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FOXTURE EP RELEASE

Saturday, October 17, The Garage, 110 West 7 th Street, Winston-Salem, 336.777.1127

Aside from a few teaser releases, indie pop outfit Foxture had yet to plant an official flag on the grounds of the local music scene. Until now. The Winston-Salem act’s debut five-song EP, Circles, has apparently been a long time coming. Although the four-piece act has hit the local scene pretty well by gigging at the barometer locations like Shiners and Common Grounds, the gauge rises significantly on the eve of a release. There’s an ambient quality to the music, like it’s the lost b-side collaboration from The XX and Of Monsters and Men, but it’s lacking in that dronish, beaten down depressive lyrical feeling that can uncomfortably eclipses the actual musical talent. On Circles, Foxture seems to take the stance of avoiding direct influences noticeable within their sound – they own their emotions as a band, as is obvious in vocal and instrumental isolations, but individually enough so that if the instruments were to stripped away leaving only the topography of vocal inflections, the poetry itself could withstand and resonate with anyone who has experienced the topography of life’s rocky terrain. There’s an eery sentiment of struggle present on the album, but it’s almost entirely overshadowed by the general uplifting mood of the melodies when it all comes together. 1970s Filmstock, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children and Vel Indica are billed in support, and tickets to the Garage never exceed $10. Support local music. Show starts at 9 p.m.

TAYLOR SWIFT

Wednesday, October 21, Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., 336.373.7400

The world’s most lyrically vengeful girlfriend is coming to Greensboro, and apparently she’s single and ready to mingle (that’s according to the tabloids.) Taylor Swift is the phenomenon that won’t stop, and she has no intention of shaking off the label despite what she says in some of her songs. According to past show reviews, Swift is hitting the 1989 album pretty hard on this tour, although she has no problem with pulling out classics like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” for a venue-wide sing-a-long. As is status quo for the 25-year-old’s tour, she is bringing regional special guests out on stage – but who could it be from this area? Our fingers are crossed for Rapsody, the only featured vocalist (also female, which if you know Taylor Swift and her posse of power-ladies, this makes sense) on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Kendrick Lamar was also featured on Swift’s “Bad Blood” track, only in video and not actually on the 1989 album. General admission to the show is listed at  $136, but that’s down in the pit. If you want to save a couple bucks and don’t mind using binoculars, upper-level and club seating is right around $100. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. !

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