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Upcoming shows you should check out

MOON TAXI

Thursday, May 28, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

On the national radar, Moon Taxi has already checked off playing David Letterman and Conan, which opens up a whole new world of audience and reach. The band, founded in Nashville, Tennessee, came on the scene just as the indie-rock revival was beginning to take hold of the airwaves – not that it ever really left, but the early ‘oughts produced this bottlenecked genre mashup where rappers found themselves featured on country albums (that’s still happening, but thankfully no one is paying attention.) Moon Taxi’s take on the umbrella-genre is not unlike that of its musical peers – of Montreal, Rilo Kiley, Yeah Yeah Yeahs – but it’s original. It’s been two years since Moon Taxi released Mountains Beaches Cities, but the songs still land just as they did when they were released. Tracks like “Mercury” and “Running Wild” showcase the growth of the band as they move into more soaring choruses and controlled melodies, whereas the group’s earlier songs were much more jam based. Growth is inevitable, and Moon Taxi seems to be comfortable accepting an evolving sound. Doors to Ziggy’s open at 8 p.m. with music to start around 9 p.m. Tickets cost $12 in advance and go up to $15 day of the show.

THE LAST BARN DANCE DOCUMENTARY PREMIER Sunday, May 31, Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, 336.525.2314

Ordinarily, Choice Beats is all about sending you to concerts, but this week we want you to get a little education before you square up with your partner for the do-si-do. And that’s not even reaching too far when you take into account the Doc Branch Band will be playing. You can’t call yourself a southerner until you’ve slapped your thigh raw whilst gentleman dancing all over the room, and with staccato draws on a fiddle and lightening fast pickin’ on the mandolin, Doc Branch Band will help usher you into the next level of local. The banjo, lead and rhythm guitars carry the melodies well, but when the quintet puts it all together and finds itself in a pocket of its own, there’s no stopping the dancing. To boot, Haw River Ballroom is the perfect place to bring a partner for a two-step, or a square dance, or, hell, just a good ol’ fashioned barn dance similar to the one depicted in the film. The Last Barn Dance is the story of a North Carolina family working to keep a storied tradition – the barn dance – alive. Through struggles, there is conclusion, but you can keep the story alive, too, by getting down to Saxapahaw and joining in the fun. Doors open up at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $18 to $20. !

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