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Upcoming shows you should check out

GOOD GRAEFF

Saturday, March 28, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Brittany and Brooke Graeff are twin sisters that make up Good Graeff. Brooke stands up while playing her guitar. Brittany sits down while playing her cello. They also look a lot alike. But when the two take the stage backed by some rhythm guitar and drums, their twist indie rock infused with folk melodies creates a divine sense of hope for the future of music. On stage, sisters banter back and forth, throwing occasional, friendly jabs at each other, dropping anecdotes about the history of certain songs (“William Williams,” for instance, was the sister’s grandfather, and he was born in 1919, as noted in the song) and throwing back a refreshing swig of beer. There’s nothing tame about Good Graeff, and although the music is calming amidst the shrieks of tonal enjoyment noticeably experienced by lead vocalist Brooke, the group is rowdy and brings a good time to the stage. The Garage has brought out Good Graeff on two previous occasions, and each time was nearly sold-out (the shows felt sold-out, but numbers haven’t been confirmed) so you know they are going to be playing to another packed house when they come around for Dash Pop this weekend. Good Graeff is playing apart of the festival, but the great thing about this festival is that you don’t necessarily have to purchase a full festival pass in order to enjoy some of the bands. Single show tickets range from $8-$20, and for just $30 you can enjoy all the music from Dash Pop all weekend.

THE BIG SOMETHING

Friday, March 27, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

The Big Something, an alternative group hailing from Burlington, is sitting pretty as of late: The group just released its third studio album, Truth Serum, and it’s getting rave reviews from media outlets all over. To start, The Homegrown Music Network named it album of the year for 2014, and after giving it a listen it’s understandable why it receive such acclaim. The opening track, “Megalodon,” features DJ Logic, but it’s that funky bass that really holds the ear. Skipping ahead a few tracks to “Love Generator” brings the tempo up just a bit, but that energy gets a little lost on the title track. The energy gets revived (don’t worry) when you get to “Club Step,” which is a song that probably works wonders for the audience in the live setting. Sometimes, you just have to let the jammers jam, and that’s what it sounds like is going on in that song. The show is being supported by Jahman Brahman and Threesound. Tickets are $10 in advance and go up to $13 day of the show. Doors open at 8 p.m., party gets started at 9 p.m. !

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