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SHILOH HILL

Thursday, May 21, The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 336.272.9888

The re-emergence (although it never really left) of folk music entering the mainstream spotlight has been great for local and independent artists across the country. It has allowed a less homogenized sound to enter the landscape, thus resulting in an expanded musical audience. Shiloh Hill, a five-piece outfit based out of Greensboro, is capitalizing on this movement, and is gaining traction quickly thanks to the 2014 release of Too Much, Too Soon, the debut album from the group. The album is tame, but in the best way possible, in that it highlights the raspy vocals in a lo-fi quality while giving the feeling that you are actually sitting on the front porch listening to your neighbors across the wood have a good ol’ fashioned family jam. The banjo-pickin’ is prevalent, but not as over-the-top as something like you’d hear on some of the fast-grass evolving out of the genre. Shiloh Hill stays true to the folk music lineage: Intimate storytelling through emotional songs with solid mountain melodies. Tyler Nail Trio, an outstanding group based out of Winston-Salem, is set to open the night. Tickets for the show start at $6, and as per usual there is a $3 surcharge if you are not old enough to purchase alcohol. The doors of The Blind Tiger open up at 8 p.m. with the tunes scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. start.

WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES

Friday, May 22, The Garage, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves, often abbreviated simply as WolvesX4, possesses that punk rock sound of yesteryear where three-chord guitar riffs under loud vocals dominate the airwaves. But don’t get it confused; WolvesX4’s music is not for the old punk-head who relives the good ol’ days by listening to Hawthorne Heights while driving their hybrid Honda to the cubicle everyday. This is punk music for all ages. Subtle Serpents was released in 2014, and to say that WolvesX4 came out swinging would be a better description left for the flailing arms in the pit in front of the stage. The Winston-Salem group might event reference the hometown, perhaps in the pseudo-nickname jab on “Black Drink Singer” where he is talking about “here in this city, city of smoke.” Is it a reference to Winston’s storied history with Reynolds? Perhaps, but more than anything it’s just well orchestrated music that is keeping the genre progressing. WolvesX4 plays a monster lineup that includes Fury and the Sound, Stop Motion, Spirit Slave and Jackson Scott. The show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m., and we’re guessing tickets won’t go above that wonderful $10 or less status quo ticket fee at The Garage. If it’s less, just buy more beer. !

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