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Upcoming shows you should check out

UNKNOWN HINSON

Saturday, May 9, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

If you’ve ever seen the Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies, then the backwoods, Georgia mountain drawl of Daniel Baker, known on stage as Unknown Hinson, will be very familiar to you. Squidbillies, in all its magnificent, raunchy, and debaucherous glory, has developed a cult following, and it’s most likely due to the fact that Baker’s voice has single-handedly managed to infuriate every single race, religion and sex on the planet. The antics are hilarious, as are the far-reaching stereotypes, but the award winning musician actually stays on the radar because of his exceptional guitar skills. Although songs like “Sex Toy” and “Satan In A Thong” might keep the church-going crowd at home, the show will certainly be one of the more interesting spectacles you bear witness to all year. (Subtle shout-out to the Blind Tiger for keeping the bookings interesting in the past couple months.) It’s hard to get over the fact that Early Curly, the character Baker lends his voice for in the Squidbillies series, is not going to be slopping around the stage while slugging moonshine, but the monster-chops on Baker in his Unknown Hinson persona will easily persuade you to start two-stepping along… even if the song title is “Alkyhol Withdrawl.” Tickets to the show start at $15 and go up to $18 day of the show. Doors to The Blind Tiger open up at 7:30 p.m. and the show is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

HOLIDAYMOUNTAIN

Thursday, May 7, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Once again, Winston-Salem’s best kept secret (which is probably not so much a secret anymore, but could be classified as such because of it’s intimate size) has gone and booked another one of those shows that will be talked about for many months. HolidayMountain, an Austin, Texas based trio that, this time next year, will be more than on the radars of national media outlets because they, unlike so many other acts churning out tracks, are actually original. Fronted by Laura Patino, a natural beauty whose vocals evoke auditory images of the offspring of Bjork and Karin Dreijer Andersson – there’s odd-timed pitch changes, off-beat clashes of notes and chords – in that she literally dances her voice in and out of the songs. Lumping HolidayMountain into a genre like “psych rock” would be pointless because it’s music made for dancing, expression and enjoyment. There are fast riffs at times and then there are slow paced tracks that vibrate your being with a heavy synth. Tickets to the Garage typically don’t tip the $10 mark, and this show will definitely be worth the money. !

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