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Upcoming shows you should check out

MUST BE THE HOLY GHOST

Saturday, Dec. 20, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

This has been a big year in Winston for shows with diverse lineups. However, it’s rare to find acts that flow together with such odd fluidity that they’re able to hold the audience’s attention beginning to end. Luckily, on December 20 at The Garage, Winston- Salem’s biggest local wildfire, Must Be The Holy Ghost, is going to be sharing the stage with three out-of-town bands, and it’s likely to be as intriguing as it is wild. Coming from Charlottesville, Virginia, is the haunting electronic sounds of the beautiful Alethea Leventhal as Ships In The Night. Durham rapper Professor Toon will be joining with the same sharp delivery that he showcased at Hopscotch Music Festival earlier this year. Also from the Raleigh/Durham area is psych-rock group SOON, who will be making their Winston-Salem debut. This, on top of all the other reasons to check this out, begs the question: Who doesn’t like to be a part of someone’s first time? The ticket price is yet to be announced (In our experience, tickets rarely exceed $10, so budget accordingly) and the show is slated to start at 9 p.m. – Bryn Hermansen

YELAWOLF

Thursday, Dec. 28, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

If you want to point fingers at southern rock infiltrating the hip-hop genre, most modern fingers will land on Bubba Sparxxx. In recent years, though, an Alabama progeny by the name of Yelawolf has taken the lead as the banner-carrier of the redneck rap. But the thing is it’s not redneck rap. It’s a self-proclaimed redneck whose vocal delivery happens to come with a twang that nestles itself perfectly into the melody of rapping. Yelawolf (birth name Michael Wayne Atha) hasn’t conformed to the trend of late by lacing pop vocals in and out of banging bass drops, but rather lets the topography of his vocal inflections trace the map that is, in fact, an honest and emotional autobiography of the struggle he grew up with. Yelawolf has been homeless, jobless, pennyless and at the bottom, but, in true southern form, he grabbed his bootstraps and pulled himself up out of it — penning a deal with Shady Records, rocking a cover of XXL Magazine, releasing an album alongside Travis Barker, and ultimately taking over hip-hop, if only for a moment. Don’t let the head-to-toe tattoos fool you; this guy can flow like water when the microphone is in his hand. Tickets are $20 (adv) and $25 (day of show). RITTZ, Big Henry and DJ Klever share the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.

ECHOSMITH W/ BEBE REXHA

Saturday, Dec. 20, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro, 336.378.9646

The Partridge Family might have paved the way for family bands, but Echosmith is certainly taking those reigns, even if they aren’t singing alongside their parents. Comprised of four siblings, Echosmith first caught mainstream attention when releasing a steady stream of pop covers, but really hit the national spotlight when they found a comfortable home on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour for the second time. Their hit song, “Cool Kids,” has lead singer Sydney Sierota crooning on about being popular — something every teen struggles with when growing up in the hostile high school environment, but the song actually resonates well with any radio music kind of person. With ages ranging from 21 down to 15 (youngest brother Graham Sierota keeps tempo on the skins), Echosmith is easily one of the bubblier break-out acts from 2013 that are still finding success in the current. Tickets for Echosmith start at $15 and go up to $95, depending on your seating location in Cone Denim Center. Show starts at 9 p.m. !

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