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TWIDDLE

Tuesday, April 14, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

The state of Vermont is a sleeper in the batting line-up of musical ventures. Mostly known as the home for Phish (again, just in musical circles), Vermont has also produced Twiddle, a rising jam-grass band that is taking over the country with genre-blending songs and a steady touring regimen. The summer months bring out the best bands — swelling festival line-ups afford surrounding towns the chance to book acts for one-off stops — because who doesn’t love knee-slappin’ along to a pick’d mandolin while a raspy vocal delivery tells you a story? Everyone does, especially in this area, which is so steeped in Appalachian tradition and folk music that you can hardly go out anywhere in the Triad without stumbling upon a live performance. Twiddle’s music puts the core elements of traditional folk music in a blender with some blues and jazz, leaving a funky smoothie that is all parts fun. This is one bluegrass show you won’t want to miss, and for only $8, you’ll be remiss for passing on this one. The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day of show.

ILOVEMAKONNEN

Friday, April 10, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, 336.373.7400

When ILoveMakonnen started crooning about the direction the club is going on a certain day of the week, it became very apparent that the song would become a viable, lyrical excuse to do just about whatever you want on a Tuesday night. But being type casted for one anthemic tribute to the eve of Wednesday wasn’t really part of the emcees plan. Neither was Drake taking the beat and flipping a remix, resulting in a national spotlight on the rising Califor nia artist. Later signing to Drake’s OVO Sound record label, ILoveMakonnen would take his single all over the country spreading awareness about what the club is doing. Other than that, the hustle is real thanks to a steady flow of mixtape releases and a few other singles, namely “I Don’t Sell Molly No More,” which finds the emcee once again just declaring exactly what he is doing, which is not selling Molly. But he is carrying some “white and some green,” in case you were curious. iLoveMakonnen is just one of the headliners for the Triad College Takeover at the Coliseum, which also includes Dej Loaf and August Alsina. Looks like the club is going up on a Friday. Tickets to the show are $34.50 on the Coliseum website and the show gets started at 7:30 p.m.

TETRAGRAMMATON

Saturday, April 11, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, 336.486.3444 Given that Tetragrammaton is defined as the four Hebrew letters that make up the biblical name of God (that’s per the Merriam-Webster dictionary) one might ponder on  the symbolism of the name as it relates to a guitar shredding  metal band. Are these the  gods of rock? We’ll let you decide when you’re in the throws of an art-melting shred session  in the basement art gallery just off Trade Street. Moved from the Anti-Sound house  – a DIY venue we recently wrote about that has since been forced to cancel shows due to  some unhappy neighbors – Tetragrammaton will headline Delurk Gallery with support  from Lenoir’s The Asound, Plow, and Charlotte’s Orange Crush. It’s an unorthodox venue to house a rowdy metal show, but Delurk is far from an orthodox gallery in that its walls  are always covered in boundary pushing imagery. This isn’t your regular show and this  isn’t your regular venue, which is pretty much a recipe for a great time. There is a $5 cover charge with all proceeds going to the bands, so show some local support and scrape  together five bucks to support local music. The doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting shortly thereafter. !

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