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KELLER WILLIAMS

Saturday, February 21, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

Keller Williams is the type of diversified musician that many aspire to be. Having triumphed as a solo guitarist and singer/songwriter, he moved onto tackling other instruments, essentially the remaining instruments in his non-existent band that provided the background and melodies needed to deliver his vision. As a solo act, Keller Williams slinks and skips from station to station on stage all while building tracks with looping pedals and various sounds – sometimes beatboxing, sometimes a simple rap of the djembe, perhaps a lead guitar riff – then compliments with his own vocals. It’s not always the case, though, as Keller Williams joins the ranks of some of the greatest instrumentalists of our time when he shares the stage with acts like Bela Fleck, The Travelin’ McCrourys, and even String Cheese Incident. His music does lie in the sort of grey area as far genre classification, and because he brings so many different elements to the stage it’s hard to predict where he’s going with a song. The party is in the improvisation, though, which can him whistling a few bars over a waterfall of six-string chords, or slapping the bass over a looping vocal hook. He’ll also take to the microphone, in addition to the construction of each song, to provide the lyrics, which definitely lean heavy on the jam-grass sort of the things; it’s a breathy voice that nestles itself in a fast blues riff just right. Tickets for the are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show. As of this writing, the opening act has yet to be announced, but will probably hit the stage around 9 p.m., roughly one hour after doors open for the night.

THE AMFMS Thursday, February 19, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Rock and roll is a horse that no matter how much you beat will never exhale its final breath. It’s a genre that can never die, and no matter how many acts take an obscure approach to the matter, it always comes out sounding good in some way. The AMFMs, an outfit based out of the Baltimore-DC area by way of Tampa, Florida, just dropped a new EP promo via the act’s Soundcloud page. “Teenage Fight Song” possesses a particular anthem-like quality, perhaps a nod to the early punk and rock god’s attempts to incite a fight, as the hook clearly declares. “Black Rabbit” has this fainting hint of Smashing Pumpkins influence a la “Tonight, Tonight,” but the vocals tear in with an exceeding emotion that Billy Corgan would never muster once he realized how big his ego really is. Shawn Kyle steers the ship that is AMFMS, and he does so by maneuvering it through a menagerie of guitar riffs and drum patterns that provide the necessary, albeit subtle, foundation for the lyrics, which may or may not be able to sustain on their own depending on your taste for the occasional high-pitched inflection. Like most shows at the Garage, this one is scheduled to start around 9 p.m. with Totally Slow and Aquatic Ceremony slated to open. We’re guessing that this show costs around $6, which is pretty standard for the Garage (and always affordable for you!) !

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