Last call on Curren$y & the Jets tonight at Greene Street Club with Styles P. It’s gonna be a good one. At the Blind Tiger, there are jams aplenty with Chasing Edison with Tiny Boxes. Holy Shakes’s new album Feast or Famine is rock at its most primal, and they’re playing the Blind Tiger with Corporate Fandango and Sea Demon on Thursday. Tower 15, Travis Griggs and Mystkdog put the “roots” and sorta the “reggae” in the Ziggy’s mantra, but I bet Matt Irie is pissed he’s going to miss Zach Deputy at Ten 0 One. Tina & Her Pony bring really pretty indie folk to the Green Bean with Emily Stewart and Nashville-via- Greensboro songwriter Prattle On, Rick.
TONEz is brother to hip-hop legends Special K and T La Rock, and will headline the Twin City Rib Fest on Friday. SWET is on life support, and metalheads the Devil’s Roundhouse et al give it a shot of adrenaline to open a two-night benefit. Hephystus swings a mighty hammer at Greene Street Club with Vanisher.
Heady post-rockers Science in the Cave play the Garage with Suitcase and Hello Handshake. Logan Venderlic’s ultrasyncopated take on Appalachian guitar is a must-hear, and he plays the Green Bean with indie-pop band the Record and Wood Ear. There’s live electronic at the Flatiron by Duende Mountain Duo and Agobi Project, and scorching blues by Matt Hill & the Deep-Fried Two at Zion Bar & Grille. For jazzheads, there’s Marcus Johnson kicking off the Downtown Jazz series in Winston-Salem.
If Pavement were girls, they’d be Grass Widow, who play CFBG this Saturday night. Bluesman Paul Thorn plays the main room at Ziggy’s with the sultry Americana singer Lera Lynn, who does an amazing rendition of “Ring of Fire.” If you’re ready for the country, there’s Bo- Stevens with Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners at the Garage. Hyper minimalist compositional fiends should be all over Jonah Parzen-Johnson with heralding and Ross Edwards at the Green Bean, and for some dirty rhymes, there’s Illpo and Poe Mack at the Clubhouse.
Longshank’s, of all places, has super trill girl rap by Dark Sister, while Portalnd rock-and-rollers Three Bad Jacks play Greene Street Club. Ziggy’s has a benefit for renowned drummer Tony “Kick” Smallwood, while Bethel Steele brings her sweet, sweet voice to the Green Bean with Gary Mitchell and Justin the Beloved. Skip to Tuesday, and Grammy winner Marvin Hamlisch opens the Eastern Music Festival’s 2012 season at Dana Auditorium.