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by Britt Chester

Upcoming shows you should check out

NAPALM DEATH

Friday, Jan. 30, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

Death metal, despite its name, is alive and well, especially within the scope of local bands in the Triad. But Napalm Death has been at it for more than 30 years, and in that time, has become synonymous with the genre. The group’s debut album, “Scum,” is still selling, and according the band’s Wikipedia page, contains the Guinness Book of World Records shortest song, “You Suffer,” that is approximately 1.316 second long. If that’s not metal, then we don’t know what is. The band is also the seventh best selling death metal band in America, which is pretty awesome given the roots of the act rest in England.

But metal is always going to be popular because rebelling against the establishment is firmly rooted in punk and metal music, which is why Napalm Death, and subsequent acts like it, will always have a draw. Tickets for the show start at $15 in advance and go up to $20 day of the show. Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate are slated to open up the night. The doors open at 6 p.m. with music scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

CRYSTAL BRIGHT AND THE SILVER HANDS

Saturday, Jan. 31, Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

It’s not often that the accordion can be transformed into an instrument that will force you to dance like you’re at a rave, but Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands managed to do just that. The gypsy rockers, led by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Crystal Bright, will take over the Blind Tiger on Saturday night along with DividingME Photography to present “The Absolute Elsewhere,” which is slated to be quite the multi-sensory experience. There will be acrobats, juggling, poi spinning, and dance performances by Crystal Mays, Jacob Felder, Scott Hinzman and many more, which means this will be the most stunning visual circus you’re going to witness this year. Tickets for the event are $8 and can be purchased through the Blind Tiger’s website or at the box office. The show starts at 9 p.m.

ALEXIS MACHINE

Saturday, Jan. 31, After Hours Tavern, High Point, 336.883.4113

Cover bands can be hit or miss, depending on the genre and generation that said band is covering, but Alexis Machine makes no errors in slaying the frets when they tear into a modern take on White Zombie’s “Thunderkiss 65.” Per the band’s ReverbNation page, the band is “like a white-hot blast of molten metal,” and once you listen to any one of their songs, you’ll see why. With the recent generation’s acceptance of technology, it’s nice to see acts still holding on to the roots of heavy metal, and keeping it alive as we push into a more digital world. The show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, and special guest That’s My Truck is on deck to open up the night. !

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