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MATISYAHU

Saturday, July 18, Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

It was no real surprise to read that American reggae rapper Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller) produced his early work in conjunction with veteran producer, bassist, and world guru Bill Laswell. Listening to Matisyahu’s tracks from those first two albums, one can’t fail to notice the thick bass grooves and tight production of blended global styles that marks Laswell’s work since the early 1990s. Tracks like “King Without A Crown” mix Matisyahu’s positive reggae message with Orthodox Jewish themes. Matisyahu took his stage name from the Hebrew phrase “Gift of God” and you may recall his cut “One Day” became a global phenomenon when NBC used it on early ads for their pending coverage of the 2010 Olympic games. His latest album, Akeda, came out last June and Matisyahu is on the last leg of an east coast tour before heading to Europe in August. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. The doors open at Ziggy’s at 8 p.m. with the show slated to jump off at 9 p.m.

SUPERJOINT

Tuesday, July 21, Greene Street Club, Greensboro, 828.499.0666

After swearing up and down a decade ago that Superjoint Ritual would never  tour again, front man Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down) got the band back together  last fall to perform at his Housecore Horror Festival. Anselmo announced in June that the groove metal/hardcore unit would slay a 12-stop tour across middle America this summer. With support from King Parrot and Child Bite, the tour kicked off this weekend in Oklahoma City. The unit is touring this year as Philip H. Anselmo’s Superjoint and the veteran frontman told several metal news outlets that he’s writing material for a new Superjoint album. The band is  recently returned from France after performing in this year’s Hellfest 2015. Anselmo  said that most of the band’s material would come from its first album,  Use Once and Destroy, and a ripping clip of “The Introvert” played at Hellfest  an evening with last month leaves no doubt that hardcore groove metal is thriving. While both  Pantera and Superjoint Ritual made use of Confederate flag imagery in the  past, Anselmo said in a recent interview that he “wouldn’t want anything to do  with Advance it” in 2015. Tickets The music @ will take center stage at Greene Street Club on July  21, Lincolntheatre.com  with locals The Payne Road Tragedy getting a slot on the bill. Tickets are  & Schoolkids Records  $20 All for Shows general All admission Ages and $40 for VIP, which includes second floor balcony  access and priority entry.

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