by Ryan Snyder

Caitlin Cary and Skillet Gilmore were in Whiskeytown and all they got were these damn T-shirts, and a pretty good quartet called Small Ponds, who will play the Garage on Thursday with new Chocolate Lab signees the Houston Brothers and a solo set by Caleb Caudle. Long Miles and Dalton Village at the Green Bean. At the Blind Tiger, Brother Esau takes on the mellower side of the Dead.

House of Fools are Moose Knuckle Friday night at the Blind Tiger and will be playing all classic rock. There’s Gabriella Cutthroat at Greene Street Club if you like it loud, and Doug & Telisha Williams at the Garage for the easy country. “Dr. Who” fans Flesh & Stone play the Green Bean with Razzball fans January Gray. Country outlaws Swamp- DaWamp are at Bucked Up Saloon. West End Mambo play the Summer Solstice Party at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and Urban Sophisticates play Governmental Plaza in Downtown Greensboro.

The Honey Dewdrops make good on a long-since postponed show this Saturday night at Hanesbrand Theatre. Estrangers drop some new tunes with support from the excellent Airstrip. A new band from Missy Thangs of the Love Language called the Toddlers, and Field Spirit. Groove 8 open Summer on Trade’s 2012 season, and Unknown Tongues bring the jams to the Blind Tiger with the Family. The Storytellers Band bring narrative-driven smooth and jazzy sounds to the Green Bean, while the Garage has country-folk by Driftwood and the Honeycutters. Southern Culture On the Skids play the main room at Ziggy’s with the Aqualads, while the Harvey Dalton Arnold Band blues up the Tavern. At Black Lodge, Jews & Catholics get mean with Modern Man and Jacob Leonard’s solo project Dark Prophet Tongueless Monk.

Houston rapper Fat Tony is for real coming to play Longshank’s on Sunday with Tom Cruz (not to be confused with Com Truise). Small Ponds come back around to the Green Bean with Houston Brothers, while Truth ‘N Rights play a free one at Ziggy’s.

The Brand New Life rock with NYC funksters Swift Technique at the Blind Tiger on Tuesday, and B-more acoustic folk duo Sea Couch visit Glenwood Coffee & Books.