man | With Marker, Ken Vandermark Synthesizes Sounds to Manipulate Memory


“It’s like gravity in architecture. You can make a building, but you gotta deal with gravity.”

Free Times | February 1, 2018

Fangs Out | As Bat Fangs, Betsy Wright and Laura King Outstrip Their Parentheticals


“Like, what does even mean? That you’re embarrassed or too cool to admit that you liked this thing when you were seven? No way. I liked Bon Jovi. I was seven! Like, millions of people like Taylor Swift. You’re not the only one.”

Indy Week | January 31, 2018

More Fun | Thirty-five years on, They Might Be Giants keep the good (and bad) times rolling


“I know people often look to our music to cheer them up. I understand that this is probably the last thing they want to hear from us.”

Charleston City Paper | January 17, 2018

Natural One | Asheville Guitarist Sarah Louise Draws on Everything for Inspiration — But Especially Nature


“I think the Appalachian landscape just creeps in, and I also think that it’s nice if the music leaves space for whatever sounds might be in someone’s soundscape. If I’m ever listening to my own music — as a way of thinking about mixing or composition — and I hear a bird or cicadas or wind, to me, those sounds always enhance what’s already there.”

Free Times | November 29, 2017

Slow Going | Avant-Rock Virtuoso Shane Parish Offers Radical Meditations on Traditional Folk Songs


“I still like to have an edge. I don’t want to get too good, you know?”

Free Times | November 8, 2017